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I need a manual for a Kenmore1212180 and a parts list as I am having trouble with pressure foot lever

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Why doesn't the lever that raises the presser foot release the thread tension?


1. Take the top off.
2. Look at the back of the tension mechanism while you move the pressure foot lever.
3. You will see an arm go up against the back of the tension mechanism. This pushes the tension disc forward to release pressure.
4. Yours isn't doing this. The screw that holds the tension mechanism is likely to be loose.
5. Pull the foot in the up position.
6. Unscrew the tension mechanism a little more. Now push in on the mechanism and tighten.
7. Now you can try to see if this has worked.

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I have broken the pressure foot shank and can not find a partnumber


I went to the Singer Sewing Machine site, and was able to download the parts list for your machine. Parts lists are tedious to do through, but it's the only way to insure that you get the correct part(s). Here's the direct link to download the PDF. http://parts.singerco.com/CPpartCharts/14_CG_J_SH_T/14SH644_14SH654.pdf

I often order parts through Sewing Parts Online; you will have to call them if the part is not listed as being in stock, but they're very nice about ordering for you, and they're prices are reasonable. You might also want to order the service manual from them at the same time--it's well worth it. If nothing else, it will tell you the correct order for taking the covers off, and that alone can save you a lot of grief and aggravation, as well as, of course, a lot of time.

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Pfaff 1371 pressure foot won't come down on it's own


I just addressed this issue with my 6110. There is a spring in the shaft for the pressure foot. Over time the white grease that lubricates the spring and the plastic piston at the top dried up, gumming up the works. I took it all apart, cleaned out the bad (now hard grease), re-greased and put it all back together. Works like new. I used a lithium grease as it is easy on plastic parts.

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How do I change the presser foot on an elna mini sewing machine?


I dodn't know your model really well but it will be one of the following:
a clip on foot that you just pull down on to remove,
a clip on foot with a button at the back of the pressure foot holder - press the button to release the foot
a clip on foot with a little lever at the back of the pressure foot holder - lift the lever to release the foot
If it is a clip on foot, then you just need to raise the pressure foot lever, put your fingers onto the pressure foot and press downwards, it should unclip.

To put one on, place the pressure foot onto the needle plate under the pressure foot bar and lower the pressure foot bar down onto the foot, lining up the base of the foot holder with the little bar on the foot, it should click into place.

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Hi, the presser foot is stuck in the down position. The presser foot lever has no effect at all. As I have a project underway, I'm having to lift the foot by hand while I get the fabric under the foot but...


You need to get access to the pressure foot bar area. Open the side cover if you can and look to see where the pressure foot lifter lever meets the pressure foot bar lifting block. Maybe the block has sliped upward. You'll need to loosen the screw, slide the block down a bit, tighten the screw, and check to see if this works. (Not knowing what machine you have)

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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 www.sewing.about.com too.

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I am having trouble buttonholling on my Janome, it is new. It starts sewing and then stops and blinks 6L. What have I done wrong


Check your manual and follow the instructions. The error message may be listed in the trouble shooting at the back of the manual.

Probably will need to put on the buttonholing foot, pull down a lever which guides the machine to sew the length correctly and choose a buttonholing setting on the stitch selection.

Also, for good buttonholes, always interface the fabric to give it stability.


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I need a replacement pressure foot release lever for a Simplicity BH600 blind hemmer.


Supposedly, Simplicity is made for Tacony. I would start there to ask about parts.

Is this a presser foot lifter?

I do not recall ever seeing a pressure foot lifter.

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I am trying to use automatic button hole and it keeps beeping and showin bl?


Ok, so all the credit goes to this website http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/95
Photo 7 shows a buttonhole lever that comes down and contacts the auto buttonhole presser foot. The machine manual is a little vague about this in the section about buttonholes. At the point when it shows the lever being pulled down, the manual should reference the part number in the list of part names in section 1, and it would have been easier for me not to have mistaken that lever with the stop on the side of the presser foot that the lever sits against . . . . that also kinda looks like a lever! Probably a no-brainer for someone who does this all the time, but for a noobie like me . . . .I'm glad I found the website above. So . . . .the machine is now making perfect buttonholes 30 seconds after finding the butonhole lever! Groovy!

John and Linda

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Buttonhole lever pulled down (presser foot not attached)

e011ff3.jpg Buttonhole lever resting against stop on presser foot
(Photos from burdastyle.com)

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Pfaff 6122 Problem


Your machine just needs to be tuned up an the part inside that lower and raises the presser foot needs to be re-lubricated.  Lint, dust, dryness and the machine not being used can cause this issue with most pfaff machines (including my 7570).  A standard tune up from your local PFAFF dealer will remedy this.

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