Believe it or not, my Mega Quilter does not have that capability either. Rather odd considering it is a quilting machine. However they do supply a plate to cover up the feed dogs.
|uncovered feed dogs|
|this is where the plate goes|
This is how you can make your own plate. Using a piece of cardboard/cardstock..................a cereal box will be just fine................cut out a square about 4" x4" and make a hole in the centre of it. I used a hold punch.
Making sure the hole is centred so the needle can make it through, tape it down onto the bed of the machine. I would suggest wide masking tape and make the strips long enough so they won't curl up underneath your project. This length was used because I was lazy. Well, I might as well be honest.
I like to use a product called SewSlip. I phoned my sewing machine store --Sewing Machines, etc. -- to confirm the name. They sell for around --sit down -- $40 -- didn't want you to fall there, but you have it for years. (I see the manufacturer sells it for around $29. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, wonder what the shipping is?)
While I was talking to Erika, she mentioned that many older machines -- this would be my Kenmore for sure -- are able to support a cover plate. You would have to check with a dealer giving them the make and model, but it may be worth it. I know Sewing Machines, etc., will order parts for different makes and models. Goodness maybe you could even get a "free motion foot". Those are also called "a darning foot."
I'll show you the project I've been working on that brought all this about. Not today though.
You know I really love to leave you hanging, don't you. It is really, really pretty. I could go on and on, but think I'll drop it for now.