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My machine's foot doesnot stay up when i need to put material under

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Sounds like the cam lever that runs this mechanism is either out of alignment or broken. Take it in for repair.

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Hi. I believe your machine has a snap-on pressure foot. I've posted pictures of snap-on pressure feet at; just look for the 'pressure foot' tag or search the site for pressure feet and you shouldn't have any problem finding that post.

Anyway, there is an adapter (called an 'ankle') at the end of the 'long iron piece that lowers and raises the foot' (excellent description, BTW). The ankle attaches to that piece with a small thumb screw. With the ankle in place, you just lower the ankle onto the catch on the pressure foot.

You can also use regular low-shank feet on your machine. First, remove the ankle. The regular low-shank feet will attach to the raiser bar with that same thumb screw that holds the ankle in place.

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Try putting tearaway stabilizer or tissue paper under your material and see if it helps.

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Pressure foot wont go fully down

The pressure foot is only made to push down on the material, not the feed dogs. If you put it too low it will destroy the feed dogs and the pressure foot as well as the material.
1. To adjust, lower the pressure of the pressure foot as much as you can.
2. Place a thick piece of material under the foot. Turn the hand wheel until the feed dogs are up.
3. The pressure foot rod has a screw that holds it into place. You will adjust the rod by moving it up and down until there is a small amount of pressure on the material. Tighten the screw and try your machine without a needle to see if the material will move. Now, try other thicknesses of material. The rod may need to be slightly adjusted a small amount to get it "just right".

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Tighten the pressure foot

We have a sewing machine that was manufactured by Janome. It is a New Home Deluxe Model. It has very little travel on the pressure foot itself versus other sewing machines. I have learned just by using this machine.... If you need to get the foot up high...all you have to do is reach through and grab the pressure foot and while picking it up(not the lever but the foot itself) turn it clockwise just a touch and it will stay up plenty far enough to get larger or thicker material under it to sew. I hope this helps. Thanks and remember "Be Easy!" Neighborsboy

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My Needle just stitch in one place

check in the manual and see where the feed dog lever is a check to see if it's in the up position for sewing or in the down position for darning, if it's in the up position, then the machine needs to be checked to see if there is something wrong with the feeddogs or the feed dog lever..

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I am sewing a zip into a waterproof jacket and it's not feeding through the machine properly

That sounds pretty heavy for your machine... yes try your walking foot attachment AND a longer stitch

Jul 10, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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I have a elna 686 serger an it sounds perfect and acts like its sewing but there is no thread staying on the material.... I have tryed to rethread it several times and it does not help at all. What could...

There is several things to check:

Is the needle thread actually going through the needle eye?
Is it chaining off without fabric under the foot? If not, then you need to revisit your threading up, there is a specific sequence that you need to thread the loopers then needles, then pull the threads under the foot, lower pressure foot and press the foot control to make a few stitches, a chain of thread should form.

If this is not happening and you have threaded it up in the right sequence, then check both needles are fitted correctly, fully up into the housing and flat shank to the back. On most sergers the two needles sit at different heights in order to form the stitches. If you haven't done it for a while, change the needles.

If you still can't get a chain of stitching then it is possible that the timing between the loopers and needles has gone out and it will need to be serviced by a technician to get this back right.

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Material doesnot move forward when stitching

there is a couple of things to check:

What stitch length have you got the machine set to? Should be 2.5 for a normal straight stitch - how you set this will depend on the make and model but most machines have some way to adjust the stitch length and width.

Or are the feed dogs lowered? this is sometimes a slide or button on the front base of the machine, sometimes a slide at the back of the free arm, again, it varies between machines. You may need to refer to your machine's manual to establish how this is controlled - you lower feed dogs for things like free motion embroidery so if your machine is computerised with lots of stitches it may even make this adjustment automatically when you choose a free motion embroidery stitch. If that is the case then changing it back to regular straight stitch should return the feed dogs to normal function.

If you raise the pressure foot, and manually turn the flywheel towards you through a couple of stitch sequences can you see the feed dogs raising and falling? If you can't see this happening at all and you are sure that the feed dogs are engaged then it is possible a drive gear in the free arm has failed in which case, you'll need to take the machine to a serviceman.

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I have a White 955 machine and I am trying to quilt with it. It works just fine when I am sewing just one piece of material to another but when I want to sew the layers of the quilt together the stitches...

I know this is strange, but make sure the pressure foot is down. When I quilt sometimes, after getting the bulk under the needle, I forget to put the pressure foot down or it get's knocked back up by the quilt and causes the same problem. Good luck.

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