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August 13, 2017
The Differences Between Rotary and Oscillating Sewing Machine Hook System from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today we are going to be talking about the hook systems most commonly used in conjunction with round bobbin lock stitch residential sewing machines. Regardless of the vintage or the manufacturer of your sewing machine, if they use a round bobbin then they will use a rotary or oscillating type of hook system. We will be discussing the differences, the performance, and the versatility of the two systems.

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July 27, 2017
How To Time A Vintage Sewing Machine At Home from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, today we are going to delve into the magic that makes a sewing machine form stitches. Regardless of the age of the sewing machine, vintage or modern if it uses a rotating hook the principle is the same so the process will also be the same. The proper description of the topic of the day is sewing machine hook and needle timing. Our goal is to show how we decide if we have a timing issue and what course of action we need to take to correct the problem.

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July 20, 2017
Oiling a Necchi BU Mira Vintage Sewing Machine from The Quilting Room with Mel

One of the most asked questions I get is about oiling a Necchi sewing machine.  It may be the fact that many know Necchi is my preferred vintage sewing machine manufacturer.  It could also be I named my cat after the man who started the company.  Either way, I am happy to help a fellow Necchi user out. Necchi produced sewing machines with such tight tolerances that failing to oil them regularly can lock them up.  Today, we are looking at a Neechi BU Mira.  There are several BU models out there and oiling them all should be very similar ...

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July 14, 2017
Singer Slant Shank Feet from The Quilting Room with Mel

As vintage sewing machine fans, we probably have more than one style of sewing machine. Most of us have multiple short shank sewing machines or multiple class 15 machines. Usually, we can swap between machines. My short shank feet fit my short shank machine no matter who made it or when it was made. I use the feet that came with my modern Brother machine on any of my short shank machines. The exception to this rule, that I have found, is the Singer slant shank machines. Just because it is marked Singer Slant Shank Feet doesn't mean that ...

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July 7, 2017
How To Remove Stuck or Broken Screws on Vintage Sewing Machines from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, today we are going to be talking about broken and stuck screws that we sometimes encounter while we are working on our vintage and older sewing machines. Actually, it really doesn’t just apply to old machines at all, any machine old or new can have problems like this so our topic can be applied to a vast variety of machines. We will start with screws that are stuck and discuss some of the diverse ways we can address the situation. From there we naturally going to discuss the inevitable. We will discuss broken screws and worn screw ...

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July 5, 2017
Singer 301 Bobbins and Bobbin Case from The Quilting Room with Mel

I have wanted a Singer 301 since I got to sew on my sister in law's machine. I have looked and looked for one with no luck. I was goofing around on Facebook one evening and found some vintage sewing machines. I thought they were in one town but they ended up being located somewhere else. I knew a VSM collector in that area so I put them in contact with each other. I hadn't seen anything in the photos on Facebook that I wanted so it wasn't like I was giving up a dream machine. Then ...

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June 1, 2017
How To Properly Thread Your Sewing Machine Needle from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, today we are going to discuss threading the needle on a vintage sewing machine. We are going to delve into the dynamics of the needle design just a little and in doing so we will be able to understand how the thread must go through the needle in order for the hook to be able to catch the loop and form the stitch. And since the needle doesn’t care if it is feeding thread to a vertical hook or a horizontal hook the basic concept will be the same. As long as the timing of the needle ...

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May 4, 2017
How To Fix Curvy, Uneven, or Ruffled Seams from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today we are going to discuss some of the causes for uneven stitches. We will be looking into stitch patterns that vary the stitch length between stitches and the stitch patterns that leave behind curling, ruffling and crooked stitches. It doesn’t matter if the machine leaving behind the unruly stitches is old or new, most of the causes can be replicated with all types of sewing machines from long bobbins to the common round bobbins.


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April 27, 2017
How To Rewire A Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Three Connection Terminal Block from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today we are going to be showing you how to re-wire an old Singer sewing machine with the three wire terminal block.  Singer used this type of terminal block set up for a vast number of its machines, Variations were found on everything from the tiny 221 Featherweight to the 400 series family. Including the 66, 99,201,301,306,319, and of course the 15 series. We will explain the different ways the machines were wired using the basic design and how it evolved through the years.


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April 20, 2017
Vintage Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Fires and How To Prevent Them from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today we are going to discuss safety. Not the typical use your tools safely kind of discussion although it is probably a subject some of us could use a crash course in due to complacency. No today we are going to discuss our sewing machines. We are going to point out some of the flaws that are inherent to older sewing machines.  Things such as no power switch to turn them off when not in use.  I want to point out some of the things we take for granted and shouldn’t.  I want to share some different ...

