Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Vintage Sewing Machine - Brother Galaxie 221A - gutsy
I don't normally deal with these modern machines (post 1935), but I couldn't resist this little Brother.
The Brother Galaxie 221A has a stitch that is in the shape of a goose! Um, yes! That's me! The sewing machine loves me! It just needs my help to reach it's full potential.
The moment I got it home, I started taking it all apart, only later did I think to get my camera out. oh well, I'll take a photo of the finished machine at the end once it's all polished up.
This particular machine was owned and used by the school board for many a year. After they were finished with it, it passed through the hands of a couple of owners. It looks like the electrics were re-wired within the last ten years.
A couple of problems with this machine, the worst being the HUGE amount of lint and dust in it. Second problem was much easier to fix. The wiring for the light and the motor were switched, so when you plug it in, the motor goes at full speed.
The final problem is not so easy. The timing is off. Basically, when you do a zig-zag stitch, the needle should move from side to side. The needle should move from side to side at the top of the stitch, but instead, on this machine it moves at the bottom (or just about the bottom). This is not good.
Not sure how to fix the timing, thus all these photos of the sewing machine's guts. Experts, here's your time to shine.
No, I'm not going to take it into the sewing machine repair shop. Half the fun is learning how to fix it myself and I have enough machines already, I don't really need another one even if it has geese shape stitches.
As for manuals, I haven't found one yet. Yarnhog has the best information about this machine anywhere in google-land. Here is a threading diagram from a sight that will gladly sell you a manual.