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Can't free motion quilt on Juki-T98QE

Machine works great when feed dogs are up. Fabric feeds evenly and stitches look great. When I drop the feed dogs to do free motion quilting, I can't move the fabric. If I pull really hard, I can move it forward. Won't move side to side at all.

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You need to be using a free motion foot or a darning foot, the regular presser foot is not for free motion.

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