Releasing and Attaching the Presser Foot

Good news! I have finally figured out where the manual lever for the presser foot is! This means I can now actually USE the lock key to lock the functions so I don’t sew over my hand while changing the bobbin out….as unlikely as that scenario is, it is presumably possible as the lock key exists to prevent exactly that. Now, on to the lesson!

Before changing the presser foot, hit the lock key on your machine to lock all functions.

The lock button

The lock button

This will automatically lower the presser foot. One might wonder how exactly one changes a presser foot when it is in the down position with pressure on. Never fear, there is a manual lever. This is not a surprise, since machines have had manual lever’s for the presser foot since the machine was invented (I think). But as The Machine has the raise/lower presser foot button, I never bothered to locate it, instead choosing to take my safety in my own hands and daringly change the presser foot without the safety lock on. I’m such a rebel.

Having hit the lock key, reach behind the machine and locate the manual lever to raise the presser foot back up.

There it is!

There it is!

Once you raise the presser foot, hit the button on the back of the presser foot arm to release the foot that is currently attached to the machine.

Press the lever…button…whatever you call it, press it

Press the lever…button…whatever you call it, press it

This will cause the attached presser foot to release, allowing you to install whatever presser foot you need for the project you are currently working on. To attach the presser foot, insert tab A in to slot B…there’s a lot of that with The Machine

Tab A….Slot B

Tab A….Slot B

Tab A is the little metal bar across the top of the foot. ALL the feet have this bar as this is how the foot attaches to The Machine. Line that bar up under the rounded Slot B and snap up. Alternatively, you can manually lower the presser bar using the lever while the foot is lined up under foot slot until the foot snaps in place. If you do this, make sure to then raise the presser foot so you can check it snapped in right. There it is, Tab A/Slot B mechanism at work once again to change the presser foot to what you need for the project at hand.