This is the side view of my turquoise and white 1950s “Best Built” machine.
The body style and side tensioner mechanism is based on the Singer 15 machine, and this line up works GREAT when sewing from a spool of thread placed upon a spool pin…
But if sewing from a cone of thread and using a cone stand to raise the thread above the machine it can cause a bit of thread feeding issues.
Some class 15 machines only have a u-shaped notch in the faceplate where the thread goes from spool to notch and down to the tensioner – at least in this case I have that chrome eyelet you can see here in the photo.
Still, the thread likes to jump and I needed a bit more control.
An empty bobbin to the rescue:
On a gifted spool pin doily no less!
The thread is coming off of the cone you see behind the machine, and before heading over to the chrome eyelet on the side of the machine, I simply ran it through a hole in a spare class 15 bobbin to help direct the thread where it needs to go.
Issue solved! The thread now feeds in line with where it would, as if it were coming off of a spool on the spool pin in the first place.
And yes, I’m sewing!
I pulled this out a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been laying on my studio floor – it is OH SO GREEN. I’ve decided to treat this quilt like a medallion. I’m going to piece 4 blocks with pink centers as shown above, then I’ll do a round of another color, etc – finally ending up with the green blocks around the outside edge of the quilt to tone it down. I think it will be better. This is just too….ummmmm….GREEN. Which is likely why it became a UFO in the first place!
I’ll be working on this during Quilt-Cam tomorrow night, 9pm Easter! You are going to be here, aren’t you?
See you then!