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    WOW! I have 2 Red Eyes. I will try to add a picture. The first one is "Kate" my husbands grandmothers treadle it is from 1919. Yesterday I got a second one from a dear friend. It belonged to her Grandmother Ruth. I am going to call her "Jane" for my friend that I got it from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinster
    WOW! I have 2 Red Eyes. I will try to add a picture. The first one is "Kate" my husbands grandmothers treadle it is from 1919. Yesterday I got a second one from a dear friend. It belonged to her Grandmother Ruth. I am going to call her "Jane" for my friend that I got it from.
    Nice very nice indeed!!!

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    I usually recommend to those who want to learn to treadle to start without any thread in the machine. Initially you don't even need to use fabric if you raise the presser foot up. I use both feet to treadle, one foot completely on the treadle plate and just the "toes" of the other foot on the front edge of the treadle plate. Now, pull the handwheel towards you (if you're using a Singer). You will feel the treadle plate move----go with that movement. I think it's best to go a bit faster now than you would if your were actually sewing; this helps you to become "acquainted" with the motion.
    Next step: place some fabric under the lowered presser foot, but still without any thread. Practice "fake sewing" like this with the fabric being fed by the feed dogs. Learn to stop the machine (stop treadling) without having the handwheel turn suddenly in the opposite (wrong) direction as this motion will break your thread. Until you become skilled at stopping with your feet, you will need to reach over and stop the handwheel when you stop the foot motion sort of simultaneously.
    Caution treadling may become addictive; some people have been known to seriously neglect their expensive computerized machine once they learn how rewarding it is. Enjoy!

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    I place both feet on the treadle - right foot in the upper right corner - left foot in lower left corner. I turn the wheel to get started, but I noticed if I do not go all the way down (at the heel) with my left foot - the machine will stall, break the thread and then go backwards. I've really had to practice following all the way thru with this stroke.

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    I will say my hand wheel is my best friend! I use it to start off with and then when it comes time to stop I grab it. I never try to start treadling without starting the handwheel, and I never stop it unless I grab the hand wheel. I never break the thread or run it backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I will say my hand wheel is my best friend! I use it to start off with and then when it comes time to stop I grab it. I never try to start treadling without starting the handwheel, and I never stop it unless I grab the hand wheel. I never break the thread or run it backwards.

    Billy
    I found that to be true for some treadles, but the two treadles I use most often these days luckily seem to be in "just right" balance (or maybe adjustment?) where I can usually start and stop with just the foot pedal without breaking the thread. But it certainly doesn't hurt to use the handwheel for added insurance.
    Billy, do you do any Freemotion quilting using your treadle? I really prefer it to any of my e-machines now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shesews
    I found that to be true for some treadles, but the two treadles I use most often these days luckily seem to be in "just right" balance (or maybe adjustment?) where I can usually start and stop with just the foot pedal without breaking the thread. But it certainly doesn't hurt to use the handwheel for added insurance.
    Billy, do you do any Freemotion quilting using your treadle? I really prefer it to any of my e-machines now.
    I FMQ on my Japanese 15. I can drop the feed dogs, loosen the tension on the presserfoot and away I go!! I have more control by doing it with the treadle I think.

    Billy

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    Billy,
    I can't figure out how to thread this machine. The bobbin is also a mystery to me. How do I position it in the case? Is there a tutorial somewhere on this board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinster
    Billy,
    I can't figure out how to thread this machine. The bobbin is also a mystery to me. How do I position it in the case? Is there a tutorial somewhere on this board?
    Here you go..........

    http://www.singerco.com/accessories/manuals.html

    Just click on the free download and it will tell you everything you need to know. The photos will be grainy but you can still make it out.


    Billy

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    Thsnks Billy!

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