Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Hopping Feet and Singer 201s
This is a bit irritating. I was looking forward to trying out a bit of free motion work on the 201K treadle and found that my hopping foot wasn't compatible. The lever above the needle clamp stops dead when it reaches the screw on the cylinder that contains the needle bar, so the needle can rise no higher than shown in the picture. The screw is essential because it fixes on the last but one hook that the thread passes through.
My brother in law looked at this picture and suggested that because the lever doesn't actually need to be so long the end could be sawn off to give it clearance. He tells me he has the tools if he wants me to do it. Otherwise, I can get a different type of hopping foot.
Update - Decision made...
I've had a think and had good look at how much extra lever there is to play with. When the foot is attached to the 15K and the needle is in the highest position there is a good quarter of an inch spare at the top. You can guarantee that if we tried cutting the lever to fit the 201K we would shave off a fraction too much. I am going to get another type of foot for the 201K - could be interesting!