“Feet and Ankles”

Sewers have such an advantage over non-sewers when it comes to the uniqueness of their projects.  You just can’t go out to a store and buy something as unique as something you make yourself.  Each of us, even if we are following a pattern tend to add a touch here and there to the project that makes it our own.  The presser feet for our machines give us this ability to express our creativity in ways that make our projects look professional, yet are faster and easier to make.  But what about when you need a particular foot and it is not available for your machine?  I have found a great solution for me with my Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff machines that has worked really well ever since I had the idea and gave it a try.  When I owned only my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale and did not have my Pfaff machine yet, I talked with Frank and asked if I could use Pfaff feet on my Husqvarna Viking machine.  I knew the Pfaff feet attached to the machine differently so I could not use the ankle I had, so the answer was to purchase a Pfaff ankle to use on my Husqvarna Viking machine.  Viola!  I could now purchase and use some of those unique Pfaff feet on my Diamond Royale just with the addition of a new ankle.  Since both machines are made by the same manufacturer, this plan worked.  I’m not sure this would be successful going across different manufacturers due to differences in feed teeth placement and other engineering decisions, but it worked great between my Husqvarna Viking and my Pfaff.  I’m sure this will not work on every machine throughout the machine lines, but if you are interested in the possibility for your machine, give Frank a call and see what he says!  Have a great week and Happy Sewing!

The ankle and foot on the left are from my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale and the ankle and foot on the right are from my Pfaff Creative Icon. Notice the differnce in the ankles in the way they accept the presser foot.
The Husqvarna Viking ankle uses an alligator type of clip to hold the foot. The foot slides back and up to attach to the ankle and moves forward and down to leave the ankle.
The Pfaff ankle needs the presser foot to snap into the grooves on either side of the ankle. The foot goes directly up to snap into the grooves and is pulled directly down to detach from the ankle.
The feet, too, are made differently for their specific ankle. The Husqvarna Viking foot has a solid bar that slides onto the ankle.
The Pfaff foot has two bars that snap onto its ankle.
This is the shank of the machine, where the ankles attach. The Husqvarna Viking and the Pfaff machines I own have exactly the same shank design. This is the reason the ankles fit both machines.
This is how I’m used to using my Pfaff: with the Pfaff ankle and foot.
This is how my Pfaff looks with the Husqvarna Viking ankle and foot attached.

It is very important to note that, when using an ankle and foot on a different machine than the one for which it was intended, you the sewer must be vigilant. My Husqvarna Viking feet are designed for a stitch width of no more than 7mm. My Pfaff machine is capable of 9mm stitch width. I, not the machine, need to keep this in mind. If I choose a stitch that is too wide for the foot I have put on the other machine, there is no warning light or beep to keep me from having a possibly catastrophic mishap. If the needle hits the foot while sewing, there will be damage, so again, be alert! As long as you the sewer can stay alert, I think you will enjoy this fun, creative possibility for your e