Here is a picture of Fawkes, my latest acquisition. I think he's rather magnificent, especially now that I have the bentwood tray (is this called a tray? I'd love to know what it's actually called on a free arm machine). I've been lusting after a machine with this free arm design and think the use of wood is such a curiosity. Absolutely stunning result I think!
Anyway, we're having a stormy beginning to the relationship. He's been completely re-wired... We discovered that the paintwork was preventing it being correctly earthed/grounded (!!) - Paintwork is all original, so that's somewhat disturbing. Anyway, all fixed now- and safe.
I thought I'd managed to stuff up the timing as I had the needle striking metal after I took a bunch of things apart to clean it. However, I discovered that I'd actually knocked the catch that holds the bobbin case in place... so it turns out the needle was striking the bobbin case. I jigged it back into position and now that's all fine.
The other issue is that the tension assembly is sloppy and I can't figure out how to fix it, despite an in depth discussion with Cecilia and Miriam sharing fantastic documentation and tips on this in Cecilia's thread about her Phoenix. I wanted to come and start a dedicated Klasse 282/283 thread for anyone else who might come along who owns one of these amazing German machines.
Here are some pics!
The distinctive 'clam shell' bobbin area. It also has an eye on the bobbin case that you need to thread the bobbin thread through... I haven't seen that before.
My favourite feature so far is that you can wind a bobbin from the 2nd spool without unthreading the main sewing thread. The bobbin thread travels a different path which I think is very clever.