I have never used one with this kind of tensioner before –called a “leaf” tensioner ---but because ALL the parts were there, and the booth was having a sale marked 10% off on EVERYTHING this little beauty came home with me for a whopping $67.50. I couldn’t leave it there for $67.50, could YOU!?
The “badge” says New National….but if you look at the machine bed you will find a gorgeous decal of a greyhound sporting the words “New Home”.
This is a New Home machine!
I dated the serial number and found this machine to be made in 1925. I would have guessed it to be older, so remember looks can be decieving!
When I first spotted it and gave it a quick assessment, I found that it moved pretty well, although quite sticky after who knows how many years of un-use, and very importantly ---all parts were there. Often on these top-tension machines, the metal tension plate will be gone, unscrewed by some un-knowing person and lost ----and the shuttle and bobbin were in place. Miracles!
I felt that even though I am unfamiliar with how the threading of this beauty would work, that with some help from my vintage machine friends, we could get this sweet thing up and running.
She’s got class, she’s got style!
And pink thread to show how the threading goes…
In the words of the manual I was able to print off:
Threading the Machine and Needle:
Put the spool of thread upon the spool pin, then with the left hand catch the thread in the slot and draw up between the spring and cap toward the needle bar.Then under the spring eyelet and up through the slot in the needle bar down back of the staple—
then with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, catch the thread in the center of the staple and draw toward you around the hook of the take up, then down through the eye of the needle from left to right, leaving about four inches of thread free.
((Is this not the weirdest threading set up you’ve ever seen?!))
I have no idea how old the thread on the bobbin was. OLD. And navy blue or black. The shuttle had way too much tension on the thread, so I had to monkey with the screw on the shuttle a bit ….lefty loosey, righty tighty…..and also with the tension on that top leaf tensioner to get things balanced.
On any machine, I always start out with two different colors of thread…one top, one bottom – so I can TELL what is really going on with the tension.
Also – this needle is VERY VERY dull! It’s the one that came with the machine. I had tried swapping out for a “regular” new needle, but it won’t pick up bobbin thread – the needles are just that much different between the old new homes and new "standard" needles, so back in went the dull needle. I’ll have to order some.
Here the tension is prefectly balanced. What you see as “black spots” is actually just showing through the holes the needle made…the threads are locked between the layers of cloth and I can not feel “bumps” on either side of the work.
We really CAN learn something new every day!
And you have to read the paragraph that was at the front of the manual…..
“We cannot urge you too strongly to read this booklet carefully.
Do not attempt to run the machine until you have followed thoroughly all of the directions for winding the bobbin, threading the shuttle, etc, so that you are certain that the machine is properly threaded for sewing.
Remember that a little time given to the study of instructions before commencing to use the machine will be found to be of great advantage. Anyone can learn to use this machine. It is simple in construction and requires so little change for any kind of work that its operation can easily be understood.
Attention to the instructions and a little practice will enable anyone to successfully use the machine. Do not attempt to use the attachments until you can manage the machine with ease on plain sewing. If at any time the machine fails to do its work promptly refer to the instruction book.”
Have a great Saturday everyone --- oh, don’t forget the Saturday Yardsale going on over at Coloradolady! I was going to list some things, but we are out on an adventure today up into the blue ridge --- gonna go tromp through the snow!