I scheduled time to work on the Pinkerton vest on Tuesday evening. I realized that I'd need to practice making welt pockets (it's been years since I've done them) and cut a piece of canvas drill to match the welt pieces and pocket bags. That was also to serve as a test sew for the straight stitch machine. The Mercury failed the test. I burnt up most of my scheduled time trying to get it to form a stitch.
I'm not terribly mechanically minded, so when I stopped by the Lastwear house yesterday I asked Thom if he could help or recommend a repairman. He's supposed to be by later. If he can't help get the machine going, I'll a) get the contact number for his repair guy and b) set up my Bernina.
I've rescheduled the time I had set aside for today to tomorrow and also have some time on Sunday afternoon blocked out to keep the project timeline at least close to on track.