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6 easy steps to correctly change the presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE

 

Yesterday we used the awesome guideline marker (laser pointer) feature on the Dreamweaver XE to make no-waste snowball blocks from 5″ charm squares. Today I’m sharing how to correctly change the presser foot on this machine so that tomorrow we can piece our nine patch blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Step 1

The first thing to do is to press the “needle position” button to raise the needle.

 

The "needle position" button
The “needle position” button

 

Step 2

Press the presser foot/needle exchange key. This key locks all other keys and buttons on the machine and prevents injury to you or the machine if a button is pressed by mistake.

 

The presser foot/needle exchange key
The presser foot/needle exchange key

 

If the message “OK to automatically lower the presser foot?” appears on the screen of the Dreamweaver XE, press OK to continue.

 

Press "OK".
Press “OK”.

 

The entire LCD screen on the Dreamweaver XE becomes white and all of the keys and operation buttons are locked.

 

All keys are locked.
All keys are locked.

 

Step 3

Raise the presser foot lever on the back of the Dreamweaver XE.

 

Presser foot lever
Presser foot lever

 

Step 4

Press the black button on the presser foot holder and remove the presser foot.

 

Press the black button.
Press the black button.

 

Step 5

Select your ¼” foot with guide and place it under the holder, aligning the foot pin with the notch in the holder.

 

Align the new presser foot.
Align the new presser foot.

 

Lower the presser foot lever so that the presser foot pin snaps into the notch in the holder. The ¼” foot with guide is now snapped into place and ready for piecing!

 

The ¼" foot with guide
The ¼” foot with guide

 

Step 6

Press the presser foot/needle exchange key again to unlock all of the keys and buttons on the Dreamweaver XE.

 

Press to unlock.
Press to unlock.

 

Now we can raise the presser foot lever and get ready to start sewing! Tomorrow I’m using the ¼” foot with guide on the Dreamweaver XE to accurately piece our nine patch blocks. See you then!

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
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I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

4 Comments

  1. Laura Sloan

    I don’t have the lock on my machine. I am always aware of where my fingers are when changing the presser foot though!

    • I don’t have it on my personal machine either – but I’m REALLY careful too Laura 🙂

  2. Allison Evrard

    I have a DreamCreator vm5100 by Brother. Mine does not have the presser foot/needle exchange button but it sure looks handy.

    • Hi Allison, My Brother NQ900 doesn’t have it either, but it definitely is a useful feature.

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