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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Betty seems to give me a work out no matter what I am doing, but Cathy I think the reason I really notice that treadle's workout is because I only use her to put bindings on very large quilts. That means when I am using that treadle I am sitting for a long time tugging and straightening a lot of quilt all the while treadling. I usually have to go around each quilt twice because I have never got Betty to stay consistent in her stitch. She sews consistent with a nice stitch when doing only 2 layers, but when I have a binding to attach and I am going through 7 layers, she zips through those layers like butter, but her stitch gets really funky, hence I always go around twice. The plus side is that because she walks the quilt, I never get bunched fabric or tucks! That is the only reason I keep using her to put on bindings, even though I have to go twice to get a tight stitch.

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    Besides using my Davis for attaching binding, I also straight stitch quilt with her because of that wonderful walking foot. Sometimes I have noticed that the stitches have loosened; those are the times that the tension dial has moved to the loose setting. I have noticed that the vibration off of the machine has cause the tension dial to shift. This isn't caused by the treadle since treadling is smooth and quiet. I just check on the tension dial setting with the start of a new row.

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    Was disappointed yesterday when I went to check on a buttonhole attachment for Stella (New Home). Thought just maybe I had found a buttonhole attch. that would work. The lady said it was a top clamp, but when we checked it the opening was narrower than mine. Maybe there isn't such a thing for Stella.

    Charlee- a while back (I can't find the post) you mentioned about you needed to fix your machine because of the "free wheeling." What did you mean by that? Please forgive all my questions, am just learning!!!
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    Randa, we do this at a fabric store. They are a lot of fun. Most of all the stores around here do them. There is a Girls night out almost every Saturday night somewhere. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Candace,

    I see two pictures showing the spool in a horizontal position, but in both cases the thread is reeling off the side not over the end.

    Cathy
    Oh. o.k. now I understand what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Nancy, Get a walking foot that has been modified to fit a 301 and it will do your bindings just fine - Cathy will know what you need.
    Modified 301 feet still aren't great walking feet. None of the 301 walking feet available (modified or not!!) have narrow feed dogs. So....the feed dogs are too wide and don't align with the machine feed dogs. Will it work? Yes, but not as engineered. Walking feet are supposed to have upper feed dogs and lower feed dogs that work together to feed fabric through the machine equally distributing the pull of the fabric. This doesn't and can't happen when the upper and lower feed dogs don't meet properly.

    Nancy, you can buy slant shank 1/4" feet and FMQ feet if you don't already own them. But, the guide is right there on the plate so you can also just use a seam guide, moleskin etc.

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    Nancy,

    No, the 301 does not use low shank feet. It uses Singer slant shank feet.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy, I am planning on using the 301 tonight - at least to play with her! Do they take the same low shank foot as the feather weight. I have an extra 1/4" foot I will bring to use. Also I think they use the same bobbins? This will be my first 301!

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    Candace,

    Great, I was afraid that my explanation was too long and confusing.
    BTW do you live in my area? I'm in Roseville near Sacramento.

    Cathy

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    Oh. o.k. now I understand what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Was disappointed yesterday when I went to check on a buttonhole attachment for Stella (New Home). Thought just maybe I had found a buttonhole attch. that would work. The lady said it was a top clamp, but when we checked it the opening was narrower than mine. Maybe there isn't such a thing for Stella.

    Charlee- a while back (I can't find the post) you mentioned about you needed to fix your machine because of the "free wheeling." What did you mean by that? Please forgive all my questions, am just learning!!!
    Are you meaning the comment I made about the "stop motion" not working? (the "clutch" for stopping the needle action while winding a bobbin) All fixed...pulled the wheel and cleaned it, works great now. The other minor "fix" was to adjust the bobbin winder so it would connect with the wheel.
    The machine moves so freely that when I stop and lift the presser foot the needle falls, but I can live with that!
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    Miz Johnny,

    I also have 3 of these. All branded differently, one's a Davis, one's an Empress and the Western Electric. I sure would love a handcrank attachment for one of these National machines. I can dream, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    Oh, yeah--I have 3 or 4 of these because I love the dragon decal!! I actually have one (at least one) with a hand crank, but I have absolutely no idea where it is right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Candace,

    Great, I was afraid that my explanation was too long and confusing.
    BTW do you live in my area? I'm in Roseville near Sacramento.

