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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Using the Antique Treadle Machines ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Does anyone use the antique treadle machines
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Date: 8/3/12 8:44 AM

I am attempting my first quilt, and was reading about free motion quilting. It made me think of my great grandmother's antique threadle. Not that I would try it because I just don't have that kind of experience, but I was just wondering if anyone out there uses these old models.
Just curious...

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Date: 8/3/12 9:24 AM

I use mine for piecing but I haven't quilted on it yet. I can't disable the feed dogs on mine, but my understanding is that you can set the stitch length very short and then the feed dogs barely move for FMQing. I have also considered temporarily removing the feed dogs entirely if I decide to ever attempt FMQ with it. It's not difficult to do.

There are others here more experienced with treadle quilting here, so hopefully they'll chime in.

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Date: 8/3/12 11:36 AM

I do. I FMQed my grandson's quilt on my 1908 Singer 27. I turned the stitch length down to zero, loosened the presser bar almost completely, and bought an after market universal darning foot. Took some practice, and I highly recommend safety goggles during the learning curve because I broke more than one needle in the process, but in the end, it worked great and I was very happy.

But then, I've come to expect great things from my 27.

I also have straight-line quilted with my 1909 Singer 66. I have not yet quilted with the 201 (in the straight leg treadle), nor more really REALLY old machines (the 1874 Singer 12, the 1884 Singer IF or the 1887 Singer 27). (I did make some jammies for my grandson with the 201).

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Date: 8/3/12 11:45 AM

I use my treadle a lot for mending and darning. I'm not a quilter, but I am a darner:) I use it to mend DH's work clothes, repair horse blankets, repair holes in people quilts & blankets...even patch a couple rugs...We are frugal, we have dogs, and dogs are tough on rugs, some of my throw rugs could be called, "patchwork quilts"!

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Date: 8/3/12 12:50 PM

I use my treadle for:

piecing quilts
quilting quilts (not free motion though but sort-of-straight line quilting)
seaming clothing (right now I'm using it for a jeans jacket after just using it for 2 different jeans skirts. This lets me have the Bernina set up for topstitching)
topstitching jeans (just the reverse - use the Bernina for seaming and the treadle for topstitching - that's what I did last year I think)

I really enjoy using my treadle, can you tell??

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Date: 8/3/12 5:48 PM

I sew and quilt almost exclusively on treadle machines. You can see my machines, and much of my work here:

Until recently, my favourite quilting machine was my 1904 Singer 27, but I've recently (in the past 2 years) moved up and now I prefer a 1915 Singer 115. It was Top-of-the-Line, don'tcha know!

Jennifer in Calgary
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Date: 8/3/12 7:16 PM

I make clothing on my 1928 treadle.

Matter of fact, I can't find another machine I like as well to bother with changing.

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Date: 8/3/12 8:04 PM

I just bought an old Singer (127) treadle--very good condition, but missing the belt. I want to get it up and working soon--for now, it's a lovely addition to the family room, kind of (nearly) functional art. As much as I love my modern machines, I don't think I'd put them front and center like I have this one...and since I have numerous critters, that's probably a good idea. The old lady can take it, though.

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Date: 8/3/12 10:47 PM

I use my Singer 319 treadle for quilting a lot. I use the #20 cam, which makes a wavy line, to quilt over long seams. I use my Singer 15-88 treadle for free motion quilting. I don't bother with putting the feed dogs down--since I'm using a free motion foot, the foot isn't holding the fabric down when the feed dogs are in the up position, anyway. I use my Davis Vertical Feed treadle for straight line quilting, putting binding on, and piecing. I've been using a Singer 128 treadle with wooden legs as my travelling treadle, for doing demos at a quilt show and taking to 3 day retreats. There's a group for folks that like using treadle and hand crank machines-- treadleon.net

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Date: 8/3/12 11:46 PM

I've always been tempted by hand crank machines, but then I wonder if using my (dominant) right hand to turn the crank would frustrate me when I am guiding the fabric. What do you use the hand cranks for mostly?

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