Janet's Creations

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Husqvarna Sapphire 830 and its spring-loaded "darn" ing/ FMQ foot.

Pictured below are the two spring-loaded FMQ feet that I had purchased for my Husqvarna Sapphire 830 sewing machine. 

One had a clear bottom aka this was the newer model and the other had an open metal bottom.  Both were official Husqvarna feet and each one cost approximately $50.00.  I used each one for about 6 months when they "snapped" Now can you see that thin wire on the top of each one?  Through use that thin little wire has snapped on both of these feet - now I was ready to chalk this up to operator error, but I started to dig a little deeper on the Internet and found that others were having similar issues with that "darn" little wire. Kathy Upton, a follower of this blog had commented on this very issue on another blog  - this was a total coincidences that I saw her name and my name together - so a big high 5 to Kathy for pointing me (inadvertently) in the direction of the Leah Day you tube video I have marked here:


This video showed an easy adaptation to any spring-loaded foot to use for FMQ.  Voila, with a rubber band snagged from my classroom and a pair of needle- nose pliers I have elevated my FMQ to a higher level.
A higher level, you say!  Yes, do you remember the feel of an expensive Long Arm setup at the quilt shows - how the needle just slides over the fabric like a hot knife through butter; well that is exactly how my sewing machine is performing after this quick fix.  I even feel confident that I can spread my wings and try something other than meandering my quilts.

So, if your FMQ isn't quite where you want it to be watch Leah's video and step outta that box your in and try something new - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


  1. Isn't it amazing how much of a difference it makes to have that foot higher!? Can't wait to see your progress!

  2. I will post a picture of a quilt I made for a wedding in the next few days!

  3. This is Kathy Upton....Wow....you made my day! So glad the information helped you....I love my Sapphire 830...it has gotten so many bad reviews but this quick fix has made it a dream machine for me. I do wish Husqvarna would copy/emulate???? a Pfaff design...it's pretty much a fmq foot with a much smaller ankle. You may also be interested in Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventure. She has a Janome and uses their ruler toe and long-arm quilting rulers on her domestic machine. Thanks for the shout out!