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January 16 Photos of Fabric and Machines

This was an interesting couple of days. Yesterday was clean out and make space day and today was devoted to doing the dance of the sewing machines, all of which got new positions. I also dug waaaaay back in the stash closet to locate some "scraps" (I had no idea!) of 1930's left over from the old TO Block of the Month project. I just kept pulling fabric out, and out, and out. The thing that's neat is that I have a couple of upcoming projects for QuiltAlong for which I purchased new 1930's fabric. This stuff is old enough that there will probably be little or no duplication. I can go 1930's crazy! In additiona to which, behind the fabric I found a mysterious Singer case I didn't know was there. A white Featherweight. I truly have no memory of when or where I got it and didn't know I had it. Ann says I have too many sewing machines. What do you think?

(Update... while sending a link to this page I remembered where the FW came from... the 2013 River Rat TOGA. My memory isn't quite totally gone.)



Here is my 3/4 size treadle. Note that the coffin top is sitting on a separate board, not on the actual table top. The hole under the secondary board is quite large and I have boards that fit Singer 15, Singer 3/4, White and FR and National.

In today's manuevering, this treadle gained a very desireable postion, here on an open wall in the main shop area, as opposed to it's old spot in the laundry room.



These pieces are variously fat quarters, half yards, yards and in some cases enough yards for a back. They are piled three layers deep. I estimated it is between 40 and 50 yards of fabric, all left over from the old TO Block of the Month project.



A closer view.



These are half and whole yard pieces, also several layers deep.


And here's the Bernina that started all the trouble! The spot you're looking at, at the end of the 3 x 5 cutting table you can't see for the piled up stuff, is where the Brother needle feed was. It's now in the laundry room. This power stand is the one from the Pfaff 134, which I can readily take in and out since it is not an oil bath machine. I made a filler plate for the machine opening and can now set any other tailed machine or a hand crank up here and feed out to the table and I have a good treadle in the same room.


Gimbel's Sewing Machine Head

Here is the last of the recent crop of Japanese sewing machines I picked up, badged for Gimbels department store. I think this one is really neat. lf there is ever another colored sewing machine block exchange, this would surely be a candidate 8^)


Pine and Paragon Sewing Machine Heads


THis is the New Home Paragon head, actully a Janome product. Typical straight stitch Class 15 type head. I think it's rather attractive and plan to put it in a treadle.


This is the Pine machine shown in the damage pictures shown below on this page. It's also rather pretty in its design. Whether I can repair the mechanical damage reamins to be seen. The enamel damage is permanent for sure.


Sewing Machine Damage


These pictures show the machine and damage layer by layer as I unpacked.


First visible pieces after removal of cardboard box top. We knew the damage was going to be bad as soon as we got the box (left on our porch) because everything inside rattled around and you could feel the heavy bamchine shifting with every box movement.


'Packing consisted of a piece of bubble wrap stuffed into the space under the arm and a couple of pieces of curshable cardboard simiular to egg carton on the sides. The machine had crushed these.


Smashed up wood pieces of the case. At the top is one of the cardboard pieces all crushed up.


More smashed up cae pieces.



smashed over spool pin.


these case pieces and the foot control, being metal and/or having metal fastenings, are undoubtedly what dinged up the enamel finish.





Thread guide twisted and bent up and out of its grrove. Tremendous force required to do this.


Bobbin winder mechanism bsent out of alignmend. The base on which it is mounted is broken as well. Not an available part for this model.


Motor mount bent.


Chips in enamel bed surface. I couldn't get the light right to show all of these. They are actually much worse than it looks here,deeper and more extensive.. These would catch threads and pins in sewing. Tjey showed up much more clearly on the original full size photo but I had to reduce the size to be able to put it on the page .




New 15-J




Model Plate "15J" Serial #: JD161315

As best I can reseaarch, manufacture in 1954 in the St. John's factory in Quebec, Canada

I have never run into one of these before. As far as I can tell it appears to be a standard 15-88.



Here it is cleaned up



Belt groove is shiny enamel... not a sign of belt wear


Paint on pedal is unscuffed.


Dust bunnies swept out of cabinet


Rubber band used to keep hinge fingers up for putting the head back in the cabinet. Note the thick dust on the oil catch tray.


Of course, I had to equip its drawers, even found some nice old wood handled screwdrivers for it. The original manual was in the drawer and is a regular 15-88 manual.





Rectangle Island Quilt







Star of Treadleonia Displayed in Pastor's Office



Finished Floating Blocks or Shadow Quilt

This is the quilt I just finished.

It started as a treadle quilt, but my foot/ankle just wasn't up to it, so 1/3 of the piecing was done on the treadle, 1/3 on a needle feed Brother and the rest on a Pfaff 134. The quilting will be done on the Pfaff 134.


Mockery is a Rokkaku kite I built nearly 20 years ago. It was very large, 12 1/2' x 7 1/2'. I found that I was no longer able to handle a kite that size, so cut the skin down to 6' x 5'. Here is a pic of the kite aloft.

This shot was telephotoed in from about 200'. The grey sky is almost like a studio backdrop!

Current Sewing and Light Woodworking Shop


Sewing Side 1

Here you see a Brother industrial needle feed machine which is specifically for handling slick kite material and for the quilting phase of making quilts. The work table/feedout is 3' x 5' and consists of 1/4" masonite over 3/4" plywood. All nylon cutting is done on the masonite by heat knife. When the masonite gets too marked up, probably about after a year, I'll unbolt it and turn it around. After both sides are gone, simply replace the masonite. I think I'm going to be able to put my 12 drawer rack of treadle drawers between the dresser and the treadle by nudging the dresser over to the left a bit.


Sewing Side 2

As you can see from the previous pic, this spot held a nice treadle. However, since my ankle/foot will no longer stand up to steady treadling, I decided to improve the overall sewing situation by locating one of my favorite big machines here after upgrading it substantiall. The machine is a 1970's Pfaff 134 straight stitch industrial. I found it in a chicken coop (!) roughly 20 years ago and used it for many years in an industrial treadle. I bought it a new stand and a DC servo motor and it is one of the smoothest sewing machines I've ever used... great for quilt piecing.

Three early vintage Singer 28 hand cranks are on top of dresser, which contains tons of sewing and quilting patterns and supplies.



Tool Side 1 - Drill Press and Tool Storage Area (Corner of incredibly messy workbench will not be shown in full :^)


Tool Side 2 - Roll around work table, table saw and lathe. Note: there is an alcove directly opposite this, behind the big Brother sewing machine, where a bandsaw and belt sander are hiding out. A drum sander and jig saw are stashed in the furnace room, so I still have a lot of woodworking capability.




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