The Presser Foot


The AMAYA has an adjustable presser foot that can be set from 0.5mm to 3.5mm above the needle plate.The presser foot height should be changed when the thickness of the material you are sewing changes dramatically. To adjust the presser foot height, AMAYA OS must be open, and your AMAYA must be on and communicating with it. A hoop with the fabric you will be using should be installed.

Adjusting the Presser Foot

  1. Adjusting the presser foot is easiest with the needle case moved to needle 16. It is not necessary, but it makes the adjustment gear easier to see. If the machine is not on needle #16, the gear can still be accessed. Do not attempt to move the needle case when the maintenance window is open.
  2. Select Tools from the menu bar and then click on Maintenance...
  3. In the Maintenance window, select the Head Timing tab.
  4. The next step will cause the active needle to come down. Make sure that there are no obstructions.
  5. Click the Bottom Center button. The machine will beep and quickly lower the active needle to its lowest position.
  6. Locate the presser foot eccentric (gear) behind the needle case.
  7. Turn the gear with your fingers to adjust the persser foot height up or down as needed.
  8. Set the presser foot height over an unsewn section of the fabric. Set the presser foot so that it is just touching the material.
  9. Click the Head Up button in the Head Timing tab in AMAYA OS.
  10. Click OK to close the maintenance menu.

Setting the Presser Foot for Different Materials

The presser foot will need to be adjusted whenever you drastically change the thickness of material that you are sewing on. For example, if you sew a sweatshirt and then sew a T-shirt, the presser foot would need to be adjusted.

The presser foot is meant to stabilize the material as the needle moves down through it and then help keep the material off of the needle as the needle moves back up. Ideally, the presser foot would sit just on the surface of the material, but that setting may not work for all material types.

For squishy materials like fleece or terry cloth, it is often better to lower the foot a bit more and press into the material.