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Date: 5/4/13 4:34 AM

I know we have chewed this bone more than once, but I though I'd share my experience with you guys, since I usually weigh in on the side of the treadles.

I'm signed up for some classes at the Baltimore sewing/quilt expo next week and one of them is a Bring Your Own Machine quilting class. I've done some FMQ on a Singer 27 treadle, and that IS the machine I'd like to translate my skills from this class to, however I will NOT be hauling my treadle table set up into downtown Baltimore for the class! LOL (sorry!)

So I needed to see if the universal darning foot I bought for the 27 would fit on my Kenmore 16231 (the machine I WILL be hauling). It fit and I spent some time tooling around with it to be sure there were no issues of needle strikes, etc. It worked great.

It worked really great. Really REALLY great. Like about a jillioon times easier than the 27 BECAUSE ... wait for it ... I wasn't also having to move my feet to make the machine go. I have found, previously, that quilting on a treadle is something akin to rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time And sometimes I would find my hand motions trying to sync to the rhythm of my feet--to the detriment of the entire process. Having to concentrate only on my hands with the Kenmore made the entire process SOOOO much more fluid and I could be more relaxed.

So there. While I do still plan to continue quilting on my treadles, I can see where the electric really wins out over the people power versions. Given my previous stance on this topic, I thought it only fair to share :D

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Date: 5/4/13 9:53 AM

Great news! Inclusion & Diversity is a good thing...from a sewing perspective too.

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Date: 5/8/13 12:27 PM

I certainly agree with you about taking an e-machine to remote classes. Treadles just aren't very portable. In fact, when I have to sew "abroad", I limit myself to a machine I can carry with one hand. I took my black Singer 301 to a class with a well known "celebrity" teacher several years ago. While a few participants suggested I get my hubs to buy me a "real" machine (shheesh! some people really deserve a slap), I could do everything the class required on that machine, and have used it many times in similar situations.

However, when I'm at home, my FMQ machine of choice is my 1915 Singer 115 treadle. Really, it's not so much a choice of electric vs treadle, the decision really comes down to the cabinet and comfort. I find that sewing for longs periods of time with a machine that is recessed into a cabinet or table to be much more ergonomic than using a portable machine sitting on a table top. And all my electric machines are portables. Besides, I have figured out a routine for adding extra continuous table space around my treadle cabinet for handling large quilts easily.

I suppose I have enough treadle stitches behind me that using my feet and hands independently has become second nature. Now, regardless of the machine I use, I tend to unconsciously time my hand movements to the needle speed when FM'ing.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 5/15/13 6:00 PM

Someone gave me a sewing machine table designed for portable machines. It has the large lid that opens up to make a large sewing table. in the main part, there is a cavity big enough for a portable sewing machine (bottom case included). When closed up it looks like any desk with side drawers, but open the lid, drop in your machine and you are good to go. Only problem is that he made it out of plywood, which is not particularly attractive.

He had made it for his wife when she used to do a lot of sewing. I have tried it and it works well. Although as I get older, lifting vintage all steel sewing machines up to the desk top now takes 2 hands.

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Date: 5/15/13 6:11 PM

So, the declaration amounts to "I love my Caddy, but also my model T"!

Whatever floats your boat.

This is a "quick post" without the option to add smilies, frowns and hugs. So many choices.

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Date: 5/15/13 9:16 PM

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So, the declaration amounts to "I love my Caddy, but also my model T"!



Whatever floats your boat.



This is a "quick post" without the option to add smilies, frowns and hugs. So many choices.

I think it's more "I love my Model T, but also my Chevette" ;)
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Date: 5/16/13 12:22 PM

Not at my age! Someone would have to help me up after setting down into a vet.

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Date: 5/16/13 12:45 PM

Like everything else, it's all relative isn't it?

I had that model, and sold it. I hated sewing on it and just didn't. I have an older Kenmore for portability, that I don't use, and it's the same thing: I almost don't sew if that's the machine I have to use. I have a nice computerized serger, so it's not as if I don't use both types regularly (and unless it's knits I don't use it).

Like everything else, it's a matter of choice. 10 people that sew will have 10 different opinions, so there really isn't a definitive answer.

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