Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Good Day

My friend Linda is trying to fix a machine for a friend.  She is having trouble setting the needle and believes it is because the thread guide just above the needle is missing.  I looked through my stash the other night and found a drawer labeled needle clamps.  There I found an envelope labeled:
WOOT WOOT ! Finally! Something in this stash that I can actually use ! Included in this envelope was a thread guide.

 So the very first thing I did this morning was send Linda  the screw and the thread guide.  I sent two screws because I don't know which one will fit.  But I did test it out on my machine, a very similar HA-1 Class 15 straight stitch machine.

Oh I do feel good about this.  I hope that they fit and that she can get that machine working.

Sometimes I spin my wheels and get nothing done.  Today was not one of those days.  I did a lot.  After I ran to the PO, I came home and set about organizing the shop. I rinsed the empty tool bin drawers that were  stored in a big cardboard box for months.  They were pretty dirty. Someone I know will be pleased.   I used warm water and Diswasher rinse aid so that they would dry more quickly.  Who knows if they did or not.  I was distracted next by sorting through some more of the South River Stuff. 

What do you suppose this is?  Steven thinks it is some sort of medieval torture device. 

 I culled and sorted and threw away some stuff.  Rusty bobbins, broken bobbin cases, other miscellaneous mysterious stuff.
I found this  Singer motor and foot control combo.  I don't really understand this set up.  There seems to be a power cord but there is also a receptacle for a power cord in the motor.  I threw it in the trash and then retrieved it.  Maybe it works.  I wonder if anyone would buy it on eBay? 
 I did some more tidying up and then I walked the dogs.  The trees have overgrown the path a bit so I trimmed some branches while we were up there.  Not much so anyone would care.  Enough so that I won't poke my eye out as Wrigley drags me down the path.

I put the clean bins away next.  That meant moving some of the full bins.  I have a lot of industrial parts.  I found some bobbin cases which I think might fit the 206 etc series.  I found some class 15 bobbin cases too.  I found some hooks.  I found some needle bars I found some antique machine parts and I found these:
The box is hand labeled "Singer 221" and one does look a little different from the other.  I guess I will have to figure that out.  I believe I have the cams for both as well.

 As part of my attempt to clear out stuff in the sewing loft, I pieced some scraps together for a practice quilt for the quilt frame this past week.    I was surprised at how much fabric I had stored in those little, plastic bins! Somehow I managed to create a quilt top 68 X 74.  The only rule I followed: if it was on the cutting table, it went into the quilt top.  I finished piecing it on Friday afternoon and set it up on the frame last evening.  Today I took my first pass.  I am using light colored thread so that I can inspect my stitches and see how I do with my design.  I have been practicing feathers and spirals.  I feel quite comfortable with meandering.  I have to say that I am pleased with the results.  No real need to tweak tension at all.  I managed to make the first pass down the quilt without jamming the needle or breaking thread. 

I may have to change to a darker thread for the border.  The bottom looks pretty good too.  The Sew Control is working fairly well.  One of these days I will set the machine up without it and see how I do.  For now, I will stick with the speed control.  I am not unhappy with it.
I really needed to get busy stitching on a Kenmore 158.1355 that I would like to re-home.  It wasn't working well when B. came to look at it so I worked on it some and got all the stitches working.  I was using it this afternoon when all of a sudden it stopped.  I figured it was a hand wheel issue because the hand wheel just locked up.  I took it to the shop, gave it a good once over, took off the hand wheel and loosened the belt.  It now whines.  That is a simple fix.  It seems to be sewing just fine. 

After supper (the dog's not mine, I had no time for food) I went back to the loft and started another practice quilt piecing project. This time with greens.  Now it is time for knitting and Season One of Cheers. 


  1. The "medieval torture device" looks to me like a needle from a sewing awl I had back in college.

    The quilting is looking better & better! Good on you, I have no skill at machine quilting anything other than a straight line that follows my piecing. :)

  2. I wonder if the plug in the motor was for a light, so it could plug in, too? Your quilting looks nice.

  3. I think the attachements are Zig Zag "feet for a Singer Featherweight...THey had cams that made different stitch widths...Very very cool.!! And Acutally I think they will work on most pre 1957 vintage machines that are low shank....I own the Featherweight ...and a 15-91 and a 201 and most of the feet are interchangeable....Thanks for the great post...we love to plunder with ya! Sheryl

    1. Yup. I should have mentioned that they are zz attachments. They both look to be low shank, but I wonder if one is specific to the 221. One way to find out.....

  4. I bought a new motor and foot control combo to add on to a treadle sewing machine head so I could donate it to the sewing machine project and someone could use it. The motor had a receptacle built into it from the foot control. This is not exactly what I bought and not from this seller, but this is the setup. I think someone took a newer motor that was meant to have a plug into the motor, but ended up wiring it direct into the motor instead. Think so?

  5. Hi, found a website with one of your zig zag feet with part no. hope the link works. Regards Sharon

  6. I think the 'torture device' is a punch needle tool, used for a kind of rug-making.