[Sewing] straight stitch is busted
rachel at xtreme.com
Tue Oct 5 16:07:49 PDT 2010
I'll take a look tonight, see if I can figure out what's wrong. If not
I'll give Billy a call tomorrow.
The flat-sided needles aren't supposed to be the right kind. I compared
one to one of the proper sort recently by eye and concluded that they
were similar enough it would be worth trying the flat-sided ones in a
pinch, but the tolerances are small enough that eyeballing it isn't good
enough so I'm not actually confident they'd work.
Last time I used the machine was Wednesday; it had a needle in it that
hadn't been shoved all the way into the holder and was therefore hitting
the bobbin trace whenever a stitch was attempted. It worked fine when I
reseated the needle (although the tip, of course, was broken).
I also adjusted the knee lever for the presser foot, which had come
loose. It's pretty thoroughly stripped at one place and could use a
better repair. I have an idea about this but haven't done it yet.
ALSO: We could use more needles! If anyone wants to get any please see
https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Sewing, I have edited it with needle info.
rachel lyra hospodar wrote:
> the single needle industrial is currently nonfunctional.
> last time i came to use it, two+ weeks ago, there were no needles and i
> had to use some of my own, conveniently they are the same.
> sometime in between then and now, Something Else happened. it appears
> to be a timing issue. i cleared some cruft/thread clots out of the
> works under the throat plate (you know, where the bobbin goes) and fixed
> a weird problem with the knee lever (you know, for lifting the presser
> foot) but when i got it all back together and tried to sew with it, the
> stiches did not engage properly and made a big knot inside... and then
> the backstitch thingy started making a sad high-pitched whining noise,
> so I turned the whole thing off.
> the needle that's in there now is a round shank, the only kind i have
> ever used with this type of machine, but there is a packet of needles in
> the drawer with a flat-sided shank. i don't know for sure but strongly
> suspect they are not totally compatible with this machine. i am putting
> them in the general sewing needles drawer. Rachel M, do you know if
> these work with it?
> anyway, that's what's up. i'm going to finish serging and go home and
> use my functional sewing machine. le sigh.
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