I need help, finally put the walking foot on the machine, and did a quilting project--actually turned out well, but last night, when I wanted to changed back to the regular pressure foot, when I removed the screw and lifted the part off the machine, a small piece was seperate. I can't figure out where it came from, since the side screws from the walking foot are still in place, and I can not find anywhere to reattach. I looked in the original material from Brother, but only see a picture of the walking foot--and can't find on the internet any "part" list or diagram for this food. Can anyone hel?p
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A walking foot would be helpful especially for quilting where there are multiple layers of fabric. The walking foot actually moves the upper layer in conjunction with the lower fabric helping to prevent wrinkles in the stitching.
For other projects, there may be other feet that could work. Your sewing machine may have other accessories, like this foot for Berninas Blindstitch foot 5
make sure that the thread tensions are correct for the thickness of material
remember that only the bottom foot walks and draws the material through so it may need a help and be pulled as it sews.
I find that women in sewing shops just love to talk about problems and how they can help so find a shop and discuss any problems with them
By any chance were you using your walking foot when it was squeaking? I had the same issue and realized it didn't squeak unless I was using the walking foot, it was actually the walking foot that was squeaking :D I can live with that!
If your SU is an Air Electronic model i.e. 80's model, Elna didn't make a walking foot to fit. However, if you've got a walking foot that is the same height from sole plate to the screw fitting as a standard Elna foot then you could give it a try. The walking foot connects to the presser bar with a screw but the needle bar also needs to hook into a secondary lever on the side of the walking foot to make the foot actually move. Probably sounds very confusing . Check the movement of the foot manually by hand turning the fly wheel to see how it works before you actually use with the motor to minimise any problems if the foot doesn't fit.
Also you'll probably only be able to do straight stitch with this foot due to the clearance around the needle plate.
Usually a walking foot is for straight forward stitching only.It keeps the many layers from shifting for you. The "hand-look" quilting takes a couple stitches forward then one back. If you look close, you will see about every other stitch is thicker and stands out more.