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Low Shank?

I need some help here... does anyone know what it means to have a "low shank" sewing machine? I'm trying to order a new foot for my Brother model, and it says that this particular foot works with all "low shank" brother machines. Thanks in advance!


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Dec. 6th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
This may be a poor explanation, but it may set you in the right direction. All machines are either low, high, slant or snap-on shank; that means that the part that the presser foot attaches to ends higher or lower, or extends at an angle. (There are adapters available to make the low and high shank adjustments interchangeable for many attachments.)

So, it's like this- picture the presser foot as a human foot (stay with me, here). If it attaches to a low shank, just the "foot" will be apparent. If it is meant for a "high shank" machine, it will have an ankle attached to the foot, to reach the shank which doesn't come as close to the feed dogs..
Does that help?
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explination! It makes sense, but I guess I really needed a visual to fully understand and compare to my machine. Between you and the poster below, I think I've got it!
Dec. 6th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Compare the foot that is now attached to your machine with these...

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Some low & high shanks are also snap ons. You need to compare the whole foot with the ankle bit.
Dec. 6th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'm obviously not the OP, but thanks! I learned something new today!
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am such a visual person, I really needed to see it I guess. It looks like a low shank to me. *claps happily*
Apr. 25th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Sewing Machine Shank ?
I have a Riccar 1010 sewing machine. From the pictures posted earlier in this thread it would appear to be a low slant. Is that possible?
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Re: Sewing Machine Shank ?
Hey. I was able to find the manual for your machine online:


From what I can tell from the manual, it looks like you have a low-shank machine. Check the link (scroll down to #11 to check the picture) and see if that's what yours looks like.
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Sewing Machine Shank ?
I don't know... my educated guess tells me it's not possible, simply because I have NEVER come across a low slant... perhaps you can email the Riccar people or look up your model on the internet.
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