Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Treadling on Tuesday

After getting my Singer treadle sewing machine back from the spa (repair shop for cleaning, oiling and maintenance) I realized that I needed to tighten up the belt. I hadn't done that since I installed a new one a year and a half ago.
I just opened the staple, cut about a 1/4" off one end of the belt, poked a new hole in the belt and reconnected the staple. It wasn't difficult to do, but did take longer than I expected because I don't have the proper tools. However, I made do with what I had and stuck with it, and was delighted to be successful!


The new belt made it easier to wind the bobbin, and it was going along well until I came to a knot in the thread. Can you see that knot where the seam ripper is pointing??!! That will not go through the vibrating shuttle bobbin at all, so I had to cut it at the knot.
But I had wound enough thread on the bobbin to get back to piecing some scraps....ahhhh... so fun!

11 comments:

  1. I have an old treadle machine...I really need to figure out how to use it one of these days. :0)

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  2. Enjoy your stitching time today.

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  3. You are lucky to have caught that little knot before it did damage. Imagine the frustration. Happy sewing to you. I'm off to work.

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  4. Happy Sewing. It is frustrating when everything is going along well only to have another problem spring up. Glad you found it before it was too late.

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  5. I hope you have a wonderful treadly day!

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  6. Since my little issue with my long arm I have set up a little kit with sandpaper, screw driver, etc to keep near my machine. Half the battle to making these minor adjustments is looking around for the right tools.

    Happy treadling!

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  7. I have never seen a treadle machine before.
    I would love to see one working.

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  8. You are up and treadling already? I will be hand stitching this morning. I have an applique project that I am excited about but I am not getting an early start to the day.

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  9. I bet that 'knot' could have come out with a slight tug on it. usually it is a slip knot. Glad you fixed the belt yourself!

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  10. never come across a knot in my threads like that as you say would have messed up the stitching if you had not noticed it

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