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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It is done and running strong!

   I need a drumroll. Finally, the 201 I bought in tattered wiring condition and filthy, is actually sewing. I could clean and polish, but it took a friend to do the wiring in the motor. It even took an entire day for me to finally hook it up and run. My husband said electrical stuff it like that. Sometimes it just has be the right time to fire. Today, I sewed with it. At first it was great gobs of loopy thread underneath. I took off the the tension knob and re-cleaned and re-oiled, re-assembled. I found some vintage bobbins, the new ones don't work. I had to hold down the bobbin winder, but it did the job. The bottom case is all finished also, looks terrific with the machine.


Ensconced in the sewing room

  Since this machine took a long time to find, to clean, to get wires right, I thought the first thing to sew were some blocks that Missy Shay requested for a prayer quilt she is making a friend. I had the right color scraps and was able to sew 8 of them, the stitching close to flawless, still need some tweaking. I had to oil a few moving parts again, but soon it was just humming. The 201 is such a stately machine. I still love the 301s, I feel I know them. Love the slant needle, metal gears, no belts.
Red and white Rail Fence Blocks courtesy of the 201

8 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hey Linda. Very Sweet looking machine. Just be sure that the BW is not engaged when you sew. I see that it is engaged in the photo. Less strain on the motor. Yeah, I have a vested interest in that motor! HAH !

Dre_in_PA said...

You may find with spools that are taller than the spool pin that excessive wobble will affect the stitch quality. Extend the spool pin with a drinking straw to correct this. Congrats on the rebirth of your new baby!

Linda Swanekamp said...

I was trying to see if I could get the bobbin winder to engage, but it won't sit against the handwheel unless I hold it there. So, no drag on the robust motor.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Have to steal a straw from my grandson. I knew I bought new felts, but haven't been able to find them. Next on the list is to redo the numbers like you said.

Peg said...

Glad to see your gentleman 201 up and running (I assign gender to certain models).

So far I've only used original 66 bobbins on my 201 machine, but since I'll be working more + several 66's and 99's, was planning on ordering many new metal bobbins. To all of you with more experience - will the new ones be a waste of my money?

Linda Swanekamp said...

I guess the ones that Jenny at Sew-Classic sells are ok. I don't know where I got mine, but they don't fit. Glad I had bought a lot of vintage ones on ebay a while back. They also fit in my 401.

Missy Shay said...

Cindy Peters from stitchesintime@earthlink.net sells the bobbins that work good in vintage machines, just shoot her an email letting her know what you need.

Missy Shay said...

Thank you for the blocks, I got them today! Thank you for including your blog info so I could find you too. Have you thought of adding Bloglovin' as a way for people to follow you?