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Ok, so in my earlier search to find out the difference of the foot types, I sent out a flurry of emails asking how to change the orientation of the presser foot. All of them came back that you can't - until today. I got this;



Now knowing my machine isn't a walking foot machine, what would this get me if this works and I did this? I would be able to use the rear foot of a two piece walking foot set, and maybe the front foot would fit on the needle bar.

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Leave it to Sharpto get back to you. i've purchased a lot of stuff from them
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Now knowing my machine isn't a walking foot machine, what would this get me if this works and I did this? I would be able to use the rear foot of a two piece walking foot set, and maybe the front foot would fit on the needle bar.

Fun stuff.
Of course you can do that, and it's simple but what will that accomplish? On a walking foot machine the front part of the foot set does not go on the needle bar, it goes on a separate bar called the vibrating presser bar. Look at the picture. Your machine does not have the shaft right behind the needle bar like on my machine. You have needle feed, which means the needle moves forward to pull the work through. The foot intended for your machine has a narrow groove for the needle to be able to move forward. The rear foot for the walking foot machine has a wide opening to let the front foot, which has a hole for the needle to go through, and the needle move forward.

You can't make a walking foot machine out of your machine by using feet intended for a walking foot. If the presser bar shaft is in the same location on both machines, you could use the foot intended for your machine on a walking foot machine by turning the presser bar shaft 90 degrees and not using the front vibrating presser bar which would make the walking foot machine needle feed only. It doesn't work the other way around.
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Thanks Dan, I did learn that and I know I can't make the machine a walking foot. I just thought it was interesting that after I learned that I got the email.

I worked/practiced with the machine more last night. I have a blanket jammed under the treadle and I found that if I used my left foot, I could control the machine much better. Must not be as strong as my right.

My stitches came out much better and I was able to stop at a corner, turn the piece and continue sewing. I turned out passable work, practice pieces of course.
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Still making practice pieces. I got a much smaller pulley for my motor. I am now able to make the machine stitch very slowly. Boy does that help tons. Initially when I got the machine I thought I might not be able to do my project but with the machine moving slowly, I think I'll have a good shot.

I need to find something to mark the top of the vinyl to have something to follow when top stitching. I searched and found where Dan recommended the Fisher silver ink pens. I think I need to pick some up. How do you get the marks off of the vinyl after you're through?

Also, looking at welt cording, I see they have foam cord, I think this is what I should I should use for my boat's welt cord, is this right?
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The silver ink comes off with a mild cleaner. Soap and water will do, or Fantastik or 409 spray cleaners work well too. Foam welt cord is fine for a boat project.
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Hi Dan, have been watching your posts on upholstery, & I to are just starting out. You mentioned to MPM on the silver ink pens. Where do you get these as I am sewing on vinyl also. Thanks so much.
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I found them on eBay. Ordered 2 of them yesterday. Search for Fisher Ink Pen.
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Thanks MPM, What kind of machine do you have? I need to sew very slow also.
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The silver ink comes off with a mild cleaner. Soap and water will do, or Fantastik or 409 spray cleaners work well too. Foam welt cord is fine for a boat project.
I have a question about the silver ink pen. Does it come in another color besides silver? Preferably red. Reason why i ask is because i had retina surgery about 2 years ago. Since them some things are difficult to se colorwise. At times i have a hard time seeing the silver ink.
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Sorry, it only comes in silver. You could try a fine tipped red dry erase marker. I don't know if that would work as far as coming completely off of leather, but it should work on vinyl and Ultraleather. It would be worth a try.

UPDATE: I tried a dry erase pen on vinyl, and it does NOT come off.
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I have a Singer 111W151. When I was researching what machine to get to do my boat's upholstery, I read to look for a Singer 111 or 211 as these are walking foot machines. I have since learned that there are other types in the 111 line. My machine is a needle feed machine, not the recommended walking foot.

I didn't do too badly getting this machine though as I only paid $200 for a fine working machine with the power stand.

It works great when I sew the marine vinyl material face to face since there is a fabric backer. I was having trouble where I tried to face stitch, such as the top stitch on a french seam. The stickiness of the vinyl was causing the material to stick on the presser foot causing messed up seams and stitches.

I tried rubbing a rag that had some food grade silicone that I had laying around along the intended seam line. This worked great and the material went right through with nice stitches. I can't imagine that the silicone would hurt the vinyl but I have a piece sitting with some silicone on it to see if there's any effect. In a production environment this wouldn't be cost effective at all but for my uses it works fine. I am looking to get a Teflon foot which would do the same thing I think.

It only sews slowly now due to the pulley change I made. I wanted to see how slow I could get it to go with what I had on hand. If that didn't work I was going to get a servo motor.
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Silicone will not harm vinyl or Ultraleather, but don't put it on leather. Depending on the quality of the leather, the silicone can leave a permanent stain.
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Ha, thanks Dan. I'm only up to to the ruining vinyl stage, I don't think I can afford to progress to the ruining leather stage.

I have a 1/4" welt foot on the machine now. If I were to use 5/32" foam welt cord, is this foot too big? Or is it the right size?

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The rule of thumb for welt feet is to add 3/32 to the size of the welt cord and use the foot closest in size. 3/32 plus 5/32 equals 1/4, so that's exactly the right size foot to use.

I use the 1/4" foot for 3/32, 4/32, and 5/32" welt cord, which works good for vinyl, leather, and Ultraleather. If I was sewing thin fabric, I would use a smaller welt foot.
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