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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Dang it! It followed me home....how does that happen? Mizkaki, when you get moved and settled, and I figure out what I need, we need to talk about cams for this one! I have 9 or 10...just need the rest of the set....and it's missing the pin tucker too....

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    Very nice, Charlee...it's been a little while since you got a new one to add to your herd!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey all....we had a little chat about rayon a few weeks ago and someone else posted this link as to why not to use rayon in quilting and for projects that get a lot of use. It's a good read and explains it better than I did:> http://www.superiorthreads.com/educa...-fiber-viscose
    Candace,
    Thanks for this link. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what thread I'm going to use on my all machine quilt.

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    Thought you might want to see what my DH does with wood which is similar to what we do with fabric. Love that guy, for sure!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...d-t187969.html

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey Charlee, did your machine have a friend that you may have sent my way??? Look what followed me home today:> It's a 1956ish Supermatic, with a bunch of cams in great cosmetic condition. But, as usual with these the drive pulley is bad and I'll have to replace it. And learn how in the process!
    Candace, Nice Elna. I have one that is not sewing quite right yet. It is the first one that I have seen that still had the plastic attachment box that stores under the free arm. Sweet.
    Lisa

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    Hey all, I just made a step by step of how I redressed my vintage Elna pulley (rather than buy a new one and replace). I hope it helps someone else as 90% of these machines that have sat longer than a month without use will get a flat spot on the pulley and sound like jackhammers. Here's the link. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5191210

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thought you might want to see what my DH does with wood which is similar to what we do with fabric. Love that guy, for sure!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...d-t187969.html
    Linda,
    That's GORGEOUS!! I want one!!
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    Charlee, I just tried to PM you and can't get through. You have used up all of your available space and need to delete some. Just thought I'd let you know. Just how many messages are we allowed anyway?
    Janis

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    There we go....you can resend the PM now!
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    Well, yall are giving me the fever for another sewing machine, with all your nice new pretties, and fixer-uppers. I hope Miriam can teach us all something after class is over. There is an estate sale I will be driving by in the morning on my paper route.....hope there is something good, reasonably priced. Maybe that will cure the fever. Until I find another one I like. I have an open offer on one like your new one, Charlee, for $20 (her price) in a queen anne cabinet, with almost all the attachments. I guess I may call the lady up soon.......
    Melinda

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    Linda, those bowls are beautiful. Your Hubby is very talented.

    Candace, thanks for the tutorial on the flat spot of the elna. I have one that needs the same work done to it. Also have another white elna with a plastic storage box but never thought about it going under the machine (dah). After I saw yours I went right in and put it where it belongs.

    Charlee, like the looks of your new machine too. It doesn't pay to say I have no more room because those little machines like to follow us home any way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey all, I just made a step by step of how I redressed my vintage Elna pulley (rather than buy a new one and replace). I hope it helps someone else as 90% of these machines that have sat longer than a month without use will get a flat spot on the pulley and sound like jackhammers. Here's the link. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5191210
    Candace, how did you discover that the problem was a flat spot on the pulley? Geeze, I watched you sewing - it sounds great. I also went to the tute you made - great job! Thank you! Great information for the rest of us. I don't have an Elna, but who knows I may find one someday and this information is great to have!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thought you might want to see what my DH does with wood which is similar to what we do with fabric. Love that guy, for sure!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...d-t187969.html
    Linda, those bowls are absolutely gorgeous! What a talented husband you have!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey all....we had a little chat about rayon a few weeks ago and someone else posted this link as to why not to use rayon in quilting and for projects that get a lot of use. It's a good read and explains it better than I did:> http://www.superiorthreads.com/educa...-fiber-viscose
    Wow, that was interesting to say the least. I do have some of that viscose - which, I am going to toss after reading that article. It is just not worth it to pay the prices we pay for high quality quilting fabric, do all the work, then go with inferior thread!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Candace, how did you discover that the problem was a flat spot on the pulley? Geeze, I watched you sewing - it sounds great. I also went to the tute you made - great job! Thank you! Great information for the rest of us. I don't have an Elna, but who knows I may find one someday and this information is great to have!

