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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    I am so far behind, I will never catch up, so guess I won't try!! If I have missed anything earth-shattering, I'm hoping I'll find out along the way.
    I have done a Very Foolish Thing, and bought a new/old house. Now I have to Do Something About all this mess I've been creating for the past 30 years. I started out by taking a nap and sleeping 6 hours straight. Seemed like a good idea to me!! The idea of moving my Hoarder's Paradise is daunting to say the least.
    Crossstitcher's MOP Model 12 is a thing of beauty, and we all know I'm a sucker for a pretty face.

    Think I'll go back to bed. . . .
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    Miz Johnny I love it when you have time to join us!

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    I ran across this blog and determined that I HAD to share...I was cracking up the whole time I was reading it!!
    http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.co...treadle-bases/
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, I do know the drill! Yes, I tried everything I could think of short of removing the tension and the bobbin assembly/hook race. I tried several different needles in case one was bent - even went between universal and sharps - tried re-threading both bobbin and thread path, tried changing bobbins, changing bobbin cases, played and played with both tensions - upper and lower. It just seems like there is a hickup in the system. I can actually see when it will skip as the thread has extra play like it is going to skip; and, I can actually hear it. The skipping is not consistent. The machine will sew perfect for a while - then skip a stitch. It is so frustrating. If this were my machine, I'd take the tension off and check that first! I have tried running a thread through the tension disks, even put in some oil to loosen things up - it seems like everything is clear. I took the needle plate off and cleaned everything using a flashlight in case there were a thread caught in there somewhere - no burrs there either. I even changed the foot to make sure there were no issues there. As you know, I have 5 FW's so I know how to care for them properly, but this one - I am now almost convinced has a timing issue, which is Cathy's thing not mine! I fixed the timing on my 319w, but I won't attempt that with someone else's machine.

    Cathy what do you say about the skipped stitches? Is there a place the FW's thread can catch once in a while like the position finger on the 319w? I have seen you spread things apart in weird ways at times when you are fixing a thread catch problem!

    Nancy
    Nancy, did you do what I suggested?

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    Free treadle alert! This may be the awesome mission style cabinet that was posted a few pages back! It is the same city and sounds like it needs a home asap. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/zip/2981685853.html

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    Nancy,

    You have checked most everything. Did you check the spacing of the needle to the hook tip as Candace suggested. Are the two screw on the hook assembly tight enough to keep the hook assembly from rocking back and forth? Have you changed out the thread spool? A bad spool of thread with dirt or oil on it can cause drag on the thread then a sudden release of the thread. Thread can catch on the rim of the spool just enough to cause problems, but not enough to grab and break the thread. Do you have a spool pin felt on the pin?
    If it needs a timing tweak, I will be happy to do that. Call me, I will be available around all weekend (packing and starting my move). However, I won't be available from 4:00 to 7:00 tonight as I have to take a live web class (license renewal time again ).

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy what do you say about the skipped stitches? Is there a place the FW's thread can catch once in a while like the position finger on the 319w? I have seen you spread things apart in weird ways at times when you are fixing a thread catch problem!

    Nancy
    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Free treadle alert! This may be the awesome mission style cabinet that was posted a few pages back! It is the same city and sounds like it needs a home asap. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/zip/2981685853.html
    The other one with the mission cabinet posted after this one again asking for best offer and has posted additional photos of cabinet and machine.

    It's a bit of a drive for me, that I have done before for a free cabinet. I once drove over there for a free cabinet in excellent condition to go with my free treadle irons that my $30 Singer 201 now resides. It's a nice drive over there on a pretty day like today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I ran across this blog and determined that I HAD to share...I was cracking up the whole time I was reading it!!
    http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.co...treadle-bases/

    This looks like a very fun read and well done!!! Thanks for posting!

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    Charlee, I think to you rescue me today with the posting of that person's blog on vintage Singers: http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.com/. Instead of a drive to go after that free White (which I have NO place for in my home), I'll read this amusing blog. These folks are into brewing their own nettle beer. I can hear this dude's accent as I read his blog. I love it!! A very nicely done blog!!!
    Last edited by vintagemotif; 04-27-2012 at 09:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Charlee, I think to you rescue me today with the posting of that person's blog on vintage Singers: http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.com/. Instead of a drive to go after that free White (which I have NO place for in my home), I'll read this amusing blog. These folks are into brewing their own nettle beer. I can hear this dude's accent as I read his blog. I love it!! A very nicely done blog!!!
    The blog will be there when you get back from picking up the sewing machine....
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    The blog will be there when you get back from picking up the sewing machine....
    Well, you're no help! I haven't room for this cabinet; plus, the drive costs money and time, which I don't have today. Oh, how I wish these machines wouldn't scream out to be rescued.

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