New Open-Toe Free Motion Foot for Elna eXcellence 780

There’s a new free motion foot in town:  the open-toe PD-H foot!

If you’re wondering why the PD-H foot or darning foot is included in the Accessory Upgrade Kit for the Elna eXcellence 780, let me explain.  If you aren’t familiar with the recently released Accessory Upgrade Kit, contact your local dealer for more information.

Upgrade Kit

While it looks very similar to the original PD-H foot that came with the Elna eXcellence 780, there is a big difference: its an open-toe foot.  If you don’t know what this means and why you should be excited about it, read on.

open toe foot

When you first look at the new PD-H darning or free motion foot, you might not really notice how it differs from the original PD-H foot.  Upon closer inspection you will see that there is a cut out at the front of the foot between the two red lines.  This is what I mean by calling it an “open-toe” foot.  As there is an open gap at the front of the foot, it provides better visibility when using it.

open toe foot #2

The PD-H foot has always been my go-to foot when free motion quilting and I can see how this new open-toe foot will make free motion quilting even easier as I will have excellent visibility of my stitching path when using it.  If you are a sewist, you will also find it easier to see what you are sewing when using it for darning or other applications.

When I use the PD-H foot for free motion quilting, I like to use the stitches in the Quilting area under the Sewing Application icon.  You won’t notice a difference on your display screen once you have upgraded your Elna eXcellence 780.  You will, however, notice a difference in how well you can see your stitching with the open-toe PD-H foot.

To get the best results when using the open-toe PD-H foot, I would suggest that you use the “blue dot” bobbin holder that you can purchase as an additional accessory.  The bobbin holder has a looser tension setting which makes it perfect to use when free motion quilting to avoid having the bobbin thread showing on top of your project.  Check with your local Elna dealer about purchasing the “blue dot” bobbin holder.

blue dot bobbin holder

This free motion PD-H open toe foot is available in the Accessory Upgrade Kit which is available now at your local Elna dealer.


About lhartley

I have been in the sewing industry for over 38 years and have a unique knowledge of fabric behavior. While I enjoy quilting, I am a fabric embellisher at heart and often combine machine embroidery with heirloom sewing, quilting and garment construction for stunning results. I started sewing in high school and had a grandmother that taught me a lot about sewing. I loved this so much that I purchased a sewing machine store and added fabric and several brands of machines. I had this store for 28 years. I joined Janome/Elna in 2008 as an Educational Coordinator. This has allowed me to teach dealers and consumers about their machines including sewing techniques that can be accomplished with sewing/embroidery machines. This includes teaching at American Quilter's Society events. A lot of my projects are examples of how to get the most from your sewing/embroidery machine and how to use accessories to customize your sewing projects.
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2 Responses to New Open-Toe Free Motion Foot for Elna eXcellence 780

  1. Kathleen Thompson says:

    Hello – I have a question. I have an Elna Excellence 740. Will the 780 open toe free motion foot work with my machine? Thanks. Kate

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      The Elna 740 is a 7mm wide model machine. The Elna 780 has a wider stitch width possible > 9mm so we would not recommend you using a Open toe free motion foot for the 780 on a 740. Having said that: Both these machines are HIGH shank so yes, the free motion foot will attach to the shank on your machine at the same height. But the opening on the foot will be different – 780 one will be a little wider and may have aslightly different configuration to the needle plate. If you are just doing straight stitching for free motion and NOT zig-zag thread painting it may be OK. But I would suggest you ask your local Elna dealer to show you the correct Free motion foot for your 740 (high shank 7mm model) and then compare it to the 9mm open toe Free motion foot for the 780. There may not be a big difference but there will be some difference.


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