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Singer 66 Treadle-puckering on bottom
Kentucky USA
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Date: 9/2/13 9:29 PM

I hopped on my Singer 66 treadle to do some quilt piecing. I have puckering on my bottom fabric.

The tension is perfect. I have a new needle. Average stitch length. The fabrics are the same, the top and bottom threads are the same. The machine head was recently serviced.

Poking around the Internet, it sounded like too much pressure on the presser foot might be the culprit, but I tested loosening the pressure until the presser foot wasn't even holding the fabric and I was never able to get rid of the pucker.

Any ideas?
For those with a singer 66, how many threads on the presser foot pressure screw do you usually have showing?

California USA
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Date: 9/3/13 3:49 AM

You might want to try, just spray starching your fabric if in all little bits and pieces. And/or using a smaller sharper needle and just see what happens. Maybe the puckers will go away. Or maybe they will go away after being ironed. And that is the only fabric you have an issue with right now.

I think people have different ways to attach a foot, just depending on what year the machine is probably. Mine is a rather very old 1911 one, and it's a back clamper, it's a treadle head, but out of a treadle table right now. I don't think how many screw threads you see sticking out of something in a screw compared to some one else, is going to do you any good though. I'm also actually never going to take my bobbin case out of my machine, just since it is so old and has the old style fixings there, older and different than a lot of other Singer 66's, and if something were to break while doing that, I probably would not find replacements anyplace. Yours could be old like that, or a lot newer than mine though.

Past that, maybe just take it back and just say, I'm trying to sew on this fabric, can you get it to do that with no puckers and see what happens? If not, then you might have to learn to adjust your tensions? Mine being from way back in 1911, really has no numbers on the thread tension dial at all, so you can't go by any numbers there either. Don't know if yours is like that or not.

Also with that thinner sharper needle (not a universal one) try some all cotton thread, not all polyester or polyester covered polyester core thread, just since it would be less likely to stretch while being sewn, and just since machine is so old it might like that a bit better. Also make sure your bobbin is wound nice and even too.
-- Edited on 9/3/13 4:01 AM --
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