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LongAndWinding

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    @grams and @allshookup - Thank you!! will drop Tim a line! The machine doesn't work without the capacitor, but I have read that the 707 one doesn't have a capacitor in the pedal like other models and so it does need a capacitor. I have the same problem with my newer Bernina, capacitor has gone and I have a replacement on the way - but that one does work without the capacitor.

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    Managed to rescue my Mum's Bernina 707 sewing machine that was about to go to the dump.

    The capacitor has failed (otherwise it is in great condition). Having looked into it, it appears that replacements are obsolete. however I've found a few references to recreating the same capacitance using new ones from Maplin, etc. People have mentioned just wiring a couple of 0.1 µf in series (400 or 500v?), and connecting to the three non-earth wires. (apparently the motor is double insulated so you don't actually need to connect the earth wire).

    Usefully, the capacitor has a wiring diagram on it. I have the soldering iron & kit to do the repair, but if someone could help me identify exactly which capacitors to get (from RS?), and how to connect them, that would be awesome!!

    Photos here, including the wiring diagram. Any pointers much appreciated!!

    Edit: If I don't need the earth wire, then that takes two of the capacitors out of the equation (see diagram in the link above), so would this then work with a 0.06µF and 0.02µF connected across the white, black and grey wires? What voltage / which components should I get from the myriad on RS?

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    I don’t expect it to last forever, and pine* is what I have - I picked up a car full of random stuff from Whittens before it closed, so it’s what I have. First project and if it lasts this year I’ll be happy!! Would I be better painting it? Open to ideas!!

    *how do you work out what wood is? I’m guessing it is pine!!

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    Paging the oracles - I’m having a go at my first proper woodworking project. Pine wood, will be outdoors, plant pot shelving thing. Was planning to treat with Teak Oil. Will this be effective on pine? Should I prime the pine? Should I use something else? Should I apply the oil (or whatever) before or after assembly? Muchos gracias!!

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    I've done the same with cat safe house plants (and garden plants in pots). Look up this - https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-po­ison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants - I found it extremely useful.

    As well as some tricolour prayer plants, I have African Violets and Streptocarpus (both from Dibleys.com - better to buy from specialists, than ebay I have found!). Also a bunch of variants of Hoyas.

    I have a couple of bottle palms, the cats chew their leaves occasionally, but I don't think the plants are particularly happy as they are no longer 'bottled', ie don't seem to be storing water. Difficult to keep, they don't like plant food I have found out recently. They last a while, but not long term. I also have a big cheese plant, technically not cat safe, but large waxy leaves are not ones that cats choose to eat. I also have spider plants (I have spider babies if you want). If you dig around you can find curly ones, and plain green ones, a bit more interesting.

    Keep an eye on anything with long thin, grass like leaves (like the bottle palms). The cats (well mine) will want to chew those, and those you need to be sure are cat friendly. Dragon Tree (Dracaena) for example are toxic. Also Ferns, a lot are toxic, but not all. The 'String of Pearls' plant, highly toxic.

    Avoid Lilies and that family like the plague. If you have cut flowers in the house, then take out any pollen bearing stamens. Especially lilies - if any gets on their fur, which they will then lick. Organ failure.

    There is a good range of cat friendly choices out there, the ASPCA site is a great help to work out what you can work with.

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    They look similar to some stick on cubes that I had when I was in school, metallic faced, came in sheets and you cut them down the rows or whatever. I think I got them from France in the mid-80’s. Where do you get them from @edmundro?

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    Spider plants, African violets, Hoyas. All cat friendly. I also have a Swiss cheese plant - not cat friendly but cats generally don’t try and eat it. This is a really useful resource for what is/is not poisonous - https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-po­ison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.

    There are some plants that are an absolute no-no. Lilies, string of pearls, etc.

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