Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thigh Master

I have some really wonderful friends.   My mother told me so.

"Andrea is coming tomorrow for a few days." (me)

"Oh, your friend from the sewing machine repair class."  (Mom)

"Yup, she is coming to help me sort out the parts from New Jersey."  (Me)

"OH MY She is a GOOOOOOD friend.  I wouldn't do that and I'm your mother!"

She is right. Andrea is a very good friend.  She worked all day today on the White 477 cleaning and fixing it all up. I bought that machine 18 months ago.  Betsy and I went to Albany on a jaunt.  We bought two machines that day.  A Kenmore and this White.  It has been neglected on the shelf until today.

Our friend Linda has a White 639 and its tension assy was in a state.  Andrea brought the assy with her and today we pulled out the 477 to compare tension assys.

"They are identical." ( me)

"Let's pull it off and see if we can figure out what is wrong with Linda's" (me)

But before we do that , shouldn't we make sure that the tension works? And as long as we are doing that we may as well clean it all up and get it ready." (Her)

So she set to work.  The first thing she noticed, and I am sure that I would not have seen it, was the aberrant needle position.  It was hitting the needle plate, ever so slightly.

After she cleaned the machine and oiled it, she set to adjusting the needle position.

"Let's see."  And the next thing I knew she had determined that
"It's this screw right here."
She loosened the screw, adjusted the position of the needle and that was that.

Test stitching is a bit of a challenge in my shop.  The work bench is at typical counter top height and generally the foot control doesn't reach to the floor.   Who needs a floor when you have thighs?

"I do have one, you know." (Her)

"What?"  ( Me)

"A Thigh Master."

So now,  knee, foot and thigh sewing !
It is an absolutely beautiful machine.  It has a good strong motor and makes a lovely stitch.   Ready for a new home.


  1. You ladies crack me up! It's a little past 1:30 in the a.m. and I've just finished up working on a sewing project... or near completion and had to check and see if you had posted anything lately... (we do miss you when you don't have time to post!) and the thigh master comment got me... now I could be tired... just a little; but it still got me! So nice to have friends to work with him. Always good to read what your up too! Oh, and good for you... accomplishing all you have sorted out! I read top to here post order...

  2. OMGoodness!!! I'm in stitches!!! :D

  3. I need a "love this place" button!

  4. :) Just picked up two cobbler machines...and was surfing for some info and found your blog~ My 3rd floor studio is set up with three industrials and four households. A Pfaff 239 in a cabinet I got for just $25, A Singer 306K in a cabinet for $30, a Singer 401A someone thought was junk because none of the moving parts would move, that working just fine, and a strange name to me: Nelco in aqua blue. Last summer, I moved another two industrial singers into my entry way, positive I needed an industrial zig zag...and yet another straight stitch should I finally hang out a shingle that says: Canvas and Leather Repair I wouldn't have do drag everything all through the house. I wouldn't trade any of these in for any new-fangled anything...I'm 49, and some of my fondest memories as a little girl are learning how to sew with my grandmother. :) I'm looking forward to playing with the Singer and Adler cobblers this summer...As a single mom and almost empty nester, it's been an ongoing goal to equip myself completely should I ever lose my present daytime job~ I've very much enjoyed reading through your experiences!

  5. Wow Jody Sue! I want to find a longarm for quilting with, can you send some of your good luck my way?