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Thread: Who uses an older metal Kenmore for FMQing?

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    Super Member BrendaY's Avatar
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    I bought a Kenmore Model 17651 last weekend for $15... hoping to use it just for quilting or FMQ (when I learn how..)...

    It is super clean, barely used at all, has all of its parts and manual.. We tried it out today and it sews beautifully, but I don't know how to adjust it for quilting... There is a plate that covers the feed dogs and that is not a problem at all. I loosened the presser foot pressure and tried FMQing, but it's kind of hard to move the quilt around still.

    Can someone please tell me what other adjustments that I might have to make?
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    I can't help you, but this is a beautiful machine. I would love to find one like that. Good Buy!!

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    Do you have a darning foot? That might be the problem.

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    What you're looking for is a switch or button or dial that will lower the feed dogs. Those are the toothy things that pull the fabric through. If they don't lower then you have to make other modifications. Someone else will have to help you with that. I hope you find the dial you need. :-)

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    OMgosh..I bought one just like this two years ago for an elderly neighbor..the reverse does not work, but I only paid $15.00 for it...she FMQ's on it all the time...

    The NEW Kenmore quilting feet set works great on this machine! as do the prewound bobbins from Signature threads!

    You should have a plastic plate to cover the feed dogs with!

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    I never thought of FMQ on Mom's 1950 Kenmore. I'm going to try. It's a workhorse.

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    I use my '70s Kenmore to FMQ most of the time. It is heavy enough that it dosen't slide around while I quilt, much easier than chasing my Brother all over the table.

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    I have a old Kenmore, too. There is no button or lever to lower the feed dogs. They have a plate that you snap on to cover them but when I would FMQ with that plate, it would keep popping off. What a quilting instructor told me to do which helped tremendously was to turn the presser foot to "0" or darn, turn the stitch length to "0" (mine actually is four lines past 24) and use a darning or hopping foot. I could actually FMQ fine with these settings. Good luck!

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    I have a old Kenmore, too. There is no button or lever to lower the feed dogs. They have a plate that you snap on to cover them but when I would FMQ with that plate, it would keep popping off. What a quilting instructor told me to do which helped tremendously was to turn the presser foot to "0" or darn, turn the stitch length to "0" (mine actually is four lines past 24) and use a darning or hopping foot. I could actually FMQ fine with these settings. Good luck!

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    I added this to the VSMS forum so it will get more views and also I think you have a beautiful machine!!

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    A beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeAnn
    Do you have a darning foot? That might be the problem.
    You may be right! I hadn't thought about that.. and there is a place on one dial that says "darn" too.

    Thanks for the suggestion... you're a doll...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    OMgosh..I bought one just like this two years ago for an elderly neighbor..the reverse does not work, but I only paid $15.00 for it...she FMQ's on it all the time...

    The NEW Kenmore quilting feet set works great on this machine! as do the prewound bobbins from Signature threads!

    You should have a plastic plate to cover the feed dogs with!
    Great!! Thanks for the tips... and it does have a cover plate for the feed dogs that fits perfectly..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I added this to the VSMS forum so it will get more views and also I think you have a beautiful machine!!

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    Thank you so much Billy... I think it's gorgeous, too!

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    I think when I FMQ with my Sears, I bought a "big foot" darning foot, since I didn't get a regular darning foot with the machine and that worked. Any of the quilting feet that you can buy should work. I know that Leah Day sells them for less than $10 which is cheap because I paid $25 eons ago for my big foot.

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    This is a machine I used for everything until last March when I bought a new Brother. Bought it new from Sears about 25 years ago and still runs fairly well. I never used the plate covering the feed dogs as it moved around too much. If you open the left cover where the thread is the large dial on the side should say DARN. That is all I did to FMQ and it seems to work pretty good. Watch the dial on the lower right for stitch length (6, 8, 12 etc.) Mine seems to move back to 6 as I'm sewing.

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    I have an old Kenmore but I have never used it to quilt. I wish I could! I'd love to learn. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cagey
    This is a machine I used for everything until last March when I bought a new Brother. Bought it new from Sears about 25 years ago and still runs fairly well. I never used the plate covering the feed dogs as it moved around too much. If you open the left cover where the thread is the large dial on the side should say DARN. That is all I did to FMQ and it seems to work pretty good. Watch the dial on the lower right for stitch length (6, 8, 12 etc.) Mine seems to move back to 6 as I'm sewing.
    Thanks for the tips.. I've got a large almost Big Foot on the machine now, and it's working great. Now I can see where I've been and where I'm going.. It's just practice, practice now...... and the plate that covers the feed dogs does stay put for me.. thank goodness!

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    since it came with the feed dog cover, I don't think there's a way to lower the feed dogs. That's the way my kenmore works too. I just loosened the pressure foot and used a plastic bobbin (less weight) I also added a flat bed table our build your own with styrofoam to keep the pressure off the quilt from working on the free arm. Look for a darning foot or a fmq foot. What a beauty! Can't believe how clean and white. Beautiful.

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