How do you know when a quilter is actually sick?
No sewing machine sounds coming out of her studio!
How do you know if she's feeling better?
Another 400+ HST units get sewn in one afternoon!!
I did not take yet another picture of a pile of sewn squares, not cut apart or trimmed. Just take my word for it - I got the third batch of blue batik HSTs sewn. With luck, all of the cutting apart, trimming of dog ears and finger pressing will get done this week. I am SO READY so start sewing some blocks together!
Once I had them sewn, I didn't feel like stitching on another project so I turned my attention to the machine. Wild Cherry has been working hard! She needed a quick de-linting and a drink of oil. Feeling guilty that I hadn't had Dot (the black FW) out in quite awhile, I gave her a going over. Since she hasn't really been run since her tune up, no oil this time just some quick scrap sewing to move the mechanics. I did need to adjust the belt tension a tiny bit. No big deal.
Finally, it was time to bring out the 301A, Wendy! I've been meaning to get to know her and it was time! A quick check over revealed the bobbin base 'finger' outside the groove of the needle plate. Though I was pleased, of course, to see that she did have a bobbin case.
It is NOT compatible with Dot - ask me how I know! Wendy was not a linty dirty girl.
But pulling off the needle plate and poking around revealed a long thread wrapped inside and behind the bobbin base. So glad I found it and got that out!
Pulling the cord & pedal out of the case gave me pause. Tape. Oh, no - what was under the tape. I was hoping ti was just there for a strange, non-repair related reason - it was. Whew! Dodged a bullet there - didn't want an electrical issue.
I was surprised at the two separate cord system this machine has - just not used to it.
I was generous with the oil and ran her through some scrap sewing to move those mechanics! And she is one Clean Machine. Check out her undercarriage! All I did was remove the base plate - didn't clean a thing.
The tension is just a hair off but nothing that can't be worked out. I chose not to get to deep into that - I'll save it for another day. Right along with doing something about her beat up case.
That's a project for another day!