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Adjusting the Hopping Foot for your Block Rockit

Adjusting the Hopping Foot for your Block Rockit
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What is the hopping foot?

And, when or why would you need to adjust it?

We answer these questions in the following post. 

Adjusting the Hopping Foot for your Block Rockit

           

      First of all, for those of us who are beginners, what is the hopping foot? The Block Rockit comes with a foot that is comparable to the darning foot (free motion foot) on your home sewing machine. On your home machine, you would drop the feed dogs when using this foot. However, the Block Rockit is purely for quilting, so there are zero feed dogs and it only comes with the hopping foot (in the future, we hope to sell different sized feet for different quilting options).

      Now, let’s say you are quilting a pieced denim quilt top, or even a quilt with thicker batting. As you are quilting along you may notice that you are having some skipped stitches or that the top thread doesn’t seem to be picking up the bobbin thread like it normally should. In these situations, there is not enough space under the hopping foot for the thick quilt, so you would need to adjust the hopping foot to match the thickness of the quilt. The same goes for if your quilt sandwich is thin—the foot may need to be adjusted. Having the appropriate space under the hopping foot for your quilt will make your quilting much smoother, will put less stress on your machine, and will make for an all around better quilting experience.

      The hopping foot should normally be a credit card width from the needle plate to the underside of the foot. This will work with your common cotton and heirloom-batting quilt. The Block Rockit User Manual recommends using 8 pieces of paper for the common distance between the needle plate and the bottom of the foot, which will is roughly equal to a credit card width. When you are working on a thicker quilt, you can increase the distance under the hopping foot by 4 pages at a time. After increasing the width, check to make sure the quilt easily fits under the hopping foot and that the stitches are how you want them. If not, try increasing the width from the plate to the foot more.

     We suggest that when you are quilting a denim quilt or one that is heavily appliqued that you try to avoid the thick seams altogether. Quilt around or next to these seams. A thick seam can break or bend your needle, which may throw off the timing of your machine. If this happens, please contact us or the Grace Co. so we can help you!

 

      Things to remember: Make sure the hole in your needle plate is directly under you needle, with NO sides of it brushing up against the needle. Also make sure that the needle plate is not in backwards or upside down. All of these things will cause problems with your stitching. What has your experience been with adjusting the hopping foot?? 


About the Author

Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a teaching degree in Family and Consumer Science. She went on to teach and train industrial sewing operators until 2012. She is now a stay at home mom and works part time from home for Kathy Quilts. She loves to travel, create things, watch movies, go to Disneyland, read, and spend time with her husband and kids.

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