Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday Shopping Adventure

This week I'm going to introduce you to two new sewing machines I purchased from Craigslist.  My sister wanted to learn how to sew but did not have a machine. Of course, being the good sister that I am, I just had to help her out by getting her a machine of her very own.   The first the first one I purchased was a green colored machine made by White.  It came in a suitcase like carrying case and was perfectly operational. It's only needed to be cleaned up and the foot pedal wiring recovered with shrink tubing as it there were a few spots that were a bit worn.

It turns out my sister is very finicky about color and really does not like the color green (I found this out AFTER buying the machine).  Fortunately,  I only spent $25 dollars on the green one.  Now I was on the hunt for a blue machine, since that is her favorite color.  I was quite fortunate to find one that same day and it also was made by White.  The blue lady also worked wonderfully and had a zig-zag function.  After a bit of cleaning up and a fresh bobbin tire, she was as good as new. 

So, at the end of this little adventure, my sister and I both had a sewing machine - mine green and hers blue.  Not bad for Saturday afternoon, don't you think?  Here are some pictures of our new acquisitions for you to enjoy.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Needle Bar Reassembly

Below is a picture of all the parts I’ll need for today’s project – reassembly of the needle bar.


I needed to refer to my previous posts and Needle bar removal Part 1 and Needle bar removal Part 2 to refresh my memory and give me an idea of where to start since the Assembly Manual was a bit lacking.  The first step I took was to re-install the “bar hook”.  The tricky part here was knowing how tight to tighten the screw.  If you go too tight the bar won’t move.  I’m not sure, but I suspect it’s supposed to move because it has a spring attached. 


Next. I turned the wheel stub to bring the needle bar connecting stud to its lowest position.  100_1570

Then oiled needle bar and placed it in Mrs. Rusty with the flat part of the top of the bar (see photo below) toward the arm of the machine.  Inserted the set screw and tightened it.  The assembly manual states to adjust for correct height, but that can’t be done until the bobbin assembly is in place.


I then placed the thread guard into the clamp body. 


Then placed the clamp body onto end of needle bar. It will let you push it up less than an inch so you don’t have to worry about going too far up the bar.  The clamp position screw is attached last.


Last, the needle bar plug was replaced.  It didn’t slide in nicely, so I had to use my rubber mallet to gently coerce it into position.


I had a few parts left over, but those likely are part of the presser bar, which I’ll do next time.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Feed Rock Shaft (FRS) Reassembly

This segment covers the reassembly of the Feed Rock Shaft, or FRS as I like to call it.  The forked arm at the end of the shaft is what lifts and lowers the feed dogs (once they are installed).


There is a protruding nub on the FLRS (see previous post).  This is what the fork goes around to do its job.  The photos below attempt to demonstrate this.



The screw at this end of the rod (left side of the FRS) is used to adjust the position of the feed dog Centrally in the feed dog slots in the throat plate. I’ll have to fine tune this later when the feed dogs have been installed.


The screw at this end of the rod (right side of the FRS) is used to adjust the position of the feed dog lengthwise in the feed dog slots in the throat plate.  Again, this will be adjusted later when the feed dogs have been installed.


As you can see, the reinstallation of the FRS is pretty straight forward.  I suspect the fine tuning later on will be the challenge.  Below is a photo of both the FRS and FLRS installed on the rust-free Mrs. Rusty.


Next time I’ll tackle reassembly of the needle bar.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Feed Lifting Rock Shaft (FLRS) Reassembly

Hello everyone.  I sincerely apologize for my overly extended absence.  I could go into the details as to why, but that would be boring.  Instead we’ll just jump right into the reassembly of Ms. Rusty!

We left off last time installing the Connecting Rods.  The next step I tackled was the Feed Lifting Rock Shaft, or FLRS as I affectionately call it.  The next two photos show all the pieces/parts needed to install the FLRS.

All the individual parts  100_1309

Parts laid out in approximately correct location when assembled. It took me a bit to figure this out as I’ve been away from Ms. Rusty for so long!100_1310

The first step is putting one half of the feed dog raising mechanism on the left end of the shaft as shown below – be sure to put it on facing the right way (screw toward the inside of the machine)100_1311

The mechanism at the right end of the FRLS (Feed Lifting Rock Shaft) is used to raise or lower the feed dogs.  The pictures below show the position of the second half (front/left half) )when the feed dogs are raised and lowered.  Honestly, I’m not sure which one is represents raised or lowered.  I could make an educated guess, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out after the feed dogs are installed.  The screws will also have to be adjusted a bit after the feed dogs are in to make sure they are at the correct height for sewing.

View from left  100_1315100_1318

View from right 100_1317100_1319

At this point the rod is ready to put into the base of the machine. Lay the machine on its side with the bottom facing you and the balance wheel end to the right.  The FLRS attaches to the top legs in the base. Put the two “pointy” screws partially into the legs on the machine base on both the right and left side.  The photo below shows a “pointy” screw in the right leg of the base.


Place the FLRS bar between the screws and tighten a bit.  You don’t want the bar too tight, just enough to hold it, as you need some room so you can attach it to the connecting rod. Attach the end of the feed connecting rod (installed here) to the FLRS via the taper hole.  The connecting rod should be towards the balance wheel and the nut towards the bobbin area (see photo below).  100_1322

Tighten or adjust the end nuts and taper nuts as needed so when the balance wheel is turned by hand the connecting rod doesn’t bind or drag, nor have too much play.  It isn’t too hard to do this.  It’s pretty obvious that you need to move/adjust the FLRS one way or the other if you can’t even get the connecting rod to butt up against the taper hole.  This is what happened to me on my first try.  Once I had things lined up right, everything just slid into place.  After that, only minor adjustments were needed to make it rotate smoothly.  It seemed to me that if it didn’t feel/look right, it probably wasn’t right. 

Here is a photo of the bottom side of Ms. Rusty with the FLRS fully installed.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Connecting Rods Assembly–Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Connecting Rod Saga.  Fortunately, installation of the second connecting rod was much easier than the first one.  The photo below shows the connecting rod with the end cap connected and the screws attached. 


The end cap must be removed to put it onto the horizontal arm shaft.  At the top of the cap is an oil wick, which in Ms. Rusty’s case was all dried up and looked like a piece of lint stuck in the top hole.  I applied quite a bit of sewing machine oil to the wick to moisten it and “fluff” it up.  The photo below shows the cap as viewed from above so you can see the oil wick.