Lito George

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Catie George wrote: Not natural, but much less dust and dust mite hiding places, and very easy to clean, and no icky offgassing carpet.  

If carpet offgassing is of concern to you, then you really need to learn more about OSB construction as well as polyurethane coverings. All the best.
1 day ago
Thank you Lauren,

Your Sherlock Holmes hat was fitting perfectly well with that post of yours. The bobbin thread is indeed not catching. So very frustrating at the same time - I'm itching just to have a few stitches go my way ya know?

I'm going to watch some discovered in depth tutorials on thread tension and then find someone who can educate me why the bobbin thread isn't doing its thing. Makes sense now why the original bobbin has been cut with a knife (apparently) and why I had to use a ginger technique in smoothing it all down so that nothing could catch.

I am guessing this machine was neglected or simply never worked well, sat in the basement for a few decades, then was rediscovered after the GrandMa deceased.

I appreciate your feedback and interest and encouragement - its very helpful
4 days ago
Good Morning All,

It's a funny thing capitalism on the internet: I've seen well meaning people offers solutions in a way that causes fear in order to sell a product.

In researching how to fix or replace four gears worth on a sewing machine made about 40 years ago (no iFixit's back then), I came across a video from a fellow linking to an apparently non associated website encouraging purchase of a jig and a DIY manual with photos of how to repair because, "even with the jig and manual by my side, I took the better part of over two hours to get it all right. Buy this manual with an unforgettable 10% discount code and you'll have the only ever chance of fixing this in the world".

Enough to strike cold fear into any living beings heart.

So I took on the task last night. Luckily for me, tools are all so important for living well, and I had what I needed (or close to it). Replaced all the gears (I now have the feeder feet working - yay!), set screws and such in under 40 minutes and it runs like a top. I think.

Here's where the cookie crumbles: the thing sews awfully. Snapped thread every 30-45 seconds. Confirmed the thread is routed correctly.

The actual sewing looks like my 3 year is trying to do it and there are huge gaps, with no thread through the upper cloth, though I see that needle penetrating the cloth furiously.

Maybe I should join a sewing group for ladies, enjoy a cup of tea and get more knowledge passed my way than I could otherwise handle in a year.

I'll post a pic or two in due course.
1 week ago
I had three daughters under the age of 3 at the farm when one day, a bird flew into the dining room picture window. Big noise, neck snapped.

Sad to see a magnificent plummage bird dead, I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to teach my children about death.

Took the bird, let the older two girls hold it (youngest was only 3-4 months old), give it a few compassionate strokes, admire the plumage, see the detail and magnificence of Gods creation (YMMV) and then walk with me and bury it in the ground.

My ex didnt like it and it came up in court at a later stage. More importantly, my children have no issue at all with eating chickens, pigs, rabbits and such because they understand the circle of life. They are 3 years older now and still love and respect all sentient beings.

My advice: continue telling it like it is: there is nothing to gain from hiding things and the realities of life. Death and life is all around us and is not an adult subject only. You're not asking the children to support you emotionally in any way (right?!) and you're providing a rock solid mentorship and role modeling in respecting animals. Seems like a win win win win win to me.
1 week ago

Lito George wrote:

Lito George wrote:OK onto serious stuff: where does one recycle machines? (Parts are very very difficult to come by). Thanks folks.

Update: the internet is singledhandedly the most useful medium in use today for information dissemination. Thats my dissertation. Amen.

No need to recycle. The Janome lady couldn't organise ice in the Antarctic (or else she was having me on from the beginning), so I am stuck (gratefully) with the Singer.

I found through a variety of sources (Ebay/Amazon), USA based shops and local shops that if I bought the parts from brick and mortar shops, the price would be....4x higher than if I bought from Amazon.

I also found the self same parts on Ebay at half the Amazon cost. Cheap as chips, I have bought two full sets of replacement gears and this makes me feel good to be reusing the machine as best as possible and if I have to pass it on one day, then I'll give the next owner the best chance of keeping it running well into the century.

Maintenance tomorrow (perhaps) and I'll start to provide feedback once the machine is up and running. New skillset: becoming a sewing machine tech. lolz....

1 week ago

Lito George wrote:A ton of very useful input here folks. I wanted to let you all know I'm processing this good stuff, and will revert properly in due course. Thank you for making my brain work

OK - its been a boot camp of learning trying to make this Singer Stylist 513 work. Its around 46 years old, and whilst I learned how to route the thread correctly, and get the needle threaded correctly (quite a series of twists and turns), I also found out how to get the bobbin thread out. Got the manual from Singer too.

First issue was that the machine was abused. Bits broken off, and even the bobbin holder (plastic ABS) had been cut open and scraped, preventing the lower bobbin thread from coming out. I managed to fix that.

Oiled and cleaned out everything - which improved things beautifully. Removed a lot of working parts to get this far. Replaced them all.

Then, the material wouldnt feed properly (at all). I removed the bottom cover to find out the plastic worm gears had stripped each other out. I managed to shift the worm gears to still engage and I was chuffed with my bit of McGyvery.

I oiled everything down there which was very welcomed by the machine and then did a gentle test run. The balance of the plastic worm gears stripped each other out in short order.

So frustrating.

So, I learned a lot of lessons and I guess that was a couple hours well spent. I feel way more confident around machines now and why this one wasnt working. There were MANY occassions i wished I had a helping hand though. Glad I perservered (self taps on shoulder).

OK onto serious stuff: where does one recycle machines? (Parts are very very difficult to come by). Thanks folks.
2 weeks ago
A ton of very useful input here folks. I wanted to let you all know I'm processing this good stuff, and will revert properly in due course. Thank you for making my brain work
3 weeks ago
Thank you for that.
3 weeks ago

r ranson wrote:They've been using the chainmail scrubbers for about 30 years it shows no sign of wear.  But theirs are made of real chainmail - with flat links - which is different than the modern round ring mail.

They made them in the SCA.

Thank you. Whats the SCA?
3 weeks ago

r ranson wrote:I love chain mail scrubbers.  Real chainmail works even better than what most people sell, but it's hard to come by.  The stuff with the round wire rings works pretty good too.  Much better than a scrub bud and lasts longer too.

I caution against using it on steel pots as it will scratch the pot.

Most people don't realise that stainless steel pots can be more non-stick than teflon pots (rivalled, perhaps, only by cast iron).  When a stainless steel pot comes from the manufacturer, it's been polished smooth.  You can keep that smooth polish by treating your pot with care.  My technique is to never use metal inside the pot, never add salt to cold water (it pits the bottom), and never clean with something harder than wood.  Do this and you'll never need to scrub your pots because they will stay non-stick.  Even burnt on stuff comes off easily.  If you do get a scratch (like a guest using a metal spoon to stir your best pot - girr!) then some baking soda, a damp rag and a lot of elbow grease (preferably that of the offending person who made the scratch) will repolish the pan.

Now chain mail on cast iron - love it!
Never tried it on ceramic.  

Hi - some questions please:

a) How long do your chainmail scrubbers last?
b) Where did you get them from?
c) Though stainless steel, did they ever rust?
d) Have you considered the Ebay ones? (one can get a 7" for about $8 shipped in stainless)
e) Are you comparing the longevity to stainless steel pot scrubbers you can commonly get in the stores in Canada? (I find they fall apart)
f) What about scratching on glassware or ceramics - does it happen?
g) I have heard that one doesnt need soap with chainmail scrubbers. Your experience?

Thanks. I am the opposite of a germaphobe, believing that exposure to germs is good for our constitution and bodies ability to learn to fight off bad stuff. All in context and reasonably so of course.
3 weeks ago