The machine was getting there. Now I had to address the weak tension in the pretension and the main tension. Carol Bryant, known as WyoCarol on some forums about this machine, was offering a fix she said was all that was needed to avoid broken threads. Her fix was to add larger tension discs from a donor machine to the pretension, as well as replacing the wimpy tension spring with the stronger one. This by itself did not fix my machine’s tension problems. It is a big help and remains part of the rebuild. Are you getting the gist ? There are a lot of people out there who own this machine and can’t use it. With no factory or dealer support it is every man for himself and self help.
Something I saw on nearly every other machine was a bar in the threading line as it comes off the main tension. I had to fashion something that would work. I took a quilting bar that goes on an even feed foot and bent one end into a loop. This allowed me to attach it with a screw. The thread now is totally away from the open space and can’t get caught around the flywheel.
Oh this is really going to work!