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From: lotsapets
Date: 10-12-2006, 01:02 AM (1 of 5)
OK tonight I was doing a bit of playing around, and all the sudden the thing just stopped. If I pressed on the foot pedal the motor would go, but the needle wouldn't move at all. I tried turning the wheel to manually move the needle and it worked but it was VERY tight. It's usually not that hard to turn it. I tried reversing it and that didn't help. Set it back to forward and that didn't help. So I unplugged it (even though I know there's no computer in it with as old as it is) and waited a couple minutes and plugged it back in. Then it worked fine. It did this twice. The first time I was sewing through something kinda thick, but the second time it was just two pieces of plain ol' fabric.
My neighbor used to run a sewing machine shop and is familiar with the type of machine I have so I'll run it by him, but I was wondering if any of you could know. I don't have the model number handy but it's one of the old metal Singers. I'm thinking the number is like 348 or something like that.
User: lotsapets
Member since: 09-03-2006
Total posts: 8
From: CodyGramma
Date: 10-12-2006, 05:38 AM (2 of 5)
I guess what I would do is start with the basics... clean and oil it, change the needle, rethread it, check the bobbin case thoroughly to be sure something didn't get caught up in there....other than that if it still doesn't work I would have someone check it out....good luck!
User: CodyGramma
Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
From: lamx
Date: 10-12-2006, 07:18 AM (3 of 5)
In addition to what CodyGramma said, you might look for thread caught somewhere it shouldn't be - around the balance wheel shaft, around the hook, or at one of the dozens of other pivot points in the machine. It doesn't take much, I've seen a 1/4" piece of thread jam a Featherweight up so tight I couldn't turn the wheel!

User: lamx
Member since: 05-04-2006
Total posts: 44
From: sweetpea1
Date: 10-12-2006, 11:19 AM (4 of 5)
I agree with the previous posters -- clean and oil the machine. My machine tells me when it needs a cleaning by jamming thread in the bobbin area or bunching up on the bottom of the sewing project. When this happens, I've got to take out the bobbin and entire casing and clean underneath. Then, I'm usually good to go. Definitely try this and the other advice above, and if that doesn't help, off to the shop it goes. We must have our machines in good working order!!!

User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
From: VenusElaine
Date: 11-03-2006, 12:30 AM (5 of 5)
I also agree. Cleaning and Maintenance is VITAL. My commercial (almost 100) locked up on me for no other reason that I had neglected these two important duties.

I cleaned it thoroughly, oiled it down, and checked it daily until all was well again. Threads get caught, belts get loose, gears get clogged. I learned to take care of my machines and they rarely let me down.

"Always put as much effort into your marriage as you do into your wedding."
User: VenusElaine
Member since: 10-22-2005
Total posts: 126
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