My Singer 66K has back-clamping foot fitting and I don’t want to convert it to low shank. 🧐 Whaaaat? Why? Ah, that is a topic for another post. 🤬 Yeah, I heard you. 🤭
This 1906 Singer 66K was made within the first half a year of production of this model in Scotland, and it is different from most 66K machines out there. It seems there was a short run of may be a couple of years, if that, of this slightly different variant. This machine has wider feed dogs than later models, and a slightly displaced needle, so that if you convert it to low shank, the foot doesn’t align with the needle. Slightly but sufficiently to persuade me not to convert. And there are other reasons. There – mystery solved – you can stop swearing now. 😉
I’ve collected a lot of back-clamping feet to go with this machine, and I promise to write a post about them as some are quite unique and amazingly weird. But what I haven’t found, is a hopping foot. You know, the one that raises the foot when the needle is up so that you could move the material in free-hand embroidery.
And yet, this special Singer 66K, with its tighter-than-usual hook adjustment, is the perfect machine for free-hand embroidery and quilting. Hmmm… If only there was something that would lift the foot when the needle is up… 🤔
Stoppax! The Stoppax darning attachment does exactly that!
Except that of course it is designed for low shank machines, not back-clamping ones. 😖
But, with a bit of twiddling and a slight bend to the end, it fits the back-clamper too!
I’m using Singer quilting foot here because it offers an open view of the work. I’ve adjusted Stoppax so that it lifts the foot quite high to allow for thicker work underneath to move freely without covering the feed dogs. The whole point of Stoppax is that you should let the dogs move normally, so that with a flick of the top loop, you could disengage the hopping and return to normal sewing.