For those looking to become a master of the Singer sewing machine, one of the most important elements is understanding how to change the presser foot. Changing the foot can allow users to take on a variety of projects, from zippers to hems.
When it comes to changing the foot, the process is relatively simple. With the right steps and a minimal amount of frustration, anyone can learn how to take on different fabric projects with ease. Here’s how you can switch out the presser foot on your Singer machine.
Turn off the Machine
The first step in changing a presser foot is to turn off your sewing machine. In addition to simply unplugging it, you may wish to engage the reverse button, which is also known as the hand wheel, as this will stop the machine’s internal motor. This will ensure that all parts come to a complete stop before attempting to change out any equipment.
Loosen the Screw
Locate the screw that is on the back of the presser foot holder. Ensure that it is only slightly loosened and not unscrewed completely, as this can make it much more difficult for you to install the new foot. You may need to turn the screw counterclockwise, as most screws on these units are reverse-threaded.
Raise the Presser Foot Holder
To get to the presser foot, the holder must be there first. To raise it, press down on the small lever on the side closest to you. This will raise the presser foot holder and allow you to pull away the old foot.
Remove the Old Presser Foot
At this point, you can pull the old foot away from the machine. Make sure that all of the tension is released so that you can properly remove the foot. If there’s any resistance, then you may need to refer back to the previous step and ensure that the lever is completely pushed down.
Attach the New Presser Foot
Place the new presser foot in the appropriate space. You may want to line it up with the grooves so that it is properly placed. After you’ve secured it, gently press down the lever again to make sure it is secure in its place and then loosen the screw in the back of the holder.
Run a Test
Finally, it is important to run a test stitch on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure that the presser foot is securely in place and the stitching can properly take place. Once you are certain that the foot is on securely, then you should be ready to get started on those exciting sewing projects.
Changing a Different Foot
Depending on the post production plans, you may need to use a different type of foot. This will require a slightly different process, but the steps remain the same. However, the grooves may be placed differently, so make sure to take a look at the unit and find the most suitable area for placement.
Check the Tension
Prior to continuing, it is always important to check the tension levels of your machine, as this will help ensure that the presser foot is functioning properly. At times, the tension levels may be off and the fabric will bunched or pulled in a way that it shouldn’t be.
Keep the Machine Clean
Ensuring that your machine is clean and running optimally is an essential part of the sewing process. Throughout the course of regular sewing duties, make sure to clean the parts that are heavily touched, such as the presser foot holder. This will ensure that you don’t have any dirt, lint, or other debris hindering the operation of your machine.
Run a Diagnostic
At certain intervals, it is important running a diagnostic test on your machine as this will help you to identify any potential issues. This can also allows you to identify certain elements that may be causing issues, such as the presser foot or other accessories, and allows you to adjust them accordingly.
Tighten the Screws
Once the presser foot is properly in place, it is important to ensure that the screws are tight enough before you get started with your next sewing project. This can help to keeps the presser foot in place, allowing for optimal sewing performance.
Have Spare Parts Ready
Additionally, it is important to have a few spare parts on hand. This can include extra presser feet, screwdrivers, and other items that may be required in case of a malfunction. Additionally, it is important to have the correct tools to switch these parts out quickly and efficiently.