The instructions that come with the Little Gem say to put a towel on the treadles when the wheel is folded in half to protect the treadles from getting banged around during transport. I've tried the towel trick but a towel moves around. I wanted something a little more secure. Yesterday I made these booties for my Gem. Here are the instructions to make your own.
Out of heavy fabric cut 2 rectangles - 17.5 x 8.5 inches. Fold the rectangles into fourths and trim the corners until they're nicely curved.
You'll need about 2 yds of stiff elastic. I used 1/2 inch elastic. On the wrong side of one of the rectangles, secure one end of the elastic to a long edge with a few stitches. Once the elastic is securely sewn down, stretch it really tight and continue to sew it around the circumference of the fabric, using a zig zag or elastic stitch.
That's it! Do the same for the other one. Gem Booties.
I can spin with the Booties in place.