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    Senior Member USMCStang's Avatar
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    Thumbs up Finally joined the world of Thread-injectors

    I am now the proud owner of what appears to be a rock solid thread injector. I had an old desk in a corner of my basement that used to be my grandmother's...or so I thought.

    A few days ago, I finally decided to clean it off, and it turns out the "desk" was an old sewing machine! Not only that, the drawers contained tons of thread, bobbins, TWO brand new looking instruction and service manuals, and every possible presser foot attachment you could buy for the thing. It's a Free-Westinghouse ALB model, and from some quick research, it was made sometime before 1955 (probably older).



    I spent a day reading over the manuals, oiling it where the manuals indicated, and practiced threading it and running a few scrap pieces of cloth through...basically just "playing around" to learn it. I spent more time reading up through the DIY forum than what could be considered healthy.

    After deciding that the thing runs nice and smooth, and was sewing what I deemed "good", I decided to stop by Joann's, grab some new needles, thread, and some cheap ripstop and tulle.

    Here is my first shot at using a thread-injector...ever. I decided to cobble together a ridgeline organizer for "practice". It's not done yet, and I know the seams are ugly (I need to practice pinning the seams better), but ultimately, it'll be functional when it's done, and that what matters to me with making my own stuff. I can only get better by practice, right? I think some snake skins will be next.
    Mike
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    ~Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945


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    I work in the old Westinghouse building in Springfield MA. Looks nice and solid.

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    Senior Member USMCStang's Avatar
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    I was amazed that it's in the shape that it's in. No rust, pits, corrosion, or even cobwebs.

    Even the cool looking art-deco logo still looks great:
    Mike
    The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
    ~Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945


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    That's a nice looking machine.

    Welcome to the club.
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    Great find, Mike. I look forward to seeing some DIY gear at Dolly Sods or wherever we next meet up. PM me your address after the holidays, and I'll send you some "notions" to experiment with (fabrics, grosgrain, bungees, straps, etc.)

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    Nice find guy. Welcome to the world of thread injectors. I hope you find like I did that it is a great way to pass the time, AND you get things done the way YOU want them done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    Great find, Mike. I look forward to seeing some DIY gear at Dolly Sods or wherever we next meet up. PM me your address after the holidays, and I'll send you some "notions" to experiment with (fabrics, grosgrain, bungees, straps, etc.)
    Thanks for the offer, Dave! I have a bunch of reflectix I can send you and Bonaparte's way.

    I've already made a few small stuff sacks, including one for my new emberlit stove. They're turning out pretty good...already better than the ridgeline organizer looks. I'm hooked. Fleece wrist warmers are next.

    My 4 year old will be getting her first hammock for her birthday in February, just her size. I'm already planning a synthetic summer weight TQ and UQ since I'm a hot sleeper, so even the summer Phoenix is a little warm for me in the dog-days.

    Whod'a thunk an old piece of furniture in the corner of my basement would turn into such a quick addiction?
    Mike
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    ~Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945


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    Cool find man
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