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    Old 02-26-2011, 12:22 PM
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    [quote=tomilu][quote=denise d]
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    Help, clearly my internet search skills are lacking.
    Since it is a new belt... I figured I will let it sit for a week or so and see if it stretches.
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    The more you use the treadle you will find you may need to shorten it several times. Yes, it will stretch some more. Hang in there, girl. You will be victorious!!! :lol:
    Thanks... I am guessing that it may take a few days, weeks, months years...LOL but hey... no sense in being good at everything when you first start.;-)

    Less than a year sewing, 2nd week owning a treadle... guess I should slow down and enjoy the process. :banghead:
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    Old 02-26-2011, 12:51 PM
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    [quote=denise d][quote=BoJangles]
    Originally Posted by denise d
    Help, clearly my internet search skills are lacking.

    I have a model 27 that I installed a belt on this morning.

    Let me preface this with... this is my first ever treadle and I am learning (using a big curve) ;)

    Anyway, I have the belt on, but it seems really hard to get started and then as I get the peddle moving the belt seems to slip. Is it operator error in the form of not knowing the proper "treadle technique" or is my belt too loose?

    Any help you can give would be much appreciated!!!
    Denise, have you oiled the treadle iron joints and pedal joints? If no, you need to do that, if yes you probably have oil in the belt groove. You will need to wipe the belt groove off in the treadle irons and on the wheel belt groove. You also need to wipe the belt to make sure there is no oil residue on the belt itself from when you cleaned and oiled the machine. Also, if your belt is old and hardened leather, slick feeling, you probably need to get a newer more pliable belt. I had trouble with my Free treadle's belt slipping because it had an original belt that had hardened. I put a new belt on and solved the problem.
    a 27 -- loved to sew with that old gal.

    Go to Treadlelady.com. She is very good and has a great book for sale for only $10 and that includes s/h.
    I too have a 27 and need to learn how to operate it, but
    I am afraid of the shuttle and to wind it also. Kathie
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    Old 02-26-2011, 01:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by buslady
    I need help with my featherweight, my patience is wearing very thin. LOL it atarted skipping stitches. i cleaned, oiled etc, it sewed for about ten minutes. DH cleaned, oiled, etc. i changed needle. have threaded and rethreaded, still skipps, even worse. it looks to me like the bobbin is the issue. the thread does not 'loop' around the bobbin case only once in several stitches. im thinking it is ssome dumb thing i am doing wrong, or missing. PLEASE help put me out of my misery. thanks.
    Check under the bobbin case base for a thread wrapped in there. I just got my Featherweight and my stitches were allllll messed up. Tension was screwy, skipping stitches, the whole nine. Since I'd just gotten, I took it all apart to clean it and found two threads wrapped under the bobbin case base. Grab a flashlight and some tweezers. Use the wheel on the side to manually turn it while you're looking in the hole with the bed extension up. Shine the flashlight in there, and look for thread ends. Be careful pulling it out if you find one - if it's wrapped, it will need to be UNwrapped, not just pulled and broken. I found a piece of thread a good 6" long wrapped around mine, and another piece 2-3" long also. Two different threads I'd never used! lol As soon as I got those out, my problem was solved. Good luck!
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    Old 02-26-2011, 01:26 PM
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    Hey Billy! No questions, just wanted to share my new baby with you. Thanks to your cleaning tutorial, I felt confident in taking her apart for a thorough cleaning during which I was able to solve a loose/skipped stitch problem by finding some threads wrapped in the bobbin case base! Now she sews like a dream and purrs like a content, clean, oiled little kitten. ;) So thank you for all of the tute's you've done! I never would have been so brave without them!
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    Old 02-26-2011, 01:36 PM
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    Originally Posted by deema
    Hey Billy! No questions, just wanted to share my new baby with you. Thanks to your cleaning tutorial, I felt confident in taking her apart for a thorough cleaning during which I was able to solve a loose/skipped stitch problem by finding some threads wrapped in the bobbin case base! Now she sews like a dream and purrs like a content, clean, oiled little kitten. ;) So thank you for all of the tute's you've done! I never would have been so brave without them!
    Beautiful machine, thank you for sharing. Kathie
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    Old 02-26-2011, 02:22 PM
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    That is a beauty!! This forum has given me lots of confidence as well. Thanks to everyone for all the input. It makes a person feel more secure to see that he/she is not the only one who had a problem with a machine, and can reference other owner's solutions.
    Originally Posted by deema
    Hey Billy! No questions, just wanted to share my new baby with you. Thanks to your cleaning tutorial, I felt confident in taking her apart for a thorough cleaning during which I was able to solve a loose/skipped stitch problem by finding some threads wrapped in the bobbin case base! Now she sews like a dream and purrs like a content, clean, oiled little kitten. ;) So thank you for all of the tute's you've done! I never would have been so brave without them!
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    Old 02-26-2011, 02:46 PM
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    [quote=denise d][quote=tomilu]
    Originally Posted by denise d
    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by denise d
    Help, clearly my internet search skills are lacking.
    Since it is a new belt... I figured I will let it sit for a week or so and see if it stretches.
    quote]

    The more you use the treadle you will find you may need to shorten it several times. Yes, it will stretch some more. Hang in there, girl. You will be victorious!!! :lol:
    Thanks... I am guessing that it may take a few days, weeks, months years...LOL but hey... no sense in being good at everything when you first start.;-)

    Less than a year sewing, 2nd week owning a treadle... guess I should slow down and enjoy the process. :banghead:
    Cool! only sewing less than a year and you got yourself a treadle!
    To start treadling, you help the machine along by turning the hand wheel ( kind of like a push). It takes some time getting use to that and each machine acts differently. Some machines work smoothly and others gallop along. You can always loosen the wheel and just treadle without sewing for awhile to help stretch the belt.
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    Old 02-26-2011, 02:47 PM
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    Beautiful machine....I am in one of those "machines will find you modes."..First, picked up a lovely 319 W2 at an estate sale today with a trapezoid case (like my 301) and all the cams and bobbins etc. It's basking in oil right now before I sew with it.

    Also some featherweight questions. I have the chance to get a white featherweight for a great price, but it's missing it's Singer emblem..Is there a place I can get a replacement (Billy?, anyone?) Also there was a book several members recommended for learning /fixing your featherweights..what is it called?
    If you guys could help..I'd really appreciate it. I love this group! Will post photos of my 319w2 soon!
    Jane :)
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    Old 02-26-2011, 03:07 PM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Monica, or any one in my area, here is a Model 15-90 that is pretty close to me. I love my 15-88 and really want another 15-88 because, I have mine set up exclusively for free motion quilting. Well, this 15-90, I know can have the motor removed and dropped into a treadle very easily.

    What would be a fair price to offer him? I am not going to pay $75 for the machine as I got my 15-88 in her treadle for $45 - and she is in really nice shape.

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2235250801.html

    Nancy
    Nancy, Why do you want another Singer 15s? Don't you own a Singer 66s? I wouldn't get another Singer 15, unless it was a Japanese made one. If you are going to just use the machine for piecing or straight stitch quilting use what you already have. If I remember correctly, you own a Davis, a White, a New Home, Pfaff, and some other gorgeous machines that will all will work for you. :)
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    Old 02-26-2011, 03:12 PM
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    Miz Johnny or Purplefiend, or anyone else who can be of help,

    Who made the Majestic sewing machine? New Home or National?
    And is New Home just a National?

    Here is one on CLs: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/for/2236104979.html

    I googled Majestic and some of the cabinets are very pretty, but the machines look older than this one on CLs.
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