Pretty Penny is my Janome Horizon. She's red, and expensive, so the name fit. Monday night I was called back by someone giving away a non-working sewing machine. I said YES! I want to learn to fix machines, so here's my chance to tinker. What a mean machine I picked up! It's yellow with age and smells like things from the 1950's. It's an older Brother. (thus: Penny has a brother.)
I'm leaning toward calling him Lucifer, 'Lu' for short. Don't laugh. Check out the model #!
Am I scared? Heck, no. I opened it up and the bobbin case along with the race hook & ring thingy all fell out. So there you go. I had to figure out how to put those in correctly. I did it without a manual. It's a verticle bobbin case and it's on the side. There was my first clue as to why it wasn't picking up the bobbin thread. The needle wasn't put in right. The needle needs to be inserted sideways!
AREN'T I SMART!? WOO I feel good! I fiddled with the bobbin tension, and it kinda works. Well... that's better than not working at all. The bobbin tension completely falls out of whack in no time, and the top tension disks must have gum stuck in them. lol It's all good. I don't expect to sew on this. I do look forward to figuring it out though.
Incidentally, I'm in Saskatoon and still looking to buy a second hand machine that works so I can teach the kids. Email me at MySweetPrairie@gmail.com
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* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
* * * MANITOBA * * *
Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park
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