I am pleased to say that the Lady has recovered well and is running as smoothly as ever. Not being American I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving – if I did I would have to celebrate every day I have so much to be thankful for, – but now I have another thing to be thankful for; the recovery of my much loved Singer 201 and especially to the Internet where I found the solution.

However, not before I had dismantled and mantled [is there such a word? – surely there must be as the opposite to dis-mantled] the top tension assembly not once but several times and eventually dismantling the bobbin assembly almost the same number of times did I finally find the answer.  I worked on it for a week, Googling incessantly until I finally [and accidentally] found a post where someone had the same problem. This lay underneath the feed-dogs in the bobbin assembly. Under the feed dogs there is a bar, under which is a thin metal strip. This sometimes gets bent and causes mayhem. I took the bobbin assembly apart one last time, straightened the strip and voila!It wasn’t the top tension after all – but now I have no fear of my lovely Lady..a wonder of domestic engineering indeed. Whatever would we do without Google and the Internet?

I am so happy to have her well and working smoothly again – totally out proportion probably but I really think I was in mourning this week and shhh! –whisper – had actually been looking on Ebay for – best not to say what. Oh me of little faith.

And finally just a quiet word to Clipped Curve’s dad – it didn’t take oiling it to make it work!


I love all things creative and an eternal enthusiast. I am enduringly interested in absolutely everything remotely creative and never happier than when being shown 'how to'.
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  1. So glad you got it sorted! And I will tell my Dad his advice didn’t solve this particular problem!!!

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