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My old hopping foot (for my 2011 Freedom) wore out, meaning the screw holes got stripped to the point where the foot would jiggle and wobble as I quilted.  If I needed to use a ruler, the ruler would push the foot over to almost under the needle.  I had already bought the kit of hopping feet, so I tried a couple of those, and I loved them. But, I really wanted my regular hopping foot for using rulers.  So, I bought a new one, along with the shank to screw it into.  The new hopping foot was shaped different from my old one, and I was worried it might not "agree" with the old shank.  The new shank is longer than the old shank.  My biggest issue is with getting that screw that holds the shank in place to move at all.  If you look at the attached picture, you'll see the hole where your screwdriver is supposed to go into the machine head (on the right as I face it).  The screw in the picture is on the right with me looking dead center into the hole, meaning my screwdriver will need to be at an angle to loosen the screw.  

Oh my gosh!  I can't tell you how hard I worked to get that screw to move!  I decided I needed to take both of the side covers off the machine head in order to better reach that screw.  In the process, I messed up the tension spring.  One of the reasons I am telling you this is to forewarn you to have as many spare parts as you can on hand.  They don't cost much at all ahead of time, and you will be so happy that you did when something goes awry.  Anyhow, after I got both covers off, I tried to get that screw to move, but it would not budge at all.  I sprayed it with some WD-40, still nothing.  So, I let that sit awhile and went to work taking apart the tension spring and putting a new spring in and then went back to work on that screw.  Still nothing.  I worked and worked and worked and finally got it to move.  Yay!  The old shank moved.  

I have a couple of questions regarding the shank and the screw.  At first I tried to replace the old shank with the new, but I could not figure out how to get the old one out and the new one in. Even with the plate above the bobbin basket removed, the bobbin basket and the parts around it are in the way of the shank.  I can't take it out from above, because another part is in the way up in the machine head.  So, how on earth do you replace the shank?  

I decided to leave the old shank in place and just attach the new foot. It is shorter than the old foot, so the shank sits lower in the "thingy" that holds the shank in place...where that screw lives...  If I am able to use the old shank without it falling out, I will probably need to adjust the hopping foot height when I swap out hopping feet. I am worried about getting that screw to move again and also being able to access it.  Does anyone have a trick for keeping it "move-able" and also for accessing it at an angle without having to remove the metal side (cover) of the machine head?  

Thank you for your help!

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Ida:  Since you "broke" the hopping foot clamp screw loose (broke is the term used in mechanics for applying enough torque to make a screw or bolt or nut turn), loosening it again should not be too difficult.  When you put everything back together make sure you tighten it significantly so the hopping foot shaft does not shift position with use.  BTW, you should rarely have to make any adjustment to the hopping foot shaft, so don't worry about accessing it easily.  Good luck.  Jim 

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Ida 

I'm surprised you didn't get instructions with your new hopping foot assembly.  APQS is usually pretty good at that.  If I remember correctly you will have to remove the hook as well to change the hopping foot shaft.  The timing is the hardest part of the job if you haven't done it before so save the job for a day when you have lots of time.  The first time I had to time the machine it took a few tries to get it right.

 

Nigel


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Thank you both!  Jim, I was worried I'd have to make adjustments because the new hopping foot is not as long as the old one.  It seems like it's the same length as the feet in the kit, so hopefully it won't be a problem.

Nigel, no, there weren't any instructions.  BUT, I have the maintenance manual and it says how to adjust the hopping foot in there.  It just doesn't say how to remove it to replace it with a new one.  And, I was afraid I'd have to remove the hook.  :wacko:  Yes, I've timed it before, but it does take time for me to get it right.  I'm blind in one eye, so it's hard for me to see specifics at an angle.  I keep that jeweler's loupe on hand at all times, and hope and pray that I don't have to mess with the timing.  

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