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Is this a Singer Touch n Sew? If my memory serves me correctly, that was the first (or one of the first) machine that I learned to sew on! It was my Mom's. I sewed on that until it couldn't be repaired any more. Obviously, you have taken much better care of yours! :-)
The blue grey one is a 1967 Singer Touch & Sew. BUT she's in a different cabinet. The one in the newly recessed desk is my shortbed 301A. Who is NOW acting the fool. She suddenly decided she no longer wants to make nice stitches when FMQ.. I may have to put her in a corner until she comes around to my way of thinking.. LOL
I may plop my long bed 301A in there to see if she also hates the newly redone desk. LOl And if all else fails I'll try the Kenmore. All three of these machines drop the feed dogs, which should work for FMQ. I'm just baffled as to why the current one decided to misbehave. I changed the needle, thread, bobbin case and used a whole bunch of bad words. Here is an example of what the machine suddenly started doing. She was just serviced about two months ago.
when this happens on my Singer, it's usually the bobbin...try a different one or at least turn this one over.
also, 'floss' the tensioner - there might be a wee bit of fluff in there
Tucky, I have done free motion work on my Singer 201-2 for decades and I have never dropped my feed dogs.
I know that people say you should drop the feed dogs but on some of the old Singers it is not necessary.
The right batting, the right needle and the right thread are the tricks for working on the old machines. I used a Topstitch 14/90 needle, Superior's King Tut thread and Warm and Natural batting to work on the kid-sized quilts I made for Project Linus and I whipped out those quilts hassle-free.
I'm with Judy, I have a twelve year old Bernia that I FMQ with and I never drop the feed dogs. I do cover them at times with a sheet ( can't remember what's called) the helps the quilt slide around easier.
Like your new custom table!
Supreme slider, teflon top and clingy bottom with a small opening for needle.
I use a Supreme Slider too. It lets me do FMQ on the treadle..
I don't drop my feed dogs either on any of the machines, anymore.. I have a plate that goes over the feed dogs on my main machine, but I seldom put it on.