Saturday, March 30, 2013

Links - Sewing & Vintage Sewing Machine

Helpful Links - I'll add to these periodically
(Last Updated 1-29-2016)


Lubrication - Grease & Oil:
The best grease and oil for sewing machines that I've found is Tri-Flow
Oil - Get the 2 oz. (TF21010) or 6 oz. (TF0021060) bottle (comes with applicator straw)
Grease - TF23004 - 3 oz.
www.sew-classic.com
Note: Tri-Flow grease is not recommended for Singer potted motor wicks (15-91, 201, etc.).  It does not flow correctly through the wicking material.  For potted motor wicks, use Singer grease.  I've read that some are using pure vaseline (no additives or perfumes).


AeroKroil - Loosens Metal Parts Fast
They usually have a two-can special which beats any deal I've found elsewhere!
Best product for loosening frozen parts... that and a little heat.

Sewing Tutorials:
April Baylor - Sewing Novice Blog
The Crafty Gemini


Support - Vintage Sewing Machine Repair Tutorials:
Basic Sewing Machine Repair - By K. Kiri and S. Kalmakoff
mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com - By Elizabeth
The Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog - By Nicholas Rain Noe
DragonPoodleStudio - By Cheryl

Support - Yahoo Groups:


Thread:

For general sewing, my new favorite thread is Gutermann Mara 100 thread (TEX30).
Available in spools of 1,097 yards for $1.99 when it goes on sale.
100% premium polyester and greatly reduces fraying.
You'll need to buy or make a spool stand.
wawak.com

This is a great general sewing thread, a little thinner than Gutermann Mara 100, but feeds perfectly in all of my machines.  My go-to thread for serging.
MaxiLock (TEX27) thread in 3.000 yd spools for under $2.00 each.
100% polyester.
You'll need to buy or make a spool stand.

Thread Spool Stand Alternative:
I'm working on a prototype now for eliminating the need for a spool stand when using cone spools.
As soon as I get a production unit available, I'll post it.
If you use the larger spools and one of those ugly, cumbersome, inconvenient, nasty thread stands, you are going to love this!!!

Tools:
Hollow Ground Screwdrivers:
Don't screw up your screws!
Get the #8900 Screwdriver Kit

Singer Light Snap Ring Pliers:
Reinstalling the little metal snap rings is very difficult.
These pliers make it a "snap"!
Wilde #G409P Right Angle Snap Ring Plier

Vintage Sewing Machine Parts & Supplies:
mcmaster.com Featherweight Fiber Washer
pages.suddenlink.net/joyof 301s/glenn.htm For Featherweight Parts and Info
searspartsdirect.com For Kenmore Parts
sew-classic.com Excellent Selection of Vintage Machine and Other Supplies
sewingstyle.com
sewingmachineparts.net Guy Baker
statewidesewing.com
thefeatherweight221factory.com
threadsmagazine.com Machine Needle Know-How
tias.com Resource for Manuals
whitesewingcenter.com Ray White's Sewing Machine Repair Classes






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