I have become fixated on getting the Free Treadle machine to cooperate with me for Free Motion Quilting. (not to worry, I am not abandoning hand quilting 🙂 but it never hurts to try new things)
If you remember the issue was the presser bar…..which doesn’t fit a standard foot. And they don’t make a darning/free motion foot with this attachment. They attach like this:
Here is how a most “modern” feet attach:
The solution I tried is changing out the presser bar with one from a Singer 127 machine. It would have been great if it worked…..but there were problems. The Singer presser bar is smaller in diameter so it made for a wobbly foot. When the back and forth the needle can hit the foot and break. I did however spend some time playing with it while the singer presser bar was in it. I set the stitch length to zero to keep the feed dogs from pulling too much (they can’t be dropped and I don’t have a cover for them) and used a quilting foot. I got pretty decent results (the opening in the quilting foot is big enough so the needle wont hit it).
Here are a few pictures of my playing. (click pictures to enlarge)
I was just sort of doodling so there is no real design to any of it.
I did put the old presser bar back in so I could do some piecing. I am nearly finished with the snowball top and want to do all of the piecing on the treadle machine.
I bought an antique singer 127 machine that is due for delivery Monday, after I get it cleaned up and oiled and adjusted I might try to put that in the treadle cabinet, I’ll keep you posted on that.
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