No . . not those singers! These Singers!
I love these old workhorses for so many reasons. The stitches are so perfect, no matter what thread, no matter how thick or thin the pieces I’m sewing through . . they are just my favorite machines. The main thing I like about these is that there’s nothing Vince can’t fix. Truth is . . Vince can fix almost everything that goes wrong in my little world but he cannot (nor would I let him try) fix my Berninas.
Many years ago, one of my Featherweights was very slow . . just crept along. I took in to the old Singer guy in town and it took him about 5 minutes to clean out a bunch of built up grease that had hardened inside the machine. He didn’t even charge me for fixing it.
A week or so ago, I noticed the 301 I was using seemed slow. I would start sewing in the mornings sometimes before the room was heated up and the machine just seemed to get slower and slower so I asked Vince if he would see if it wasn’t full of grease that was getting hard when it sat up overnight in this cold weather. Yes, that was it. Five minutes later he brought her back to me and she was zipping right along, as expected.
Hey, Vince . . while you’re at it . . This is my favorite quarter inch foot for the 301.
It has the knife edge and the 1/4″ is perfect with this foot and this machine. But, where it screws onto the machine, it’s metal against metal and without exaggeration, I was having that foot fall off probably 10 or more times per day. I had come up with all kinds of ideas as to how to solve this and had not ruled out gluing the foot onto the machine.
This foot is my second choice quarter inch foot and since it’s plastic at the top, I was able to screw it on tightly and it never fell off so I had resorted to using it.
Vince looked at the foot, looked at how it attached to the machine, and put something . . either tape or white “goop” on the first foot and it works perfectly! I’ve used it for a couple of weeks now and it hasn’t fallen off once.
You can see the little bit of white around where the screw attaches the foot to the machine. I knew there was a simple fix. Husbands can be so useful . . sometimes.