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Pfaff – Free Motion Embroidery Sensormatic Foot
- For sewing free motion embroidery, stippling and quilting.
- Fits Pfaff sewing machines in category J (excluding the Expression 3.5, 3.2, 3.0, 2.0 or 150).
This free motion embroidery sensormatic foot has been designed for use with Pfaff Sewing Machines in category J (excluding the Expression 3.5, 3.2, 3.0, 2.0 or 150).
A free motion presser foot allows you to sew in any direction which is especially useful for machine embroidery where you can use the sewing machine as if you were drawing, or for adding appliques to your projects or quilting all kinds of shapes and swirls. This foot is also particularly good for stippling work. Stippling is the use of small closely spaced stitches which are often used to fill an area. This can be done for adding the feeling of shading and depth to a picture or for visual interest in a more abstract design.
The clear open-toe design of this sewing machine foot allows for fantastic visibility as you stitch, which makes it easier for you to sew more precisely.
Before using this sewing machine foot, you will need to lower or cover your feed dogs/disengage your IDT system. If your sewing machine has a Sensormatic free motion mode then select this, and the feed dogs will automatically drop. Usually, the feed dogs guide the fabric through the machine which helps you to sew in a straight line. With this sewing machine foot we want to sew in any direction, so by stopping the feed dogs from moving the fabric, we can guide the fabric manually in any direction we need to. If you are sewing a large project like quilting, make sure you have plenty of space around you to manoeuvre your fabric around your machine. Because you will be twisting and turning as you sew, it needs more support and space than straight-line sewing. A quilting extension table can be very useful in supporting larger projects.
Remove the current snap-on foot from your Pfaff sewing machine and securely snap on the Free Motion Embroidery Sensormatic Foot. Ensure that it is firmly in place before starting your project. The stitch length and type don’t work in the usual way, as you are guiding the stitches, not the machine. So you may want to start out with a straight mid-length stitch. But you can always experiment with zigzags and other stitch combinations to see what works best for your project. The length of the stitch will depend more on how fast you move your fabric vs how fast you are making your machine stitch with your pedal (or speed setting).
We recommend practising on scrap fabric first as it can take a little bit of practice to maintain a consistent speed and fabric movement, starting slow and gradually increasing as you are able to keep a consistent rhythm to your movement and control the fabric easily. If you want to use the foot for quilting, you may want to hand baste it first to help you keep all your layers where you want them as you sew. Use both hands to gently guide the fabric. For smaller projects or if you are finding your fabric difficult to control, you may want to use stabiliser under your fabric or a quilting or embroidery hoop to help keep the fabric taught and stop it bunching up as you twist and turn it. Keeping your shoulders and arms relaxed and trying to keep a fluid movement, avoiding jerky or rushed turns will help reduce thread breakages and improve your stitch quality. You can always pause and pivot your material like you would with a traditional foot for sewing sharp corners more smoothly.
When you are working on larger projects, it is often helpful to work in sections, that way you can more easily stabilise the fabric around you than if you are travelling all over the fabric. Don’t forget that this is a technique that will often have slight imperfections and variations in stitch lengths. This adds to the organic feel and adds more visual interest, character and charm, so embrace it!
At lower speeds, the presser foot raises and lowers with each stitch, securely holding the fabric on the stitch plate while the stitch is formed. As you increase the speed, the presser foot gracefully floats over the fabric, making it easier for you to glide across with your stitches. And above all, don’t forget to have fun with your new found sewing machine stitch freedom!
If you’re not sure if this foot will work with your Pfaff sewing machine model or if you need further assistance with sewing machine feet and fittings, then you can have a look at our full list of compatible sewing machines in the “Compatibility” tab. If you click on your machine, it’ll take you to a page with all the compatible feet that will fit your machine perfectly. Or for more help with sewing machine feet and fittings you can take a look at our sewing machine foot guide.
If you want to have more fun with your sewing machine, then we hope you’ll also enjoy having a look at the rest of our Pfaff Sewing Machine Feet!
Known Compatible Machines:
Pfaff Creative 2.0, Pfaff Creative 3.0, Pfaff Creative 4.0, Pfaff Creative 4.5, Pfaff Creative Performance, Pfaff Creative Sensation, Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro, Pfaff Creative Vision, Pfaff Performance 5.0, Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2
DISCLAIMER: This list of compatible sewing machines has been compiled to the best of our knowledge. As we are unable to personally test every sewing machine on this list ourselves, we recommend that you check that the foot is fitted correctly and that the needle has sufficient clearance from the edges of the foot before you start to sew. If you have any problems with fitting your foot, please get in touch for help or to arrange a refund or exchange.