Lots more fun pics of the life I'll never have but at least someone did here.
In other news...the Featherweight arrived yesterday!
Carrying case intact though a little beat up, as expected. The inside is a bit moldy looking (and smelling).
And there she is.
Not for the first time with a vintage machine, I turn her on, she runs and then immediately seizes up.
I take off her hand wheel and find decrepit thread wound around the shaft.
Under the throat plate, ancient mystery lint.
I'm not entirely sure I understand how to thread her, friends, though I DO have the manual. I did get her to sew a bit (with a fresh needle)
But then the top thread would get tangled up below. Here one possible cause:
The hook is loose. Do you see how it comes off that little protruding doohickey on the left? I don't have the correct screwdriver for this so I'll have to pick one up later today if possible.
The good: her motor sounds fantastic -- strong and quiet -- and when I run her with no thread she's smooth as can be. I'll need to tighten up that hook (I might disassemble the shuttle race first) and take it from there.
This is the first time I've bought a used sewing machine and not been able to sew with her right off the bat -- disappointing, but I suppose it builds character. The seller said she sews and that's factually true but there's no way, judging from the condition she arrived in, that she was fully tested. They probably turned the light on, revved the motor, and called it a day.
I'm glad to have her, though, and eager to get her sewing. Now about the smell... (Haven't we been down this road before?)
Happy Wednesday, everybody! Any Featherweight fans out there?
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