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Old 08-28-2012, 04:27 AM
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I just picked up my first long arm machine !!!! I was after a 144w, but I could not pass this double needle up. I am looking for a source for used presser feet if anybody knows of such a place. Any help is appreciated, Jcar

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That's a big heavy duty machine, and the 30" long arm will be terrific to have. I have a 144, but it only has a 20" arm.

The presser foot for a double needle machine of any kind is going to be different than for a single needle machine. There are going to be probably 8 different feet available, so you need to know what the distance is between the needles before you go any further.
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Thank you Dan , I should have it home by the end of the week, and I will measure the gauge. I think it is 1" but I did not measure it when I made the deal. I am going to invest in a smaller gauge in the future and my plan is to be patient and try to gather as many feet and gauges for it as I can. I realize it is a huge undertaking to change the gauge, but I am under no time constraints for my projects and I will find something I like. What are your thoughts on using it as a single needle with a modified foot? Am I asking for problems? Thank you, Jeremy
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You should be able to use it for flat seams with just one needle without any real modification, but you won't be able to sew welts or use any other types of feet. The machine is not intended to do that anyway. I doubt your machine will have reverse either, which complicates using it for anything other than straight flat seams.

If you intend to use it in many different gauges, you are looking at a huge monetary investment. You will need to change the foot, feed dogs, throat plate, and (I think) both hooks for every different gauge. That's a lot of money tied up, and those are not easy changes to make. I'd suggest you decide on one gauge change and stick with it.
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I was wrong about needing to replace the hook assemblies. You don't need to replace the hooks, but besides all the other things I mentioned, there are three different hook saddle bearings and needle holders that need replacing for every different gauge. BTW, the gauges go from 1/4" to 2 1/2" in 1/4" increments. That would be 10 different gauges. My guess is that you'd have $3,000 to $4,000 in parts to do all that.
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I printed the manual for it, and I see what you mean. I would like to set it up to run French seams with a 3/8 gauge or so, then modify a foot to use it in a single needle mode on occasion. Thank you DanTwolakes, you always come through with valuable info, it is appreciated. Jeremy
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I was wrong about the gauges, they are 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, 2, 2 1/8, and 2 1/2. That's 12 different gauges.
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