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Thread: Rusty is ready for a home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittywolf13 View Post
    Really? Cool! I should give it a whirl. The thread on the bobbins must be old and brittle though they with stood a tug. Feel bad unwinding them but better to test with proper fresh thread.
    My wife found a box of sewing supplies last night she didn't even remember where they came from. When we remembered it was a bitter sweet find. The stuff was from an older lady that lived across the street from us in Phoenix. She died probably around 89 or so and my wife got this stuff from her estate sale.

    In it was a bunch of thread in wooden spools and one Class 66 bobbin. I didn't give it a second thought, I pealed all three layers of thread off the bobbin. So many people layer threads on their bobbins it's not even funny. After a while the bottom layers gets crushed in and you can't unwind them, you have to cut the thread out. Then there is the rust. I've lost count of how many bobbins I've tossed in the Evapo-Rust because the old bottom layer of thread had been there sooooooo very long and absorbed moisture and rusted the bobbin.

    So with no feelings of guilt or wasting thread I empty all bobbins that come with older machines or that I find from other places.
    Much easier to put new thread on a bobbin than to fight with one that's been filled since Herbert Hoover was president.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Hillarious! Thanks. Little cynical though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittywolf13 View Post
    Really? Cool! I should give it a whirl. The thread on the bobbins must be old and brittle though they with stood a tug. Feel bad unwinding them but better to test with proper fresh thread.
    The other thing about old bobbin thread - people (my mom included) wound more thread over another - when those ends go into the machine things go wonky.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I believe Jenny at Sew-Classic sold or sells 3/4 portable machine cases.

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    Joe, it wouldn't be a sacrilege to wind Rusty's bobbin on an e machine that has the same size bobbin. He's still be a handcrank. He looks good.

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    irishrose,

    No kidding. I just did it to see if my adjustment of the bobbin winder was good. Rusty is a former electric machine so the bobbin winder is for the small hand wheel. I put the spoked wheel on and had to adjust the bobbin winder for the smaller inner wheel. I just wanted to see if it worked. It does.

    However we have one of those sidewinder bobbin winders that I'll use more. I need exercise, but muscle cramps are not fun.

    Joe

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