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While completing the projects on my Christmas list, I found that my vintage machines needed some maintenance. Nothing too significant, but just a little TLC.
When I was doing some FMQ (free motion quilting) on one of my Singer 301s, I noticed the original pedal that I had rewired was getting way too hot. Initially I thought the pedal was going bad and ordered a new one. Well, I was flat out wrong! :)
The new pedal did the same thing!
Jeanie at vintagesewingparts.com taught me that the original style of pedal gets cooler, the faster the machine goes. Well, you typically go a little slower when you FMQ, so no wonder both pedals got too hot! I ordered an electronic pedal and tried it out this past week and whola! No heat! Its wonderful!
I also noticed that the little rubber feet on the bottom of both of my 301s and my featherweight needed to be replaced so I ordered those from Jeanie too. Not a big deal, but over time the original rubber feet get hard, crack or gum up and can make the machine rock when you're sewing.
All you need is a flat head screwdriver and a little muscle to remove the old feet. If they're really stuck or gummed up, you may have to pry them out after you remove the screw.
Be sure the well is free of any rubber residue before you screw in the new foot. You can usually scrape it out with a smaller flat head screw driver and some patience. :)
I finished up my maintenance by oiling and lubing all 3 of the machines and cleaning out all of the lint that seems to accumulate so quickly!
Many modern machines do not require oiling or lubing, but they still need to be maintained. Are you having issues with your stitch quality? How often do you clean your machine? If there is a bunch of lint built up in your hook race (where the bobbin goes) or in your feed dogs, it can really mess up your pretty stitches. So pull out your lint brush and try it! You will be doing yourself and your machine a favor!
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