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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Joe,

    Even on a machine that doesn't have a reverse or back-tacking you can still get the beginning (or end) of your stitching tight. You just have to hold tight to the fabric and stitch in place (defeating the feed dogs).

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    Mom3,

    There must be a half dozen or more ways to back tack a piece. I have my favorite and use it when ever I use a machine w/o a back tack feature. I sew a few stitches, stop, raise the needle, lift the foot and pull the fabric back towards me, lower the foot and sew.
    It's easier to do that to describe.
    I haven't tried the method you mentioned yet. I should.

    Joe

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    I just move my stitch lever to zero for a second then move it back. Just stitches in place a few times. Same results as pressing the 'back stitch' button.
    TwandasMom

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    You are both correct! There are more ways to 'tack' than I described. I guess I'm just lazy - I just hand on tight to the fabric for a few stitches.

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    I'm still too uncoordinated to treadle - give me a HC...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm still too uncoordinated to treadle - give me a HC...
    I know
    Skip
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    Joe,

    So when you piece your work, you back tack each item you are piecing? Wow! Even most folks using their modern e-machines don't do that. Instead, they just feed their blocks or strips through in a series, known as chain piecing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm still too uncoordinated to treadle - give me a HC...
    Miriam, you always put a smile on our faces! Just practice! I never thought I'd be a treadler either - all I did when I first started was go back and forth and break thread! So frustrating! Now I don't even think about whether I am treadling or sewing with an electric machine. Same thing for me, except I am not as fast with the treadle!

    As far as piecing with a treadle - I usually chain piece so no back tacking necessary. When I finish piecing and start to assemble the block I like to back tack. At that point I will switch to my 319w, or my 15-88 that has back tack. If I stay with the treadle without a back tack, I do what Misseva does, and just turn the stitch length to zero for 2 or 3 stitches! That is the way I put bindings on my quilts with Betty, my Davis Vertical Feed who does not back tack!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok I have never had a machine dropped on my porch like Steve just had, but I got a call from a guy who was given my name by someone I must of met at a sewing social. He wants me to take his wife's grandmother's Jone's treadle that has been in their family from the beginning. He says it is in pristine shape. He called me before Christmas. I am going to see the treadle today. I know I will probably bring it home! Is there no hope for us! I hope it is the one with the yellow rose, but I'd bed it is the same as my Jones HC because he said it says Jones CS! I will post photos later - if I get the machine!

    Nancy

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have the cabinet that Jones is in...Now you've got me itching to go clean up my Jones HC and give her a whirl. If you ever come across a spare coffin top for one let me know. I don't have a top for mine.
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    Nancy, are you SURE.....?
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/fuo/3533351674.html

    Glad to elicit a grin, not a groan or a grump.

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    Jenn,

    PM me on this if you are actually interested. I may be interested in the head but not the cabinet, perhaps we could do a deal together on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, you always put a smile on our faces! Just practice! I never thought I'd be a treadler either - all I did when I first started was go back and forth and break thread! So frustrating! Now I don't even think about whether I am treadling or sewing with an electric machine. Same thing for me, except I am not as fast with the treadle!

    As far as piecing with a treadle - I usually chain piece so no back tacking necessary. When I finish piecing and start to assemble the block I like to back tack. At that point I will switch to my 319w, or my 15-88 that has back tack. If I stay with the treadle without a back tack, I do what Misseva does, and just turn the stitch length to zero for 2 or 3 stitches! That is the way I put bindings on my quilts with Betty, my Davis Vertical Feed who does not back tack!

    Nancy
    I have an attachment that goes on the singer 66 that makes a reverse stitch. It's a bugger to put on but it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I know
    Skip
    You know I use a knee control on the electric when ever I can...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You know I use a knee control on the electric when ever I can...
    Yes I know but the next time we get together I am going to teach you how to treadle. You can do it. Just don't wear those big boot shoes.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Yes I know but the next time we get together I am going to teach you how to treadle. You can do it. Just don't wear those big boot shoes.
    ok - I do have some Crox...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Hi! I'm goonberrie! newish to quilting period. I have discovered my husband's grandmother's old treadle in an old shed, and I use the term shed loosely. almost no protection to Montana's weather. do you know of any miracle workers in Montana? I would like to see about restoring it. please 'pm' me here. Thank you for any assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I have an attachment that goes on the singer 66 that makes a reverse stitch. It's a bugger to put on but it works.
    Wow! I would LOVE to see a few photos of THAT....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I have an attachment that goes on the singer 66 that makes a reverse stitch. It's a bugger to put on but it works.
    I'd like to have one of those. I have two 66 treadles I could put it one.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, you always put a smile on our faces! Just practice! I never thought I'd be a treadler either - all I did when I first started was go back and forth and break thread! So frustrating! Now I don't even think about whether I am treadling or sewing with an electric machine. Same thing for me, except I am not as fast with the treadle!

