Tuesday, June 13, 2017

National Sewing Machine Company. Early 1900's

There is so much information out there on the net that I don't think I have any thing to add. A recent customer shared this with me. It is taken from the first page of an early 1900's, owners manual from the National Sewing Machine Company. It is PRICELESS advice no matter what era you are living in.


The "Standard'' Rotary two-in-one machine, with which this Instruction Book goes is the most perfect machine that was ever made, and most complete in its accessories and attachments.
It should be thoroughly understood by the operator in order to get from it all the
advantages that it is capable of conferring, to know what it will do, and how it will do it, you must carefully study the instructions contained in this book from beginning to end.
By so doing you will find constant delight and surprise at the variety of work that can be accomplished, and at the simplicity  and perfection of the appliances that produce such wonderful results. This machine is like a mine which is full of richness for those who dig for it, but which is only a mountain of rock for those who carelessly walk over its surface. For those who treat it as they have been used to treating sewing machines of older types, it will be only a machine like thousands of others, doing plain sewing; but to those who study this book, and follow its teachings, the machine is a mine of delightful surprises. We will not follow this phase of the subject further than to say, study the instructions,  not  only for the management of the machine in ordinary lock stitch sewing, and in chain stitch sewing, but learn the use of the attachments, hemming, binding, felling, tucking, ruffling etc., until  each  part  becomes a friend to do your bidding.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Read and enjoy these words of wisdom from 1949

 
this may offend some people.....
 


Saturday, January 9, 2016


The only notable event of 2015 would be finding this old treadle machine that I converted to a hand crank.
 
1922 Model 66
 
 
I will be refinishing the 4 drawer table as weather permits.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Get your sewing machine cleaned regularly

This machine is now having some issues.
 
 
Way past cleaning. May be doing harm........

 
 
 
A look underneath the bobbin case and needle plate.
 
 
 
 
And look at the needle plate......
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Since I last spoke..........

       On December 10, 2012, I started a new job at Purdue University, working in the Operations and Maintenance division for the telecommunications division. This is a full time job but I was hired on a temporary basis for 1-year. I was lucky enough to have full benefits like a regular, permanent employee. I spent nearly the entire year installing wireless internet throughout the campus. Everything from academic buildings, dormitories and sports stadium venues, it has been quite an experience. Through the whole year, I continued to repair sewing machines. I had no guarantee I would be employed past my 1 year contract. I had no extra time for posting to this BLOG over the past year.

So here we are on December 11, 2013 and I have been hired on full time and moved to the Electronics shop. I will continue to work on sewing machines but will have limited time to post.
I have always tried to answer any questions that come up concerning posts from the past via e-mail.

Please contact me at dan-waz@mymetronet.net if you have any questions or comments.








Sunday, February 24, 2013

6000 Series Husqvarna Viking

Pre 1980 Viking Husqvarna. The 6000 series
 
 
6430 Pictured above
 
I have had the opportunity to work on several 6000 series Viking machines in the past year.

They are in a class of their own and do require some special handeling.
Every one that I have delt with has had a crack in the internal cam and needed to be replaced.
Other common problems are slugish operation, stuck in reverse and no zigzag.
Whatever Viking used for lubricant back then turned to glue over the years and needs to be completely cleaned and re-lubed. 
These machines are extremely popular to many seasoned sewers.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just another Singer Model 66 Treadle Restoration

Here is another project that I just finished. Nothing fancy, just another classic Singer Treadle machine. I just love these machines. I was able to do this in 2 weeks. This included a complete table refinishing. Not my favorite thing to do, but I love it when it's done!