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Could anyone tell me how to install a walking foot on my Elna SU

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If your SU is an Air Electronic model i.e. 80's model, Elna didn't make a walking foot to fit. However, if you've got a walking foot that is the same height from sole plate to the screw fitting as a standard Elna foot then you could give it a try. The walking foot connects to the presser bar with a screw but the needle bar also needs to hook into a secondary lever on the side of the walking foot to make the foot actually move. Probably sounds very confusing . Check the movement of the foot manually by hand turning the fly wheel to see how it works before you actually use with the motor to minimise any problems if the foot doesn't fit.

Also you'll probably only be able to do straight stitch with this foot due to the clearance around the needle plate.


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    To confusing for me to understand,

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For clarity I'll try to explain this further. The Walking foot looks like this
Elna walking foot - 10_14_2011_10_38_12_pm.jpg

You need to remove the normal ankle that holds your pressure feet if your machine has clip-on style pressure feet. Or on older machines with one piece feet, remove the whole pressure foot. There will be a thumb screw holding the ankle in place. Unscrew it. Now place the walking foot facing you like the image above with the clamp wrapping around the pressure bar where the ankle was, put thumb screw back into hole and tighten until firm. IMPORTANT: place the moving arm the protrudes from the walking foot ABOVE THE NEEDLE BAR, so that as the needle bar goes up and down to make stitches, it will also move this lever.

This action is what drives the walking foot - the foot has feed dogs (just like those under the needle plate on your machine) and these grip move forward and release the top layer of fabric to aid even stitching of thick projects like quilts. If you move the lever up and down you will see how it works.

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