show off your sewing machine... wait what?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by jar944, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    I look at it like another tool. It makes noise and has bearings and uses oil for lubrication.
    Welder allows me to repair or customize metal
    Sewing machine allowes me to repair and customize material.
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  2. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I swear, it's real!

    I actually used it to make a map pocket with elastic straps that fits over my fuel tank. I used a clear report cover from Staples for the front window, and an old pair of black jeans for the material. It looks like what you might find on the top of a tank bag, but it sits flat on the tank.

    Something like this, but with bungees sewn on.

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  3. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    I like it HERB, well done.

    A couple guys that sew that are you tube sources are these guys:

    Alex Dyer



    and

    Jason of All Trades



    Both decent fellows.
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  4. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    When I first started horsing around with a couple old Singer machines, I pretty much just had one or two of the beer-can sized commercial spools of thread.
    I remember when I had just a spool of black and some grey, just two colors so I could keep track of upper and lower thread tension. I went a long way with just two colors and two spools.

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    Recently, I realized that I had accumulated several spools of the commercial style thread in various colors and such.
    I got tired of knocking them off my table or shelf, having to chase them like a cat across the floor when they would take a tumble. :baldy

    I had an idea in my head for a rack of sorts to keep them straight.
    I picked up a used bread board at a Goodwill store for a couple bucks and repurposed it.
    I drilled some 7/8 holes in it with a Forstner bit and cut up a bunch of 7/8 wooden dowel. A ride chum of mine has one of those new style fine-tipped wood burning pens, and he put some cave art on the board for me.

    A bit of gluing and some varnish and.....

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    It's about 20 X 14.

    I made a frame for the back of it to give it some mass, and mounted it to the wall from a TV monitor bracket from Amazon I got cheap and lagged it to the wall.
    End result, I have 16 spools loaded that I can reach without standing up. I can move it out of the way, fold it flat to the wall or re-direct it to accommodate my older machine to the left of this image.

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    Just a mid-winter project to keep from going stir-crazy when it's sub-zero outside. :-)
  5. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    The only thing that I can think of that would make that board more awesome, is if it also had some pegs next to the spools so you can match up the bobbin threads with their corresponding spool. Nice work.
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  6. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    Small peg on end of large peg for bobbin so they are together.
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  7. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    You guys have good ideas. I'm not going to patent the basic idea or anything... :lol3
    you guys feel free to run with this too. Easy Saturday project with some scraps.

    I like the bobbin holder ideas you guys have.
    Currently, I have them stacked up to 3 deep on rare=earth magnetic discs from ebay.
    I have them side by side on the arm of my thread stand and also here and there on top of the machine.

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    Again, one magnet like this will grip three bobbins stacked. But I like the idea of incorporating the bobbin storage onto the board like was suggested!

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  8. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    Ooh, black bobbins.
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  9. 9Realms

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    Makes for less chrome polishing on Saturdays and more riding.

    I mean sewing. (thread injection) :lol3
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  10. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    Ooh, black bobbins bam ba lam.....
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  11. thumpism

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  12. Gillus

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    Here's the CL find of the day:
    Juki LU 563 with table and accessories, bobbins, thread, foam, scraps and part rolls of upholstery fabric and a pile of it. From what the seller said the guy who had it was a tool (and stuff for his tools) hoarder, he was a hot rodder and had top shelf stuff to build those as a hobby. He was sick for a couple years then dies and the seller offered to sell them for his widow a year later. The guy that died didn't price anything, say what he wanted to do with it, nothing. I bought the Juki for $425 then he said there's a box full of thread and foam and fabric for another $50 so I gave him 5 hun for everything including the oil can. He was happy and said the widow will be happy, I sure am. It is all like new or looks that way.
    It has the clutch motor and runs like a Ninga on steroids so a servo motor or resprocket or throttle tamer of some may be in order. No manual so I will find something online, watch a few videos and then :scratch and :hmmmmm and figure it out.

