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Hi. Is there a free motion foot available for this model and can you lower the feed dogs?

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  • Rachel Donegan Nov 13, 2011

    Which darning foot do I get? There seems to be top loading, front loading, and low and high shank options (along with numerous combinations of these!) I'm so confused!

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Theanswer is yes and yes, you can purchase a free motion foot and there is a sliding button/lever on the back of the free arm just behind the needle plate that will lower the feed dogs, After the feed has been dropped and you want to re-engage them just flip the lever in the opposite direction and turn the machine one revolution and the feed will come back up,
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There are most likely some numbers missing from the model number you provided. Usually, there is a 3-digit beginning number, ie 115, 385, 401...

I am unable to find model information based on your number, but you can most likely get a user's manual through Sears or try searching the internet (Make Model manual), ie:

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