Caroline, Got it. Thanks again.
This is looking like it is going to be fun. I get to learn some cool details about a bunch of machines and help collectors make their machines more "displayable"! how cool is that!
This is great that you will be making side plates since I have seen vintage machine that look to be in working order and reasonable priced but will not go ahead and pick it up since the hunt for the plate often takes years - well maybe not that long but you so often will find one and it way to costly and/or a rust damaged plate.
Not we just need to learn to make more of the sewing machines parts!!!
Well, the walking foot is kinda integral to the function of that one (I have one too) I have made parts for mine ot get it working (presser foot spring and block) and a folding table. I am in the process (slowly) of rigging up a bicycle generator and light to mine so that I can work later at night.
Have you ever looked into just a smooth-bottomed presser foot? That would at least negate the walking motion....... it would still be 'hopping' but not walking. Actually what I would need would be a darning foot instead of a split-toe presser foot.
I'm going to need a slide plate or two but am having surgery soon so will wait until I'm able to walk around and get to my machines to see if you are still interested in making plates. Thanks for being so generous with your time (and machines) to make these plates. The "fit" and the costs of the plates from you are bound to be better since we have seen some of the work you do with your own machines.
I did some experimenting lat night and found that the VS2 slide plate curved end is NOT a "radius" curve, but a compound curve. No biggie, but I wasted a couple bits of metal, before I was clever enough to hold it up against the original... duhhh
I got "roped" into playing WoW with my girls last night so I didn't get much else done...
Two questions come to mind regarding the VS2 plates.
1. Are the two side mirrors of each other?
2. Is the bevel on the underside of the back plate the same as on the front plate?