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.
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. I am still trying to find the "before Pictures".
These are the "After Pictures".
I will continue to research this Singer machine and although I called it a "Zigzag", originally, Singer called it a
"Swing Needle" machine. The term "Zigzag" was coined at some point after it's introduction in 1937 but I don't know the details. The 206 was in a family of machines consisting of the 306 and the 319. I wish I knew more but I will continue to research this family of machines and post any new information.. This is the first "206" I have come across. Originally, singer used their industrial bobbin case for these machines but changed it sometime before the end of production in 1953. The 206k, which is the only machine in this class that I have experience with, appears to be a work-horse of a machine. I hope I just have a "Lemon" because I had a horrible time getting this baby going. First of all, these machines use the 206X13 needle.
Next, way too many issues. The needlebar was at the wrong height. The needle was hitting the hook. I finally realized that the needlebar holder "hinge screw" was missing. What?
( Needlebar holder lined up but hinge screw missing at top)
had one.(Great Guy) I really tried hard to fall in love with this machine. I finally got it sewing well with regular thread. The owner of this machine wants to use upholstry thread to sew horse blankets. I could not get it to sew consistently with the thick thread. It did show up with a new, aftermarket, bobbin case. I have no idea if it is the correct one for this machine.
Looks very similiar to a class 15 machine from this side except for the "Pfaff looking" zigzag width control.
It is hard to see from this picture but the needle swing bar controller is on the outside of the machine.
The motor, bobbin case and portable carrying case are all new to this machine. Someone had worked long and hard on this machine before I got it. I have now found out that some owners/techs are modifying these machines to work with the more traditional 15X1 needle. This causes additional problems. When you raise the needle bar to compensate for the longer needle, it throws the needle out of time with the hook, then when you advance the hook to compensate for this, it throws the hook out of time with the feed dog, which causes tension problems. Then, one must run the upper tension high to compensate for the loose stitches. Could this be the problem with the machine from the start? I couldn't get the owner to admit to anything.
This was an adventure and I do look forward to the next 206, 306, 319 Singer just for reference purposes.
Singer purchased he basic Pfaff #130 patent in the 1930's with the provision
that it not be completely identical, hense the needle situation, The same fiasco
occurred in 1956 when Singer was designing the #401 "Slant-O-Matic".. The
cam-stack was a patent purchased from Bernina, another mechanism from the
Italian firm Vigorelli and the Brother company was suing Singer. It's a wonder
the machine was ever produced. It was ready for Christmas 1957 ( It amazes me
when Ebay sellers tell prospective buyers it was made in 1951 )...