This machine is not mine. It is my friend Judy’s. She asked me to check it over for her, and to clean and oil it. This machine just had a birthday last month. It was purchased new for her mother, 31 years ago on May 2, 1981. Her mother has now passed it down to her and she would like to sew on it.
Her mother hasn’t sewn for a number of years now, so it has sat idol. That is not a good thing for sewing machines. The oil gets stiff, gummy, and after a long time, basically turns to varnish, making it pretty much impossible for things to move. That causes problems. In this case, the mechanisms for the reverse lever were ‘stuck’ and the lever just ‘flopped’. The feed dogs were not moving frontward and backward like they were supposed to either, and they were not lowering and raising to advance the fabric. I tried to free the problems with the knowledge that I had, but alas, I didn’t have enough knowledge!! Lots of oil and patience, but no knowledge.
My new friend Elizabeth suggested I use heat to those parts when I asked her for advise. I did just that. I got out my handy hair dryer! I took the top off the machine, pointed it at the offending parts, held it there for a few minutes to get it good and hot, and the heat got the old oil moving again! I kept moving the lever, and soon it felt strong and tight like it should. Next I went after the feed dog area. Those were a bit more stubborn. I finally asked my sweetie to come look and see if he could see anything I was not. He pressed down on the feed dogs with a screw driver while I turned the hand wheel, and finally, the pressure and heat freed the feed dogs too! I was so happy, I had to call Judy and interrupt her changing her clothes from church to tell her the good news!
I tried out all the stitches, and they all work beautifully. I did NOT have to adjust the tension at all!
I know…I know…you will have to enlarge the pictures to see the stitches sewn on my paper towel, especially since I used white thread, but she sews some nice stitches!
Thank you, Elizabeth, for helping me, and thank you, Judy, for trusting me with your machine. I did NOT want to give up. By freeing this machine, I have learned some more about fixing sewing machines!