|Today I want to talk a little bit more about the knee lift– how it is an overlooked feature in the sewing world, and the concept of hands-free sewing.
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that the knee lift is used as an alternate to the foot pedal to run the machine. This is not the case. The function of the knee lift is to raise/lower the presser foot with your knee instead of your hand. This allows the user to keep her hands on the fabric at all times, because she no longer needs to use her hand to raise the presser foot.
Why is this useful?
Say we are sewing relatively large project with our machine. Handling all that fabric can be difficult, because the weight of the material can cause the fabric to move around and mess up our stitching. It is even more difficult to handle when pivoting around a corner, because we have to take one hand off the fabric in order to raise/lower the presser foot. With the knee lift, this is not a problem. The knee lift acts as a third hand raising/lowering the presser foot, so you can keep your two hands on the fabric, helping you with your quilt and making it easier on your body.