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walking foot coming off - grrr
worked fine first time for bout an hour and then ....
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Date: 9/27/12 11:23 AM

I have a walking foot I bought on ebay. it has plastic where it goes around the short shank of the machine and then that is screwed on. I used it for the first time on this nightmare queen sized quilt I'm making in sections (first time). It worked for about an hour just fine - then it suddenly came off. Now every time I put it on and start quilting it comes off. I can see no reason for this. I just did a row of quilting with regular foot and that is causing the top layer to pucker way too much. Has anyone else had this problem with a walking foot? All the feet go on the machine the same way and the others stay on. This is an 84 vintage Kenmore. The foot fits both that machine and my Brother LB6800 PRW machine which I originally bought it for. Now I don't know what to do because I'm afraid of messing up the quilt without the foot.

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Date: 10/1/12 0:33 AM

Is it generic or is it made for your machine, I have never had a problem with my walking foot coming off any of my brothers, so if its generic it just might not be a good match for your machine.

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Date: 10/1/12 0:56 AM

Have you checked that the part that goes over the needle bar is in the right place? Usually I should say there s a part that goes over the needle bar? Here is a picture of a Kenmore one close up from an old thread here!

Kenmore Walking foot attached correctly

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Date: 10/1/12 12:29 PM

Did something come loose or fall off this foot? Sounds like something is missing from it. I know you used it for an hour and then, it came off. Have you tried sewing just a sample sandwich with the foot to see if it comes off when sewing that? Do you think it has anything to do with the size of quilt you are working on? Maybe something is pushing against it or pulling or...?

Yes, you need a walking for for the quilt. What are you doing on the quilt itself? Are you doing the quilting or the binding or just piecing? Are you doing a Quilt as you Go, type?

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Date: 10/4/12 11:28 AM

I'm doing quilt as you go - first time and I'm afraid I sort of jumped in too quickly. I pieced sections that are long (like from top to bottom of bed not counting most of the drop - three for the top and then one for down each side and one across the bottom end where they drop. I don't know what is wrong with the foot - it came from ebay and was listed as Brother 140 or whatever, which is the part number for my machine but I'm sure it's not a Brother part. How it can work sometimes and not others I don't know. I moved it from the Kenmore to the Brother and it worked awhile and then the thing started slipping off the needle bar - it actually looks like it's too short (the bottom part of the "u"that fits around the bar at least) and it's not broken. I wrote to the seller and have received no answer which is annoying me. I don't usually buy from ebay - much prefer Amazon. I finally just started quilting (top stitching all over in straight lines) with regular foot. Now I have several places where the top got sort of a little tuck in it - I've decided at this point I'll just finish it - the fabrics are very colorful and one would have to look closely to notice I think. It's just to put on our bed and have it cover the thick mattress, which my current store purchased quilt does not and in the colors I wanted. It's probably going to be my last (as well as first) BIG quilt anyway. I did get the course on Craftsy on the various ways to do a large quilt on a regular machine but too late!. I think I will end up using binding on each side to put the sections together also - hopefully I can find more of what I bought which matches perfectly. Live and learn.

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Date: 10/4/12 12:13 PM

When you put it on your foot, do you just tighten it with your fingers or do you also use a screwdriver to tighten the screw a little more? I find that when it comes to quilting the vibrations involved mean I need to tighten just a little more with my screwdriver.

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Date: 10/4/12 12:22 PM

Did you use it on the 84 Kenmore or a Brother? Maybe you should consider getting a geniune foot for your machine. Maybe not as easy with the Kenmore as the Brother.

If I were you, I'd post all over again on the Sewing Machine topic and you would get a lot more replies on what to do.

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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 10/5/12 7:04 AM

yep - used a screwdriver as tight as I could get it.

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Date: 10/5/12 7:08 AM

I started with the Kenmore but it just kept coming off. Then worked on the Brother for awhile - the problem on the brother seems to be more that the little arm doesn't seem long enough to stay on the needle bar - and yet it did for awhile without problem. None of it makes sense. I would rather use the Kenmore for quilting since I figure it's more rugged. I may get another foot, especially if I decide to to another quilt.

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Date: 10/5/12 11:55 AM

I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to have it come off. Was it one made for the Kenmore or a generic walking foot?

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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