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Presser foot lever won't lower the foot

When I try to lower the presser foot, the lever goes down but feels loos and doesn't actually lower the foot. It will raise the foot to the upper most level but one't lower it. The lever itself moves freely but the foot doesn't move. It seems like something has broken off that should be grabbing the bar and pulling it down.

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This may be a lubrication problem on the presser foot shaft. Try freeing up with penetrating oil or Triflow. After letting set for an hour lower the presser foot and pull down on the ankle. If that does not work you need to open the machine and loosen the clamp screw on the presser foot shaft. Then try to twist the shaft to loosen it up.

Posted on Nov 25, 2017

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SOURCE: When I raise the lever the presser foot only lifts

yes, pressure foot lever should stay raised, this sounds like the spring has broken in your machine. if you are comfortable with delving into the machine you could open it up and take a look. alternatively take it to a sewing repair man and get it serviced as well as clean and lube.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011

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I need instuctions on using different presser foot for ja nome schoolmate


Please add a comment with the specific model of Janome Schoolmate sewing machine.

Fpr the Janome Schoolmate S-3015, make sure that the needle is fully up and raise the presser foot. Then press the red button on the back of the presser foot holder to have that foot drop off. Set the pressure dial to 3 before attaching the new presser foot. For snap-on feet, align the pin of the presser foot (the horizontal bar in the middle of the foot) under the presser foot holder. Lower the presser foot holder (using the presser foot height lever) until it locks onto the foot.

For the zipper foot, you need to fit the rear pin on the foot into groove at the back of the presser foot holder. Then lower the presser foot holder onto the zipper foot.

These are shown on page 11 (14 of the PDF) of the manual. You can download the manual here: http://janome.com/en/machines/sewing/schoolmate-s-3015/ . The direct link to the manual is http://janome.com/siteassets/support/manuals/school-models/schoolmate3015.pdf .

For the S-7330, you need to again raise the needle and the presser foot. Press the lever towards (it moves slightly up, not down) the presser foot holder. Then line up the pin on the foot under the presser foot holder and lower the presser foot holder onto the foot so that it locks. This is also in that sewing machine's manual, here: http://janome.com/siteassets/support/manuals/school-models/inst-book-s-7330esf.pdf . See page 14 (18 of the PDF).

I hope this helps.

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does it feel loose and wiggly? A lever should feel firm as it works. If it does you'll need to get inside. Typically these levers have a cam on the other end that activates the presser foot bar. If it is loose it could have slipped off the part that makes that happen. Also the part on the presser foot bar can be broken but you won't be able to tell until you get in there.

Take your time and take pictures as you remove things. safeguard the parts... Good luck, I hope it's just loose.

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  2. Step 2 Release the standard presser foot from your machine. There may be a button or lever behind the foot that you need to press. Put the standard foot in its holder or someplace where it won’t get lost.
  3. Step 3 Decide which side of the machine you want to attach the zipper foot to. Zipper feet are asymmetrical, with one side that’s wider than the other. You’ll want to put the narrow side toward the zipper teeth, and the wider side away from the zipper teeth.
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