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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Oh Joe, I see a major birds nest forming under and on top of your work if you try to run double threads through one needle! It would take a guy to try something like that! Go for it and let us know how bad it was! I am nervous even thinking of doing something like that!

    Nancy
    Well, I dood it. And I must report back that all expectations of birds nests and other catastrophes didn't come to pass.
    It worked very well.

    I set up both cone stands, one with white and one with red serger thread as the top thread, and the yellow Coats machine quilting thread in the bobbin:

    I grabbed a small scrap of denim and went around in circles. Worked really good.

    Then tried it on pre-quilted scraps:

    If you look really close you can see the yellow bobbin thread towards the top and the red and white top thread at the bottom. The tension never gave me the slightest bit of trouble.

    Then I grabbed a bigger piece of denim and doubled it:

    It sewed through that just as it would have with a single thread. No problems at all.

    To get both threads through the needle I had to go from a size 14 to a size 16. I couldn't get both threads through the 14.
    I also noticed that as the two threads entered the spring of my widget they twisted and formed a single thread. I'm wondering if it is the circles of the spring that created that effect. No matter how it happened it worked very will through the tensioners, guides and needle.


    My next experiment will be three colors of variegated thread. That should be pretty.

    Joe

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    I just posted pics of my WW8 in the photo section of this thread. First time I tried something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Well, I dood it. And I must report back that all expectations of birds nests and other catastrophes didn't come to pass.
    It worked very well.
    Joe
    Glad it worked for you Joe. I am not really surprised. I learned to do this for buttonholes way back in the 60's when I was a teenager making garments. There was not much variety in thread in those days, and buttonhole twist was not readily available in colors a teenager wanted to use. The trick is truly the large eye needle. I have continued to do this through the years and it is also how I hem jeans sometimes. Gives a heavier thread look. Glad to hear it works on these older machines that I have recently fallen in love with!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I just posted pics of my WW8 in the photo section of this thread. First time I tried something like this.
    SSSSOOOOO that's where you've been. I like it. Do you want to tell us about it????
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    Well, happy Mardi Gras! Thought I'd share some of my dessert with y'all this evening while browsing the board.

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    Not as good as in New Orleans, but a treat nonetheless.
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    Very nice Glen! I don't think I'd be able to tell she had some touch ups unless I'd seen the before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    SSSSOOOOO that's where you've been. I like it. Do you want to tell us about it????
    Well I found this in Alabaster,AL. It is about an hour from here. Went down to help a friend with some work on her house she is handicapped and can't do much on the outside of the house and cam home with the WW8. Stop on the way back home at an antique shop and could not resist it(cheap). Was in rough shape so wanted to try my luck at it. Spent about 12 hours on the head and about six on the cabinet. I have to make drawers for it they are all beat up but the cabinet was in good shape. Now I am on the lookout for attachment feet for it. I only have one regular foot with the brass insert. Would like to fine the glass feet for it. Now that I have a manual will get it to sew this weekend. I am sure it will have tension to tell with. It is a very quite running machine. It did come with three bobbins and the head was complete. the cabinet had the key and one wrench and screwdriver original to the machine but no attachments. Pat said I can lool for attachment feet but no more machines this year Yeah right!!!! The imagine of the logo was visible so filled it in with gold paint the best I could and then wiped it down so the decal would looked flaked and aged. I think I need more practice at this tho...
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    WW8 Cabinet

    This is before and after cleaning the cabinet. I did not refinish it just used my solution one to clean then waxed. You can see drawer work I need to do this week.
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    Glen, nice machine and cabinet. I think you did good on the gold lettering.
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    Hi Glenn,

    Great segway; I am supposed to be asking you how to go about cleaning wood. We recently came into possession of and 1870's machine (Davis LA VF) and table. I have already washed with Murphy's but am holding off on anything further until I get my marching orders from you ( per Charlee :-)

    Many, many thanks in advance.

    best,
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