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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.
I've never dropped the feed dogs either, but I do loosen the pressure on my presser foot so that the fabrics move quite freely under it.
There is an article in the December issue of Reader Digest / New Rule for Laundry it's about saving time and clothes. The part about sorting made me think of quilting, 4 or 5 piles: whites, which includes pastels, blacks, cool colors, warm colors, the fifth pile was work out and fleece. It also said ALL washing should use warm water as most household cold is to cold to properly dissolve the soap even cold water soaps. No fabric softener or dryer sheets, use wool balls and a baseball size ball of foil to control static, replace when gulf ball size. Something about mixing vodka and something to remove odor so an article of clothing could be worn more than once before needing washed.
Has any one used the foil trick for static in the dryer.