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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Knee Lift - when do you use yours? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Knee Lift - when do you use yours?
is it primarily for piecing/quilting?
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Date: 7/15/12 12:52 PM

I don't quilt, yet (as I get older I've learned to add that qualifier), and I've never used a knee lift. Since I am sewing pretty much daily (ahhhhh...retirement), am I missing something by not using the knee lift? I get the idea of freeing both hands for sewing. Hmm...maybe I just need to attach it and try it for a few weeks!

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Date: 7/15/12 1:53 PM

I use it for all sewing, now that I have it, especially pivoting.

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Date: 7/15/12 2:03 PM

OMG! It's SO AWESOME!!! I don't sew quilts either. I sew garments and bags and I LOVE my knee lift! When I got my new sm that has it, I thought that I'd give it a try, but I didn't think I'd use it that much. Boy, was I wrong!! I LOVE that feature and now it's a MUST HAVE!

Can you tell by my CAPS that I LOVE IT and you MUST get one RIGHT NOW ;-)

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Date: 7/15/12 2:07 PM

I have one for my Babylock, and I attached it a couple weeks ago. I found it uncomfortable for me, and I couldn't adjust the height of my chair to accommodate both the pedal and the knee lift. My legs are too short, apparently! Now that I think about it, I probably should have skipped the knee pedal and used the control function on the head instead. Hmm. Hard to change old habits, I guess.

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Date: 7/15/12 2:35 PM

I like it any time my hands are busy. Especially for working with elastic or shifty layers.
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Date: 7/15/12 2:41 PM

I use mine for all sewing. It takes a while for it to become automatic but watch out! I was taking a class on another brand of machine than mine and had no knee lift. I kept swinging my leg out to the right to raise my pressure foot. One time I did it so vigorously that I nearly fell off the chair. On my machines using it also lowers the feed dogs which makes it easier to start something bulky ( like jeans hems or purses) and also easier to remove your project. It also gives you some extra height so I think it is really worthwhile to use it.
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Date: 7/15/12 2:58 PM

I bought a new machine last yr, and the Bernina instructor really encouraged us to use it (it was totally new to me). Anyway she said there was a study which proved you could be 30% more productive (I won't swear I recall the exact %) and it does I think speed things up and help with accuracy. Now it is a habit.

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Date: 7/15/12 3:10 PM

I use my knee lift all the time. I am primarily a garment sewer, but have been working on a quilt and using it for that too.

I found it especially useful when making bras and needing both hands free to hold the small pieces.

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Date: 7/15/12 3:24 PM

I have one for my Berninas. It does not hit my leg so I have to raise my thigh up a bit to use.....my surface is pretty low even....

I use it but could live without.

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Date: 7/15/12 3:30 PM

I've only sewed on machines that have a knee lift and that's my plan for the duration! It's part of my normal flow and I find it hard to sew on machines without it. My 2 hands are always able to do what I need on the cloth or off. I remove pins, or grab them, adjust a setting, lift the cloth and just feel how things are going. I'm a physical sewer and sometimes hold things with a wrist, forearm or elbow and use all the muscles in my body. The knee lifter helps in that and seems so ergonomically sound. My first job out of design school, I worked in a a local designer's small factory. Those industrial machines had knee lifters and it definitely sped production.

Try it for a while to get into a groove with it- I think you'll love it too!

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