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Thread: free motion on antique singers?

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    Junior Member onthemove's Avatar
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    Does anyone know if you can free motion on a home industrial singer 95-1? It has a high shank and I have not been able to find any information. It is from the early 1900's. How about a singer class 15 from the 1920's? I'm tired of straight stitching!

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    if you have a way to cover the feed dogs, it should work ok.

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    Sorry. I should clarify. I can take the feed dogs out but I don't have feet for either machine and I don't know if they made any back then or I can retrofit something new.

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    Lately I have been Free motion quilting with my feed dogs up but(Janome 6500) I have not yet tried it on my singer 15-91. DH came up with it after he read online of people having antigue machines free motion quilting without covering the feed dogs. The Singer 15 is supposed to be the vintage free motion machine to use.

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    You do need a darning foot or free motion foot. They are available online.

    Quote Originally Posted by onthemove
    Sorry. I should clarify. I can take the feed dogs out but I don't have feet for either machine and I don't know if they made any back then or I can retrofit something new.

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    The 15s have a vertical hook assembly and can free motion quilt!

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    My 15 feed dogs do not drop. I leave them up and have a daring for for it. Love this machine!

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    My 15 feed dogs do drop. There's a screw underneath the machine that adjusts the feed dogs. You can buy darning/free motion feet for the 15 but I believe the book just tells you to take the foot off and sew without it. I have to look and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    My 15 feed dogs do drop. There's a screw underneath the machine that adjusts the feed dogs. You can buy darning/free motion feet for the 15 but I believe the book just tells you to take the foot off and sew without it. I have to look and see.
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    I just checked the book and you can fmq without the feet and replace it when you're done. They do recommend that you use a hoop if you are darning though. That being said, I just ordered a fm foot for my machine because I'm afraid I'm going to sew over my fingers :cry:

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    If you want to cover the feed dogs and your machine has a screw hole in the bed near the feed dogs (used for some attachments) you can use the feed dog cover plate that comes with the old Singer buttonholers. It works just fine whether you are trying to make a buttonhole or FM quilt.

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