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I am making a fleece jacket lined with fleece. It is very difficult to get both layers under the pressure foot Is there any way for me to raise the foot ? I would like to top stitch in order to finish the jacket. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks much. Jane

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Are you pulling the presser foot all the way up. Most machines, stop when you raise the foot, but then you can raise it higher but putting more upward pressure on the foot raise lever, the foot will go higher. Give this a try. Thanks for using Fixya!

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The pressure foot pressure is not feeding the fabric. I have adjusted the tension but still not feeding the fabric. What else can I do?

Tension does not affect the ability of the machine to feed fabric, except in extreme cases perhaps when tension is too tight.

You probably need to adjust the presser foot pressure of your machine. Lighter weight fabric is more difficult to feed, therefore the pressure needs to be increased. (Heavy weight fabric will sometimes push the upper layer of fabric in front of the presser foot, therefore less pressure is required.) Even so, very fine slick fabric (silk, satin, chiffon) sometimes still needs additional help. In such cases, a roller foot, teflon foot, or walking foot may be beneficial. There is also the possibility that the feed dog teeth have been worn so they do not grip the fabric like they should. (Avoid running the machine without fabric between the presser foot and feed dogs to protect the feed dogs from unnecessary wear.) If they are worn, usually they can be replaced.

Another possibility is that the feed dogs do not raise as high as they should. This would most likely require a technician's assistance.

Um, as an additional thought, make sure the presser foot surface is smooth. Any rough surface (nicks, rust, etc) will restrict the fabric's ability to move.

Jan 30, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Help! I have a Pfaff Hobbymatic 807 that my mother in law owned. I can not for the life of me find a way to reduce the pressure on the sewing foot. Sewing cotton over fleece

If your machine does not have a pressure regulator (and some machines do not), you can make sewing thicker projects easier by using a walking foot. If you are sewing a quilt (two or more pieces of fabric and batting), a walking foot would be the preferred presser foot. Even reducing the pressure will not be enough.


Oct 21, 2016 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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I need to reduce the pressure on the sewing foot and can't find any reference. Pfaff 807. I am sewing cotton over polar fleece and need less pressure

The manual may be helpful:


FWIW, there isn't an obvious pressure adjustment. It could be hidden under the case, but you may not wish to risk damage to your machine. A walking foot would probably be the best solution to your issue.



Oct 21, 2016 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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How to sew on fleece

Be sure to put in a brand new needle (Ballpoint or Microtex) and use a good quality polyester thread.

Lighten the presser foot pressure (if your machine has that capability). If that is not possible, you might find using a walking foot will keep the top fabric from "pushing" in front of the foot.

Here are some additional hints that may be helpful:
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Sewing Fleece on Sewing Machine

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When I'm sewing fleece material the material wants to bunch up, how do I stop this?

Does this machine have adjustable pressure settings for the presser foot ? If it does, reduce the pressure. The softness and bulk of fleece makes it tend to bunch, so less pressure is very helpful. A wide presser foot with a very flat bottom may also help.

Reduced presser foot pressure is helpful for most knits, very much so for stretchy fabrics. Fleeces are usually knits.

Using a stretch stitch also helps. If you don't have a stretch stitch, a very small zig zag is helpful to provide some give to the seam.

Dec 21, 2014 | Brother XL-2600

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Upper tension when sewing fleece

This seems silly to ask but are you remembering to put down the foot? Try re-threading the upper thread with the foot raised... then try again. Make sure that your thread spool isn't catching the thread in that little thread keeper slot. Also make sure it isn't spooling in such a way that it wraps extra lines of thread around the spool pin. Also make sure you are using a Needle designed for sewing fleece.

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What is pressure foot on sewing machine. where is pressure foot

This is the foot that comes down and holds the fabric layers under the needle.

There will be a pressure foot lever to raise and lower the pressure foot at the back of the sewing area, it usually operates vertically, although some makes have a lever that works horizontally.

The pressure foot needs to be lowered BEFORE you start stitching as it activates the top tension and also helps with the stitch formation by holding the fabric firmly as the needle moves up and down.

You can read some general sewing machine info at too.

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How do you lessen the pressure on the presser foot for sewing fleece?

On some machines there is a knob on the left the top or a recessed screw that is used for adjusting the pressure.

You may find you will get better results if you use a walking foot when sewing fleece or any other type of fabric where the layers tend to shift during the sewing process.

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Kenmore 15343

No problem :) I have been using this machine to make all sorts of things. The thick and thin layers issue is mainly in just having too much. I have been trying to design my own re-usable moon pads, and there are many layers to that, and depending on what fabric you are using (I have been using a combo of fleece, felt, waterproof layering and more fleece), but it handles it just fine as long as I adjust the settings to take on that thickness, and don't run the stitching at full speed. I have made some curtains, pillows, blankets, patchwork purses, etc......and I have been so happy with it. There is enough variety of stitches to keep preoccupied with for some time, and it comes with an overlock foot and stitch which is really nice, since I don't have a serger, but can still get that "serged look".
Not to mention that being a belly dancer, learning to sew and make my own costuming is just priceless. In my humble opinion, couldn't be happier with it and it's great for all around.
Have a great night!

Nov 11, 2008 | Kenmore 15343

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