Yeah the legs on mine have about an inch showing, and I have 1.5″ worth of spacers in there. I think I am going to cut down the legs this week. That will put the locks right on top of the feet. The shorter the legs the less flex the whole machine has, just make sure you have enough room for your material, I am usually using 3/4″ or less. Not sure about that binding though, Never had that happen, I would check for a burr or a dent.