    As far as piecing with a treadle - I usually chain piece so no back tacking necessary. When I finish piecing and start to assemble the block I like to back tack. At that point I will switch to my 319w, or my 15-88 that has back tack. If I stay with the treadle without a back tack, I do what Misseva does, and just turn the stitch length to zero for 2 or 3 stitches! That is the way I put bindings on my quilts with Betty, my Davis Vertical Feed who does not back tack!

    Nancy
    Nancy, I remember back when you were first starting to treadle. You were frustrated then, and I talked you into just keep practicing. I can treadle fairly fast with my treadle, which is fast enough for me.

    I do not even back tack when I assemble my blocks since I try to do them in a chain method if I can get away with it. When blocks get put into rows, then I may back tack if I remember to do so. Somehow my quilts all get assembled and quilted without even one back tack.

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    The you post the reverse stitch mechanism for the 66? I'd love to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, I remember back when you were first starting to treadle. You were frustrated then, and I talked you into just keep practicing. I can treadle fairly fast with my treadle, which is fast enough for me.

    I do not even back tack when I assemble my blocks since I try to do them in a chain method if I can get away with it. When blocks get put into rows, then I may back tack if I remember to do so. Somehow my quilts all get assembled and quilted without even one back tack.
    I've only been treadling since about 2007 and have learned to treadle fairly quickly too. I do most of my sewing with the treadles. Dh and some of my quilty friends just don't get it. They think I'm a bit touched in the head.
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Trish I think everyone's busy trying to keep their New Year's resolutions! I am busy trying to finish all my unfinished projects, then after swearing I would not start another quilt until I finish a couple that have been sitting around - I started another Mystery Quilt! But, in my defense, I got two quilts quilted, working on the 3rd one now! So I guess I am not completely breaking my New Year's resolution yet!

    Nancy
    Exactly why i haven't been here much.....I am determined to get caught up. But then I have also had a few distractions....he he
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi View Post
    Exactly why i haven't been here much.....I am determined to get caught up. But then I have also had a few distractions....he he
    Oh that yellow brother is so cute! I want a yellow machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    The you post the reverse stitch mechanism for the 66? I'd love to see it.
    I'll get pictures as soon as I can. Calling for 4-8" of snow and machine is in a building away from house. Have to get prepaired incase power goes off.

    Sharon, people think I am crazy too when I tell them I like to treadle. Then tell them how many machines we have and the look on there faces. Most of them call it a peddle machine or they move there hands up and down. Oh well each to there own.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Craftiladi, I like your machines and really like the blue Kenmore.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, I remember back when you were first starting to treadle. You were frustrated then, and I talked you into just keep practicing. I can treadle fairly fast with my treadle, which is fast enough for me.

    I do not even back tack when I assemble my blocks since I try to do them in a chain method if I can get away with it. When blocks get put into rows, then I may back tack if I remember to do so. Somehow my quilts all get assembled and quilted without even one back tack.
    Yep, I was frustrated. My DH sat down and treadled our first treadle the day we unloaded it in the garage - a 27 with the Pheasant decals! I tried and just couldn't do it at all! But, thanks to you all, I kept trying! Now I treadle as fast as that pedal will go - which is still slower than an electric machine could go! I agree with Skip, to be accurate I don't need to sew pedal to the metal. A little slower is much more accurate! It is great exercise and it is very relaxing to sit and treadle! I have a lot of respect for those women who use to treadle all day - my legs ache after a couple hours of treadling!

    I also chain stitch my blocks together, but I usually back tack each row beginning and end as they go together. I don't want the blocks to come apart when I stretch them on the long arm table. I only free motion my smaller projects, the queen/king sized quilts have to be rolled on a long arm, which is harder on your stitching. I also use a very small stitch per inch so no distortion happens to my blocks on the LA table.

    Nancy

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