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Lanna
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Date: 4/7/13 4:30 PM

I cannot find how to adjust the pressure for my sewing machine. It is on too tight, pressing against the feed dogs, I want to sew on some knit, and cannot loosen it. I cannot find where/if this can be adjusted. I have not used the machine much. I even checked the manual, and I couldnt find how to adjust this. My other machines can be adjusted.

If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate, Thanks.

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Date: 4/7/13 4:39 PM

I don't think this machine offers an adjustable presser foot pressure feature. Do you have a walking foot for this machine you could try with knits?

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Date: 4/7/13 5:41 PM

Thanks for your response Ming, I dont have a walking foot.

I think I really should have researched a little more before purchasing a another rmachine.


At least I didnt spend too much on it. I can always use it as a back up.

I really thought, even the basic machines have this adjustment. So a more advanced one, I thought, would have had it also.
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Date: 4/7/13 5:49 PM

Don't feel bad, it's hard finding that "perfect" machine, if it even exists at all! Keep your eyes open for a nice walking foot, they sell generic ones for low shank machines (which I'm pretty certain your model is) for around $20. They can help quite significantly with sewing stretch fabrics.

My first machine, the Bernina 1008, also does not have the adjustable presser foot pressure feature but Trena (of the Slap Dash Seamstress blog) uses her 1008 to churn out beautiful garments.

I'm sure you'll find a way to tame your fabrics. Good luck!

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Date: 4/7/13 7:08 PM

You might try posting this in the 'Sewing Machines' thread. Someone there might be familiar with your machine.

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Date: 4/7/13 7:23 PM

I looked at a picture of that machine, and I could sew knits on it just fine if everything else set up just right, and as an operator doing the right kind of stuff, and I think the machine is made for that and that is even why all those reverse cycle knit stitches are built into there even (but maybe not quite as as good as on a overlocker maybe with real loopers and real overlock stitches and differential feed) and I actually do think it's a big huge internet myth going around, that you can't sew knits on a sewing machine, without some kind of bolted onto it generic walking foot, if it's computerized and has no manual pressure foot adjusting dail to turn.

Just because I have lots of machines old and new, and most times things work fine for me. I even have some computerized machines with no manual pressure foot adjustment at all, that sew on knits, way better than lots of machines old and new that have that too. So, I don't think that is the only factor working in there at all. I also think it's pretty silly if thousands of people get to thinking they can only sew on knits if they bolt some kind of quilters walking foot onto a sewing machine too, as that seems kind of nutty to me to actually.

So if you go with that, (the thought that all sewing machines are garbage and can't sew on knits if pressure foot has not an adjustable pressure foot, kind of train of thought), I think you are giving up way to easy, and it's just operator error instead even.

What is the real sewing problem? Is you fabric stuck and not even moving at all there or are your stitches so small and tiny it's getting sucked down into the stitch plate hole or what?

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Date: 4/7/13 7:49 PM

Did this problem just develop? Your machine might need an adjustment by a repair person.

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Date: 4/8/13 0:17 AM

You could check with a sewing technician and see if they can loosen your pressure, I know that they can do it on other machines and don't have adjustable pressure. That may be all you need to do. Good luck!

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Date: 4/8/13 11:58 AM

thanks all !! so excited to find all these different answers. I have tried to sew and it just seems to smash my fabric tightly, then I have a wavy seem, and its a hem I want to do on a TRW blouse. I will try some other stitches, and adjustments to see if that will work.
It could be my fear of knits hitting me, I really like wovens, but knit seems to be the in thing, and its so comfortable.

Again thanks for everyone being so helpful. :)

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Date: 4/8/13 1:23 PM

It is probably too much foot pressure. And I don't think this machine can be adjusted. I know letting up on the foot pressure does wonders. You could try to put a little water soluable stabilizer under or on top of the fabric and see if that helps. Or get yourself a serger nothing beats a serger for sewing knits!

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