Sewing Machines

The following are some notes on the three sewing machines I own.

The White

I have a White "rotary" sewing machine, with serial number 43-215003 I sewed with it for years, but always had trouble with the upper tension mechanism. I disassembled it myself and was confused by what I found inside. Then I took it to a shop - told him what I had done, he confirmed that the whole thing had been assembled wrong by some nimrod before I got my hands on it. He replaced a spring that was bent and put one part on the proper shaft, and now things seem much better. He recommended storing it with some kind of wedge to keep pressure off of the rubber motor drive wheel (else it will get a flat spot), and suggested a "tree" to handle the big spool of heavy thread I intend to use. You can learn a lot from a good repair guy if you show an interest in listening and they have time (in some shops they are in a back room and you won't get past the sales person at the front desk). He thinks highly of the Pfaff 1222 (but the one he has rebuilt he wants to sell for $450, which is out of my price range).

The Elna

I also have an Elna "super" (Model 62C) that is a classic manual zig-zag machine. I bought this in July of 2009. When purchasing it, I asked the guy at the shop why people spend the big money on fancy new machines if this one is so powerful and will last me forever. He said: "Simple: TV". People should watch TV for entertainment, not to get facts to base decisions on. I thought this was very much solid advice and will continue to do business with this fellow.

The Featherweight

I also have a Singer model 221-1, which is what is called a "featherweight". It has almost a cult following, although some say although it is not the very best machine Singer ever made. It is very good and extremely popular among quilters.
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