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April 13, 2017
Rewiring A Duplex Receptacle On Vintage Sewing Machines from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, not long ago we worked through the generic wiring diagram of the basic sewing machine. Today we are going to work specifically on one of the most common wiring styles found in a multitude of various manufactures sewing machines.  Using an electrical fixture very much like a duplex receptacle and two standard two blade 120v plugins make it one of the most versatile methods which can be used on any machine in need of a control system. 


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April 6, 2017
Rewiring Vintage Sewing Machines - Resurrecting Vintage Sewing Machines Part 5 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone.  My goal today is to show others how to replace the rotten wiring we have all ran across when we get new to us machines. I want to demonstrate enough about the circuit that anyone reading will feel comfortable with their ability to pick up the parts and wire and within a couple hours have a safely wired fully functional sewing machine.

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March 30, 2017
Six Most Common Sewing Machine Used In Quilting from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today we are going to discuss a few of the basic sewing machine feet that we frequently use while quilting. I am not going to begin to try to explain all the different feet available for sewing special purpose seams for the fashion enthusiast. My reasoning for this choice is simple, I don’t know how to use them or I am not proficient with using them. For this very reason we are going to stick with the basic Straight, Zigzag, Walking, Darning, Hopping, and Roller feet. As a quilter, I haven’t ran across a situation yet ...

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March 23, 2017
How To Measure Sewing Machine Belt Length For Replacement from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today I would like to share some of the different ways we measure sewing machine belts when we need to replace a broken, missing or worn out belt on our Vintage sewing machines. I will try to explain the measuring system and why sometimes the part numbers are a valid piece of information and other times useless.


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March 16, 2017
Replacing Vintage Electric Sewing Machine Belts from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone the topic for today is going to be vintage household electric sewing machine belts. I will try to explain why there are so many different types and designs of drive belts for sewing machines. I’m going to share with you some of the lessons learned while trying to adjust belt tension and also some of the downfalls of incorrectly adjusting a sewing machine belt.


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February 12, 2017
Cleaning The Chrome - Resurrecting Vintage Sewing Machines Part 4 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, today we are cleaning the chrome while we rehabilitate an aged and neglected vintage sewing machine.  Adding function and fashion, the chrome or nickel plating often serves two distinctly different purposes. We will discuss a little about the function and the fashion aspects of the plating. Then we will be diving into how to clean, polish and rehabilitate it when it has been neglected and rusted over time.

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January 25, 2017
Sewing Machine Bobbins Fits and Fixes from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, today we are going to explore the round bobbin and its often overlooked relationship with acquiring continuous well-balanced stitches for the full length of our seams. Along the way, we will be singling out often overlooked flaws either with our bobbins themselves or with our bobbin case as such and the relationship it shares with the hook assembly. Like most of my posts, the information shared will be relative to almost all round bobbin sewing machines whose basic stitch is a lock stitch. There will be some mention of brand specifics but I try to keep these to ...

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January 20, 2017
Singer 15 Clone Vintage Sewing Machines from The Quilting Room with Mel

Clone sewing machines are something I'm pretty passionate about.  I know that sounds odd since you hardly see me sew on anything but my Necchis.  There are so many misnomers out there about the clones.  Many think because they are a clone that they aren't as good and that's not the truth.  Today we are going to focus on the Singer 15 Clone vintage sewing machines.  They are the ones you see the most.  We currently have 3 Singer 15 clones and 2 actual Singer 15 sewing machines.  I have seen a couple Singer 66 clones but ...

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January 17, 2017
Busting Up The Rust - Resurrecting Vintage Sewing Machines Part 3 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello, everyone, we have covered the processes I use to clean and protect the existing finish. We have worked our way through a gummed up sticky machine and acknowledged we need to be aware that thread nests can and do lock machines up. So today we are going to work our way through how we go about bringing a rusted stuck sewing machine back from the junk pile and making it leave stitches behind the needle once again.


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January 9, 2017
Cleaning The Insides - Resurrecting Vintage Sewing Machines Part 2 from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone, Today is all about cleaning the insides of the sewing machine we are trying to rescue, resurrect and return to usable service. We are going to assume the machine we are trying to resurrect will not turn. We’ll talk about 3 things that create the stuck or frozen machines and how to eliminate each of these without damage to the machine. These three things apply to all mechanical sewing machines regardless of manufacturer or type. I am going to discuss the basics of disassembly of a vintage sewing machine but will leave the specific details to the ...

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