So I got Gideon's clear coat on (and made a huge gouge in it not more than 10 minutes after putting him all back together, FFFFFFFFF--), and he's back to sewing like a champ.
My problem is that when I was painting him I took out the presser foot, but left the needle arm intact (as I did NOT want to deal with timing him). However, now I'm not so sure that I've got the foot in right. When he sews, there's a loud 'clack clack clack clack' that sounds in time with the feed dogs coming up and hitting the presser foot. This makes me think that maybe I've got the foot too far down, but when I feed fabric through it's super easy to pull it faster than it's feeding by default, which makes me think it's not gripping the fabric enough.
I'm going to measure it for the recommended 16/64 of an inch or whatever it is that the manual suggests, but do people find it's easy to push fabric through faster than it feeds without pressure? >< Does this make sense?