We also learned how to set the tension at the factory setting. The stitch was very nice at the number 3. But my tension dial has a range from 0 -9. Five would be about in the middle and would indicate a well balanced test stitch on lightweight woven fabric. I wanted my dial to read 5 in this circumstance. On the 338 it was a simple task.
First I loosened the set screw in the tension stud nut.
Then I removed the insert.
Since this machine was all ready, I got out my latest acquistion, a 301a. I promptly forgot everything I had learned in the previous two days. I lost a screw, bound up the machine, over oiled and greased it and basically did everything wrong. Still, I got the machine sewing, even if it does have a very annoying high pitched hum. Ray immediately thought it was gear noise but when he came over to help me and sat down at the machine, the noise stopped. Magic. We figured it was dry somewhere and the lubricant finally reached the dry spot. Despite that theory, the machine still screeches and I know I could never stand sewing on it. I think I have to go back to that machine and try to figure out if it really is a gear noise. I think it is.
This is Ray and Jae working on her black ( I am jealous) 301. It had a bent needle bar.
It would bind up in a certain position, but then would release and be ok for a bit. Lapping compound did the trick. I did not know what lapping compound was until today. It is a very fine grit powder that will reshape metal but grinding away at the metal where you place the powder. First put a drop of oil on the area and then a very small amount of lapping compound. then start working it in . It will wear away the high spot, in this case the very slight bend in the needle bar. It worked. By the end of the day, Jae was stitching with her 301 that she thought was a goner. That is my screecher in the background, behind Jae.
Speaking of goners....... Andrea brought a really pretty White into class to fix the stitch length. it would only take small, tiny, stithes. After an afternoon of trying to adjust the stitch length, she declared the White a goner. I got the motor. Who knows if I can use it?
It is really too sad, that is such a pretty machine.
Well I have my certificate from Ray and tomorrow I start in the advanced class. We are already talking about having him come back next year. I hope so. I love this kind of vacation. But I would like it if it were in the summer. Ithaca is a lovely city, but the traffic is pretty intense.