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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Hello everyone!

    I haven't been posting much lately, just reading and learning and loving the machine parade! It just gets better with each passing day!! Thanx to everyone for sharing!


    I hope I have't made the information sound as confused as I am. . . but here are my questions for anyone who can help. When I got my Redeye treadle, she wouldn't advance the fabric while stitching. . She would only stitch in place. I was hoping after the cleanup she would improve, but after finishing Billy's tute she looks beautiful, but has the same problem. Since this was my first try at all of this, I have tried different adjustments as I have read info here, when someone else asks other questions that I thought might relate to my problem. One day I was able to get a very small stitch, (it was comparable to about what a 1.5 would be on my computerized electric machines. The stitch was very pretty and consistent but I felt it needed to be just a little bit longer and whatever changes I made, either lost the motion completely or went back to the super short stitch). I'm hoping I have just not got the right combination of settings between the things I have adjusted, or a particular order of adjustments. Is there something specific I need to do? Or could the problem be that my feed dogs are too worn? (But if it's the feed dogs, would I have been able to achieve that tiny stitch momentarily?) With the presser foot down and the needle up, just to see what kind of pressure is there, if I try to slide the fabric under the foot, it slides back and forth freely, or either won't move at all, can't seem to find the in-between constant. Here are the adjustments I have tried changing at different intervals. .:

    1.The position and amount of pressure on the
    presser bar and foot, (using the knob on top, and the
    little screw inside that puts tension on the bar)

    2. How tight the presser foot lifter is.

    3. The stitch regulator knob, which doen't seem to change
    the stitch much for the amount of space it screws in and
    out.

    Do I just need to continue fidgeting with it until I get her to make that tiny little stitch and be happy with that? What is the LONGEST feasible stitch I should expect from her? What other things could I try? Oh, also the belt is not on her, I am just hand wheeling her. . . could THAT be a contributor to the problem? (Though if she was a handcrank would that matter?)

    Thanx in advance, I know there's a lot of knowledge out there. Brenda

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    [quote=luv2learn]Hello everyone!

    I haven't been posting much lately, just reading and learning and loving the machine parade! It just gets better with each passing day!! Thanx to everyone for sharing!

    .....after finishing Billy's tute she looks beautiful, but has the same problem. ....


    Can you direct me to Billy's tute on how to clean up an old machine? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    Hello everyone!

    I haven't been posting much lately, just reading and learning and loving the machine parade! It just gets better with each passing day!! Thanx to everyone for sharing!


    I hope I have't made the information sound as confused as I am. . . but here are my questions for anyone who can help. When I got my Redeye treadle, she wouldn't advance the fabric while stitching. . She would only stitch in place. I was hoping after the cleanup she would improve, but after finishing Billy's tute she looks beautiful, but has the same problem. Thanx in advance, I know there's a lot of knowledge out there. Brenda
    I think I did that quote reply wrong. Can you direct me to Billy's tute on how to clean up an old machine? thanks!

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    Billy, are you familiar with the SewMor 199B? On line someone acquired one and does not have a manual. Does not know even how to thread it. Can you help? Thanks, Lucy

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    Thanks, Irishrose! I just ordered one. It looks similar. Perhaps it was sold under another name for educational institutions.

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    IT_Nana,

    If at the top of the page you select Search, then in the blank type:

    Cleaning your vintage machine

    You will get all 3 installments of Billy's tute along with a lot of other helpful info on cleaning them.

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    Sherri, what a great find. Great price too. Lucky you!

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    Do any of you vintage sewing machine collectors have a source for Davis long bobbins? I have three but now that I am piecing with it could use more. Thanks Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Thought I'd share another project.... 1873 Singer Mother of Pearl - Handcrank. I need some patience or she's going to see Uncle Billy in Bikini Bottom :)

    Judy
    OH please send her to Uncle Billy!! I just want to love her............

    Billy<<<<Who has a super soft spot for MOP 12's

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    Kitzone,

    I would love to trip over a machine that had EITHER inlay, fiddlebase, or handcrank. . . I'd probably die, if I found one like yours with ALL THREE! Congratulations! I'll be looking for the cleaned up version. . . She will be beautiful!

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