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How do i adjust my machine so i can use the zipper foot?

I need to move the the needle to one side but i dont know how to do it

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Hi Sarah
I will tell the way I used to do it in the old days, when the modern machines were electrical not electronic.

  • made sure that the right foot was fastened securely
  • took a piece of cloth
  • put under the needle, that was thread
  • moved a circle that was on the front of the machine to zig-zag
  • put the needle down and started very carefully
  • zig-zag she did
Your machine probably has a place where you choose the type of sewing you are doing. Look for a zig-zag sign.
all the best
kolbrun

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If you could tell us what kind of machine you're using maybe we could help you more effectively. Thanks

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