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Thread: Newcomer, have a German 1955 Phoenix 429 Machine

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    Senior Member Cecilia S.'s Avatar
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    Now, here is The Beast:

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    I took The Beast out of its case because it takes up less space this way, and also changing the bobbin required flipping the machine up on its hinges; you can see from the next photo that the bobbin is a Royal Pain to reach.

    BTW, I gave everything a nice clean, wipe, and oil, being careful to avoid the fabric-and-metal belt. While I think I will replace a wire in the motor (it looks worn), otherwise things are in amazing shape! It stitches very nicely! Only a straight, reverse, and zig-zag.

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    The bobbin case itself is not terribly weird, I suppose; but it does have a funny hook on it, which I have figured out (Miriam ,you are right!) how to thread.

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    Do you want me to send a close up of the bobbin? I am afraid of monopolizing the site.... One more photo only, here, I will show you the unusual (at least, it is unlike any other machine I have seen!) threading around the upper tension. Firstly, as you can see on the large photo of the whole Beast, the thread first passes through a neat steel plate with three thread-pass-holes. Then it passes through this bizarre spring near the tension dial. Does this seem right to you? It was quite finicky, getting it threaded. It stitches well, so I must have done something right - but please, if anyone sees an error in my threading, please do let me know! I will be most appreciative of any pointers at all.

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    So, now that you have seen The Beast...

    It stitches really beautifully! Sounds very gentle for such a hulky thing.

    The mechanics, switches, etc are so heavy-duty-industrial-machinery-like. Nothing sleek, smooth, or dainty about it! Yet it sounds ssooooo quiet and behaves so tamely. The stitch width lever, the feed-dog-drop, the needle-position lever... it is all -so- hulky.

    A question; I cannot for the life of me figure how I can disengage the bobbin winder from the large wheel during sewing. It must be possible - it seems so bizarre to me that it would be engineered with this one inefficiency. Has anyone had a machine where the bobbin winder was always in contact with the wheel? What could I be doing wrong?

    -C.

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    should be lever that makes it flip down. it shouldn't be in contact all the time. only when winding a bobbin.
    can you post a close up of that area from a couple of different angles. You are not monopolizing the posts --this is how you get help if you need it. from others looking and ooohhing and ahh over the machines. I really wish I could find 1 like this one. she/he is a beaut not a beast. Amy
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    So, now that you have seen The Beast...

    It stitches really beautifully! Sounds very gentle for such a hulky thing.

    The mechanics, switches, etc are so heavy-duty-industrial-machinery-like. Nothing sleek, smooth, or dainty about it! Yet it sounds ssooooo quiet and behaves so tamely. The stitch width lever, the feed-dog-drop, the needle-position lever... it is all -so- hulky.

    A question; I cannot for the life of me figure how I can disengage the bobbin winder from the large wheel during sewing. It must be possible - it seems so bizarre to me that it would be engineered with this one inefficiency. Has anyone had a machine where the bobbin winder was always in contact with the wheel? What could I be doing wrong?

    -C.

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    Sorry I somehow posted that twice! I will try to post photos of the bobbin winding area. It is puzzling. The Beast (The Beauty) is really making my day - I have been tinkering all morning, and it is such fun!

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    So, here is a full view of the bobbin-winding area and the handwheel. Turn your head sideways to the left.Name:  IMG_5875.JPG
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    The curvy metal paddle and the squarish lever operate in tandem, to press down on or release pressure from the bobbin, whilst winding. Pressing theName:  IMG_5876.JPG
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    I am not a bit of help only to tell you your Beast is really a "Beauty".

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