H. came over today to sew some more. This time I had Zydeco playing on Pandora when she arrived. I turned it off. http://mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com/2013/10/brother-cs-6000i.html. Not, however, before she had a chance to hear what she would be missing.
What a perfect arrangement for me. Company while I play in the loft, all in the pretense of teaching her to sew. H. knows how to use her machine. She just needs guidance, which I provided. Just the same, I think I was mostly there to provide support and encouragement.
She was having trouble, admittedly, with the fabric feeding poorly. She would have to fight to keep the fabric straight. I took a look and agreed. I tried out her machine and it would feed the fabric all screwy. So I screwed on a different foot. Fixed. Her Brother came with one of those snap on feet. It felt flimsy to me. I put on a simple, hinged, low shank, zz foot. It worked quite nicely.
While she sewed, I put the White 130 in the green treadle stand. At least I tried to. It didn't really fit. You can see where the machine has extra stuff under the bed.
I got out a hack saw (because that is the only small saw I own) and hacked off some of the treadle stand to accommodate the machine's shape. It was pretty easy to do and I am sure that the other machines will still fit. I had no qualms about whacking away part of this 100 + year old stand.
So, what's my verdict on this machine? I don't believe that there are any plastic parts. I looked under the "hood."
I did see something that alarmed me; a part that looks broken. It works, so I reckon it ain't broke and I am not going to fix it ! The stitch width lever is locked into place by turning the knob to which this piece is attached. Seems fine. I am happy and now I have a new favorite machine. I have not tested the satin stitch. No satin stitch foot. Soon. I promise.