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OMG. I finally got my Bernina 830's cracked cam gear replaced and I retimed it. What a job. I probably sunk 8 hours into it. But, what a fantastic machine. I see why folks love them so. So smoooooooth and nice. I whipped up a rag quilt on it today for charity and it went through it like butter. It's a keeper, for sure.
The 301 is nice, but my ultimate straight stitch machine is still my wonderful 201-1.
OMG, I can just picture the extreme cuteness in the shop! Thanks for telling all about it! I know what you mean about the pristine machine. OTOH, a lot of people felt that all young brides needed a sewing machine and not all young brides agreed! My Auntie has one that she has never even plugged in- her MIL gave it to her, and although she now likes her MIL, she says that on the way home from MILs future funeral, she will drop that machine off at the goodwill! (and no, it's nothing special)
I had a tube of Singer brand lube, bought in the last year, that turned gunky black, Ray White said he'd never seen anything like it. I know it didn't look like that when I bought it, so maybe that's what happened to the 401.
I'm pretty jealous of the girls night out- wish I lived closer to Miz Kaki et al. Anyone down in the SF Bay area want to get together to sew?
Laura in Alameda, CA
Yesterday I got my hands on a 1952 206k. It belongs to a friends neighbor who got it back from family members. It belonged to her mother. I cleaned and oiled it, then found a 221 cord so we could try it out. Either she has the wrong bobbin case or I just couldn't get it in right, it kept spitting it out.
I'd love to hear from anyone who could give me an insight into the bobbin area. The screw that holds a lever in place is very worn, my DH's big truck screwdriver might help me get it loose as its is a very substantial screw and worn to boot.
Can't tell you how thrilled I was. Back home, I looked up the serial # and found it was authorized October 1st, 1952, in the Scotland factory. It has a red sticker when you lift it up that says Repossessed Machine. It would take a manual to figure out how to work the zigzag, an arm goes across the back.
I'm encouraging her to get the cord rewired(her DH is an electrician) and compare the bobbin case to those available online. Then we'll have another go at making it her favorite sewing machine.
Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.
Last edited by BoJangles; 09-20-2012 at 05:26 AM.
I think the best thing to do, is find a quilter that does what you want or dream of doing and find out what tools they use. If you only tie tops, well, you don't need a great FMQing machine. If you do or want to do more FMQing, then you need to talk to those who do and find out what they suggest. Similarly, if you piece tops and don't quilt, then a simple, straight stitch machine is all you need. Or do what I do and collect a bunch of them and weed out which ones don't suit you:>