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

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Chris,

    I think this is the one you're thinking of: VSMS....attachment thread
    VSMS............ Attachments Thread

    Joe
    Joe read thru that thread again. Just fascinating stuff and thanks for finding it for me. My odd one is an old tucker for a back clamping Singer 66.
    Chris
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    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Nancy, make sure that the set screws on the hook are really secure. I'm wondering if they were a tad loose.

    It's actually pretty easy to mess with the timing if he was rotating the hook by hand and playing with the handwheel. Especially if the hook screws weren't tightened fully. I think the 319, FW and 301's have similar hook screw configurations and can go out of time much easier than on other machines.

    Nancy, just remember that the tip of the hook needs to be dead center on the needle above the eye. You'll do it, just like before;>.

    I guess I'm more of the mind that a 4 year old is expected to get into things. That's just the way it is. We, as the grown ups are the ones to expect that and to act accordingly. If that means putting items up or away to avoid temptation, so be it. My kids used to get into all sorts of mischief and that's what learning and growing is all about. A curious mind is a growing mind.

    You've not been around much, Nancy. We've missed you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Hehehehehe - I agree, but I did not see him messing with the machine. He sleeps in what he calls my "up down bed" (a murphy bed) in the sewing room when he is here. The machine has been sewing beautifully since the last timming issue. I went in to use it last night and it was jammed pretty good - which makes me suspect the 4 year old! Anyway, it is out of timming again. I hate having to take it apart for the second time to time it, can't help thinking the first time I did it - it was just pure luck that I got it right with no skipped stitches issues! I am going to have to start putting it away when Marcus spends the night! Yes, my machines do attract his attention, but I can't discipline him if I don't see him doing it! Now, I just have to take the time and try again to fix the machine. I really like that treadle!

    Nancy
    I look at things a bit different I guess. Children are expected to get into mischief, but they are also expected to be taught to stay out of things where they don't belong and to respect others peoples property. That is how we were taught. Don't mess with other peoples things.

    Now as for not being able to punish him, that wouldn't stop me and I'll tell you why.
    The machine worked the last time you used it.
    He spent time in the room with the machine.
    No one else was there.
    Logically he is the guilty party.

    There would be punishment.

    He would be removed from the room and made to sleep elsewhere, the sewing room would have a lock put on the door.

    When I had my step sons I put a lock on our bedroom door to made absolutely sure they stayed out of my guns and other equipment. When a neighbor boy got hit by shot gun pellets fired by the scum next door the cops, not knowing where the shot originated came in our house and found the locked door. Saved my butt and the boys butts.

    Parents should teach their children to keep their hands off other peoples things. In lieu of that then it's falls to you. Your taking control of this situation might must save you from waking up to a screaming child with a needle jammed through his hand and the resulting trip to the ER. Never mind explaining to his parents how you managed to "let" him get into a situation where he got hurt.

    As for the machine once you get it re-timed have your husband come in and crank down on those set screw. That should keep them there.

    I'll not say anything else, but you cannot continue to allow him to violate your property.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, make sure that the set screws on the hook are really secure. I'm wondering if they were a tad loose.

    It's actually pretty easy to mess with the timing if he was rotating the hook by hand and playing with the handwheel. Especially if the hook screws weren't tightened fully. I think the 319, FW and 301's have similar hook screw configurations and can go out of time much easier than on other machines.

    Nancy, just remember that the tip of the hook needs to be dead center on the needle above the eye. You'll do it, just like before;>.

    I guess I'm more of the mind that a 4 year old is expected to get into things. That's just the way it is. We, as the grown ups are the ones to expect that and to act accordingly. If that means putting items up or away to avoid temptation, so be it. My kids used to get into all sorts of mischief and that's what learning and growing is all about. A curious mind is a growing mind.

    You've not been around much, Nancy. We've missed you!
    Candace, I was wondering the same thing about the set screws. I don't know whether Marcus messed with the machine this time or not. That is the room he sleeps in; and he has been here all week. The machine was working perfectly until yesterday when I went in to use it - found thread jammed in and around the hook and the needle hitting the hook. I will try again to get the machine fixed! Keep your fingers crossed!

    I have not been on the board much lately. I have been very busy - just not much time to visit here. I have been helping granddaughters all summer, and trying to get my own sewing projects done! I have about 6 quilts almost done - I just need to finish them!

