A neighbor called on Saturday.
"Do you work on machines, too?"
"Yes, I do."
"My Little Brother is in desperate need."
"Bring it over. I would be happy to look at it."
She arrived in a few hours with the machine.
"What's wrong with it?"
"The tension is all off and feel this?" As she turned the hand wheel. It was a bit stiff in one part of the revolution, relatively speaking. It sure didn't turn feel like any of the machines I am used to.
I looked it over and found some screws that looked as if they held the clamshell body together.
Then I popped the race cover off and removed the hook with about ten pounds of lint.
"I didn't know you could do that."
Then I removed the needle plate and found about ten more pounds of lint.
"That's a nice little screw driver"
"It's all about the tools, J. All about the tools."
She left on her errand when I told her I would VERY CAREFULLY try to take it apart.
If she ever calls again to ask me to fix this machine, I will tell her that I prefer not to. It is just too risky getting those screws seated just right. Sure it is light weight but if I had to sew on this machine I would hate sewing.
I happily went back to my Singer 15-91 with its nifty new light switch.