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Ingenuity-needle hits pressure foot when zigzag stitching

I have been using the zig zag stitch to do some applique for a quilting project. things have been running great; now all of a sudden the needle hits the pressure foot (I have the floating foot on the wide "slot" on the foot for the zigzag stitch) and the machine goes into this crazed mode where you have to shut it off and reset everything to begin again...only to have it hit the pressure foot again.. I've changed needles but nothing I do helps.

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Reduce the width of the zig zag as a short term fix, but it seems that you either have the incorrect foot attached, or the ZZ width setting needs adjusting.

If, when the needle is set to be centred, is it actually slightly off-centre ?? You may do worse than have a service done, explaining the issue you face as well as a general go over.

As this was posted some time ago, I hope it has been resolved for you.

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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