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Free motion quilting

I was given this sewing machine,xl 5340 and the booklet doesn't tell
me , so that I can understand, how to lower the feed dogs and do free motion quilting. I would appreciate any help. Thanks, Nancy

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Refer to the accessories and you will find one is a darning plate. If you check the section for darning, there will be more information.

Look on the throat plate and there should be a tiny hole on each side of the feed dogs, this is where the plate snaps into place.

If you do not have the plate, set the stitch length to zero, and then tape an index card over the feed dogs with a hole punched out for the needle.

You may use this method forever, or check with your local Brother dealer for the accessory.

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