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

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I have a white 77. it is a solid machine. I rewired mine, as I didn't like the foot controller. Actually, I TRIED to re wire it, and then Mizkaki came over and rescued me in about 3 minutes. I failed to take picture of the wiring before removing it, certain that I would remember how it went. You can stop laughing anytime, now. This machine had really grungy tension plates. At first I thought it was rust, but after taking it apart I fund it was stuck together with dried oil. weird, but true.

    I have just finished my second machine using Skipper's tutorial on French polish. It is amazing. It is hard to get a meaningful photo of the change, but in person it is really a stunning difference. Completely worth doing. Maybe this Franklin, as your most grungy, would be a good candidate? Laura
    Moi? LOL, Laura, you think I would laugh at you WHEN I can't even begin to count how many times I have done that routine. Never, LOL I am very curious to find out what the problem is with this White 77. Do you have photos posted anywhere of your 77?

    Sorry, I am not sure what Skipper's tutorial on French polish is that you are referring to. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks. Linda

    Linda

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    Sorry, I am not sure what Skipper's tutorial on French polish is that you are referring to. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks. Linda[/QUOTE]

    Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I agree with Candace on the rayon thread. Candace I have bought almost every shade of Isacord from Meissners in Folsom. I bet the store down near Arden mall has it too. I love the Isacord - I started using it when my embroidery machine kept refusing to sew with other brands of embroidery thread - love the stuff!

    Joe, the reason I asked about the thread weight it just looking at the photos makes it look like the thread your wife is using is a heavier weight thread. When I buy my fancy jeans, the decorative thread on them has to be 30 weight or heavier. I haven't been able to find thread like that unless I get upholstery thread.
    Nancy, I know you can mail order 30wt. And Joannes carries heavy weight upholstery type thread that has to be at least 30 wt. But, yes, I would imagine to have a selection of colors, mail order would be good. I'm actually researching those tools to heat set crystals as I have a wall hanging for Christmas, that I'm planning on glitzing up. That tool would work on jeans too:> I mail order my Isacord from https://www.imachinegroup.com/store/...oduct_list&c=1

    Best prices I've found! I do buy locally for a lot of items, but I can't pay over double for the thread locally!

    The store by Arden Fair...which one? Are you talking about one of the Hancocks or Beverlys?

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    Nancy,

    I have no idea what weight thread it is. I have the spool in front of me and it does not say in any form I recognize.
    Here's what is on the spool:
    Small end:
    T = SULKY
    L = 100% Viskose
    1500y/1370m
    R = Germany
    01/2
    B = 01010650710111
    1065

    Large end:
    SULKY
    Made in Germany
    ~bar code xxxxxxxxx
    01010650710111
    944-1065
    100% VISCOSE 01/2
    CA45688

    I know, you didn't ask for all this, but if you can tell from any of this what weight thread this is, please tell me so I'll know too.

    One of the reasons the thread might have looked larger is she had the stitch length well into the "FINE" section of the machine. That's where you make satin stitches. At that point the feed dogs move the fabric very little each cycle making for a nicely formed pattern.

    If you are going to try to do this make sure your machine has the presser foot clearance and the power to run slow over hard terrain.

    Joe

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    I used navy, red and white Isacord for Air Force emblems on white aprons that are hard washed weekly. It holds up very well.
    I have used it for FMO quilting also.

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    Speaking of thread .............

    Under the fender of my wife,s Nissan PU is a rubber splash guard. Over the years the morons at the shop have torn it away from the attachment snaps to get to the oil filter or what ever and now half of it is gone. That leaves the alternator and belt wide open to water and other debris.
    The dealer wants well over $50.00 for it two years ago. I refuse to pay that much for a piece of rubber. But I have been unable to find any thin rubber sheeting in IL and don't want to pay for shipping either.

    So, yesterday we found some heavy vinyl at JoAnns and bought 2 yds. That cost us 8.00. I don't think one layer is thick enough so I was thinking of doubling it and sewing it together.
    I was / am going to use our 201 and probably size 18 needles unless we order in some bigger ones.
    I doubt it will have any trouble if I go easy.

    Now the question is what thread that this machine can use, should I get that is suitable for outdoor use?
    It won't see direct sunlight but it will be exposed to rain, snow, road salt and that kind of stuff.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Nancy,

    I have no idea what weight thread it is. I have the spool in front of me and it does not say in any form I recognize.
    Here's what is on the spool:
    Small end:
    T = SULKY
    L = 100% Viskose
    1500y/1370m
    R = Germany
    01/2
    B = 01010650710111
    1065

    Large end:
    SULKY
    Made in Germany
    ~bar code xxxxxxxxx
    01010650710111
    944-1065
    100% VISCOSE 01/2
    CA45688

    I know, you didn't ask for all this, but if you can tell from any of this what weight thread this is, please tell me so I'll know too.

    One of the reasons the thread might have looked larger is she had the stitch length well into the "FINE" section of the machine. That's where you make satin stitches. At that point the feed dogs move the fabric very little each cycle making for a nicely formed pattern.

    If you are going to try to do this make sure your machine has the presser foot clearance and the power to run slow over hard terrain.

    Joe
    Joe, thread weight is just the opposite of needle size. The smaller the number in thread weight, the heavier the thread. Whereas in needle size the smaller the number, the finer the needle. Isacord,in my opinion, is the best embroidery thread out there - it is a 40 weight - a little heavier than regular cotton piecing thread, which is usually a 50 weight. Some of the bobbin threads are 60 or even 70 weight, which is a really fine thread. For regular sewing, most people all use all cotton 50 weight thread, or 50 weight poly thread. I only use poly thread when I am doing garments, never on quilts because I only quilt with very good quality cotton quilting fabric.

    Anyway, probably more than you want to know. I think the Viscose is a 40 wt also. I have Gutermann Viscose, which also doesn't say the thread weight, but it looks and feels like the Isacord - which is a 40 weight.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, I know you can mail order 30wt. And Joannes carries heavy weight upholstery type thread that has to be at least 30 wt. But, yes, I would imagine to have a selection of colors, mail order would be good. I'm actually researching those tools to heat set crystals as I have a wall hanging for Christmas, that I'm planning on glitzing up. That tool would work on jeans too:> I mail order my Isacord from https://www.imachinegroup.com/store/...oduct_list&c=1

    Best prices I've found! I do buy locally for a lot of items, but I can't pay over double for the thread locally!

    The store by Arden Fair...which one? Are you talking about one of the Hancocks or Beverlys?
    Candace, thank you for the tip on mail ordering Isacord. It is expensive if you buy it from the fabric store. Isn't the old Meissners near Arden Mall? I don't go down there, but that is where I thought it was?

    Nancy

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    Joe an upholstery supply or a place that sells supplies for boats should have a sun guard type thread. It is pretty strong and should hold up. Your machine can't use a bigger size needle. It won't have enough clearance for the thread and the needle. My walking foot could do it in a heart beat. Nubond is a polyester thread #92 lb It is about $25 a spool.
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    For those that were following a personal story of mine, I wanted to say that I received my 500A back yesterday. She looks good and I hope she now runs as good. Haven't had the chance to try her out yet. To those that Had My Back, thanks for your encouragement!.

    Maybe I can start enjoying sewing and the QB again!
    JulieT

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