Thursday, January 16, 2014

What Brand is This Machine?

So my nurse was given this vintage machine by someone who was going to throw it away, but she doesn't sew, so she brought it to work so we could figure it out together. There's no brand name on it!


The handwheel is partially obstructed by this weird metal thing that actually holds the motor to the machine.


After getting rid of the original thread and playing with the stitch and tension settings, we got it to sew a reasonable seam, but then it kept breaking the upper thread and not catching the bobbin, so she's taking it in for a tune-up. Any ideas on it?


Oh, and this is how I styled my sweater for dinner the other night, but Drew told me that the sleeves were "big" and weird, so I didn't wear it to work today as planned.


And here's where I am on the dress. The new beads arrived last night from Alabama Chanin, and my arthritic, far-sighted mother has agreed to help me bead the rest of the dress - DOH! (She's verklempt right now - "See if I help HER bead that ridiculous dress!") Of course I'm just kidding, can you imagine volunteering to help somebody bead something so hard to see and you're not even going to wear it? I'm filling out her nomination paperwork for sainthood tonight.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'll be in town over the weekend and I'll bead a section for you.

Robie

Anonymous said...

Of course, I misspelled my own name, you might not want me to touch it.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Yes, I'm a freak about quality control. I'll have to see a sample of your work please. ;)

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Oh, the devastation - the beads don't fit on ANY of my needles!! I'll try to get an embroidery needle like Bianca used tomorrow. I drink wine now.

Pam said...

Oh the sweater looks great! And, I must admit I don't have any idea about the sewing machine! Sorry about the beads -- hang in there:)

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Pam. I found one tiny bitty needle that feels like it's going to break, but I just bought some embroidery needles to try....fingers crossed!

Sheila said...

Sorry I am clueless about vintage sewing machines. You did a great job on your sweater and doing a phenomenal job on your dress.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Sheila!

Bianca S said...

Did the embroidery needles work? I am on pins and needles with wanting to know! (How awful was that?! Bah!) The dress is coming along nicely. Do you want some help? You can send me a panel, my quality control number 15.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Bahahahaha! It's in the mail! Seriously, the embroidery needles didn't work either - I was stunned. And this tiny needle catches every time the eye hits the fabric and I have to yank it through. What a pain...but I'm persevering.

Bianca S said...

I asked about needles over on Craftsy. Here is what Nixxi has to say about some needles she really likes. "Coudre Mode told me about some hand sewing needles for beading - I ordered them and they do work. They are size 9 Japanese needles and I got them from Susan Khalje's website but I have also seen them for sale on Etsy. Difficult to thread with the button craft thread but doable and they go through beads easily."
I almost bought them before figuring out what worked for my beads. It is so discouraging to get slowed down by something like this; maybe you want to try those.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Ooh, I may look into those! If I get some speed on this tiny needle it goes through better - it's funny to think of building up speed on a 3/4" long needle...thanks for the tip!