    Cathy

    Yes, I'm in your area! Elk Grove:> I'm an electric girl only at this point, though. I am eyeing two spool machines now. You all are bad enablers!

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    Miriam,

    I just tried the chopstick with an eye bolt on the end. The thread got caught in the opening of the eye. So I tried more binder clips. Here is the pictures of what I came up with. The binder clip holds the chopstick to the spool pin, but it was moving back and forth as the thread is pulled through. I fixed that by putting paper around the spool pin to tighten the binders's grip on the pin. Miriam, I think I like this better than the suction cup. Thanks for the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Now that should go a long ways in solving the world's problems!!!! I've had to put thread in a vase on the floor , run the thread up and over the thread pin before. The arm across would help a lot. I wonder, if you have the right height vase maybe you could hold the chop stick on the top of the vase with a clip so thread has room to pass - put an eye bolt on the chop stick end and put that over the thread holder with the clips to guide the thread. I don't do very good with those suction cups for some reason...

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    Cathy, I love the look of your spool pin doily. Did you make it? If so did you use string or yarn and would you care to share the patteren? Kathie

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    Miriam,

    I just re-read your statement. If I understand what you said correctly, you want to put the eye bolt on the end of the chopstick and place that eye bolt over the spool pin. In that arrangement the chopstick would swing and move and would and not stay directly over the thread spool. If you can secure the eye bolt to the spool pin I think that the might work, however chop sticks are not made with strong wood and I think it would split easily where the eye bolt is screwed in. Just my thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I wonder, if you have the right height vase maybe you could hold the chop stick on the top of the vase with a clip so thread has room to pass - put an eye bolt on the chop stick end and put that over the thread holder with the clips to guide the thread. I don't do very good with those suction cups for some reason...

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    Nancy,

    Ok Cathy, now I am really confused. I understand completely what you are saying about the thread needing to come off the end. Are you saying whether the spool was designed to come of vertically or horizontally - the thread still needs to feed off the end?
    No, Some spools are designed to reel off the side of the spool, such as most regular C&C, Gutermann, etc.
    I have a Janome and a newer Pfaff embroidery machine that have spool pins that feed either way. I do understand that when the thread is positioned on the horizontal spool pin it feeds off the end and when seated on the vertical spool pin it feeds off the end. It comes off the side when on a vertical spool pin.
    Now I am confused about the way the thread is wound on the spools. I think visually you can tell what the thread path should be by how the thread is wound on the spool/ cone. When the thread is cross wound such as in a cone it should come off the end. If a spool with regular winding is placed so that the thread is pulled off of the end, the thread can catch the notch on the end of the spool. That is why the old Touch & Sew machines came with a huge spool cap Wider than the end of the spool pin) for the thread to slide over.
    It seems to me if the thread is both instances has to feed off the end, it shouldn't matter whether the thread is sitting horizontally or vertically when the thread is sitting on a thread guide behind the machine and feeding to the machine from the top of that thread guide? Correct, there is no difference in vertical or horizontal placement of the spool/ cone if the thread is being pulled off of the end.
    What is the problem with metallic threads then? I would have to sit own and play with some metallic thread. I donít know what the problem is.
    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    Yes, my setups work just like the thread stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy the set up you made works exactly the same as one of those black stand alone thread guides that sit behind your machine. The spool sits on a spool pin, is fed up to a thread guide, then over to your machine thread guides. That should cause any spool of thread, even the cones to work properly? That is what I did with the metallic thread, but it did cause a tension problem because of all the knots that formed underneath my work. Nancy

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    Candace,

    Elk Grove! You are just around the corner (long corner).

    I have many electrics. My collection is a nice mix of electric and people powered. I'm much too lazy to do everything on a treadle or handcrank. VBG In fact I'm too lazy to do much sewing.
    I bought a treadle Two Spool last year. I haven't sewn on it yet. I will, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, I'm in your area! Elk Grove:> I'm an electric girl only at this point, though. I am eyeing two spool machines now. You all are bad enablers!

