He started getting hard looking & has buried himself in the dirt. That brown thing is his little cousin ;)
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I've been nursing 4 uninspired tomato plants for a few months now & am finally seeing the fruit of my labors, hehe. I may get a tomato or two about September.
Plus about seven of his brothers but I threw them in the trash can.
So I'm thinking it'll be fun to keep one 'til he mutates; 4 plants should feed one caterpillar easily enough, right?
Well, look at this joker now!
But he has a 5 day reprieve, I'm taking him with me to my cousin's house for a visit, she's got lotsa garden.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Here you go, proof that I DID get them both back together and running, haha.
Singer Model 99-13
Made in Clydebank, Scotland, UK
Singer Model 66 Treadle
made in New Jersey, USA
Please ignore my outfit, that's my hot weather uniform :D
Friday, July 12, 2013
I've been really itchin' to try sewing with the new (to me) treadle machine even tho I haven't started cleaning it yet.
I did oil the big wheel under the cabinet (no more squeaking!!) and I've been practicing pumping the foot thingy a bit trying to get the hang of it
So tonight I finally got the new belt on (after hammering 4 holes thru the rolling round leather strip, grrrr)
And I've learned a few things. First, it's hard to keep the wheel rolling in the right direction!
Second, if u let the wheel turn backwards it screws up your thread.
Third, if u use your hand on the balance wheel in an attempt to keep it rolling the proper direction, make sure you don't poke your finger thru the spokes and get it caught between a spoke and the bobbin winder.
And finally, it's probably not realistic to expect a perfect stitch from a machine this age before u show it a little love with the wd40 & some machine oil
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The tension assembly's job is to apply an adjustable amount of tension to the top thread. After sewing a few patches I realized it wasn't releasing the tension when I raised the presser foot.
So I took it apart & here are all the pieces. The technical names for them (from left to right) are thumb screw, spring, little cone, tension plate 1&2, screw rod thingy, Thread guide spring dealy-bob, and pin. (If that pin looks a little like a straight pin with the pointy bit cut off, you have a sharp eye)
The thread passes between the two plates (beside my thumb) which are pressed together by the spring below themWhen the presser foot is raised it activates a pin (seen above at my fingertip) which pushes the tab on this little cone
And pushes the spring off the plate & releasing the tension on the thread
This bit was kinda scary to take apart.
Ewww, look at that cruddy old wheel!
Monday, July 8, 2013
Now that the snake is done, I get to spend my time working on this little beauty! It's 3/4 size
I know they're a dime a dozen but I just love 'em!
Check out the beautiful bentwood case