I made a video of myself free motion quilting on the Free treadle machine.
Before the video here is a bit of what went into getting the treadle to work for free motion quilting.
The machine didn’t fit singer style feet so I couldn’t get a free motion foot for it. I tried making my own with a paperclip which worked pretty good but kept bending out of shape.
I tried putting a singer 127 presser bar in the machine but it didn’t fit correctly and was wobbly, it worked but not the best solution.
I bought a spring needle which you use without a foot….. (in this picture the wobbly singer presser bar is still in the machine)
It worked pretty good but I kept getting skipped stitches and loops in the thread if I went too fast. I decided I needed to modify the presser bar to fit a standard low shank foot.
Here is a picture of 2 presser bars. The bottom is a singer , too long and too narrow for my machine but with a side attaching set screw that fits many different feet like a walking foot and a darning foot. The shorter is one that fits my machine, with no quilting feet available.
I bought another presser bar that fits my machine so I can put back the original if I want (you can find anything on eBay) and used a grinder to reshape the end and then drilled a hole for the screw and a tap to add the right sized threads.
It worked and I can now attach a regular short shank darning foot to the machine.
It really is amazing how much better it works when the presser bar fits the machine.
I tried out a tool to help hold the quilt and move it while quilting ( The Gypsy Quilter fabric glide)
It has rubber fingers on the back to grip the quilt.
It works pretty good but I found that I do better with just my hands (hate to wear gloves but might try some quilting gloves at some point)
So that is what went into it the last several days. This is the block I quilted in the video
and here is the video