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Last edited by BoJangles; 05-14-2012 at 07:23 PM.
how can I tell how old my New home sewing machine is?
I meant to behave......but there were too many other options
I use my Free in the MUTT ( Multi use travel treadle) top. I have to say, it sews really, really well and is darn near silent. It serves as an end table in the living room when it's home. Still tweaking the bobbin winder on it, but it will get there.
I don't use the Davis Vertical Feed as much as I thought I would. For a treadle, it's really noisy. It is fascinating to watch. I might like it more if it lived in a different room. The Singer in the parlour cab is really just a showpiece. It sews well, but again, the place it lives is not conducive to use. It does serve with all it's little drawers, as a useful place to put stuff. The White rotary is really pretty, in a mission cabinet, but it does not like to free motion quilt, so I don't use it a lot. It is my emergency backup sanity machine, though, because a few years ago we had the house guest from hell and he was staying in the sewing room. I was completely cut off from all sewing machines, and I thought I was going to end up on the front page from the stress.( Luckily, we were disowned by said house guest, so have not been obliged to shelter him since.) I keep thread, needles, and scissors in the White's drawers in case of emergent sewing needs. My husband made the mistake of asking where the fabric was and was a bit non plussed when I replied that his shirts made about a yard each, and that would hold me! The hand crank 66 in the dining room is the one I use for sewing dolls and doll's clothes. Laura
laura, your machine really turned out great with the special treatment.
Miriam and Joe, thanks for the information. I had planned to get the spring and screw from sew classic, and also noticed they have the finger guard listed again if their supplies. I will also know to ask about the bushing spring and the cap. My machine will work without the cap, as I tried it before I brought it home. I carry thread, scrap of fabric, small scissors, and sewing needles in my purse, ' just in case'. I used them this time, and even got the tension right when I was trying out the machine. The first stitches had knots on the bottom, and I needed to make sure I could get the stitching right.
Laura, I found that using my Davis NVF for quilting with flannel was very nice since the walking foot carries all the layers of fabric evenly through. I too found that the Davis was a bit louder than my other machines, but the treadle is one of my smoothest.
Most of the time, I use my Two Spools for piecing since it has that nice 1/4 inch foot, Singer 15-90 FMQ, Davis for straight stitch quilting and attaching binding. The Necchi Supernova is mainly used for decorative stitching and zigzag. My Singer 201 is used for paper piecing, top stitching, and button holes. Standard Rotary is right now setup for chain stitching, but it too make a very lovely stitch for top stitching. Each machine is unique, and all are enjoyable to use.
It is rather convenient to have all the machines setup to do different jobs. I just have to remember to have the proper color thread on each machine. I also need to purchase a couple more spool holders.
Thanks for posting the pic of the Liquid Gold. I have been to six stores in the last few days trying to find the liquid or pourable product. This can looks like the airosole can so I might have seen it and didn't realize it! I was looking for something more like the oil in a container (ie; Old English). I'm off to Lowe's today to try one more place. I even called Wall Mart and Bi Mart and they didn't have it! I appreciate all your input.