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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Foot on my machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/20/13 10:16 PM

I received an older machine today that I fired up and found that the foot is a little crooked. It doesn't appear to be the foot itself but the post it attaches to. I'm new to sewing and don't even know what the name of the thing is that the foot connects to so I was unable to find any help online for how to rotate the bar to straiten out my foot. Is it possible to rotate this bar at home? What is the bar called? I have an older White Model 710.

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Date: 6/21/13 5:50 AM

It is commonly called the presser foot bar or presser foot take up bar or some sort of combination of those terms in manuals.
It should be a part number that can be replaced. Perhaps you can locate a manual online and get the part number from the inside diagram.

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Date: 6/21/13 8:40 AM

What is the problem? Does it stay attached to the presser foot bar? Have you tried a different foot?

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Date: 6/21/13 9:46 AM

Is this a snap on foot or screw on? In any case...take off the entire shank to look at the presser foot bar...does it seem rotated or bent?
If bent the bar will need replacing.

You say you are new to sewing...but are you good at mechanical repairs?

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Date: 6/21/13 3:41 PM

It looks straight to me. Even if I take your photo, put it in a image processing program, throw a grid up on it and compare to the right angles on that grid. And the cross piece of your zig zag slot in the stitch plate as a right angle there too. So I think something wrong with the foot actually. If you drop a foot on the hard floor and then you walk over it bare foot, probably will not bend it. But if you do that and some 200 pound plus guy walks over it with big heavy boots, then I think things get bent up. Maybe you should just put another sewing machine foot on it, as a comparison.

Also when a foot is up in the air like that, how it hangs in the air, on that little cross wise peg it is clipped too, is not even just how it will always settle down when lowered on your feed dogs most times.

Some one in the past was sewing on that machine in a "bad sewing" manner though. You can even tell that by looking at the stitch plate hole in the stitch plate and see how horribly chewed up and needle hit and scarred up, it has become right there even.

It's called a pressure foot bar and could be rotated by undoing a screw or such, but that won't do you any good if it's actually the foot part that is bent up instead. So try another foot first.
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Date: 6/21/13 9:11 PM

It's a presser foot shaft. There should be a screw on the left side of it, which you can access by opening the take-up cover, also on the left side. Just loosen it, don't take it out. Then, with the presser foot still on, twist the shaft to the position you want and re-tighten the screw.

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