SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Mood Fabrics
Mood Fabrics

Forum > Sewing Machines > 'Hover' or auto foot lift on sewing machines... ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
'Hover' or auto foot lift on sewing machines...
Which company had the first and when?
SewPerfect
star
SewPerfect  Friend of PR
Advanced
North Carolina USA
Member since 1/6/04
Posts: 191
Send Message

      



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?

------
Happy Seams to you....until we meet again!
In the corral: Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2, Bernina 931 Record, Brother PQ1500S, Brother XR1355, Singer 15-91, Singer 221 Featherweight, Pfaff serger

Aleroluver
star
Aleroluver
Intermediate
Member since 8/25/09
Posts: 409
Send Message

      
thumbsup 3 members like this.



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?

------
My machines listed in the order I got them:

Vintage metal Brother straight stitcher (Gretta)
Brother PC-420 (Benny)
Bernina Artista 200 (Miss Priss)
Vintage hand crank Singer 128 clone with LaVincendora decals (Vinny)

LynnRowe
starstar
LynnRowe  Friend of PR
Advanced
Member since 3/9/09
Posts: 9728
Send Message

      



Date: 6/1/14 1:14 AM

Home sewing machine first, or industrial?

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

SewPerfect
star
SewPerfect  Friend of PR
Advanced
North Carolina USA
Member since 1/6/04
Posts: 191
Send Message

      



In reply to LynnRowe <<


Date: 6/1/14 7:50 AM

Home sewing machine.

------
Happy Seams to you....until we meet again!
In the corral: Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2, Bernina 931 Record, Brother PQ1500S, Brother XR1355, Singer 15-91, Singer 221 Featherweight, Pfaff serger

karen149
star
karen149  Friend of PR
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 3/4/05
Posts: 3395
Send Message

      
thumbsup 3 members like this.



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.
-- Edited on 6/1/14 11:38 AM --

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7821
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



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!

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

Melcalifornia
Melcalifornia
Beginner
Member since 3/29/14
Posts: 291
Send Message

      



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.

karen149
star
karen149  Friend of PR
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 3/4/05
Posts: 3395
Send Message

      



In reply to Melcalifornia <<
thumbsup 2 members like this.


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!
-- Edited on 6/1/14 2:38 PM --

AminaHijabi
star
AminaHijabi
Advanced Beginner
Member since 10/22/10
Posts: 1181
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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

LynnRowe
starstar
LynnRowe  Friend of PR
Advanced
Member since 3/9/09
Posts: 9728
Send Message

      



In reply to AminaHijabi <<
thumbsup 3 members like this.


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!


-- Edited on 6/1/14 3:52 PM --

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

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Machines >> 'Hover' or auto foot lift on sewing machines...

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Historical Patterns
Web site

Nature's Fabrics


Natural & Organic Fabrics
Deals!

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Style Arc sewing dress patterns


Patterns That Fit
Web site

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Altering Jackets
Altering Jackets

Class Details

Online Class
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets

Class Details

Self Drafted Pattern 274515-1000

photo
by: magneticlo...

Review
SewBaby Totpacks Pattern

SewBaby Totpacks Pattern

Pattern Details
SewBaby Mitten Wraps and One Piece Hat Pattern

SewBaby Mitten Wraps and One Piece Hat Pattern

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2015 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.