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Date: 3/5/13 8:25 PM

Hey, I received my first sewing machine about two weeks ago - a Juki HZL-K85. I like it, but I'm having huge problems with it stretching knits while it sews. Could it be because it doesn't have a presser foot pressure adjustment? The PF has a lot of tension underneath.

It's been killing me. Today, I read and read about problems with knits, and that seemed to be a possible issue.

I've been using water-soluble stabilizer with some success, but now wondering if I should return the machine.

Any machine to recommend in the same price range that has PF pressure-adjust? ($400 +/-)

Thanks!

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Date: 3/5/13 10:14 PM

I ran into this problem when I looked for a machine. You have to go up several models in most brands to find a machine with pressure foot adjustment. I change it all the time and it does make a difference.
Are you using a stretch needle? Tissue paper underneath might help too. Do you have a walking foot? That might help. As to machines in that price range, there might be a Janome with a walking foot, and several Brothers, that have pressure foot adjustment. No sure about the other brands at that price point. Mechanicals seem to be more likely to have it than computerized. I have a Kenmore made by Janome mechanical that has it and that will sew knits nicely.

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Date: 3/6/13 1:02 AM

I wonder if you could call a sewing machine technician or the place you bought it at and see if they can adjust the pressure. The pressure on machines are set at the factory and I am not absolutely positive but I have read on pr that it can be adjusted by a service tech easily.

If you want to stay with a Juki and decide to return the 85 see if the 400 series or 600 series would be in your price range and have the pressure foot pressure adjustment. I would check the classified on pr too for a used machine. Good luck.

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Date: 3/6/13 8:17 AM

A walking foot would help, if your model has one available. The machines I prefer for knits are Pfaff with the built-in dual feed. There are a couple models within your price range.

Congrats on your new machine, and hope it gets adjusted to your satisfaction!

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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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Date: 3/6/13 9:04 AM

Yes to a service tech being able to adjust the pressure foot pressure. My sister has had that done on her machines every once in awhile. The Juki 35hzl mechanical does have pressure foot pressure adjustment as does the F300. I also would give a walking foot a try too. The Janome 4030 comes with adjustable pressure foot and even though I do not own it, it has been on my radar for awhile. Good luck in resolving the problem.

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Date: 3/6/13 9:38 AM

Lynn,

Which Pfaff do you recommend for knit in that same price range ($400-600)?

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Date: 3/6/13 12:32 PM

One of the Ambitions maybe? I looked at them and I still keep thinking that if I bought another machine, it might be one of them. The IDT works with a zipper foot too-that would be a very nice feature to have as I am primarily a garment sewer right now too.

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Date: 9/12/13 8:15 AM

Could you please suggest a sewing machine which has the pressure foot adjustment? I am after one too. Seem it has on mine but it doesn't work, therefore I would like to upgrade mine. Many thanks

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Date: 9/12/13 8:46 AM

This was a problem for me 2 years ago when I went looking for a sm. Quite a few of the Janomes and even some lower end Brothers have it. Alot of the basic mechanicals have it like this Elna 3210 My Janome/Elna dealer pushes this machine for people just starting out-I saw it in action and I want one. Do you have a budget? What other features do you want?

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Date: 9/12/13 1:05 PM

Any, really. As long as they have the IDT, you're good to sew knits. My Pfaff 2023 doesn't have pressure adjustment, but it does have the IDT, and it's brilliant at sewing knits, and is the machine that sewed most of the knit garments in my PR reviews.

Take your trickiest knits and pop over to a dealer to play.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
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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