Today, I realized something very strange. Henceforth and forever to be known as 'The W Phenomenon"
I was out driving for a while on a special errand today - thinking about my sewing machines. They are all Singers and..
Four of the have a "W" name! Weird, isn't it?!!
There's my 2000 Singer Scholastic 6510 - 'Workhorse'. She's never had a ladies name and I've only ever called her my workhorse machine.
She's not pretty in a classic sewing machine sense, no fancy scroll-y bits of decals grace her white plastic casing. But she has powered through everything I have ever set under her needle! Most recently, handily handling the quilt on 'Fly Away Home'.
Next there is the 1949 Singer FW, I had repainted. She was named 'Wild Cherry', after the name of the paint color I chose for her makeover.
After her comes the 1956 LBOW (Light Beige, Oyster White) Singer 301a 'Wendy' gifted me from my friend P. She got the machine from a old high school friend named Wendy, who had inscribed her name in the side of the machine's base.
Finally, the last of the W's is the 1956 LBOW Singer 301a I found at the spring estate sale - a twin to Wendy.
|TWIN 1956 LBOW 301a's|
I finally had a chance to power up Walter and see how he ran & stitched.
At first, he was sticky or slow to start moving, though the stitching was fairly good. I lubed & oiled a bit more, un-threaded him and just let him run. The movement evened out as the bits warmed up. But in the end, he is still a wee bit heavy in the action of the hand wheel, especially as compared to Wendy, who, by the way got a much needed scrubbing today.
When I pick these two up, the plan is to drop off Wendy for a tuneup. I need to be ready for heavy quilting season - Winter is right around the corner. Oh, that's a good name for a sewing machine...'Winter'. Now to find a deal on a 1964 white FW to use that name on and continue the W Phenomenon!