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Issue sewing bulky fabrics on LSZ-1

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Topic: Issue sewing bulky fabrics on LSZ-1
Posted By: bscuzz
Subject: Issue sewing bulky fabrics on LSZ-1
Date Posted: 11 December 2015 at 3:24am
I've had my LSZ-1 (I call him Popeye) a few months now; I make 'handbags'.   I recently tried sewing a bag that is inconsistently lumpy and find that getting it under the presser foot was very difficult.  It seems that when the needle is raised, the feeddogs are 'up' interfering with moving the fabric underneath.  Upon checking closer, I find that to get the feeddogs lowered, the needle is in the down position which interferes with putting the fabric underneath.  Am I missing something that I should know? Anybody familiar with this scenario or have any suggestions?  "bscuzz"

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bscuzz



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Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 11 December 2015 at 7:37am
You will have about 5/16" to 3/8" max clearance when the needle is on the up-stroke and has just risen above the bottom surface of the center (presser) foot. Hope this helps.

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Best Regards,
Matt Grant
Sailrite


Posted By: bscuzz
Date Posted: 11 December 2015 at 9:51am
Thank you Matt Grant for your reply.  

I gather there's no way to 'drop the feeddogs' but do you think a different 'presser foot' would help me with my issue.  A better description of my issue is - when I attempt to place my material (which is thicker in some seam areas) under the presser foot, in the thicker areas it snags (hangs up) on the feeddogs as I'm trying to position the material where I need to sew, making it 'very difficult' to 'almost impossible' to move the fabric under the presser foot to where I need to sew.  I have the LSZ-1 Premium, which came with a left roping zipper and cording foot.


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bscuzz


Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 11 December 2015 at 10:26am
You might try the Leather foot (#120184) which would give you a tad more room under the foot and also reduce any snagging from the top.

Dropping the feed dog is only possible with a clamp screw adjustment. But I don't recommend doing that.

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Best Regards,
Matt Grant
Sailrite


Posted By: wsmurdoch
Date Posted: 14 December 2015 at 9:14am
I had a similar problem with some loosely woven upholstery fabric which just did not want to go over the feed dogs without catching.  I solved the problem by placing a piece plastic cut from the side of a gallon milk jug over the feed dogs.  With the plastic in place I could slide the fabric over the plastic and under the presser foot.  When everything was aligned, I pulled out the plastic and started sewing.  It was a little troublesome, but it worked.


Posted By: MattGrant
Date Posted: 14 December 2015 at 9:20am
Very clever!

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Best Regards,
Matt Grant
Sailrite


Posted By: bscuzz
Date Posted: 15 December 2015 at 1:45am
I agree - very clever!  Thank you for the suggestion . . I think a piece of milk jug plastic is gonna be a permanent part of my sewing bucket . . right along with my seam ripper, ruler, stiletto and Sailrite handbook!  Smile  bscuzz

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bscuzz


Posted By: Tashalopez
Date Posted: 23 December 2015 at 8:01pm
I also have similar problems, thank you for your question! I got the method.



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