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Old 12-08-2011, 03:28 AM
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Doing okay today. Slept very late.



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I would suggest getting your machine oiled, also replace the needle everytime it starts jamming because it could be dull. Finally check your bobbin tension. My mom's machine was jamming and it turned out that I just needed to reset everything back to basic and change out the bobbin and needle. It's been fine ever since.
Yeah, I am always changing tension, never seem to find the right setting. I do need to remember to change needles, I know that they have to be sharp not to jam. But it's getting ridiculous.

My machine is a small portable (White brand) and once, about 20 years ago, a friend got me a job sewing a big curtain for a theater company. It was just a hem job, but it was a huge curtain so I brought my machine and worked on it on the floor. What the theater manager did not tell me is that he was still painting the backdrop on it while I was sewing. I needed the money at the time, so I continued but paint got into my machine and it's never been the same since. I think a general overhaul would do it some good, but sometimes I wonder if just buying a new machine would be a better solution. QVC sometimes sells machines for less than $200. I have no idea how much it would cost to fix this one.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:56 AM
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Doing okay today. Slept very late.



Yeah, I am always changing tension, never seem to find the right setting. I do need to remember to change needles, I know that they have to be sharp not to jam. But it's getting ridiculous.

My machine is a small portable (White brand) and once, about 20 years ago, a friend got me a job sewing a big curtain for a theater company. It was just a hem job, but it was a huge curtain so I brought my machine and worked on it on the floor. What the theater manager did not tell me is that he was still painting the backdrop on it while I was sewing. I needed the money at the time, so I continued but paint got into my machine and it's never been the same since. I think a general overhaul would do it some good, but sometimes I wonder if just buying a new machine would be a better solution. QVC sometimes sells machines for less than $200. I have no idea how much it would cost to fix this one.
I bought a new singer heavy duty sewing machine for $160 on amazon back in June. My first sewing machine was a white as well, one of the models that they now say doesn't exist. lol. I spent $108 to get the singer repaired because it can sew ANYTHING. My White was a piece of crap from the beginning, but my grandmother bought it for me when I was 12 and didn't give it to me for 7 years.

If you are doing just basic sewing, I'd recommend one of the Singer 2200 series. 25 year warranties rock!
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:01 AM
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If you are doing just basic sewing, I'd recommend one of the Singer 2200 series. 25 year warranties rock!
Yes, I do miss the Singer I learned on as a kid.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:31 AM
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I got my Grandma's Singer when she died. Had to take it even though I dont sew much. My oldest daughter taught herself how to sew on it and got some good use out of it. When my marriage broke up and we sold the house, I gave the machine to miss pixi and she loves it soooo much. It's a Singer 401A from the 50s. Totally rocks. She's gadgety, so she's been servicing it herself.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:56 AM
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I'm in pain. Not sure what i did to myself, but I've had sharp, needle like pains in my left knee randomly ever since I came back from my weekend in the woods. I think I hurt it dropping to a knee on a rock/stick or something.

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I got my Grandma's Singer when she died. Had to take it even though I dont sew much. My oldest daughter taught herself how to sew on it and got some good use out of it. When my marriage broke up and we sold the house, I gave the machine to miss pixi and she loves it soooo much. It's a Singer 401A from the 50s. Totally rocks. She's gadgety, so she's been servicing it herself.
I LOVE old sewing machines. They have all metal guts and thus can handle light leather sewing. Anything that lets me not have to sew by hand is a blessing.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:54 PM
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I'm in pain. Not sure what i did to myself, but I've had sharp, needle like pains in my left knee randomly ever since I came back from my weekend in the woods. I think I hurt it dropping to a knee on a rock/stick or something.
Hope you feel better soon!


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I LOVE old sewing machines. They have all metal guts and thus can handle light leather sewing. Anything that lets me not have to sew by hand is a blessing.
I love old anything. My new obsession is metal electric fans. I've got a small collection. I LOVE how repairable old appliances are!

I'm flying down to Florida today for 10 days to see my sister who is taking a nice vacation from her job so she doenst waste her vacation days. We will have lots of fun, but I will sure miss miss pixi and my new relationship friends back at home.

I am a lucky girl.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:29 PM
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I got my Grandma's Singer when she died. Had to take it even though I dont sew much. My oldest daughter taught herself how to sew on it and got some good use out of it. When my marriage broke up and we sold the house, I gave the machine to miss pixi and she loves it soooo much. It's a Singer 401A from the 50s. Totally rocks. She's gadgety, so she's been servicing it herself.
I actually have 3 sewing machines, the Singer which I bought last year, the crappy White my grandma bought me 18 years ago, and my grandmother's PFAFF 332 that my mom gave me when Gram passed away almost 3 years ago. The PFAFF is from the 50's as well, and has 2 dozen attachments I've never seen before that look like medieval torture devices, I have thus far only been able to find a book in .jpeg format, but the local singer shop is willing to show me how it works.

As for me today, I woke up with terrible back pain and it is laundry day so I am considering a long soak in a hot tub.
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:00 PM
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... I am considering a long soak in a hot tub.
That sounds wunnerful! I love taking baths (especially with bubbles!), but my bathroom is small and my tub is short and not very deep. Whenever I get in it, my legs are sticking out of the water and I stare into the litter box. Not exactly the effect I'm going for.


I am feeling pretty good today. Got some prepping done for my little tag sale. Inquired about some collectibles I want to get rid of, waiting to hear back from the experts. Sorted through lots of papers and have a pile to shred. Put some ads up online for furniture I'm selling and got some responses. Now it's time to just show me the money.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:11 PM
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Good to be home with my wife and my boy.

I'm a total atheist, but my wife had some church friends over, and I had an intense discussion with one of them ! I asked him if I could love 2 women, and his reaction was as expected - he we do all he could to get my wife to leave me if I tried that ! - oh it was sooo predictable I found it funny!
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:26 AM
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oh and then I asked "is it ok for people to have sex before married?"
him: "no"
Me: "because your book says so"
Him, without hesitation "yes!"


...and then the topic moved to same sex couples, and I started gathering more judgemental statements, when we were interrupted. it could have been interesting!
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