…even if I can’t say it sews as pretty as a song just yet! After a week of cleaning, reading and fiddling, my Singer sewing machine is looking pretty good:
A couple years ago a relative pieced together and refinished this beauty, and I’m just now diving into how to keep a treadle machine in working order. At this point I’ve got more questions than answers, but I figure starting a master post and then linking to everything useful I find will be helpful for future reference and other people just starting out with an older sewing machine. If you have additional resources or advice, feel free to drop a line in the comments!
- How do I wind thread on the bobbin?
- When I unscrew the ‘brake’ knob as if to wind the bobbin, the needle still moves. Whyyyyyyyyyy?
- How do I clean old oil out of the innards of the body of the machine?
- How do I thread this effing bobbin holder.
- Adjusting thread tension: how, when, why. Will I be doing this on test swatches for every project sewn?
- Where do I put my feet on the treadle?
- Why does my treadle have a ridge at the front if a common treadling method is to have one foot further away and the other closer with a heel on the ground?
- Methods for taking care of the leather belt
- Does the leather belt always stay on the wheel or do you take it off/loosen it like the bow on a violin?
- When I use the treadle it feels like it gains momentum and overbalances (not going backwards though). Is it supposed to feel like that?
- What are all these attachments?
- How do I use each attachment? I really wanna learn do make a button hole using an attachment!