Well, I didn’t expect that….

I had a 301 brought to me last month.  I was told that it didn’t run.  That’s all I’d been told.  Strangely when I plugged it in, it ran just fine.   I told the owner I’d tune it up and get it back to them.

I did a basic clean up on it, then I started oiling.  I started at the top the way I always do.  I worked my way to the faceplate and cleaned and oiled in there.  Then I turned the machine on its back and got ready to clean and oil the bottom of the machine.

As I rocked it on its back, I heard the sound of “pieces” moving around with the inertia I’d created.


Continue reading Well, I didn’t expect that….

I learned a lot today. Tension, needles, thread

I love learning!  One of the things I’ve realised about quilting and sewing in general is that you can never learn all of it.  I spent a day a couple of weeks ago just watching videos from the Superior thread company (all of the videos posted on youtube)

I learned so many things that will do nothing but improve the quality of my sewing and quilting.  I really want to get my hands on some of that Superior thread too!  I would love to feel and see the differences for myself, but my supplier doesn’t carry it (yet) so I’ll have to spend some time looking for some to sample.

Some of this stuff I knew and have even discussed on this blog, but even that stuff I think it always worth watching, even if only to see it explained from another point of view. Continue reading I learned a lot today. Tension, needles, thread

Mack the Knife – testing your serger knives

I read this in an “old” Serger book this week again.  I read it probably about a year or so ago, and needed the information today.  I thought it was a good enough tip to warrant publishing here to help everyone out.

From ABCs of Serging by Tammy Young and Lori Bottom:

A comment in the book, made by Sue Green-Baker Continue reading Mack the Knife – testing your serger knives

Because a change would do you good – Substitution parts

The longer I work on vintage machines, the more I find parts that I need that are no longer available.  Sometimes I can get lucky and find something that works. Sometimes we have to “make” them.  I thought that this blog is a great place to keep track of successful and even unsuccessful substitutions.

Successful substitutions will help people keep the machines running.  Unsuccessful substitutions will at least save you guys some money, by not trying the same thing I did. 😀 Continue reading Because a change would do you good – Substitution parts

Sit yourself down!!! Slant-O-Matics: Bobbin Case placement

Sometimes you find yourself taking the bobbin case of a Slant-o-Matic out, maybe to remove an errant thread, clean the lint out or whatever.  Strangely, putting it back in isn’t as easy as taking it out.   Or maybe you thought it was good, but the machine’s locked up, or it just doesn’t look / feel right. Continue reading Sit yourself down!!! Slant-O-Matics: Bobbin Case placement

Followup to the Universal adjustable sewing desk

I had a couple of questions asked in PMs the other day on the Quilting board about the Universal Desk I built a couple of weeks ago, and am posting them here with permission.

when you have your machine in it… does your machine ‘vibrate’ backwards? I see you have a gap at the back/right side of it and am wondering if you have something you insert in there or if you just leave that spot open. (to the right of your wheel)

Spring has sprung

Well, not really.  Not here in Central Alberta anyway.  We got about 10-12″ of the white sh…. stuff over the last weekend.

Ever had your bobbin case just fall out while you were sewing?  You’re just sewing along, and the darn thing just gets up and leaves? Or maybe you’ve found it not snapped in when you’re positive that you installed it right.

No,.. chances are that you don’t need a new bobbin case. Continue reading Spring has sprung

I am so flattered!

I wanted to just take a quick moment out to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog.  I’ve been seeing things being pinned on Pinterest from my posts on the Quilting Board and from Archaic Arcane directly over the last few days.

I post about the things I do to hopefully benefit the community as a whole.   Seeing people pinning and linking to the QB and to Archaic Arcane so that others can come visit and hopefully I can help them out shows me that you find what I’m doing to be of value.

From the bottom of my heart:  THANK YOU!  It’s so great to know that I’m not just talking to myself.  🙂

Followup to the 222 found at the Antique store.

In January, we found a Featherweight 222 in an Antique mall, on the way to visit my aunt.  This is the followup to the find, and photos of the lovely lady.

Eliza is ready for her close up.  When we were in Calgary, visiting my aunt in January, we learned that her serial number allocation date (as close as we can come to a birthdate on a Singer sewing machine) is February 26, 1957. On my aunt’s 3rd birthday.  Because of that, we’re naming her Eliza.  My aunt’s name is Liz, or Elizabeth.

She hasn’t been fully polished yet, but she’s completely returned to full working order and cleaned up.  When we picked her up, she didn’t turn smoothly, someone had been into the bobbin area, and the dreaded “finger” was misplaced. There was also more movement in the hook area than there should have been. Lastly, the bobbin case was reassembled incorrectly, so the bobbin didn’t fit into it.  She also had a little rust in weird places, on the chrome, a few of the screws, the bobbin case and the bobbin winder. We replaced the bobbin winder, and the rest had the rust removed from it, and a good oiling to discourage the rust returning.

Her body however Continue reading Followup to the 222 found at the Antique store.

Tear it down – bobbin case maintenance

What do you do when you’re sewing along and your machine’s tension goes crazy for no reason?

There are the obvious things to do: re-thread the machine, in case the thread “popped” out of one of the guides, or came unseated from the upper tensioner, clean out all of the fluff and lint from the machine, especially in the thread path ( don’t forget the bobbin case area) … sometimes you might even get desperate and clean out the upper tensioner.

If you don’t know how to do that, it’s really straight forward, and can save you a trip to the sewing machine repair shop.

But what do you do if you’ve done all of that and the tension’s still goofy?  Especially if your top tension seems way too tight.  Say you have it turned the upper tensioner all the way loose, and your thread is still laying on the top of your fabric… Continue reading Tear it down – bobbin case maintenance