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Date: 5/31/14 11:28 PM

Was having a conversation with a person at a quilt show today and got to talking about the merits of various machines. Auto foot lift with needle down - anyone know about when this feature was put into use? Or what company had it first?

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Date: 5/31/14 11:56 PM

I'm probably wrong here, but the first one that comes to my mind is the Viking Designer 1... wish I could find a good deal on a used one :o)

Does anyone else know if that's right?

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Date: 6/1/14 1:14 AM

Home sewing machine first, or industrial?

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Date: 6/1/14 7:50 AM

Home sewing machine.

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Date: 6/1/14 11:36 AM

I believe it was the Viking Designer I. According to a History timeline on their website:

"1998
Husqvarna Viking introduced a completely new sewing experience: the Husqvarna Viking Designer I with such World unique features as The Sensor Foot Lift, Sensor Foot Pressure, Selective Thread Cutters, Colour Touch Screen and Built-in Disk Drive."

I remember first seeing it in person on the first generation of Sapphires and was intrigued about it not having a presser foot lever in back. I bought a Brother QC-1000 a few years ago and it had the feature, along with a raise/lower button on the front, a knee lever and a manual lever. I could even adjust how high the hover went. I found myself using the button on the front almost exclusively.

I now have a Viking Sapphire 960Q and can't imagine buying a new machine without hover and auto lift, plus being able to tap the foot pedal to raise or lower the needle.
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Subject: Hover or auto foot lift on sewing machines... Date: 6/1/14 12:16 PM

I'll take the "Benghazi Hilliary" on this one!

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Subject: Hover or auto foot lift on sewing machines... Date: 6/1/14 1:12 PM

How does the hover lift work? When you stop sewing, the needle stays down and the presser foot lifts up automatically? I obviously do not have this feature but I think I've seen this on sewing tutorials/classes from Craftsy. I'd assumed the teacher was using a knee lift because I hadn't know this automatic lift feature to exist.

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Date: 6/1/14 1:30 PM

Yes, that's how it works. The knee lever on your Juki is the next best thing. We all have machine features that sing to us.

Sometimes it's nice to enjoy the simple mindfulness of coming to the end of a seam, manually raising a presser foot and moving the fabric out to cut with trusty scissors. I waver between awesome vintage machines like my Singer 401 and the fancy Viking. So nice to have features that make sewing easier!
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Subject: Hover or auto foot lift on sewing machines... Date: 6/1/14 1:54 PM

It doesn't lift up all the way. It lifts just a little so you can shift your fabric as needed but its still mostly down keeping things in place

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Date: 6/1/14 3:51 PM

For the hover, it doesn't lift all the way up. Or it can be set at 3/4 lift or full lift.

I love auto presser foot lift and not having a manual lift on the machine. It would save me a lot of time spent staring at my manual lift machines, waiting for their foot to raise!


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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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