Last evening after my walk I finally had a chance to play with the little SewMor “Featherweight” I picked up in Carrollton, KY.
Once I had wiped her down with a damp cloth to remove the dust and grime, she shined right up!
A few drops of oil here and there, a new belt, and I was ready to get into some deep cleaning and seeing if we could get her running.
I did some internet research ((You know what an amazing world we live in? RESEARCH used to mean months of hard work and inquiries, now we just type key words into google!)) and found out that this baby was likely made around 1952 in Japan.
Her body is aluminum, which means she only weights 10.5 lbs outside of her base. The base and case nearly double her weight though, giving her a total weight of 18 lbs. Still not bad ---A Singer 99 machine easily weighs DOUBLE that 18 lbs being made of cast iron instead of aluminum.
I can see why they nicknamed this girl a “Featherweight” also – It says so right on her machine bed and across the top arm of the machine.
The brass badge on her pillar lists her as a SewMore model 303.
Check out this retro-cool face plate!
Eww! Time to deep clean that bobbin area! Looks like someone last sewed something RED on her!
Found in the baby aisle at the local grocery!
This little tip is from Ana, I think – but my memory is not what it used to be. Still..these little brushes come in handy getting lint out of tiny areas!
Get in there and get it out!
Just be careful with the metal wire tip, you don’t want to scratch anything…..
Uhoh! SewMor, we have a problem!
Upon threading, I saw we had a tension spring issue. As in…BENT. TO. OBLIVION!
At this point I pulled out a Singer Spartan I have for parts..it looked the same…but it wasn’t. The end of the spring that goes into the hole was different…..I nearly gave up.
And then I looked over at my ginormous APQS Millennium long arm quilting machine – checked out the tension system – VOILA! It’s the same! And I always keep extra check springs on hand for that emergency ---We are back in business! Tension mechanism disassembled, new spring put in place, parts all reassembled, let’s sew!
I made this little video..I’m so proud of this little machine, all for $25.00 and a bit of elbow grease!
What a Zippy Girl!
I have a confession to make. I have no clue why I “MUST” rescue these machines. I just do. $25.00 could buy me this machine, or 2 yards of fabric. Of course this takes up more space than 2 yards of fabric, but I wouldn’t have any trouble justifying buying fabric I don’t “NEED” either. Maybe I’ll not only be remembered as that “Crazy Quilt Lady” but that “Crazy Sewing Machine Hoarder Lady” as well – but I don’t care. Fixing these things up and getting them to sew beautifully brings me joy.
And that’s all I need to know!
If I get a chance today, borders are going on this:
I Like ---and I think the baby will too!
Have a great Tuesday, Everyone!