Determining Acti-Feed Test

The Determining Acti-Feed Test uses the Standard Acti-Feed setting to determine the best Auto Acti-feed setting to use during production. It is recommended to use Auto for most fabric types. For more information, please see Using Acti-Feed.


1.  Before running the Determining Acti-Feed Test, check your Bobbin and Presser Foot. If these are not correct the test will produce a misleading result. It is recommended to do the test with a new bobbin.

2.  Download the design.

3.  Load the design to the machine.


4.  Sew the entire design with the same Needle Number in the color sequence. Chose a thread color that contrasts well with the bobbin; do not pick white.

5.  Switch to Standard Acti-Feed.


6.  Determine the Acti-Feed value that will best match the fabric that you are working with and subtract 6. For example, a T-shirt like material might run best with a standard Acti-Feed of 10. For the first column we subtract 6. In our example we would start with a standard Acti-Feed of 4.


7.  Stop the machine and increase the Acti-Feed by 2 points after sewing each column.



8.  Run the test.

9.  The left most column should have the largest bobbin column on the back of the fabric.

10.  The goal of the test is to determine which column produces between 20% and 30% bobbin column on the back of the fabric.


11.  Switch to Auto Acti-Feed and reduce the Minimum/Preset (also known as material thickness) by 2 pts lower than the result of the test.


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