She’s been a long term project --- I adopted her from Carol in Altoona a few years ago….and little by little I am getting her up and running.
I ordered new cords and foot pedal. I ordered a new oil pan for her bottom.
I have cannibalized parts from other machines including my demolished fuscia featherweight to get her up and going.
All I know about Betty’s history is that she was rescued from beneath a blue tarp at the flea market after spending who knows how many winters out in the cold and wet. And if there were winters, there were summers and falls and springs…and poor Betty was in the junk pile just waiting like a lost little puppy. Who would want her? Her paint is chipping up off of her base clear down the the aluminum.
You can see her clear coat is partly worn away and cloudy ---was this from the weather exposure, or was she just ridden hard when she WAS loved?
A couple weeks ago I thought I could finally get in there and get her running….but she had a check spring issue. Allison to the rescue! She just “happened” to have spare tension assembly parts on hand and when I returned from the cabin, a small box with goodies was waiting for me.
Could this be the day we get to test Betty’s stitches?
This was the check spring that was on her….too small, and NO SPRING!
See the difference between the two? I’m wondering if her original spring broke and someone just re-bent it and tried to make due with it? Or maybe..it’s simply a spring for the wrong machine.
I set up to sew!
She makes a BEAUTIFUL stitch! This is the bobbin side….I like to test with contrasting thread, one color on top, one color in the bobbin so I can tell which thread needs adjusting.
Uhoh, Betty, We Have A Problem!!
First off, pardon how gross these photos are….I’m still working on getting her rust off and cleaned up – it’s a process…but I wanted to see if the tension was fixed. Though she sewed fine for a while…when I really got her going, the thread would break. On closer inspection…I have a broken thread guide….so the thread isn’t directed where it needs to go from the right side of the needle…..
I took a look at my mocha long bed 301, Edie --
Edie’s Thread Guide ---
With a bit of effort and a bit of WD-40 to loosen that tiny set screw…I have the broken parts out...
Looks like sewing with Ugly Betty for Quilt-Cam tonight won’t happen….but since we’ve got Edie out – looks like she will fit the bill!
In the mean time ---another email is going out to my friend to see if perhaps, just by chance, she has one of these too?
Better Luck Next Time, Betty!
I’ve got a crazy day of running around ahead of me today. I have a massage appointment – so I’m not in knots when driving to Pennsylvania on Thursday. I’m getting my hair trimmed, my eyebrows waxed ((OH! CATERPILLARS!)) And my van, Shamu really REALLY needs a bath inside and out. I love to travel in a clean car….
And I’m dropping a bunch of goodies off at Karen’s house for the goodie bags for Collaboration Celebration that is happening in just about THREE WEEKS! I am so excited I can barely contain myself. Currently we have over 40 quilters traveling from all over the USA, from as far away as Canada – I can’t wait to meet you all, we are going to have a ball!
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