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The tension dial moves on its own when using my walking foot?

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When the tension dial moves on it's own, it's time to have the machine checked, to see if there is a part damaged or broken

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Walking foot not walking.


Most people don't realize that the moving parts of a walking foot could use some periodic lube. Take the foot off and manipulate it with your fingers and see where metal parts move against metal parts and apply a small drop of good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (if you have it). Make sure to wipe off any excess oil and test it again on a piece of scrap fabric.

If oil doesn't help, it could be that the walking foot has been damaged.

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Can I sew fine knits with my Bernina 830? What would I dial the machine to in order to avoid puckering?


Warning--leaving the presser foot up while sewing will not work because raising the presser foot releases the tension!!! You'll likely end up with a huge knot of thread to remove and possibly damaged fabric.

Fine fabrics present some issues for most machines but there are several things you can do to alleviate or even eliminate issues.

Be sure to use lightweight needles for knits (ball point). Use a good quality fine thread. Loosening the tension will help alleviate some of the puckering. In addition, using a wash-away stabilizer to add body to the fabric will help with puckering. (Even using paper under the fabric will be enough to remove puckering--however, it tends to dull the needle faster than usual--but a new needle is an inexpensive solution to an age-old problem. Also, using a roller foot, teflon foot, or walking foot may be beneficial in feeding the fabric. Some people will starch the fabric to add body.

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Why doesn't walking mechanism work?


if the pressor foot anvil doesn't move up and down /back/forth , the machine might be in "DARNING " mode this is usually a small button in the bobbin area , but some machines have them on the back of cabinet as well

Feb 26, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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I am using my walking foot to stitch in the ditch my quilt. The foot is not pulling my fabric through consistently.


The quilted fabric may be too thick for the walking foot to move along smoothly. Try using a zipper foot which is much slimmer and can get close to the line of stitching.

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Can't get the tension set right. bumps on top


Means thread is way too loose. Up tension dial number until the thread just skims the surface of the fabric.

Feb 16, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I am having problems with getting the tension right when quilting with a walking foot. At first the top stitches were bobbly now the bottom stitches are wrong. What should I adjust to balance perfectl


When you are adjusting thread tension it is important to test it on fabric of the same thickness. Keep adjusting the tension while testing on similar fabric. Turn the knob just a little bit each time until you get the right tension. You might also need to do some lint cleaning.

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Brother cs6000i thread tension issue


Logically, the top thread should not be affected by a walking foot as the thread operates independently of the presser foot.

Suggest removing the top thread totally from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct.

Check that your walking foot is installed correctly--the fork-shaped piece needs to encircle the needle clamp screw.

If you continue to experience problems with the walking foot but none of the other feet, recommend contacting a Brother technician.

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The walking foot is too aggressive on material, causing it to claw rather than pull through nicely.


Walking foot may not work well on thin material or normal sewing, it is meant for quilting and is applied on several layers of material.

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I recently rec'd Singer Curvy 8770 as gift. Trying to use for first time and thread on underside of stitches is loose. Have tension on top dial as far as 9. I hve been sewing for forty+ yrs.


Try this, totally rethread with the presser foot up, then pull the top thread, it should move smoothly, then lower the presser foot, now pull the thread, it should barely move. This seats the thread in the tension discs.

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I have an 1130 bernina and love it! with all fabric types the top material is not moving along with the bottom material when sewing seams. the lighter fabrics are puckering and the seams are anywhere...


The 1130 does not have a consumer adjustable presser foot. Check to be sure you are using the correct presser foot .Some feet are slightly different in height which is how the pressure is regulated. If this is not your problem it will need to be seen by a technician.
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