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asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th March, 2020

What is a low shank sewing machine?

A high shank machine measures approximately 1 1/4" from the presser foot screw to the bottom of the foot. ( Uses High Shank Sewing Feet) A low shank machine measures approximately 3/4" from the presser foot screw to the bottom of the foot. ( Uses Low Shank Sewing Feet)

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Keeping this in view, how do I know if I have a high shank or low shank sewing machine?

When you measure it, you lower the presser foot and measure the distance from the bottom of the foot to the Center of the screw. A low shank should measure 1/2 inch. A high shank should measure 1". many machines with feet that screw on are low shank.

Secondly, is Janome a low shank machine? Above is a standard low shank Janome machine on the left and my beloved Janome ruler foot combination on a high shank machine on the right. Those are the easy machines. Before declaring your machine a medium shank, make sure the presser foot lever is in the down position.

Also question is, are Viking sewing machines Low Shank?

All Viking machines are snap-on. Viking (Huskvarna) and Pfaff are European made. Most Japanese machines are snap-on (Brother). All Berninas need "Low Shank Adaptor" and use generic low shank feet.

What does low shank mean?

A high shank machine measures approximately 1 1/4" from the presser foot screw to the bottom of the foot. ( Uses High Shank Sewing Feet) A low shank machine measures approximately 3/4" from the presser foot screw to the bottom of the foot. ( Uses Low Shank Sewing Feet)

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