[Sewing] straight stitch is busted
rachel at xtreme.com
Wed Oct 6 22:22:36 PDT 2010
Sewing machine is fixed. Or at least, I got it so it's working fine for
me, forward and backward. I didn't get it to make any strange noises.
Basically it was just a nasty thread jam plus the needle not being quite
far enough in. I took the throat plate off to get the jam out and
cleaned the area a little with the tweezers. Then I put it back and it
ran just fine.
But sewing machines like to run well for me, kinda as if they were cars
and I a mechanic. So everyone, please let me know if you have trouble
with it still.
Rachel McConnell wrote:
> 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 M
> 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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