    Nancy
    Nancy, these green, vintage Elnas have one Achilles heel and it's the pulley. If it sounds loud, like a jackhammer and vibrates all over, it's the pulley. An easy diagnosis and I had thought a somewhat PITA fix. 90% of any of these that one would purchase is going to have a flat spot on the pulley. It's the nature of the design of the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Wow, that was interesting to say the least. I do have some of that viscose - which, I am going to toss after reading that article. It is just not worth it to pay the prices we pay for high quality quilting fabric, do all the work, then go with inferior thread!

    Nancy
    I'm using up what I have. I paid to much to chuck it:< But, I'm sticking to poly embroidery thread when I buy any now.

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    Quilt addict,
    I used to live really close to where those machines are. I miss s.CA.
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    Nancy,

    I'm coming up for air for a few minutes. Moving is the pits!!!!

    I agree with Candace completely. Most of the old Elnas (prior to the Star series) will have a flat spot on the motor pulley if they have been sitting for any length of time. In the trade the noise they make is called the 'Elna growl'. The fact that the noise has a name tells you just how common it is. If you find one and have to have it, I can resurface or replace the pulley as I have the tool to do it. I personally resurface anytime I can, as it is so much easier than the replacement.

    OK, going back into hiding and packing,
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Candace, how did you discover that the problem was a flat spot on the pulley? Geeze, I watched you sewing - it sounds great. I also went to the tute you made - great job! Thank you! Great information for the rest of us. I don't have an Elna, but who knows I may find one someday and this information is great to have!

    Nancy
    Cathy

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    Candace,

    Great tute. That beautiful Elna sound sweet!
    Resurfacing sure does make a mess doesn't it?

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey all, I just made a step by step of how I redressed my vintage Elna pulley (rather than buy a new one and replace). I hope it helps someone else as 90% of these machines that have sat longer than a month without use will get a flat spot on the pulley and sound like jackhammers. Here's the link. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5191210
    Cathy

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    BoJangles, Crossstitcher and Charlee, thank you so much for your comments on DH's bowls. I am pretty convinced what he does is much harder than simply cutting fabric and sewing it together. LOL

    Linda

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    and, just say you replace the pulley, and than forget to use the machine or prop the drive wheel away from the hand wheel(and you have to take the hand wheel off to do this), if you happen to do this you will need to replace or resurface the pulley AGAIN in about a year. BTDT. Laura
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, these green, vintage Elnas have one Achilles heel and it's the pulley. If it sounds loud, like a jackhammer and vibrates all over, it's the pulley. An easy diagnosis and I had thought a somewhat PITA fix. 90% of any of these that one would purchase is going to have a flat spot on the pulley. It's the nature of the design of the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thought you might want to see what my DH does with wood which is similar to what we do with fabric. Love that guy, for sure!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...d-t187969.html

    Wow!! Those are beautiful. What talent. We have a local guy who hand turns wooden bowls, and sets up a booth at the local monthly music show to display/sell them, but is kind enough to donate one for a door prize also. Guess who the lucky winner was last month, and whose dear husband immediately put it on the shelf with his "hunting stuff" and filled it with his goodies. As much as he tolerates my sewing, I just told him how good it looked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    and, just say you replace the pulley, and than forget to use the machine or prop the drive wheel away from the hand wheel(and you have to take the hand wheel off to do this), if you happen to do this you will need to replace or resurface the pulley AGAIN in about a year. BTDT. Laura
    Laura, I asked someone on the Elna list about how long it takes for a flat spot to develop and he's worked on LOTS of them. He thinks that only about a week, maybe less and a flat spot develops. It may be a small one. And then you sew and leave it again (new spot) and new flat spot. And it maybe doesn't make the jackhammer sound of one really flat area, but begins to start sounding louder than it should and you don't even notice it. Eventually, you have one loud machine that in the 50's and 60's would be brought in for service, leave like smooth running machines and the machine repair people were thought to have done miracles:>

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    Cathy, you be sure to let me know if you need any help moving. I have a 4 Runner, so can fit quite a bit in there. And my back is still in good condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thought you might want to see what my DH does with wood which is similar to what we do with fabric. Love that guy, for sure!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...d-t187969.html
    Those bowls are gorgeous! Beautiful work!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey all, I just made a step by step of how I redressed my vintage Elna pulley (rather than buy a new one and replace). I hope it helps someone else as 90% of these machines that have sat longer than a month without use will get a flat spot on the pulley and sound like jackhammers. Here's the link. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5191210
    Thanks for that....I will need to do that to my Elna, I know for sure...it's been sitting for about 4 years at least.

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