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I will. I have a back log of quilts to complete, but as soon as I'm caught up, I'll be working on this one. I was so excited when she brought it over. She was talking about a Singer she had when she was in high school. 1965 ish...it was black, classic Singer, but she got rid of it and got a "new" Kenmore. I would love to find a machine for her. She doesn't remember the model or much about it, just that the ones I've collected now are reminding her of that long gone machine.
I figured out the timing for my New Home Light Running treadle today. It didn't have a bobbin case when I got it, so I really didn't know if it would ever sew. It was locked up when I got it. The rods and bushings in the bottom of the machine were not moving. After taking it apart and soaking the parts in PB Blaster, I put it back together.
Using a picture I took before I took it apart, I adjusted the bobbin "spinner". It took a little tinkering, but it is now sewing. It still needs a proper belt, but it's working. I have a rope in place of a leather belt and it slips a bit, but it's working well enough to try it out. I'm so surprised that I was actually able to get it to work. I had serious doubts for this machine for such a long time.
It looks like it is in great shape, very good, enjoy
I haven't had to do this since. Other machines have not been so locked up, but at the time, nothing I did loosened it up. I tried everything that was suggested and finally I just decided to take it apart. I took the whole rod out of the bottom between the gear and the bobbin spinner. I knew everything in the machine moved at least a little, but this rod did not move at all. I soaked the whole rod in PB Blaster for about a week before I got it to move even the slightest. After I got the rod out of the bushings, I had to polish it a bit with steel wool and cleaned the inside of the bushings out as well before I could get it to move smoothly without hanging up. I learned a lot with this machine!
One thing I love is that it is so LIGHT! I can hold it easily with one hand while settling it back onto its pins in the cabinet. It's a great machine now. Quiet and smooth running. I just wish I had more than one bobbin. It doesn't hold a lot, so I find myself stopping to wind a bobbin more often than with other machines.
Here are a couple of "before" and "after" pics of my New Home.
I am wondering if anyone knows if the faceplate comes off or not so would love to hear from someone who has this same machine. It's a Series A. I can't seem to find anyplace where it would come apart.
The flat metal part on top is the tension! You tighten or loosen the screw to adjust the tension. I really love the Maas metal polish. Even though the metal pieces still look old they are now as smooth as a baby's bottom
Oh Cathy, it's beautiful! There has to be a way for it to come apart. While most of my machines have a screw on the left end that holds the face plate on, my Whites both have a screw that is to the right of that part of the machine that holds it all together.
Last edited by quiltingweb; 10-23-2012 at 07:21 AM.
One thing that has saved me several times...I take pictures of things before I take them apart...helps me figure out how to put them back together!