    I did the same thing for a friends widow years ago (liquidating his stuff, try to sell a set of 48-52 cadillac hubcaps) so the pay it forward process must have come around. Lesson to learn here is if you have stuff, create a plan B or write down a list of it and what to do with it so the burden of getting rid of it doesn't fall on somebody else, it is not easy :deal.
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  13. TNWillie

    TNWillie Been here awhile

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    SCORE!!! Karma can be such a babe sometimes. ;)
  14. hotwheels22

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    singer 221 "featherlight" supplies help?:

    hi all,

    i've been mulling trying to find a proper leather-working machine and have studied the thread and taken notes in case i run across anything like Gillus just scored.

    anyway, i find myself with an old SINGER i scored for a couple bucks and a fabric touratech tank bag (free) that needs some proper repair (tear in one of the tank panniers). instead of immediately trying to flip it i thought i might try to get started with this tank pannier fix instead of fixing it by hand.

    anyone able or willing to help me get set up with what i need to get going? total noob to this but expect i will be remembering our formula 1 type clowning in home ec and viewing some youtube videos like the ones posted by 9Realms (thanks for the intel...). i guess i need help with what kind of thread to buy and i suppose any other tips?

    also, anyone able to tell me if i should expect to be able to sew any leather with this machine and if so what kind of thickness i should be considering?

    THANKS for any help,

    jon

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  15. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    You're going to need some bobbins of you don't have any. The old Singers use a different size bobbin then what is standardized today. The Singer 221, 222 and 301's use a skinner bobbin. You can usually find them at speciality shops or even eBay & Amazon. Places like Jo-Ann's won't carry them.

    I've bought mine here. https://shop.sew-classic.com/Bobbins-Class-221-301-Metal-10-pack-45785.htm

    https://singer-featherweight.com/
    https://singer-featherweight.com/blogs/schoolhouse/timeline-history-of-the-singer-featherweight
    https://singer-featherweight.com/blogs/schoolhouse/owners-handbook-servicing-manuals

    Basically, if you know how to run a sewing machine, they're all pretty much the same. The Lightweights were portable sewing machines so they're smaller than the non-lightweights. Should be nice once it's up and running.
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  16. 9Realms

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    Good score Jon, that's a nice machine. Jeff has some great advice for you there too.

    A good all purpose thread for that machine would be:

    "Coats" brand extra strong upholstery thread. It' affordable, a couple bucks a spool, comes in many colors. Understand you will be winding some onto a bobbin for the "inside" of your machine, and then you want a spool for the "upper" portion, so you might pick up a couple spools to start out, no fun running out in the middle of a project.

    Michaels, Joann Fabric and likely the sewing dept. at Wal Mart will have this, or Amazon, etc.

    http://www.michaels.com/coats-and-c...MI_Yq7ydax3AIVh8DACh0PmAAFEAQYAyABEgL9ufD_BwE


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    Figure out how your machine's NEEDLE comes out...... and bring it with you to the store-- have someone help you find a pack or two of extra needles that will work with the above thread. Lots of times the ladies at those places are good at setting you up. Tell them you want to learn how to sew and they will fall all over you.

    Many good tutorial videos on you tube for threading the machine, winding bobbins and putting in needles. Start with some scraps of something not too challenging, like the legs of some jeans, but fillet out/off all the heavy bits or spots where it's doubled-up for now, easier to get started and set things up on some flat, random denim but don't ask it to start plowing over thick-double hems and cuffs just yet....

    Good luck,

    Paul
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  18. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    I looked at them at great length and came close to getting one before I went a different direction (wanted something more robust, but spent twice the price) and bought a new larger Consew walking foot instead.

    This fellow has a video review of their most common walking foot machine, I have talked to him a couple times about the Sailrite and other machines. Jason is a good fellow, and still has the machine I believe he is holding in the video. You can message him and he will tell you how it's holding up a couple years later now.




    I do buy some general supplies from Sailrite. They are very fast to respond to questions, and if you ever bought a machine from them they are only a phone call away. They also host their own forum such as ours, and questions get answered fast, even about non-sailrite machines.

    Their basic walking foot machine without the zig-zag would be a good machine I think. I would skip the zig zag and put the hundred bucks into the heavier handwheel for it.

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    Also check out Sailrite's videos. :-)

    https://www.youtube.com/user/Sailrite1/videos

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    Fire Escape Long timer

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    I have been looking in the Sailrite direction as well. I have zero experience with anything bigger/better than my 30 year old Kenmore - which the salvage company threw out (or took home) when my house had a mold explosion. I am starting at the very beginning and my anticipated 'projects' are 'outdoor' stuff, some boat canvas, etc. I am curious about the recommendation to skip the 'zig-zag' option. Isn't it pretty much needed to make bar tacks?
    Thanks.

    Bruce
  20. jar944

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