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Kenmore Walking Foot
How do you attach the darn thing?
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Date: 3/3/09 12:52 PM

OK, so I have this new Kenmore 19606. Just bought the set of 4 feet discussed on PR. The open toe craft foot works perfectly & I love being able to see what I am doing. The ditch foot is great even though I don't quilt--makes it fool-proof to sew on a particular line. I haven't tried the open toe darning foot b/c I never do free-motion sewing. The Walking Foot---how do you attach it? The directions that came in the box just basically say to attach it, then it goes into a full paragraph of the uses & benefits of this foot---well, I'm not to the point of uses & benefits yet b/c I can't get it on & I don't want to force it & risk breaking anything! It says to put the "lever over the needle clamp". I obviously know to remove any other presser feet before attempting to attach the Walking Foot! It doesn't tell me if I am supposed to unscrew anything or how to do it or what goes where. The sum total of all directions are: "Attach the walking foot to the presser bar w/the lever over the needle clamp." Maybe I am a little slow, but I either need someone to show me or I need more detailed directions than that. I have fiddled w/it a good bit thinking I would figure it out or stumble upon it accidently, but not yet! Anyone who has the 19606 or SIMILAR Kenmore & you have attached the walking foot, can you give me any more info on this???? This model is made by Janome & may be very similar to some Janomes, so Janome owners may know too. Thanks!!

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Date: 3/3/09 1:09 PM

I ran into a similar problem with my OLDER Kenmore -- at least it sounds similar -- with the ruffler. I have to take the needle out to finagle the "u" shape around the needle clamp. The idea is to get the foot moving with the motion of the needle. Without pics, I'm not sure we're talking about the same situation, but I hope this helps.

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Date: 3/3/09 1:20 PM

You have to unscrew your regular foot and remove it entirely (screw should be located on left side where it attaches to machine)...not just use the quick release button to remove it. Once you remove the foot, place the w.f. over the metal "arm" so that the slot is over the hole where the screw goes. Put the screw back in and your good to go.

I hope that helped...it's a simple process but hard to describe.

Eve

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Date: 3/3/09 2:16 PM

Some time ago when I was a newbie I ordered some specialty feet for my pfaff..was so excited that I was no longer limited to straight stitch..well when I received the feet all was fine except for one foot..don't remember shich one..I smply could not get it on the ankle..I looked at the same foot for another machine and it did not look at all alike...the whole time I am calling the dealer going This foot is not the right one..out of frustration I left the whole thing alone for about a week..then as soon as I decided it was time to just take it back to the dealer I picked it up and then it dawned on me..was attempting to put it on backwards..I am now so grateful that I have the PR members to help me now..so I do not make an even bigger fool out of myself in front of a dealer..I did call him back and tell him what the problem was in case another customer ever had the same complaint and embarrasing.. So know your pain..and am watching this carefully as I bought my feet last week but have not had time to use them yet...

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Date: 3/3/09 2:52 PM

As others have said, you have to completely unscrew your regular foot. Then attach your walking foot using the same screw. Also, there is a movable bar on the right side of the walking foot. That bar must be positioned OVER the needle clamp for the walking foot to function correctly. Like this:

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Susie
Lady Kenmore 89, Janome 300E, Juki MO-735, Janome 1000CP, Kenmore 19606, Juki F600

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Date: 3/3/09 3:00 PM

OK, I will try it when I get back from carpool. When you say to unscrew, you mean to unscrew the big silver screw that is depicted on the left side of your picture? ALSO, do I completely unscrew it so the big silver screw actually COMES OFF, and then I put it back on? Gotta run but will check in later----thanks to all of you, especially Eve and Susee. Will let you know how I fare!!

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Date: 3/3/09 3:01 PM

I bought a walking foot for a janome machine and I didn'y know how to attach it. I found this site and she showed how to attach it.
http://www.glitzkrieg.biz/noteworthy_notions.html
Missy

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Date: 3/3/09 3:27 PM

Smockeymama, yes, you have the idea. You do need to unscrew the big silver screw so that it comes completely off. Then remove the foot that is on your machine. Slide your walking foot into place and position the movable bar OVER the needle clamp as in the previous picture.

Now, position the walking foot's attaching bracket directly over the screw hole, like this:



Hold it in place, and using your other hand, screw the silver screw back into the hole. Tighten it up with the screwdriver in your accessories package. It should look like this:

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Susie
Lady Kenmore 89, Janome 300E, Juki MO-735, Janome 1000CP, Kenmore 19606, Juki F600

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Date: 3/3/09 4:11 PM

These instructions and photos are excellent. One last tip: Make sure your needle clamp screw is tight because as the walking foot lever above the needle clamp screw rides it may loosen the needle clamp and you don't want your needle falling out while sewing.

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Carol - * I always have more time to sew *
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Date: 3/4/09 11:32 AM

Susee, THANK YOU!!! My first chance to sit down with this was this morning. Your directions were perfect and the photos---well, don't they say that a picture is worth a thousand words!? I printed your instructions (photos & all) since my computer is not near my sewing machine. I have now placed the copy of your photos & directions in the back of my 19606 manual for easy reference just in case I forget by the time I use this foot again. My daughter got bored on her snow day on Monday and took some scraps & sewed a potholder. She was just using what she could find around the house, so she sewed 2 rectangles of fabric together & then put in a thin layer of pillow stuffing. So I decided to flatten it out & use the walking foot to make several channels to keep all the stuffing from lumping up in one area of the potholder. Helped her make her potholder useable while giving me something to really try out the walking foot on. It worked like a charm! Went thru that batting like it was butter, and it's not "bunched up" anywhere! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

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