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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / help! foot control speed troubleshooting on: May 01, 2011 12:28:22 PM
I have a Singer 237 with a new motor, and recently serviced. The problem is that the foot controller has two speeds...SEWWWWWW!!!!! and off. There is no middle ground, and certainly no slow speed. I've tried driving barefoot for more control, but all I got was a cold foot. This machine is new to me (a thrift store find! I <3 my local SA!) so I don't know if this is the way this machine is supposed to run or not. I've already checked out the foot pedal and it's clean, so it's not a wad of thread or something causing the problem.

Is there a way I can slow it down?

(It's probably not helping that I'm doubly frustrated from trying to figure out a poorly-written pdf pattern. Gah!)
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing cabinet mod on: April 27, 2011 04:58:57 PM
I wasn't sure where to put this, but here seemed reasonable, since it's sort of about sewing machines.

I snagged a nice sewing cabinet with drawers from freecycle last weekend. It's a desk style (with no fold-down on the left) with drawers, and hinges in the back. The problem is that my machine only just fits. That is, the base of the machine is *almost* smaller than the hole. Frankly, I'm afraid if I run it at any speed, it'll vibrate off the hinge pins and end up in my lap-or on my foot. The hole is also 3" or so too long, but I can live with that; it's a handy place to drop the cords. My big concern is the width.

Is there a way to modify the top to fit? Even adding a half inch would be helpful. I have no equipment for major carpentry, but can handle minor stuff if someone's got a workaround. I'd really like to save this desk, but it's unuseable as is. Help?
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / how to identify your vintage Singer on: March 31, 2011 10:01:59 AM
I was poking around, trying to figure out what model my new girl is and I ran into this site. I don't know how comprehensive it is, buut it seems pretty thorough, and it helped me ID mine as a 192k.

Check it out-I can't be the only one wondering what I've got!

http://www.sandman-collectibles.com/id-singer-machines.htm
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using PDF Patterns? on: March 31, 2011 05:38:31 AM
I use newsprint paper-my little local newspaper give roll ends away for free, and one will last you forever. Do like skittlebub and trace it out, although for lighter fabrics, I frequently don't bother, and just use the printer paper.
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / vintage Spartan/Singer-my new find! on: March 30, 2011 01:41:30 PM
Look what I found!

I was killing time in the thrift shop when I ran into this sweet little machine buried on a shelf. No price tag, but when I asked, I was told $15. Who could pass that up? The wheel turns, but I didn't plug it in, so I don't know about the motor. There's still thread in the bobbin, though.

A quick Google tells me it's a British-built Singer, made in Scotland. A longer Google (and turning the thing upside down a few times-honestly, who named it a *Featherweight*?) tells me tentatively that it was made in 1941. The bottom is stamped Simanco-dunno what that's about.

A couple questions. Did this originally have a case? It's screwed into a plastic case bottom, so I don't think it was supposed to be in a table.

Also, it looks like the serial number says P401407, with something blurry that might be an E in front of the P. According to this site (http://www.planetpatchwork.com/fweight.htm), it's actually probably ED, but how do I know I'm looking at the right thing? I can't find any pictures of serial numbers for comparison.

What's the SIMANCO stamped on the bottom? The plate on the motor mount also says SIMANCO, and Made in Canada.

Anything else you can tell me about the new girl would be fun to know. I'll call the sewing machine guy tomorrow with an eye to taking her in this weekend for a thorough cleaning and going over.



Pardon the mess. You can tell I cleaned off just enough of the table to put her down and take pictures. Sorry!

3/31 Update: Much poking around on the Singer site (and internet in general) has refined some of my guessing. It's a model 192k-it says so on the stitch length selector plate. I cleaned more gook off the bottom, and the serial number is EP401407, making it built in 1959. The motor works (I plugged it in) and the wheel turns, but the front half of the machine and the bobbin mechanism are frozen. I did take the plate off to check it out, and it's incredible dirty (eons of old grease and lint) but not rusted, so I suspect my sewing machine guy will get it sorted fairly easily. I have an appointment with him tomorrow at noon, so I'll know more after that.

Now all I need is nice, old-fashioned Scottish name for her and we'll be all set!  Cheesy


16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pretzels! on: December 31, 2010 10:24:22 AM
I just made these (I've got a hot one sitting on my mouse pad Grin) and OMG they're SO good! They're not pretty (practice makes perfect, I suspect, and this is the first time I've made pretzels), but the taste and texture is *perfect*.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: not-so-mini me (meet Chicky, my new, customized dress form!) on: January 12, 2010 10:27:45 AM
How cool is that?! Thanks!
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: interfacing on leather? on: October 30, 2009 09:46:06 AM
I wasn't planning on it-the way it'll fit over the cover, no one would see it. But you're right, interfacing the lining might be easier.
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / interfacing on leather? on: October 30, 2009 09:05:38 AM
Can you put interfacing on leather? I want to make a cover for my Kindle, and got to wondering. I'm planning on a book cover to go over the Amazon cover that it came with, and the leather I have came from an old leather trench coat-pretty, but limp.

If so, is it better to use the regular kind or the fleece stuff? If not, any suggestions for adding some stiffness without adding bulk?
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever sewn with emergency blanket material? on: October 30, 2009 08:00:20 AM
Husband (the hunter) says that it was a kind of stadium seat. I'm not finding the one we had on Google (and we don't have it anymore, so I can't check the label), but that this one (http://tinyurl.com/yj4nj2w) is pretty close. The important part is the EPS filling-he says that as long as it has that, it'll work. It's not pressure sensitive (I thought it was), just very, very good at reflecting your body heat back to you.

I think we paid <$20 for our, although that was several years ago. Try Walmart, Bass Pro, Dicks-any sports store with a hunting section ought to have something that would work, especially this time of year!
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