I have been getting questions about free motion quilting feet suitable for a treadle machine. There are many old machines that have non standard presser foot systems but if your machine will take a standard side clamping low shank foot like this
You will have several choices.
I had to modify the presser bar on my Free #5 machine to take a side clamping low shank foot. I have an assortment of feet that I tested on it but I have found that this one works best on that machine.
It is a Big Foot brand. Every machine is different and I find the feet perform differently on different machines. This one has a large surface and that helps keep the quilt in better contact with the bed and this machine skips stitches when there is not enough pressure between fabric and needle hole.
Here is another foot with a large plastic base.
It didn’t work so great on the Free #5 …it is a touch to short so there is less pressure…this one worked great on the Black Montgomery Ward machine.
This one works best on the Blue 50’s Montgomery Ward machine
A similar foot but with open toe worked on several machines but I don’t care for it. If the top is bumpy and puckery like the vintage tops I have been working on the opening can catch on the top.
This is the foot that works best on the Singer 127
it puts just the right amount of pressure on the work as the needle goes to the down position and released enough to make it easy to move the work.
Most of my old machines do not have the option to lower the feed dogs so I set them to the shortest possible stitch length to make it easier to move the quilt.
You can find a number of Feet available at local quilt stores or on-line (Sometimes listed as hopping foot or darning foot or embroidery foot) also look for a mat.
I find that if I use a mat I don’t need to wear machine quilting gloves to get the quilt to move easily.
The mat doesn’t leave any residue on the machine bed and Is easy to move from one machine to another.
Here is the quilt I am working on now with the Singer 127 treadle
Here are few more pictures including the back (click pictures to enlarge)
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