Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Is My Tension Off?
Now here is something about some very old treadles:
Where it comes out on the end there is a slotted lever called, I think, the tension spring. Then the thread goes through a guide and through a hole in the top of the needle bar and down the side through some guides before it reaches the needle.
I've come to appreciate the tension knob on modern machines a great deal this week --and by "modern" I mean those with a round tension knob, even if it's from the 1920's.
Another thing affecting my stitches is the needle. It's stuck! It's an old needle and it won't budge out of the needle bar. I've used pliers with a rubber gripper thing and still can't get it out. I'm afraid of breaking it off and having the end stuck in the machine at this point. Any tips on this problem?