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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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
I'm assuming your machine has a little plate you put over the feed dogs rather than a knob which disengages the feed dogs from moving to do free motion embroidery or something.
If this is the case there probably isn't enough room for your quilt sandwich under the foot.
You could try using a free motion embroidery foot rather than the regular foot with the feed dogs up and see if that allows you sufficient movement.
It would look like this:
It may take some practice still to get a smooth stipple if that is the effect you are going for.
You may find some other ideas on quilting websites to get around this problem or in a Yahoo group for quilters. I've only ever quilted in straight stitch using my walking foot so it feeds the quilt smoothly for me, never tried FMQ.
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.