Monthly Archives: February 2018

Another machine

I won’t have this one until next week though, so will wait to add pictures. I’m getting a Singer handcrank, 1892. I have this Singer that I’d thought about turning into a handcrank:

Then I discovered that the bag of parts I have does not really seem to go with this machine. I could make some of them work but it will require more parts. I plan to keep this machine and have a treadle base that I could use with a little modification. And then I found a hand crank on Ebay that I fell in love with and that is that. It has an interesting set of decals.

I want to start a quilting project. The problem is that we are still getting this house ready to sell. There are things I can’t find. I had the idea this morning of doing quilted potholders. on You Tube has two tutorials doing these. I thought I could do one on each machine, start to finish, and label which machine I used to make it. It would give me a chance to get a feel for the machines I haven’t used as much. And these are small projects, quick to finish. I’ve been buying scrap fabric from Ebay, and I have some batting that I used on my free motion potholders. I think this could be fun. I discovered the other day that my new cabinet works nicely to cut quilt pieces:

Finally, here’s a picture of old seldom seen, Loretta. It’s just hard to get a good picture of a black dog. She is a good girl but has really slowed down over the last year. She is a rat/mouse killing machine though.

My office

The room isn’t done yet so I tried to move in items that can be moved out of the way when we do the finish work. Right now, I can fit four treadles and one electric in the cabinet into the room. It feels much better.

I have been working on the heads without bases, trying to figure out what I want to keep. I have a Singer 28, with a bag of parts. I started putting it back together and found out that the parts aren’t correct. They may be for a 128 as they look like the right parts but the faceplate is too big and the feed dog plate won’t fit over the current feed dogs.I think I could get some of the parts to work. I’ve thought about turning this into a hand crank, but I am also starting to think that I’d rather just buy a working hand crank and sort out what to do with this head later. I worked on the Hillbilly Handcrank a bit more. I took off the face plate and it’s just filthy under there. So this needs a major cleaning before I do any more work on it. I think I may put this into the barn treadle. That base needs to be rebuilt. I should be able to redo the top so that this treadle will work in it. I have two White rotary heads that fit, but I’m just not fond of them. I would much rather have this machine working. Then I checked on the New Home. I picked up a shuttle and bobbin for it. It still needs a front cover to the shuttle, but I should be able to test it this weekend. It seems to be a nice machine. I am not sure if I want to keep this one. I have a Singer base that could be modified for this, but am not sure that’s the best use for it.

And that left me with the Minnesota K. I have the base for this, missing drawers and in need of a cleanup. I put the parts back on the machine. I understand taking a machine apart for cleaning but it is so easy to lose parts when you do that. The head still needs cleaning but it’s all there. I wanted this for the base, but am now thinking about getting rid of it. We will be moving and I am trying to cut down on what we take. I’m also still undecided about the Wheeler and Wilson. It’s a good machine and sews just fine. I just don’t have a fondness for it like I do the four machines in my office (five if you count the Singer 237 in the base). I also have a Singer 66 head that I want to use in a treadle and a Singer 99k that I should rehome. I want to have room in case I find a machine I truly want, but I also want these to go to someone that wants to use them.

I still haven’t had time to cut anything out. I did sew a couple of triangles on the Free, just to sew with it. I also have plans to do a little sewing on the Davis. I haven’t used it much, just enough to get a new needle seated right and to make sure that I am threading it correctly. I have plans to do the two tutorials and make those potholders. I want to use the Davis for quilting and binding, but it would be fun to try piecing with it. It is such a pretty machine.

We have the office trailer at the river up for sale. I think we will find a buyer. We need the funds to finish clean up at the river and to finish this house. They plan to have a wake for George at the river next weekend. We have volunteers willing to do some cleanup for that, so maybe we can make some progress there. There’s just so much to do.

Hillbilly handcrank

I have been fooling around with this:

This is why picking up a $10 head is a bad idea. I was originally thinking it might be a good parts machine for someone, then got started on trying to get the pieces to make it work. The bobbin cost as much as the head. I bought a shuttle for it, which I’ve managed to misplace. (It was probably a bad idea to tackle a project with my office all torn up for painting.) I ordered a bobbin/shuttle combo which will be here next week, as well as a bobbin winder. Which will bring me to the next question, what will I do with it? I don’t know if the Chinese hand cranks will work on it. I like the crank on it, but I doubt it’s practical. It might fit in my empty treadle base. If it does, I guess I just let the other machine heads fight it out and see which one wins. I have the New Home head, which I need to try out. (It’s another $10 head, that I had to purchase the shuttle and bobbin for. It still needs the front bobbin cover.) I have a Singer 28 that was cleaned up and needs to be put back together. And I could use the Singer 99k in the treadle.

The other issue is whether I paint it. I probably should as there are big chips knocked off it. It still seems very dirty. I am thinking about trying kerosene to clean it up. The vibrator screw won’t go all the way down and that also seems to be very dirty. I also need a presser foot for this. I do have a couple of White rotaries, so figured I could use a foot off one of those. I really should take a look. I guess, if nothing else, someone will have a really good parts machine some day. I do think I will eventually wind up with a hand crank. I really like the Singers with the Victoria decals. I don’t really have a bucket list of machines right now, but I would happily pick up a hand crank or a nice chain stitch machine if one came my way. I like to actually use my machine, even if I don’t do anything but sew practice pieces to look at the stitches. If I finally get to retire, there are a lot of projects I’d like to do. Oh, and the other $10 head I have will likely be even more expensive and take longer to get working. That’s the National Two Spool that is missing the canister.

Long week

It’s been a long week, as they pulled the plug on George and he died on the first. Since he was caretaking our other place, there’s a lot of issues to sort out. We have temporarily stopped work on the house and are working on an office trailer that we need to sell. My office has been torn up for three weeks now. I need to do some touch up on the paint and we need to put in floor boards as Quinn missed about half the room. But, I had to move in some treadles as I just couldn’t take it any more.

It just feels better to have them in the office again. I managed to pop a capacitor on the Viking. Was interesting because I was sewing along, heard the pop and saw smoke, but it kept sewing with my foot off the foot controller. I pulled the plug and shut it off. I’ve read that this is not a critical piece as it’s designed to prevent interference from the machine. I am going to pull it and see if that’s true. I think I am going to find someone that wants it. I’ve played with the cams a bit and it’s a good machine, but I just want to use the simpler machines these days. After spending time lifting my full sized, heavy machines, I am starting to wonder if I shouldn’t hang on to the 3/4 sized ones. I am pretty sure that Singer 28 head I have was a hand crank at some point. It has hinges instead of those heavier pins to connect to the treadle base. That White VS is another candidate for a hand crank. I could put my 99k in that spare treadle base I have. Just not sure what to keep yet. I have my core four (Singer vs, 127, Free and Davis) and a couple of heads to keep. I do want to keep the Necchi and keep working on it. Am not sure which other machines to keep. I am thinking about keeping the Singer 237 as an electric. Mostly, I really want to spend some time and cut out quilt blocks so I have something to sew. I managed to find my cutting board and ruler, so I am ready to cut.

And I picked up these:

These are Kai 10″ Professional shears. I have been using Fiskers and thought I should get a good pair of scissors to replace them. The reviews on these were great. I haven’t used them yet, but will write a full review when I do.

And, just to add some sort of animal picture, this is Gary. He loves being my office dog. The only problem is that he gets possessive of the room and has growled at Lon for coming in. So I have to trade off, so that he knows he doesn’t own this room. He is a sweet dog and is getting better about sharing.