About three months ago, our daughters, Kelli and Kayla, and I were at Goodwill. Kelli found a old Singer sewing Machine. We didn’t know anything about it, but after checking it over to see if it would turn on and if the wheel was froze, she ended up purchasing it. It was priced at $25 and we thought it would be a fine spare sewing machine.
Kelli brought it home to her house and there it sat. She didn’t need it as her machine was working fine. Then last week, her Pfaff started acting up….then it just quit.
Kelli dragged out the old spare Singer and checked to see if it would sew…Nope. It wouldn’t sew. She googled and looked and tinkered but the thread would continually break and the tension was atrocious. I told her to bring the machine home and I would look at it.
Well Sunday she brought it home…UGH! I sat for over an hour trying to fix it but, no luck. Hubby just ignored us and went and took a nap. I got Betty, my featherweight, out and let Kelli sew with her. Hubby woke up and I asked him to check the part of the machine that holds the bobbin case. He did and we found that it was beat up. Apparently their must have been an issue with a needle at one point because it was full of nicks in the metal. Hubby took it out to the shop and smoothed it with the grinder.
We put the machine back together. The thread was no longer breaking….but the tension was still an issue. We played with the bobbin tension and I played with the top tension. Every little tweak, we got the machine just a step towards running better. Then I hooked the top thread through a place that I thought was only meant for bobbin winding and amazingly, it worked.
In the process of fixing, we learned that Kelli’s machine is a Singer 237 Fashion Mate. It zig zags and has reverse. It was made in the late 60’s. The machine is super quiet and sews very smoothly. In the picture I am checking out the seam allowance. Luckily the foot on the machine is a quarter inch foot so Kelli is off and sewing again. Time and time again she would say, “Oh, I love this machine”…”Mom, this machine is so nice”….”I don’t ever think I’ll buy another machine in town”…”Oh Mom, thanks for fixing this”…”I really love this machine.” Then she said, “You know, I love my Pfaff, but I spent 33 times more money on it!”
I’m glad her $25 investment has a happy ending….in the process, Hubby and I figured out that we kind of like tinkering with old sewing machines. That’s a good thing because he bought another one over the weekend…but that’s another story.