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

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    I just got done with this Kenmore Stylist 86 today. I had to tear it down almost completely as it was really dirty as you can see. I evicted the previous tenants (mice) and their food (corn) cleaned every part on it and rewired everything but the light but including the motor. A lot of work for a $45 machine I know, but it was going to go to the scrap yard if I didn't take it. It was a Sophie's Choice kind of thing. But now, hopefully someone will be able to enjoy it for another 50 years. I didn't get any true "Before" pictures, but I am sure you all will get the jist of how bad it was and how it looks now. And it sews beautifully. ~G~
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Joe it wasn't the Bight control knob that I messed with - well I do that too -, but the actual position finger that is the clearance for the thread from the bobbin casing. I just messed with everything actually. Anyway, the 319 seems to be a little touchy.

    Skip nice to have you back. Now tell me how much you use your 319 in treadle? I use mine almost everyday, if not to piece something, then to mend something. It is so easy to get to all the time. The fact that the 319 has decorative stitches means that no matter what I need to do - that machine can usually handle it. But, I am now getting a little worried because I seem to mess it up a lot! There was a 319 just like mine (with a motor, but I'd just do a motorectomy) on our local Craigslist for $30 - in a cabinet - last week. By the time I saw the ad, it was already sold! I was going to get that one for a backup machine!

    Nancy
    I use my machine two or three times a month to mend and zz binding with that mono poly you told me about. I have not had your problem but I do know that I must be very careful with the byte it can be touchy so I always check it out by hand first. Now watch, the next time I use it I will have the problem. LOL I like the zz because you can adjust a very nice stitch with it. Maybe if I used it everyday like you I am sure I would run into problems but I always have the manual open when I use the machine.

    Skip
    BTW I still have the motor and light for my 319 and it is in a cabinet somewhere
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    I have a 3/4 size class 15 that is badged 'Dynamic.' It is a twin to the Cinderella.

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    The Cinderella is smaller than 3/4
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    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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    Ok you wonderful folks, I am knee deep teaching kids and my respite is treadling. Unfortunately my White Family Rotary (new to me, old to everyone else) treadle is giving me fits!! The top thread refuses to go down and around the bobbin shuttle without catching. Yes, I've lubed everything and loosened the tension. Yes, it is finally threaded correctly (both bobbin case and machine). That took some serious looking at the instructions to get both correct.

    The top thread keeps catching! What, oh what, am I doing wrong? Massive birds' nest every time are making me more stressed, not less!! As if state testing wasn't enough already!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The Cinderella is smaller than 3/4
    Whatever. It's smaller than a 128 but larger than a 221. Anyway, the Dynamic is its twin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The Cinderella is smaller than 3/4
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    Ooohhh can I have the dresser????? I love that old dresser! Old furniture is my weakness! Besides quilting that is!!

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    Are you remembering to turn the handwheel away from you...the opposite of the Singers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    Ok you wonderful folks, I am knee deep teaching kids and my respite is treadling. Unfortunately my White Family Rotary (new to me, old to everyone else) treadle is giving me fits!! The top thread refuses to go down and around the bobbin shuttle without catching. Yes, I've lubed everything and loosened the tension. Yes, it is finally threaded correctly (both bobbin case and machine). That took some serious looking at the instructions to get both correct.

    The top thread keeps catching! What, oh what, am I doing wrong? Massive birds' nest every time are making me more stressed, not less!! As if state testing wasn't enough already!!!
    Cathy

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

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTaBk...9&feature=plcp
    free motion quilting on a VS Singer- a 127, I think? There's a close up of the machine at the very end of the video. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda View Post
    Ooohhh can I have the dresser????? I love that old dresser! Old furniture is my weakness! Besides quilting that is!!
    The buffet is not mine - it is stored in my shop gggrrrr if I could get rid of it you can be sure I would. Glenn says he has dibs on it...
    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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