You must be talking about the free hand system that does exactly what the other guy just said: it lifts the presser foot so you can maneuver your fabric with both hands. You still need to plug in your foot controller for the floor.
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Re: knee pedal does not work
I think what you mean is that it lifts the foot. That is what its supposed to do. Some of the older ones it could be used for a speed control (30-40 years ago).The knee BAR is there to lift the foot for you so you can turn fabric etc. without having to reach behind and lift it. It acts as a third hand. You must have a foot control which plugs into the small hole on the right side of the machine.
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I don't know if you were the person that I was just writing to or not. I didn't think about the knee lift. I generally sew on a Juki DDL-5800 and we don't have the knee lift problem. I have an older walking foot with the knee lift. You might try what works with that one. Grab the front of the knee lift, push it towards the back and at the same time pull it up and left. There is a metal peg at the back of the shaft that will release and let you pull the knee lift out so that you can push the machine back. If that doesn't work, see if you can contact me and I can call someone else to find out.
how much srping tension do u have on presser ft. is the tension knob on top of machine screwed all the way down., never necessary by the way. next your arm attached to the knee lifter may be bent and not contacting the lifter bar for presser ft. get under machine and move knee lift with hand to see where contact is being made. bend accordingly. also the link from knee lift bar to link inside the back of the machine may be broken. u have to take off the back panel with all its screws. watch the gasket. you can replace the bar yourself since this will not intefer with the machine timing etc.
do u have an automatic machine meaning ft is lifted by pressing ft pedal a certain dirtection. otherwise tilt machine and push knee lever. there should be a flat oval piece on top of lever rod. does it rise straight? it needs to contact the push rod on the machine presser ft. see if the line up by lowering the machine slightly. if not bend rod to aglin. your knee lift may need adjustment too and maybe the presser ft screw located by removing the rubber plug on side of machine or take off the plate by removing 3 screws. careful with gasket cause machine will leak if u tear gasket.. presser ft screw is easy to find. lower ft and tighten. make sure that the needle is centered in foot slot when adjusting presser ft screw. otherwise thread will break when needle hits side of presser ft. a very common problem that many do know about and someday i will charge the site. 35 years with juki and still going strong.
Have you tried getting a copy of the owners manual? You can usually download one for $10 at www.sewingmanuals.com or go through Sears. I remember having a machine with a knee control and it seems to me that you only had to pick your stitch length and press the knee control to make it sew. Mine was a straight stitch only Singer. Do some research online with your model number, google it and see what you find. Good luck
sounds like you have a cabinet model, yes this machine requires either a foot or knee control, the twisted metal is probably part of the knee control mechanism. order foot contrrol or knee control to fit the machine from firstname.lastname@example.org