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Spin me round faster – announcements about site and classes

Where have I been?

circa May 2017ish? – 6 months spinning.   Merino / Alpaca 93g 325m 2-ply spun worsted/semi worsted.

Some months ago, in order to feed my budding interest in spinning, I joined the Edmonton 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

Scope and Archaic Arcane

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

Sand slipping through my hands – A 5 month update

I just realized it’s been nearly 6 months since I updated the blog.
I apologize for that everyone!  It’s  been a really up and down several months.   I thought I’d update you on some of the larger points. Continue reading Sand slipping through my hands – A 5 month update

A little wizardry – overdue maintenance on Archaic Arcane

Last week, support for the operating system on the computer that brings you ArchaicArcane.com was discontinued.  This is not unlike when Microsoft said no more XP.

What this means for AA is that I need to do some behind the curtain maintenance before I can do the on-stage updates.  I’m working on many things at once and you’ll start to see some posts hopefully this month.

The server and a quilt I was working on last month were the top priorities keeping me away from the site.  Now though, I have lots to say, I just need to take care of the server first so you can read about it when I tell it! 🙂 Continue reading A little wizardry – overdue maintenance on Archaic Arcane

Message to myself

It’s OK, read to the end. 🙂

I apologize for the huge absence.    I’m still working on posts slowly but I thought I’d update the blog on why I’ve been away.  (I have been posting a little on the facebook page if you’re a FB’er.)

I won’t be sad to see 2014 go.  It started out great.  A great trip to Willam’s Lake to teach.  Certification as a Brother technician for Sparrow Studioz.

The summer though….

The summer in particular was beyond “character building” for both Ryan and I. Continue reading Message to myself

A Million Miles – traveling to speak and teach!

Note: Amended date!  I goofed ladies and gentlemen, April 16th is the date, not March!

Update: 2014-04-09 – It looks like the Evening class is tentatively full (may be able to open 1 more spot) and there is one left open for the morning class.  If you wanted to get in, now’s your chance!  We’ve been chatting about the possibility of me doing the class again in the future in William’s Lake, but there’s no firm timeline for it.

OK, so it’s not quite a million miles but I bet it feels like it by the time I get home.

I’m going to be teaching people just like you how to service and restore their vintage machines in BC next month! 🙂

Beauties like this:

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The Cariboo Piecemakers quilt guild has asked me to speak to the group about vintage sewing machines at their Tuesday meeting.   The following day I will be doing a marathon training session.

The class is in William’s Lake, B.C. Canada (approximately 3 hours out of Kamloops) the Wednesday before Easter (March  APRIL 16th) at the Pioneer Complex, and we have just added a second session and there’s currently a little room left.   The tentative times for the classes are 10am to 3pm with a break for lunch and 5pm to 9pm.  If you’re interested in attending, leave me a comment below or contact me here.

Here’s what I’m planning to cover: Continue reading A Million Miles – traveling to speak and teach!

Socialite – AA gets social!

Today, while perusing the site stats, I noticed that we’re suddenly getting a ton of hits from Facebook, Twitter and other sharing places.

A great big “Welcome!” to our new readers!!  This is so exciting!  I’m a closet introvert, but I just love that what I’m talking about is important to you, and I look forward to your comments and our discussions!

I humbly thank you very much for sharing this site with your friends.

In case you’re interested, here are our top 5 most popular articles as chosen by you, my lovely readers!! Continue reading Socialite – AA gets social!

Greased Lightning – Singer motor lube in Canada

Update 06-30-2016:  The latest batch of Singer Lube I received from the supplier is no longer suitable for use in Singer motors.  As such, I’m recommending the use of Petroleum jelly.

People far smarter than me are recommending it and White Sewing machine motors of the same time period used it.

 

Over the last few months, I’ve been hearing that Singer Lube / Lubricant / Motor Lube (S2129)  is getting really hard to find, especially here in Canada. This has been my experience as a consumer as well.  Walmart used to carry it, but no longer.  I believe that it may have been at Fabricland at one point.  Also, no longer.  With the loss of the Singer store in Edmonton, there were no longer any options I was aware of in my area. Continue reading Greased Lightning – Singer motor lube in Canada

No Comment – found a “bug” on the blog, my apologies!

I thought it was a little quiet around here, and in all honesty, I’ve not really had a lot of comments in the past, so I thought it might be normal.

Turns out one of the many many many recent updates to one of the WordPress plugins I use here broke the comments feature, and the software couldn’t be bothered to tell me!

“This piece of the blog is generating copious errors, I thought you’d like to know” would have been enough. 😉

A big thanks to leighway from the QB for letting me know that there was an issue that made me decide to investigate.

The problem that occurred would have looked like this:

  • You click in the “Leave a Reply” box, and proceed to type up your message.
  • When you’re finished, you click “Post Comment”, then the dreaded “ERROR” appears.  Something about not providing the right captcha code. And of course, your comment goes into neverland.  How rude!
  • But wait, what code?

And therein lies the problem.   There was no captcha code for you to enter!  I’ve made a change to the software to get around it for now.  The captcha won’t appear still, but it won’t check for it either.

Comments of course will have to be moderated as a result, but I filter nothing other than porn and spammers.

I will update this post if I find a proper fix, or I find out that captcha or WP have fixed the issue.   I suspect captcha, so I will report the issue this week.

In the meantime, chat amongst yourselves. 🙂   And please accept my apologies.  I wasn’t being rude on purpose!

Where’s that post from last week?

I made a few changes to the site in the last week or so.

  • I changed the Pinterest plugin we were using, because the new one offers a lot more and better functionality.
  • I did a little clean up on the articles, so you don’t have to scroll as much when browsing the posts.
  • I made a few security related changes, in response to the brute force attack currently going on against WordPress sites all over the world.   Continue reading Where’s that post from last week?