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    Kathie,

    No, I didn't make them. I have a friend who makes and sells these. (She did try to teach me...and gave up.) She used crochet string. I showed her one that I bought and she then just "winged" it. I doubt that she wrote down a pattern, but I'll ask. Would you like to borrow one to copy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    Cathy, I love the look of your spool pin doily. Did you make it? If so did you use string or yarn and would you care to share the patteren? Kathie

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    No, I didn't make them. I have a friend who makes and sells these. (She did try to teach me...and gave up.) She used crochet string. I showed her one that I bought and she then just "winged" it. I doubt that she wrote down a pattern, but I'll ask. Would you like to borrow one to copy?

    Cathy not only are you a great sewing machine person but you are also a mind reader. I would love a copy of the pattern. Thank you. Kathie

    Cathy[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    No, I didn't make them. I have a friend who makes and sells these. (She did try to teach me...and gave up.) She used crochet string. I showed her one that I bought and she then just "winged" it. I doubt that she wrote down a pattern, but I'll ask. Would you like to borrow one to copy?

    Cathy not only are you a great sewing machine person but you are also a mind reader. I would love a copy of the pattern. Thank you. Kathie

    Cathy
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    Kathie, This is not exactly the same. I haven't made this yet. I had it in my bookmarks for a quick project.
    http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/...-easy-and.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    No, I didn't make them. I have a friend who makes and sells these. (She did try to teach me...and gave up.) She used crochet string. I showed her one that I bought and she then just "winged" it. I doubt that she wrote down a pattern, but I'll ask. Would you like to borrow one to copy?

    Cathy not only are you a great sewing machine person but you are also a mind reader. I would love a copy of the pattern. Thank you. Kathie

    Cathy
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    Kathie, This is not exactly the same. I haven't made this yet. I had it in my bookmarks for a quick project.
    http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/...-easy-and.html

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    Kathie, This is not exactly the same. I haven't made this yet. I had it in my bookmarks for a quick project.
    http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/...-easy-and.html[/QUOTE]

    And another:
    http://scrapbookandcardstodaymag.typ...al-flower.html

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    OMG Gals and Guys! Wait til you see what Whigrose just picked up!!

    HURRY Deb!! Get here and share!!
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    Here is a widget I made to guide the thread from the big serger spools to the sewing machine. Works pretty good too. This is Mr. Lucky modeling it for us. My wife doesn't use her serger much and all that thread is just sitting there. Soooooooo, I figured out how to use it. I took a piece of 3/8" dowel rod and drilled it out so it would fit down over the spool pin. Then drilled two smaller holes for the legs of a close pin spring and viola, a thread guide. Works beautifully too. Right now I have this set up on my #2 Singer 66 Treadle for sewing a quilt. Joe

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    Flowers

    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Kathie, This is not exactly the same. I haven't made this yet. I had it in my bookmarks for a quick project.
    http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/...-easy-and.html
    And another:
    http://scrapbookandcardstodaymag.typ...al-flower.html[/QUOTE]

    Those are really cute. I will have to try them. Thank you Kathie

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    Playing catchup today with the threads. And now Charlee's got me excited to see what's coming up!

    Saw a Gritzner handcrank today at an antique shop, decals gone, some problems with the base. It moved sluggishly, but it was still pretty neat. The bobbin setup was interesting. Too pricey for me at $132, especially for the wear to the finish. What was interesting too was that the base had 2 holes in it, just where a belt would go for a treadle. I wonder if these bases were made to be dropped into a treadle as well as to be portable? The base had a coffin top with it.

    On the way out, I saw a couple of FWs close to the counter, one the older style and one newer. The older one was in rough shape, no bobbin, shredded case, no attachments, and was corroding along the bottom. They had it marked at $200. No price yet on the newer one in better shape. Oh, and the shop guy told me exactly why FWs were so expensive. (Drum roll) It's because all the sweat shops buy them so that their illegal workers can literally pick up the machines and run away when Immigration comes by. He was totally convinced that all the online auctions are bid up by sweat shop owners. I was astounded, had no idea of the power of my cute, clacky little FW.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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