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Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: Yesterday at 20:06:10 »
Just a very faint mark if you press down really hard.  It's not at all chalky - quite hard.

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: Yesterday at 18:52:38 »
Apologies for triple-posting, but does anyone know what this is, and what it's for?  It was in the accessory tray of my Featherweight's case.

It looks like a piece of slate, but seems a bit too heavy for that.  It leaves a clear mark on paper, which made me wonder if it was graphite.  It's about an inch and a half by three quarters of an inch.

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: Yesterday at 18:32:02 »
It is now nicely lubricated and I have put on its lovely replacement feet (sorry, base cushions  :) ).

It's sewing almost perfectly, but I need to get to know the tension a bit better before it is as perfect as I would like.

(And then... maybe a hand crank in a cabinet... something very decorative...  :ninja:  )

The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: Yesterday at 18:25:46 »
 0_0  Brilliant.

I suppose if most of the line of management are good they will be aware that all is not right with the one dodgy link.  It's when you've got bullying or other bad behaviour being passed down from the top that you need to get out as fast as possible.

Current Projects / Re: A Squall at Sea
« on: Yesterday at 15:58:46 »
Yes you do!  It's multi-coloured and very talented.  And we're benefiting from it.   :toast:

The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: Yesterday at 13:56:31 »
@hernibs   Have you thought about etsy or folksy?  For all I know their fees may be every bit as bad as ebay, but as a buyer they're much nicer places!

Today... / Re: Thursday 18th January
« on: Yesterday at 09:54:05 »
The winds were very bad overnight - up to 55mph and in the precise direction that makes the tiles on our roof rattle.  Two eucalyptuses need staking or re-staking, but everything else seems to be OK.  No doubt there are a lot of pots to be put back upright, but I can't see them from inside.

I have important updates to do for work, but I'm not really alert enough to do them so I think I'll do all the background preparation for them and put them off for a while.  And actually, they're not really that important, they're just big and disastrous if they go wrong!

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: Yesterday at 09:33:39 »
Ooh - thank you.  All advice is welcome!

And very well spotted!  I oiled everywhere as instructed by the manual, and then filled the grease cups on the motor, but I forgot to go back and do the lubricating mentioned in the section on oiling - which was, of course, lubricating the teeth of the gears.   :D

The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: January 17, 2018, 21:37:56 PM »
BTW the threat (as I see it) of everyone having to have individual meetings with him is absolutely classic bullying behaviour.

I'm probably stating the obvious there...  ><

The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: January 17, 2018, 21:08:59 PM »
Good for you.  I'm glad you're getting HR involved right from the start - it's the best way of protecting yourself both in the long term and immediately.

Wow!  I was right about them not having the peony satin in stock any more, but they phoned this afternoon and offered to send out a request to all the stores that had it in stock to find me some. 

I just had a phone call from Cribbs Causeway, who had a whole roll, and they are sending me my two metres, without charging postage because it was part of an online order.  I could have had more, and I suspect it will arrive before the rest of the order as well!

I have always loved John Lewis!   :*

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 17, 2018, 18:59:03 PM »

It looks as though the lamp has been re-wired at some point, with black/yellow wires instead of red/yellow (unlike the motor wires, the lamp wires don't have those nice metal rings). 

That wouldn't have mattered, of course, but they then wired it into the black and yellow connectors instead of the red and yellow ones.  It is now wired with the lamp going into 1 and 3 - yellow and red - and it works perfectly.  When I can find some red insulating tape I'll put some round the black lamp wire as a reminder.

Many, many thanks arrow and Barny.

And the best thing is that I understand it a whole lot better than I would have done if it had been right from the start.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Sea of Flames wall hanging
« on: January 17, 2018, 17:26:50 PM »

In the wardrobe / Re: Changing needles
« on: January 17, 2018, 17:15:34 PM »
It was a lovely, lovely day when I first put a Schmetz titanium needle into my embroidery machine.   :loveit:

Today... / Re: Wednesday 17th January
« on: January 17, 2018, 17:14:24 PM »
'Sprinkles'!!!!   :D

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