When I was working on Herald (The class 15 Clone) last week the knob would not release. I thought that perhaps the stop motion washer was in backwards, so I changed it around. Nope, that wasn't the problem. So then I turned it 180 degrees. Still no better. So then I concluded that the shaft was gummed up. Today I found out that that was not the case, either. I took the handwheel off, again, and examined the shaft, it looked fine. Then I examined the bushing. It looked soiled so I cleaned and oiled it, as I did the washer. Still not much better. So then I sanded the bushing with very fine emery cloth again and again and again. Each time it felt a bit better until I finally declared it done when the handwheel spun smoothly when not constrained by the washer or the motor. Every time I would put the belt on the handwheel and the motor and tried it by hand , the needle would go up and down when the clutch was released. I gave up, plugged the sucker in and, voila it worked. Who knows what was going on. As Ray White would say "Magic"
When I tested the machine last week it would suddenly slow right down when I had it up to full power. It does not do that now. I think this machine will be a keeper. I really like the cabinet, which, for the holidays, is in the upstairs bathroom. I like the stitch and I have a feeling it will sail through many layers of quilted fabric. If I ever get back to machine quilting, I will need a good strong machine like that.
My sewing loft does not look like this now, at all. I wish it did. I am itching to get back to quilting. I have been having fun this year with the find, fetch and fix. But the whole idea is to sew, right? The problem, as Betsy points out, is that when I sew, I miss wrenching on the machines. When I work on machines, I miss sewing. It could be worse. I could be bored.