Don’t get me wrong, I don’t detest the button-style or bake-lite foot pedals. I just don’t trust them.
Last night, I was sewing my very first applique. The tedium of the cutting and pressing finished, I thought I’d sit down to do some of the stitching. This is slow speed sewing, especially because I’ve never done it before, and satin stitches on my first machine would spark many colorful arguments between myself and the machine.
I made it about half way around the perimeter. Then, speaking of sparks…
I heard them. It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard in a sewing room. bzzzzzzt, pop pop…. a weird sound like rushing water, a hum that got louder, and then crackling noises coming from below my sewing table.
Normally this is a place I avoid, but my recent quest to find all of the books in the “Singer Sewing Reference Library” has me haunting all of the thrift shops I can find. Next weekend’s quest will lead us to the flea markets.
I was really only looking for the books, honestly. Then I decided to wander over to the furniture section, to see if there were any machines there, just for fun. So many of the machines I’ve been finding in the thrift stores are incomplete or “not working”, so I felt not a lot of risk. Besides, hadn’t Ryan and I just been talking in the truck on the way over here about me not looking for another machine? Really, I have all that I need, the only one that I might look for would be a really good “zigzagger”, for some finishing work, but it really wasn’t a priority…
Do you have a Singer sewing machine with the Featherweight style Bakelite Foot Pedal? Sometimes it’s also referred to as a Button Pedal. I’ve seen them on Model 15 machines, Featherweights (Model 221/222), Model 99 machines, Model 128 machines, 400 Series machines, and I’m sure there are others. They’re the most common pedal I have in my sewing room.
One of the most common complaints I see about this pedal is that you press and press and press and the machine does nothing,.. then suddenly it takes off like the winning horse at the races!
Another problem the older ones suffer from is “running on their own”.
What I don’t see a lot of is how to fix either problem. Lots of people suggest throwing that foot out and replacing it with a new one, or a “more modern one”.