Friday, July 11, 2014

New Home Light Running

The other day, I was digging through my parts bins for something to list on Etsy and came across a New Home buttonholer.

 I have never owned a New Home and probably never will so that buttonholer is excess.  The problem was with the configuration of the attaching point. Presser feet and other attachments are not attached to the side of the presser bar, they are attached to the bottom.

I have no machines with that particular configuration and had no way to test the buttonholer before sending it to a buyer.  Karma kicked in and what should walk through my door but a New Home Light Running machine!

A lady bought it at a flea market and left it with me to check it out for her.

I had to use the instruction manual to figure out how to thread it.

The machine is in very good condition, all I had to do was clean and oil EXCEPT the New Home Light Running uses the rubber-pulley-against-the-balance-wheel type of drive, not a belt drive.  The rubber motor pulley was hardened with age and had pieces chipped out of it and flat spots.  The machine sounded like the neighbor's Harley.  Miraculously, replacement pulleys are still available and cheap!

 I was able to put the machine into smooth-running, quiet operation in no time after receiving the new pulley.

The best part was that now, I have a way to test that buttonholer!

The problem is going to be needles, this machine uses a CC1221 needle considerably shorter than the standard 15x1 and that needle is no longer available.  Internet research told me that 206x13 needles can be substituted but the eye is in a different position.  I installed a 206x13 and had no problem with the sewing.  Further internet research tells me that a better substitute can be obtained by grinding down the shank of a 15x1 needle to make it the same length as the CC1221 needles specified for the New Home.  If the owner experiences any problems with the 206x13, I will grind down a few 15x1's for her.

Back to the buttonholer.  Before returning the NHLR to its owner, I attached the buttonholer and attempted a buttonhole. Even without the feed dog cover or interfacing, I got an acceptable buttonhole.


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Where did you get the replacement pulley? I salvaged one of those machines back in April. I spent almost as much for the packet of needles as I spent for the machine itself. Mine was rusty, so, it was a learning machine (I'd never dealt with much rust before, and wanted to learn if I could).

Traci Andy said...

i have come across an old sewing machine in my fathers storage garage. it is sitting on a singer stand but the machine itself says International Champion. i found your blog when researching the machine. the only thing i can find out is that it was manufactured by a company called M.W. Savage Factories Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota)and that they were made around 1905. but i cant find out anything else anywhere. ive been searching for 2 days. any advice?

Ed Lamoureux said...

I have several antique sewing reference books and none of them mention the International Champion or M.W.Savage. I can find "International" and "Champion" but not "International Champion" and Neither the International nor Champion were manufactured by M.W.Savage. -Ed

Traci Andy said...

could I send you a photograph of the machine somehow

Ed Lamoureux said...

My gmail address is OldSewingMachines.


Jonathan said...

Great fabric on the chair!

Jonathan said...

The paint on this machine is in great condition. I was somewhat familiar with how this machines operated -by reading another blog. A friend referred to them as a direct drive because the motor moves the handwheel. I had no idea this machine took special needles. That's a shame, seeing how you were able to replace the rubber part.

N8Nelly said...

Ed, so glad you got that machine working for your customer. I have one of these in mint condition. I'm just wondering if it would ever be worth anything if I held onto it for another 10 years or so. Thanks in advance!