It has been a busy fortnight of zero quilting. The kitchen has turned into a marmalade factory because it is that time of year again, the month and a half when Seville oranges are on sale, and when I haven't been busy cooking I have been cleaning up a machine.
When I lifted the machine to look underneath it I found the original manual hidden in the base. Luckily the machine hadn't been oiled before it was put away, otherwise oil would have dripped down on the manual and ruined it.
The only instructions with the attachment were for fitting in a blade, which must be well nigh impossible to replace these days. There were no clues as to what it was used for, but checking online I found that it is an ingenious little device used for making rugs.
The bobbin winder was absolutely caked with fibres...
... but once I had finished cleaning I was delighted to see that the dust hadn't been hiding any rust.
It was the same story under the needle plate...
... but once I got into all the nooks and crannies I could see everything was going to move perfectly.
The only repair I had to do was a bit of shammy leather tied around the finger on the handcrank, because the original covering, which was probably leather, had worn away so that when the wheel was being turned metal was knocking against metal.
Once all the cleaning and the repair was done, I gave the machine a generous oiling, and also cleaned the body of the machine with a little dab of oil on cotton wool.
The it was time to test the stitch. As I expected, perfect! These old 99Ks make a lovely stitch.
Here goes for Week 367:-
Many thanks to Gail for linking up last time with her Fall Mystery Quilt. If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.
Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.
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1. Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.
2. Link back to this post in your own post.
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