    I am excited, though, because I bought a two tone 301 from Miriam! She has already shipped my machine! I can't wait to get it, I think the two tone 301's are so cute! I'd be willing to bet this new two-tone 301 becomes my machine of choice for taking out to socials, classes., etc.

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    Great, Nancy. Glad you've got another machine coming. Kind of funny, but out of all my 301's I'd probably let my two-tone go first.

    If you need help with the timing, just send me an e-mail, but I bet you get it quickly. You don't need a man to tighten the screws. I'm sure you have all the strength you need in those arms of yours. You just need to make sure they're good and tight. And your relationship with Marcus is worth more than a piece of metal, so you're spot on about not casting blame. I'm looking forward to having granddaughters who will actually give a hoot about sewing. As my daughter could care less! It would be nice to have a buddy to do projects with.

    How are your GDs enjoying that Red machine?

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    I hope that machine makes it in one piece Nancy. My GDs can do a number on a machine, too. I don't think they intend to be bad. I think they just like to try to see if they can make it work. My DGS lost the bobbin cover plate to a Spartan. Kind of made me mad but I got over it. Then the plate turned up. The 8 year old love to pull lint out with a brush. The 5 year old loves to HC a Singer 99 I keep around. Wilbur loves to reek havoc and misery on any kind of machine. Screwdrivers are his specialty. He's not yet 3 and he knows what a screwdriver is used for. I gave him an absolute junk machine to go with his screwdriver. It didn't work. He wants to use the screwdriver on a good machine. go figure.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Miriam, Amazing that he already knows the difference between a good machine and a junk machine and wants to play with a good one. You've taught them all well.
    Through Him who strengthens me, I can do all things - Paul

    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    must be in the blood chemistry.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    I gave my 5 year old granddaughter a plastic newer "Featherweight" for her birthday. We sat down together and I taught her about needles and the harm they could do if you don't watch and be very careful. While I sewed she watched where I put my fingers, how I guide my material, etc. Well, whatever I said scared her and now she doesn't want to sew. We would spend hours in the sewing room when she had a plastic toy machine without a needle. Of course she has a 5 year olds ability to stay on task, so she will play with her dolls and then back to sewing and then back to something else. Now she won't sew. I'm going to take the needle out, remove the thread, and let her just guide the material through the machine. Anything to get her back to the machine.
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Great, Nancy. Glad you've got another machine coming. Kind of funny, but out of all my 301's I'd probably let my two-tone go first.

    If you need help with the timing, just send me an e-mail, but I bet you get it quickly. You don't need a man to tighten the screws. I'm sure you have all the strength you need in those arms of yours. You just need to make sure they're good and tight. And your relationship with Marcus is worth more than a piece of metal, so you're spot on about not casting blame. I'm looking forward to having granddaughters who will actually give a hoot about sewing. As my daughter could care less! It would be nice to have a buddy to do projects with.

    How are your GDs enjoying that Red machine?
    Candace, I may need help with the timing this time around. I won't know until I get into the machine again, which I can't do until sometime next week when all the kids go home.

    My granddaughters are enjoying their sewing projects. One is 17.5 and she is making a quilt for her boyfriend for Christmas using the Pfaff 6122 I picked up for $25 from a Thrift Store. She loves that machine. It has the IDT foot for quilting, and all the decorative stitches she needs. The 15 years old is using the pink Sterling for her rag quilt. That rag quilt keeps growing. We are adding borders now to make it fit a queen sized bed. It is like the never ending quilt - I am tired of it! Kassidy did all the piecing and put the rows together, now I am putting the last border rows on the quilt. She had a very hard time handling this quilt so she asked me to put on the last borders! Geeze, I am having a hard time handling this quilt to get those last borders sewn on! The thing has grown so much that it pulls and drags while I am trying to sew the last two rows of borders on! It is all 5" blocks - was suppose to be a lap quilt - that has grown. If you know about rag quilts, you know the seams are exposed and sewn 1/2" for clipping - which, makes this a very bulky quilt to mess with! When I am done putting those borders on, we will have to clip it and wash it so it frays nicely - to give it the nice rag quilt look! I think it is going to turn out really cute, but WHEW I will be glad when it is done!

    Nancy

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