[Homestead] Sewing machine problem
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Mon Sep 4 19:45:57 EDT 2006
I guess I jumped the gun on asking for help.
I had multiple problems and was overwhelmed with the number of variables
that could be at fault.
My thread kept breaking and the tension was out of adjustment(somehow it
got set to 0 ---makes me think someone tinkered with the machine, but I
can't imagine how that would have happened). I also had needle problems
(wrong size, breakage, etc.) After much tweaking, 3 days worth
actually, I THINK I have it now. I have no idea of how it got so out of
whack, but the major problem, I think, was a massive amount of lint in
the bobbin shuttle assembly. Once I took that apart and brushed/blew
out the dust and lint, things are working better and I think now it is
just a matter of some fine adjustments to the upper thread tension. The
needles aren't breaking, the top thread isn't breaking anymore, and the
top thread is now pulling off the spool correctly. I don't have any
'looping' on the top or bottom anymore, but using two different colors
of thread, I can still see the bobbin color from the top side, so I know
I still need to adjust/loosen the top thread tension.
This machine was given to me by my mother, and it has served us both
close to 60 years now. I learned to sew on it when I was a kid and it
is a great machine. I totally freaked out when I had a problem as it
has been problem free for so long. I had to get out the manual to see
what the settings are supposed to be and use that as a starting point.
Mother had it serviced and oiled about 15 years ago before she gave it
to me. I don't use it that much, so I haven't oiled it since. Nothing
is grinding and all still sounds good, so I am hesitant to oil it. I've
always heard that too much oil is worse than too little. Do you think I
should oil the machine? Since I am in maintenance mode, what else
should I do to make sure this baby gives me many more years of service?
BTW, it's the gear driven model, not the belt driven model.
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> Susan Jane, in Maine
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