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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Zipper foot does not fit the presser foot shank ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Trixiebme
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Date: 6/7/13 11:45 PM

So a while back I ordered a zipper foot for my Pfaff Varimatic 6085. After some research I found that the foot was the 98-694843-00 with no IDT and was please that I got exactly what I ordered...However I just tried it for the first time today and it does NOT fit the shank.

The distance of the bar (which looks to be 1cm) which snaps to the shank is smaller than my other feet. So I went back to the pfaff site Pfaff site and the shank looks different in than mine. This one allows the zipper foot to be snapped in off to the side Mine has a solid shank in which to snap the bar that runs across the foot. However that bar as I mentioned before is smaller than the one on my other feet & will not fit.

Pardon if I seem dumb but I am a newbie and have tried every which way to get it to fit but just can't do it.

Is it me, the presser foot shank or the zipper foot?

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Date: 6/7/13 11:50 PM

Is this a genuine Pfaff foot? Sometimes generic feet are advertised to fit a certain machine but they do not. My guess is that it is the zipper foot.

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Date: 6/8/13 0:05 AM

Marie367, the foot looks identical to the one on the pfaff site I added to my post. It even has the encircled #4 on it. It also looks to have the smaller opening on the attachment bar, just the it attaches off to the side and not the middle of the foot. Hence the problem...my shank is solid with no accomodation to fit the solid side of the foot.

My project has come to a screeching haltI'm thinking of trying to find a Pfaff authorized dealer in my area and take it in to see what could be going on.

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Date: 6/8/13 0:51 AM

Can you unscrew the shank and replace it with the zipper foot? Some of my feed snap on and others replace the ankle (shank). If that is not it, maybe someone who has this machine can help.

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Date: 6/8/13 3:45 AM

I have a Pfaff 1475 CD, I got my daughter a used Pfaff 6122, (with most of the feet gone missing) partially just because it was there, but also since it used the same bolt on shank for the clip on feet as my Pfaff 1475 CD, then I would not have to buy her all those numerous expensive feet, and she could just borrow from me if she needed one. Her machine does look about like and built like yours. And she really could use my Pfaff zipper foot, which has no enclosed solid sides on it at all. So I think you might be able to, also. Even though her machine has a more narrow stitch width than 9mm at all, and even though my machine has IDT and a cut out for that on some feet, that really does not matter if you got nothing to pull down into there to fit into there or not either. I think all snap on Pfaff made in Germany machines have/had open sided ankles. Yours too, I'm sure of it as can see that in your book.

But go take a look at your owners manual here:

http://s2.vsmgroup.com/VSM/Pfaff/pfaffmanual.nsf/MainFrame?OpenFrameSet&Frame=RightFrame&Src=%2FVSM%2FPfaff%2Fpfaffmanual.nsf%2FcstViewActiveCases%3FOpenForm%26AutoFramed

Notice in there on your machine, at least when it was brand new, they show it's ankle for clip on feet, has open sides to it, just like all the rest. But also notice the zipper foot on it in there, oddly does have closed sides on it. And notice it has two bars on that zipper foot, and one gets clipped on to the ankle as normal and actually the rear bar on that closed sided zipper foot in there, actually hooks into a place on the back of the open sided clip on ankle.

So not sure if you have just a clip on foot kind of shopping problem or not, or if your machine has the ankle it first came with on it, or not, or if you got some place a zipper foot that would clip onto what ever ankle piece you just happen to have now, or not, but if you look at the owners manual there, for your machine, you can at least see what the one looked like (both ankle and zipper foot) that they thought you were going to use, when the machine was more brand new instead. And how that closed sided zipper foot (and not a closed sided ankle piece) worked together once, when machine was new. Maybe try that.

I think a lot of people at some time in the life of a machine, actually might change ankles on it sometimes even, just to even use some other feet they got laying around off some other machines they might have too. If you did not get yours new, maybe that even happened?


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Date: 6/8/13 4:12 AM

Trixie, look at your accessories - Do you see another shank (possibly plastic with a semi metal looking bolt screw type).

One of my machines is a Pfaff and I do change my shank to use the walking foot (just one I need to change the normal shank for).

Otherwise, I would take it to a Pfaff dealer and they will SEE right away what issues you are having. Your book should have a good photo of the zipper foot placement so hope that helps!

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