"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."
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 !