Member since 10/21/13
Date: 10/22/13 8:37 AM
Hi I have been left a pfaff 1217 I can not find any information about the sewing machine, I am wanting to do free hand embroidery, but I can not get the hoop under the foot, and do I need a special foot?
Member since 5/2/09
Date: 10/22/13 6:53 PM
You don't really need a special foot, or even a foot on it at all, if your fabric is really held down so very tight to the stitch plate by just your fingers so very close to the needle, or instead your fabric in a hoop like that, if it does the same thing.
If you did not want to do it either of those two ways though, then you would at least need some kind of darning foot on it, to just even press the fabric so very close to the stitch plate when the needle went up and down, to prevent flagging instead. Because if you did not even do that, the fabric would be bouncing around, and raising up on your needle and probably making a big mess and skipping stitches instead.
But since you got your fabric in a hoop, you don't really need that. If hoop small enough and hooped up right.
I'm sure you can get a hoop under there. Some better than others maybe though. But to do that, you have to lift the top walking foot up, and keep it up, as you would not want that down at the same time. Also not all hoops are even the same in height of their rings at all, but if you can't fit it under there, by just un-clipping the foot part from the ankle part of it, then to get the hoop under there, you would have to use that thumbscrew and take off the whole ankle piece that is clipped to a foot, to slide the hoop under there, if you need that room to do that.
Also if it is really just a real nice wooden hoop, and you were going to use it all the time, that way, you could just file down one little place on it, to even make it a bit shorter there, to "slip under it" just in one spot, I guess.
I can't imagine not being able to fit a hoop under there though, (turn it a bit on edge if you have to while getting under there) if your top walking foot was moved into up position, and your needle bar all the way up and you took off the clip on foot and it's screw on ankle piece too though when you did that. So I think that has to work just fine probably.
You probably already know this, but of course your fabric would have to be "hooped up" in the opposite manner than the way you would normally just hoop some fabric for hand embroidery. So hand embroidery, the fabric is stretched out across on the top edge of hoop rings, machine embroidery, fabric is stretched out across the lowest edge of the hoop rings instead.
-- Edited on 10/23/13 1:35 AM --
Member since 12/3/06
Date: 10/23/13 11:27 AM
You should use a foot. This keeps the fabric from pulling up with the motion of the needle.
If you Google "free motion" stitching/quilting/thread painting you may find many suggestions, tutorials and photos.
I found on the Internet that this is a high shank machine and this foot.
You need to lower the feed dogs, or set the stitch lenght to zero to stop them from moving the fabric.
Hoop the fabric so it is next to the bed of the machine. Tip the hoop to slide it under the foot. There are also slim hoops that will fit under the foot.
Slide stabilizer under the hoop before you start stitching.
Test, test, test.
When in doubt, take the machine to your local sewing machine shop for their assistance.
-- Edited on 10/23/13 11:44 AM --
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