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« on: May 28, 2012 09:52:59 AM »

I am a newbie and I do not know if I should be leaving my presser foot up or down when not in use... I have GOOGLED this question with not much luck  Huh... (if it depends on my machine, I have a new Singer Talent 3321)
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012 02:21:42 PM »

I leave mine up when I'm not using it, but if you have cats that get into everything, I would say put it down and turn the crank so that the needle is below the throat plate, or better yet, put a cover/case over it. If it's just a matter of what's better for the spring mechanism over the long-term, I have no idea Tongue

« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012 06:22:10 PM »

I have no idea if there is a definite answer to this question or not, i'm not the most experienced seamstress, but if it helps I tend to leave mine up just cause usually the last time I touch the presser foot is when I'm taking my garment out of the machine so it just stays up.

I would like to know the answer if there is one though, I've never really thought about it before. But yeah, I keep mine up.

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012 05:27:17 AM »

I leave mine up, but since you asked, I vaguely recall my stepmother telling me once that machines should be stored with the foot down.  I rarely go two weeks without using mine for something, so "storing" hasn't been a big issue for me.  She used to put hers down with a piece of brown paper between the foot and the feed dogs when she wasn't using it, but it may have just been old habits.

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012 10:46:29 PM »

i leave mine down, industrial and domestic, with a scrap of fabric under the foot, i just like to relax my machines parts when not in use. down is fine.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2012 01:52:13 PM »

Presser foot down, needle down. It's just something I was taught in Home Ec. years ago and I don't even remember why. I've just gotten into the habit of doing that way.
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2012 05:31:14 PM »

I've been leaving mine up for 42 years (geeze, that makes me sound old!), with no problems.  I would think most of the strain on the mechanism would be in the moving up or down, not in the being up or down, so it wouldn't much matter.

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012 01:07:27 PM »

I leave mine up. As far as I know it doesn't matter.

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013 04:59:20 AM »

My mother taught me to always leave my presser foot down,needle down, and my sewing machine covered, and to make sure it was not close to any table edges.
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