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Flip the switch. It's usually near the sewing area. It's on the back or under the flat bed attachment

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I have machine MX3123 New Home - I lowered the dog feet - but it won't allow me to free hand quilt - what pressure foot do I need


You need a darning foot or free motion foot. They are shorter than standard presser feet, so they do not set on the feed dogs but hover just above. The additional space allows you to manipulate the fabric without interference from the feed dogs. (Be sure to drop the feed dogs or cover them with the supplied cover plate--whichever your machine uses.)

Feb 16, 2017 | New Home Sewing Machines

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How to lower the feed dogs for free motion sewing on model # 16782


There are most likely some numbers missing from the model number you provided. Usually, there is a 3-digit beginning number, ie 115, 385, 401...

I am unable to find model information based on your number, but you can most likely get a user's manual through Sears or try searching the internet (Make Model manual), ie:

Kenmore Sewing Machine Manuals Instruction and Repair Manuals

Sewing machines generally have two ways to disable feed dogs. One way is a lever or knob on the machine itself that physically "drops" the feed dogs so they are below the needleplate. The feed dogs will continue to operate but since they are below the sewing surface, they will not have an effect on the fabric movement. The other way is an accessory that attaches to the needleplate which covers the feed dogs and creates a flat sewing surface.

Another item that is important for free motion quilting is a darning foot or free motion foot. These presser feet are physically shorter in height than a standard presser foot. This means the darning foot, when lowered, does not apply "pressure" to the fabric when it is lowered. It, instead, provides leeway between the presser foot and the fabric so there is room to manually maneuver the fabric while stitching.

You'll just need to CONFIRM that the presser foot shank is correct for your machine (low shank, high shank, slant shank).

There are probably a multitude of designs available for your machine, either Kenmore or generic brands. Once you've determined your machine's shank, it would be a personal decision as to the design you'd prefer, which could be metal or plastic, closed, open, or clear see-thru as well as various shapes, round, oval, etc. There are also some feet that are spring-loaded so they "hop" while you stitch, or feet that are solid.

These are examples of different darning/free motion presser feet.

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Nov 27, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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The presser foot doesn't sit all the way down in order to sew correctly. Can I adjust it myself? How?


Has that particular presser foot worked in the past? Do the other presser feet work?

If it hasn't been used before, check that it is the correct foot for the machine. Is it perhaps a darning foot or free motion foot? If so, those particular feet are made to Not rest on the feed dogs so that the fabric can be manually moved without the use of the feed dogs.

If none of the presser feet work with the machine, then the needlebar has probably shifted. It may be best to take it for service as it may require specific tools and gauges to adjust it properly.

Presser feet for every purpose

Manual:
https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Support-US/Machines/BERNINA-artista/BERNINA-artista-180




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Jun 05, 2016 | Bernina Artista 180

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My euro pro dog feet lever will not raise the dog feet. What can I do to fix it?


the lever could have come loose or be broken, may need to be replaced

Dec 22, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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My singer 6180 feet dogs eats fabric at the top of feed dogs fabric gets stuck and does not feed the fabric why???


It sounds like the height of your feed dogs is the problem. I don't know which model you have, but of it's a plastic casing, you will need to take it in for service.

Mar 05, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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I purchase a free motion feet but it says to do so you have to lower the feed dog does the 7422 have a button to lower the feed dog and where it is located because i could not find onew can i do free...


You don't actually have to lower your feed dogs, lots of people FMQ without lowering, or you can tap a small piece of heavy paper (like an index card) over your dogs and poke a hole in the paper for your needle to go through which effectively takes the feed dogs out of commission too.

Mar 06, 2014 | Singer 7422

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Feet not feeding and thread bunching up


the presser foot or what ever foot your sewing with does not feed the
fabric,, the feed dogs in the needle plate are what moves the fabric
to be sewed, the feet only hold the fabric against feed dog so the
machine can use the needle to sew the fabric.
if the fabric is not moving then the feed dogs have to be checked
can you see the feed dogs in the needle plate area are the up or
down?
do you have a manual for the machine?
a manual help to know where the feed dog lever is, I'm sending
you a link for a manual for the machine, so you can look for the feed
dog lever, if the feed dogs are up then there is something wrong
with the feed dogs & they need to be checked.
but if the feed dogs are down then look in the manual & see where
the feed dog lever is & put it in the up position & see if that brings
the feed dogs up to the sewing position, if the feed dogs do not
come up then the feed dogs need to be checked.

http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/instruction-manual-necchi-6015.aspx

Oct 16, 2012 | Necchi 6015 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My feed dogs are dropped and wont go up or down how do i get it to work


if the feed dogs will not go up or down, even when the lever is moved
then the machine needs to be serviced, in case a part has come loose or broken

Jan 18, 2012 | Singer 3116 Simple

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The feet will not push the material thew the machine (and no the dog feet are not down)


Hi, I suspect there is no pressure on the presser foot. Check that.
Hope this is it.
Rick

Sep 30, 2009 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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