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If we quilt with janome harmony 2049 we need to drop feed dogs or not

When i do quilting free motion i cannot move my project

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Hi Susan,

You're absolutely correct, you'll need to either drop the feed dogs (lever generally located near the bobbin case or on the outside base of machine) or cover the feed dogs with a plate (many machines have this included).

Then... you'll need to lower the presser foot - when you lower it, it should NOT touch the bed of the machine but sit slightly raised off the fabric surface. As you stitch the presser foot will lower onto the fabric to hold it taught as the needle penetrates.

Oddly enough it's easier to achieve smooth stitches when sewing at a faster speed, but begin by stitching fairly slowly until you get a feel for free-motion stitching. You'll be doing all the guiding and it may feel a bit strange and uncontrolled at first.

Position yourself at your machine so that when your hands on your fabric/bed of machine, your shoulders are relaxed (not all hunched up) and your elbows are slightly higher than the bed of the machine.

You'll want to stitch in a side-to-side or back and forth motion (as opposed to trying to turn the fabric.

Best of luck with this technique. Once you're comfortable with it, you're sure to enjoy the freedom of creating!

Happy sewing,
Kim & Linnette

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

SOURCE: frame quilting with janome 1600 db

am I right that the feed dogs do not drop on this machine?

Yes, this is correct....but you have to change the needle plate to a thicker one, so the feed dogs will be below the needle plate.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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SOURCE: I dropped the feed dog to do some free motion

Make sure you do not have lint "trap" that is keeping the feed dogs up. Clean it out with some canned air and look closely at the grooves to make sure they are not full of lint.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Thread gets caught in feed dog while free motion quilting.

First, remove the thread and re-thread the machine. If the thread isn't in the take-up lever properly, erratic problems ensue.

Next, try removing the needle plate and bobbin case and inspecting both for any nicks or burrs. (your instruction book will guide you how) These can be very carefully polished off with 1500 grit sandpaper. Also check the hook for burrs.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010

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SOURCE: I cannot get the feed dogs to come back up on my

Flick the switch to raise the feeddogs then rotate the handwheel one full revolution to re-engage the cam...voila

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