Dang! Good times are on hold. Blanche's flywheel keeps slipping into bobbin winding mode while I'm sewing, which means the motor whirs and the belt moves but the needle doesn't. Could be because the belt looks like this:
Could be. But yesterday I cleaned and oiled the machine, and I am not unfriendly with the grease. I think it comes from all the Royal Crown Rosie Lee slathered in my hair when I was a kid. Any place metal meets metal in a machine, I squeeze oil on it. By the time I finished with Blanche yesterday, she had more grease than my scalp on an Easter Sunday in the 1970s. I didn't go near the belt or the motor, but I'm still left to wonder....
Before I order a new belt from Sears, I've posted for advice on Yahoo's wefixit group. We'll see what the experts have to say. A minor setback this is. The honeymoon is still on. Lookit what I was working on:
A lazy gal's quilt top. I call it that because I bought the Amy Butler squares already washed and cut on eBay. This must've been about 9 - 12 months ago. I sewed the squares into strips on Rilla, then my fear of quilt sandwiches and binding got the better of me and I set the project aside. This time I plan to see it through.
I promise promise to stop posting pictures of Blanche. After these. I promise.
I see someone has responded to my plea over at wefixit. I shall return.