So a couple of years ago I took a week long sewing machine repair course.  I started to blog about it, but never finished the post.  Long story short, it was about 5 hours of talking about Needles.  I did learn a lot. But wow. Needles.  Yeah.

So ffwd to a couple of months ago, I picked up this sewing machine for free from Craigslist.  You see, I was buying one sewing machine, and they threw in this broken one for free.  Yay!  Well, now I’m finally getting around to checking it out.

The first thing I did was to Unwind the bobbin (it was a shoddy wind job).  I thought maybe that was the only issue.  Recalling the words of our repair class instructor, I also replaced the needle.  I oiled the bobbin hook, and various other exposed parts.  I adjusted the bobbin tension. Then I tried running the machine.  The settings were all wacky.  I set everything back to basic, and tried again.  It was running OK, but there was a grinding noise.




Clearly I needed to investigate.  I completely took off all the shell.  Here I have removed the back piece.IMG_4261

Here I’ve removed the bottom plate:IMG_4262


Not sure if you can see it, but there is a silver screw on the back wall…this was holding the front cover on.  I tried everything to reach this through the top, then I realized there was an access hole through the back of the machine. Doh!IMG_4263

And voila! here is the machine with all the cover pieces removed.  I can definitely feel the tightness as I manually turn the handwheel.  Still not 100% sure where it is.  It got to be pretty late, so I called it a night once I got it naked.  Kinda reminds me of the robot at the end of Terminator, after all the flesh is gone.  Interesting thing to note, It looks like most of these gears are metal.  I thought they would be plastic, but apparently not.  The discs that determine stitch pattern (zigzag, etc)…those might be plastic.  But all the other ones appear to be metal of some kind.


Ok, this is cool – before and after of the machine running.



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You may remember the Well Blankie Post which, long story short, I made the blocks, sent them off to my cousin to be assembled into a top, and he promptly returned sometime in the last 6 months.  Well, I then promptly did NOTHING with the top.  Until now!  He asked me to add some borders, to increase the size.  I went with a white on white polka dot, and some more of the Michael Miller Garden Pindot in Apple.  Now all I need to do is piece the backing and she’ll be ready for the quilting machine.  I plan on using two layers of batting, one wool, the other 80/20 cotton/poly.

We’ll see how it turns out.


Here’s the finished top:


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Pocket rod panel curtains.


So I’m really behind (what else is new). But I spent the weekend working on a couple of different projects.  One was the curtains for the living room.  We bought the fabric nearly a year ago! And there’s been those lovely paper shades on the windows since move in.  Well, several months ago I got part of one panel done, and then shelved the project for other more pressing things.  I didn’t manage to get the first part documented in pictures…but that’s the easy part. In the picture above, I’m preparing the pocket that the rod will go into.  IMG_4236

Here I have folded over the top half inch, and sewed it down.  Then I folded over about 3.25″ IMG_4237

I verify that it’s exactly 3.25″ with an acrylic ruler, and pin into place.


Here I am sewing down the top edge, about 1/4″ from the left side of the edge of the fabric. IMG_4239

I measured the width of the rod I’d be using, and then moved over and sewed a straight line across the top that distance.  In my case, I actually found that the right side of the fabric lined up with the right edge of the presser foot plate…and I used that as my guide.



Haven’t hung the curtains up yet.  Here they are laid out on the floor in preparation of hanging.  They are lined with 70% sun blocking liner. IMG_4232

The rest of the fabric yet to be made into curtains! (and the rest of the liner)  Hubby picked the fabric. Can you sense a theme?

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That I started last November! wow, this has taken forever.  I put so much into it, and had interruptions galore.  But it’s finally done!

Hoping the recipient will love it as much as I do!

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I had to share here.


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