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Date: 6/17/13 2:06 AM

I currently have 2 low shank machines and have seen pics of high shank. I am just wondering if there is a difference in performance or pros or cons to either type. Please educate me. Thank you.
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Date: 6/17/13 3:39 PM

It is just means the measurement from the bottom of the foot to the bolt hole in the foot that attaches it to your pressure foot bar. Nothing else at all. So one kind is taller there than the other. So they just call that part of it the shank, where it bolts on there. One is not better than the other, one is just longer than the other. Of course if you went out and bought/got the wrong kind to match up with some machine, (no matter which length was wrong for a machine) then that would be worse than having the right kind instead. But that is about it.

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Date: 6/17/13 7:06 PM

Good to know. Thank you for the help!

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Date: 6/17/13 7:06 PM

Good to know. Thank you for the help!

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Date: 6/17/13 7:36 PM

And then of course, you have the slant shank where the shank itself is slanted toward the front. Found only on Singer specialized machines.

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Date: 6/22/13 7:28 PM

High shank is what most industrial machines are, which means there are a wide assortment of feet available for them, most pretty cheaply. That includes things like top stitch guide feet, and edge feet, and compensating feet, which simply seem not to be made for domestic machines.

This seems like a good place to ask this: Is there a list of machines that are high shank? I need to get a portable machine, and it would be very nice to able to use my collection of industrial feet and attachments on it.

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Date: 6/22/13 7:37 PM

Don't forget the super high shank that some of the old Kenmores had (maybe other machines too). I have one with a super high shank. I bought almost all the feet available at the time for it which was a good thing. You can go on ebay and search Kenmore high shank feet to get an idea. They have a very long shaft for the foot. I have modern machines with low shanks. I thought the higher the shank the more material you could get under the presser foot. Is that true?

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Date: 6/22/13 8:41 PM

I don't think one list for all anyplace. But late 1950's-early 1960's Necchi Super Novas and such use high shank feet.

Some older Kemores but they called it super high shank so might not be the same.

A bunch of newish sort of Quilters striaght stitch machines have high shank feet.

Maybe some more machines, (just listed as high shank) listed on the back of the box for some old Greist buttonholer or attachment set, as all being high shank?

I'm pretty sure it's sort of like anything else though, it's not only the shank height, they also got to cover your feed dogs, and hole in them line up with needle drop, and those line up with hole in stitch plate too, so kind of a lot of factors going on each time there, and without sticking each foot on something to even see, I don't know how else you could even know all that stuff.

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Date: 6/22/13 9:15 PM

Short answer - no. Just make sure of what you are purchasing when shopping for accessories.

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Date: 6/23/13 9:59 AM

High shank machines that use industrial feet straight stitch machines such as Brother PQ1500S, JUKI TL98, JUKI2010, Pfaff Grand Quilter, Janome 1600P, Husqvarna Viking and Babylock straight stitch only.

Janome has a used their own version of a high shank on the MC Memory craft embroidery machines. This shank foot height clearance is not the same as the above straight stitch machines. The embroidery machines are MC8000, MC9000, MC 10000/10001, MC11000/11000SE, MC9500/MC9700.

Janome now has the new MC9900 and the MC12000 with a 9mm opening, both of these are embroidery combo machines.

Janome has a selection of quilting machines with a 7mm opening that use a high shank MC6600 & MC7700. These also have a specific feet for the built in Accufeed mech.

The new Janome MC8900 quilting machine is a high shank with a 9mm openning and Flex feed same as MC12000. The MC9900 is 9mm and Janome is to release a walking foot for it.

Brother used a high shank on their embroidery combo's PC8200, PC8500, PC8500D, PC6500, and Ult 2001, 2002D, 2003D. They also included a low shank adapter with their machines because the side cutter and walking foot included were low shank.

I have the MC10001, Brother Ult2001 and the PQ1500s and the "high" shanks are not the same and you can't use the other brands feet. Also note that the Brother snap on feet and Janome snap on feet don't cover the feed dogs needle plate openning properly resulting in needle hitting the foot.

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