I have Ila to thank for this wonderful machine. When she arrived, I had thought of getting her to work, but the poor thing had just lived a better life in a former era. Does that mean she is unloved? NOPE! Just look at how those decals are worn off until they are gone. Someone loved this machine greatly and used it to death.
See how the “ING” in SINGER is eroded away on her arm? A hefty case of tragic “PIN RASH” right there. At some point this machine had a rag wrapped around the arm to catch pins. Convenient, but deadly to decals!
Over the past couple years this machine has lovingly given up it’s take-up lever, ((AKA the "Uppy-Downy!")) the shuttle and bobbin that were in the machine when I got her, the little front access plate, the back access plate and numerous screws.
The remaining parts left to claim a place on a machine that needs fixing are the spoked balance wheel – which is slated to go to Gae, my 66 electric that gave up her motor and became a treadle head ----and…..
Today – my beloved parts machine gave up her tension assembly check spring!
That was the one thing that was missing on the new 127 ---I knew there was something not quite right….her check spring was broken!
It took some figuring out what to do. I unscrewed each little piece and laid them on the table in the same order that they came off the machine ---in this photo the adjustment nut, front spring and tension disks are already removed and the check spring is clearly visible.
At this point I was at a loss for how to get the spring out of there..it felt really stuck….and then I remembered something.
That long split bolt up the center of the check spring? THAT unscrews too and allows the check spring to be removed.
A DELICATE OPERATION!
The replacement check spring was bathed in WD-40, wiped down and cleaned with sewing machine oil and I was ready for the transplant.
I sat in front of Dinah with a bit of trepidation. What if I really screwed this up? I chased away all negative thoughts and did the same thing I had just done to the parts machine.
Off with the adjustment nut. Off with the front spring and the tension disks… the broken check spring was plainly visible at this point.
I carefully unscrewed the split bolt ----replaced the broken check spring with the donor one and worked in reverse order to get it all back in to place. Check spring held into place by split bolt, the disks and other items and finally the adjustment nut all into place….
Looking good so far!
Thread the machine!
By this time of course, the tension was completely out of whack….and I began little by little to adjust it and test by sewing --- adjust some more and sew another seam….tighten, loosen, little by little.
Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks? Fix a check spring? Completely dismantle and replace a tension assembly? Never say never!
I feel like Rosie the Riveter ---
“WE CAN DO IT!”
And I have the WD-40 smelling hands to prove it! That stuff does not stop stinking…LOL
Not such an exciting blog post, but this whole adventure really taught me something.
I think I’ll spend the rest of the night smiling!