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I have this White model 1740 and would like to use it for stippling/quilting purposes. I understand that the cover must be put over the feed dog,and have done so, but how do I not lower the darning presser foot in order to have free motion? I tried to sew with the presser foot up but experienced the looping/bunching of the lower thread. The instruction manual does not explain how to do free motion quilting, etc. Help.

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  • scruzzing Aug 31, 2010

    This is crazy! I already have three layers - the quilt back, the loft and the top of the quilt. Are you telling me that I should then add another layer of wonder under (that's alot of wonder under). Since you did not mention if there is a mid-position for free motion, I'm assuming the presser foot remains in the up position?

    If there isn't a better method - I don't see why this machine is called a quilting machine if it can only do minimal sewing.

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To allow the free moving and to do it by hand ..it has a button that will low the feeding dog and practically you will move the fabric by hand..or ..just remove the presser foot from the screw..or if it is possible ..free the screw and lift the foot up to the max..for a larger feeding dimension ..

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    abbynjack60 May 24, 2012

    The foot does NOT remain in the position. I am a professional quilter and the FEED DOGS are lowered or removed to allow free motion stippling.A pair of vinyl gloves are then used too to allow you to freely move the quilt while you free motion stippling.

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The looping/bunching of fabric will occur when doing free motion quilting and etc. You might be able to do what we do: use Wonder Under under your fabric and the bobbin thread shouldn't bunch up like it is doing right now.

Hope that helps.

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    Loretta Northcutt Sep 03, 2010

    Yes maam the foot remains in the up position. I did not realize you already had that many layers of fabric. The only other solution would be to place an embroidery hoop around the area of the fabric you are sewing in.

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