Well, I’ve been really quiet on the site this year but I thought I’d do a year in review anyway because it hasn’t been a quiet year in real life! It seems a bit of a roller coaster ride of good things and drama but all in all, it was a calmer year than recently previous years.
Earlier this weekend, I posted on Facebook that I was closing the shop here at Archaic Arcane. I guess I worded it poorly and some people thought that I meant that Archaic Arcane was going away altogether. Let me clarify. This is not the case!
SHOP.archaicarcane.com is going away as of December 31, 2018. Only the online shop.
That’s all. I’m still servicing machines. I’m still teaching classes. I’m still making videos. I’m still posting up here on the site as time permits.
All of the patterns that I had in the shop are still available at Craftsy. Yup. Not even a week after I posted this, Craftsy punted about 90% of its designers off its site – me included. As of now, I’m taking a step back to evaluate how I want to continue to make patterns and possibly parts and classes available. It may mean a resurrection of the shop after all. In the meantime, if you need anything from me, go ahead and hit that “Contact” link in the upper right corner and we can talk about what you need.
I made this decision for a few reasons: Continue reading Announcement – Online shop closure – maybe?
Seriously. 10 months. I haven’t a really good excuse for it though. It looks from the file revisions like I started it in November of last year and it’s been in various stages of writing then waiting then editing then waiting since then.
This bag pattern was made by request. Not long after I made the Featherweight tote, I altered that pattern to make a larger bag for carrying full sized machines to workshop days. It wasn’t long before people started seeing and asking for the pattern for the bag. At first, I told people that they could use the featherweight tote pattern and I’d provide the dimension changes. Most people though wanted all the changes incorporated – especially the 2 shops that carry my patterns. Continue reading At last – a pattern 10 months in the making
Where have I been?
Some months ago, in order to feed my budding interest in spinning, I joined the local Weavers Guild. Since then, I’ve accidentally become more and more involved with the guild.
How does one become accidentally involved? In stages. 😉
It started out with me doing some tune-ups on the guild’s wheels. Tune-ups that are still ongoing with some of the consumables being replaced. While I’ve been doing these tune-ups, the questions naturally come about – why are you using this instead of that? What about when this happens, etc.
Then it moved on to the talk of me teaching a class. Continue reading Spin me round faster – announcements about site and classes
Some of the most common sewing machine issues I hear are:
- “The bobbin thread is bunching up around the bobbin”,
- “I have loops under the fabric”,
- “It looks great on the top but the bottom looks awful!”,
- “No matter how high I turn the tension on my bobbin, I still get a mess on the bottom side of the fabric!”,
- “I keep lowering the upper tension but I still get loops underneath!”
- “It’s the tension”
- or something similar.
Something like this: Continue reading The loosest thread – Those pesky thread nests
A year or so ago, I started knitting again – after more than 30 years of not knitting.
As is typical for me, I started to get interested in the whole process – not “just” the fabric making part of it but making the yarn, etc. I’ve always loved the look of a spinning wheel but couldn’t justify the space or cost requirement because I didn’t spin.
I found plans to build a basic (and little!) quill spinning wheel – called a Dodec (for “dodecagon” or twelve-sided wheel) – online and did that but I didn’t know if it was me or the wheel needing to be set up better when I was having trouble – but I got a small taste… and it was noisy. Some of you who know me in person – know how little I like “noise”. Continue reading Workhorse – spinning with a Canadian connection
Back in April and May of 2012, I wrote the two posts that would become the most popular posts on this site. These are the posts on how to adjust the Singer button controllers. I’ve yet to find another brand’s pedals with so much adjustment which is why I advocate keeping them.
Today, I’m going to add a little tidbit of information. Previously, we took care of a pedal that had been badly adjusted and was creating too much heat or was maybe not as responsive as you wanted – or a little too responsive and likely making noise.
What I didn’t cover at the time was how to adjust the pedal to get full speed. Continue reading Highway Star – Full speed from a Singer button controller
When I started posting about sewing machines, the intention was to cover what I was doing along with some of the maintenance we should all be doing and some of the basic repairs that nearly everyone could do.
Eventually, I started to get requests for certain posts and videos which is extremely flattering. It told me that people were enjoying – and learning from – what I was doing. Some of the requests have been excellent suggestions and often form the basis of the posts you’ve seen on this site. Continue reading Scope and Archaic Arcane
A “controversial” post today folks.
Motor Lube for Singer motors.
This one causes a lot of sometimes heated discussion on forums. Many people have done tests and lots of opinions have been stated. Today, I’m going to state my opinion, back it up with my reasoning and testing and then you can decide what you want to do with your own machines.
A couple years back, I mentioned that I could still get Singer Lube that was still suitable for use in Singer motors. In February of this year, that changed. I spent some time posting about it on Facebook.
Because I still get requests for Singer Lube, I thought I’d discuss what happened to make the Singer Lube no longer suitable for motors and what I recommend to replace it. Continue reading A search for things that you can’t see – Singer motor lube replacement
Electric Motor theory – why and how we lubricate
There have been a lot of discussions about sewing machine motor lubricants over the years and I thought I’d take a step further back and discuss why we do this, how we do this and why some of the information “out there” is sort of F.U.D. (<- Wikipedia Link)
First off: Why do we lube or oil a motor? (I’m a why person, have you noticed this yet?? I’m quite sure I drive some people nuts with my “whys?”… )