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Sewing Machines / Re: Singer 5122 - how to thread tension discs?
« on: July 22, 2021, 01:59:40 AM »
Bring it all the way around and hook it into the blueish piece then go catch it under the pinkish spring then up from there to the take-up arm.

I have watched several videos where they had multiple feet and said that it seems to depend on the quilt sandwich. They will try several different feet before finding the one that works best on 'this' quilt.
I have the all metal version of that foot and use it on a 109 year old Singer. With no option to drop the feed dogs other than to remove them, I had to have something that would completely remove the tension to allow the sandwich to move. It's the only foot of that type that I have so I am afraid I won't be any help at which one works best on what.
Sounds like you are well set for whatever may come with all those different feet.

That foot is springy too. It hinges in the nylon block. The needle coming up hits the arm and raises the foot off of the sewing surface.

The Haberdashery / Re: Light Box
« on: January 15, 2021, 23:28:25 PM »
No, communication across the pond is forbidden. They don't have as much control over what you find out there. You might even find out some real facts as opposed to their "good facts".

Genius syndrome...the guy down the road is just the guy down the road. The guy from a few hundred miles away, who may not be as well qualified is a bloomin' genius. I've seen it many times over the years, as I am sure you have.

I have access to a 3' x 4' light table at work if I need it. I guess it's a benefit of working for a printer. We have all of the stuff around for working with negatives.

I hope everyone out here is OK. Try to stay healthy, safe, and positive. It's all gotta get better at some point.

Vintage Machines / Re: Old Singer 28k - should I keep it?
« on: November 29, 2020, 02:46:23 AM »
I have seen the sliding shuttle cover plates and the needle throat plate available new repro and used on ebay.
It is very nearly the same machine as the 27, which I have, but with a few updates. Model number with K after indicates Kilbowie factory as was mentioned earlier and the ISMACS listing will give you when that batch of serial numbers was released.
I bought a new repro replacement shuttle with 5 bobbins for mine a couple months ago. Works like a champ. Mine was at some point unfortunately converted to electric so I don't get to enjoy using the treadle.

Vintage Machines / Re: Old Singer 28k - should I keep it?
« on: November 27, 2020, 19:25:23 PM »
They are nice old machines. Designed to last forever with normal maintenance. As you know, straight stitch only and no reverse. Once everything is set, they make wonderful stitches. Pretty much anything you could ever need for it is available as new repro, old stock, or used on ebay.
My mother used her grandmother's into the '70's before she got a modern electric with zig-zag. She made all sorts of stuff on it. They were designed back in the treadle days and don't like high speed. With reasonable care, hers was 100% reliable and never saw a shop as long as she could remember.
If you like the antique machines and would like to be able to use it, by all means keep it and use it. It's got a lot of harp space. I've seen them being use for piecing quilts and even free motion quilting. If it's a treadle, you can still sew when there is a power cut if you can see.

You may have to increase the presser foot pressure a little to help pull the heavier material. Just have to start and see. If it will see lots of sunlight, you might want to use a thread with good UV protection. Polyester is better with UV than nylon. Enjoy that nice classic machine. It'll sew pretty much anything you can get under the presser foot.

Vintage Machines / Re: Old Singer Question
« on: October 26, 2020, 22:34:00 PM »
Do you remember if the bobbin winder drove off the belt or had a rubber tire on it and drove off the handwheel?

Vintage Machines / Re: Old Singer Question
« on: October 21, 2020, 23:20:21 PM »
There are good reproduction shuttles and bobbins available on Ebay as well as NOS sometimes and used but good sometimes. also has loads of parts available for them.

I have a 1912 Singer 27. Makes wonderful stitches. Straight stitch only and no reverse. Wish it were still in the treadle table it originally shipped with. It was electrified sometime in the '40's near as I can figure from the motor and wiring and is now in a portable case.

Without knowing the serial number, you won't do well at all figuring when it was made. If it had the mounting boss for the electric motor on the upright, under the hand wheel, it was 1901 or later. Fiddle base ended, I believe, somewhere around 1890. The model 27 started in 1889 and was produced to 1941. The 128K was the latest vibrating shuttle machine produced 1912 until 1962.

In the wardrobe / Re: Indian block print shirt
« on: September 18, 2020, 18:09:09 PM »
I know I'm a little late to the party but, that's a GREAT looking shirt, Ed.
Wish I could buy stuff that looks that good.
Pay no attention to the kids.  Wear it with pride.
Parents are entitled to embarrass their kids.
You are definitely a fabric enabler with that link. So many nice patterns to choose.

In the wardrobe / Re: My latest shirt
« on: September 17, 2020, 13:25:54 PM »
I do like those big collars from those days and I really miss my baggy bell-bottoms too. Guess one day I'll have to dive in and see if I can make some.

The modern, pre-computerized machines have one big failing as I see them, plastic.
There are many plactic components which are much cheaper, easier and faster to make. It is also quicker to get into production with the plastics than having to work out machining on metal parts. But, plastic parts are also designed to fail. Plastics have a limited useful life under stress. Certain lubricants cause problems. Proper lubrication will only do so much to keep the plastics going. When the supply of repair parts is depleted, there are no more unless you can have a good part 3D scanned and reproduced by 3D printing or know a machinist who can make you the part out of metal.
Many manufacturers dispose of their replacement part inventories after a certain amount of time. When this happens, even the pieces that are still there and useful are gone. Old machines were made simply so that a needed part could be made by any competent machinist. Many of the plastic gears, cams and other parts would be very hard for anyone but an absolute master machinist to reproduce. This was the beginnings of designed obsolescence. We, as a population, said nothing about the quality problems and issues with repair, usually because of a lower price. So, it became the way of manufacturing. Now everything is designed to last a certain amount of time and disintegrate. Sad state of affairs really when you think about it.

Vintage Machines / Re: It would be rude not to
« on: August 23, 2020, 19:02:30 PM »
What a great machine. I looks to have been really well cared for over the years. The decals are in wonderful condition compared to most of the 27's I've seen. If it sews anywhere near as good as it looks, you've got a gem there.
Glad it was rescued by someone who will give it a good home and enjoy it.
Reproduction bobbins and shuttles are easily found for it.

Vintage Machines / Re: Singer 27 Godzilla finish
« on: August 16, 2020, 00:55:30 AM »
The mechanicals and electricals are no big deal. Just judging by what I've seen at thrifts, it seems a lot of machines are sent packing just because the foot pedal or wiring needs a little work. The machine itself is usually great just needs a good cleaning and oiling.

Thanks for the link. I've never been inside one of those type of speed controllers. All of the ones I have taken apart have been the ceramic block with the nichrome "springs" wound around and multiple contacts. It will be interesting to see which type it comes with.

If the speed controller is too bad, I might just try one of those fancy newfangled electronic speed controller pedals. I've read that they give much better control and it's a more stable speed too. They are only around $20 so I won't spend a lot of time on the pedal especially since it and the motor are replacements, not original singer.

It's 7:54 pm here and Fedex still says delivery before end of day today on their website. So, I'm sitting around waiting, hoping I don't have to wait until Monday.

Vintage Machines / Re: Singer 237 review by Sewot
« on: August 16, 2020, 00:43:01 AM »
Very nice looking machine. Those old Singers were made to last.
You did a wonderful job on the base and the cover.

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