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Thread: Different Types of Darning Feet/Springs

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    Different Types of Darning Feet/Springs

    Here are photos of many different darning feet that Cathy has collected over the years.
    Springs:
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    Short shank:
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    Attachment to be used with regular foot to make foot into a darning foot:
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    WOW makes me want to test drive them on my Japanese 15!!!!!!!!!
    I have a couple of those - it seems they each work differently too.
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    Well fudge! The pics won't completely load so I can't see the goodies.

    Joe

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    I got to see all of her attachments this week too. What an amazing collection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I got to see all of her attachments this week too. What an amazing collection!
    Geeze Candace, did you and Monica and Cathy have a mini TOGA and not invite the rest of us?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Well fudge! The pics won't completely load so I can't see the goodies.

    Joe
    Maybe, we should all down size our photos a little so everyone can see them? I got these ok, but I sometimes have the same problem Joe is having with the full sized photos!

    Nancy

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    Because of my voice problem I don't do well in large groups due to the noise level. Cathy was sweet enough to give me a private tour of her wonderful collection. :>

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze Candace, did you and Monica and Cathy have a mini TOGA and not invite the rest of us?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze Candace, did you and Monica and Cathy have a mini TOGA and not invite the rest of us?

    Nancy
    I invited her over to dinner. While Cathy worked on my National machine called The Eldredge that was missing a tension spring, I worked at getting the old wick out of the wick spring on my Singer 66. The conversation changed to the use of different darning springs and next thing Cathy is showing me all the different types she owns. She also showed off some exchange items, a pretty scrap quilt that Candace had made and a raven that Laura had made.

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    That spring in the middle on the bottom row looks like what I ordered and am expecting to arrive by mail any day. Do you have any pics of that one on?

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    Joe, I re-sized them for you. Hope you can see them now!
    Springs:
    Name:  IMG_4218.JPG
Views: 2005
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    Short shank:
    Name:  IMG_4233.JPG
Views: 2049
Size:  660.6 KB
    Attachment to make regular foot a spring foot:
    Name:  IMG_4231.JPG
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Size:  651.4 KBName:  IMG_4232.JPG
Views: 2006
Size:  638.9 KBName:  IMG_4228.JPG
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Size:  621.7 KBName:  IMG_4229.JPG
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Size:  671.6 KBName:  IMG_4230.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    That spring in the middle on the bottom row looks like what I ordered and am expecting to arrive by mail any day. Do you have any pics of that one on?
    Janice, All the pictures are posted. We didn't try all of them out. Cathy made a spring that got tested on my singer 15, which I now realized didn't get photographed. She has to make some adjustments for that spring, but I can see it working well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Joe, I re-sized them for you. Hope you can see them now!
    Springs:
    Name:  IMG_4218.JPG
Views: 2005
Size:  521.6 KB
    Short shank:
    Name:  IMG_4233.JPG
Views: 2049
Size:  660.6 KB
    Attachment to make regular foot a spring foot:
    Name:  IMG_4231.JPG
Views: 2078
Size:  651.4 KBName:  IMG_4232.JPG
Views: 2006
Size:  638.9 KBName:  IMG_4228.JPG
Views: 1901
Size:  621.7 KBName:  IMG_4229.JPG
Views: 1876
Size:  671.6 KBName:  IMG_4230.JPG
Views: 1889
Size:  676.0 KB
    Darn, they're still too big for this stupid dial up.
    I got to see enough to know I have a couple of these.

    Joe

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    Awesome!! I have a couple of them...I think I need MORE!!
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    Janice,
    Tomorrow I can post a picture of that spring on my machine.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    That spring in the middle on the bottom row looks like what I ordered and am expecting to arrive by mail any day. Do you have any pics of that one on?
    Cathy

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    Wow, I would never have known what some of those were if I found them. Thanks for posting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Darn, they're still too big for this stupid dial up.
    I got to see enough to know I have a couple of these.

    Joe
    I agree with you Joe. I'd like to see all of these attachments, but I can't with dial-up either. Someday I'll have something better.....
    Janis

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    Joe, and others, I'm just a dummy when it comes to computers, mostly just a self taught old lady, but I discovered that if I click on the attachment number, it will open in another window and I can see it and print it off!! YEA!!!
    Janis

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I invited her over to dinner. While Cathy worked on my National machine called The Eldredge that was missing a tension spring, I worked at getting the old wick out of the wick spring on my Singer 66. The conversation changed to the use of different darning springs and next thing Cathy is showing me all the different types she owns. She also showed off some exchange items, a pretty scrap quilt that Candace had made and a raven that Laura had made.
    You guys I wasn't serious! I know how sweet Cathy is - and how informative it is to visit her! Candace, I am really glad you got to go see Cathy's amazing collection for yourself!

    Monica, thank you for posting those photos. I too wouldn't have know about the springs without this conversation and the photos. I have most of the second group of photos - the darning/applique' feet - but it is so interesting seeing them all together so we can decide which ones we have and which ones we 'need' to get!

    Nancy

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    Question...How does that last one, the one to turn a regular foot into a hopping foot work? I've been trying, and can't seem to wrap my mind around it!

    Second question... I WANT one, how hard are they to find?
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    Charlee,

    I'll add a picture or two on that one later today. The straight "bar" rides on top of the needle clamp screw. The other end is attached to the presser foot bar. Therefore the foot gets lifted with the needle just like any other darning/ hopping foot. I have used it with a zigzagmachine's "button sew on" foot which gives great visibility. I do hope that that was clearer than mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Question...How does that last one, the one to turn a regular foot into a hopping foot work? I've been trying, and can't seem to wrap my mind around it!

    Second question... I WANT one, how hard are they to find?
    Cathy

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    Janis,
    Thanks for the tip. Now I can see all the pics.


    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Question...How does that last one, the one to turn a regular foot into a hopping foot work? I've been trying, and can't seem to wrap my mind around it!

    Second question... I WANT one, how hard are they to find?
    Charlee,
    My take on it is that you attach one end to the presser foot, the other to the needle clamp and then loosen the presser foot tension. When you use it the needle bar raises and lowers the presser foot so you can move the material every which way.

    Joe

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    Charlee, I missed your second question. I have the original instruction sheet that came with it. I'll post the name this afternoon after I get back in town.

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Question...How does that last one, the one to turn a regular foot into a hopping foot work? I've been trying, and can't seem to wrap my mind around it!

    Second question... I WANT one, how hard are they to find?
    Cathy

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    Ok...but wouldn't that be hard on the mechanics of the machine? If the presser bar is in the "down" position, wouldn't "lifting" on it via a spring on the needlebar be forcing it to do something it's not intended to do?
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    Joe,

    You get it! Don't loosen the presser foot tension too much as you still need the presser foot to push down.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Charlee,
    My take on it is that you attach one end to the presser foot, the other to the needle clamp and then loosen the presser foot tension. When you use it the needle bar raises and lowers the presser foot so you can move the material every which way.

    Joe
    Cathy

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    Charlee,

    No different that any other darning/ hopping foot. They all lift the presserbar with each needle stroke.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Ok...but wouldn't that be hard on the mechanics of the machine? If the presser bar is in the "down" position, wouldn't "lifting" on it via a spring on the needlebar be forcing it to do something it's not intended to do?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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