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Problems installing my walking foot

I have installed the walking foot according to the instructions and have the "fork" around my needle screw, but when I start sewing it works the needle screw loose so the needle falls out.

I can't figure out what I have done wrong?


I saw this question come in about midnight last night and have been stewing about it all day. I've only come up with two possibilities...

  • The needle screw isn't tightened enough. Use a screw driver to tighten the screw (it gives you more tork), not just your fingers. If it's not tight enough the action of the fork may be loosening it.

  • The foot is the wrong model for your machine. That could be the reason that it's rubbing and then turning the screw. I would try stitching with my regular presser foot...slowly of course, a needle falling out is dangerous. Does the needle screw come loose then?

    If so, then it could be that the screw threads are stripped or they just plain wore out.

    Or is it possible that it's the wrong screw? If it's the incorrect model walking foot and it came with the screw you're using, it might not fit your machine properly.

Somehow, though, I bet you've already thought of both of those things.

Readers, have you come across this problem? How did you fix it? Use the 'comments' link below to share your experiences. I'd appreciate it. Thank you.

I wish I could have been more help.


Julie Baird

PS Sorry...just one last thought...the needle is installed in your machine with the groove in the front towards you, right?! Again, probably something you've already thought of...I am stumped!

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