Sewing Machine Maintenance – Facts To Be Aware Of


Steven asks…

I need help with my vintage Singer sewing machine?

I have a class 15 Singer sewing machine. It has sat for a couple of years (not in my possession) and tonight I have taken the time to (finally) do a bit of maintenance. I have taken the plate off and cleaned everything out. I also made sure to oil the whole machine and cleaned out between the tension discs. I have also made sure to change the needle and made sure that I could wind a bobbin, etc.

NOW, when I tried to do the sew test, it was still not working. The top thread keeps getting wound around something in the bobbin casing. Also, whenever I put the presser foot down, thread will not move at all and keeps snapping.. When the presser foot is up, I can pull thread through without any problem. I’m pretty sure that that’s the problem but I don’t know what I can do to fix it. I don’t have money enough to get it serviced so anything that I can do myself would be greatly appreciated.

I would also appreciate serious replies only as I really need to get this problem taken care of. Thank you for taking the time to help me out!

I have done everything that is suggested and the only problem is that when the PRESSER FOOT is down, the top thread can’t be pulled through. It pretty much does one stitch when it gets going and breaks. I can’t get anything sewn with it. I don’t think it’s internal and I have cleaned all tensions, feed dogs, replaced the needle, and even took the plate off and cleaned the bobbin shuttle and anything else I can reach. The PRESSER FOOT is the only thing that is not functioning. Can anyone tell me what to do about just the PRESSER FOOT? Any help would be appreciated and thank you to the people who have already posted.

Yes, the feed dogs move and the fabric feeds through. The top thread keeps breaking. Not sure what else to try. I even took the front face plate off and cleaned all inside of there as well. Then re-oiled the machine again after cleaning. I just don’t understand! I’m really getting annoyed with this machine.

admin answers:

Do you know where the machine was stored? It could be that it needs internal attention.

For now, raise the needle to it’s highest position and remove the bobbin case and shuttle. Clean, oil as recommended and then replace.

If the needle was in wrong, the machine would still operate, the top and bobbin thread would not connect.

Sandy asks…

Does anyone know how to repair a vintage sewing machine?

I inherited an old Sears Kenmore Zig Zag sewing machine Model 1802 recently. It was my mom’s and it is a very beloved and cherished item. It is one of the only things that was given to me after my mom passed away. It hasn’t worked in many years, and I would love to have the chance to use it again as I did when I was young. As far as maintenance goes, we’ve oiled and cleaned everything we could after referring to the owner’s manual. The motor works, the foot pedal works, but the needle and foot pedal are really slow moving. Is there anyone out there that might know a thing or two about this poor old relic? I would certainly appreciate it!

admin answers:

You have a machine made by Jaguar for Sears, and it’s been awhile ago. Machines that have sat for a long time often don’t move well. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to give them a bit of exercise by taking the needle out and just sitting there with your foot on the pedal — floor it! — for about 5 minutes. Stop and check that the motor and pedal aren’t hot; smell for “electrical fire” smell. If everything seems to be ok, just floor it again and keep going.

If you haven’t seen it start to loosen up in about 15 minutes, or if it smells or feels “hot”, stop and take it to a sewing machine mechanic for a “COA” (clean/oil/adjust aka sewing machine tuneup). That’ll be $60-100. Or pop over and join the yahoo group “wefixit” if you’d like to learn to DIY. Tell them it’s a 158.1802 (the 158 part is important, too).

Sometimes grease solidifies in older machines, and has to be dug out and replaced with fresh. Sometimes someone has oiled a machine with 3-in-1 oil (which gets gummy and freezes the machine). Sometimes, if you really get unlucky, someone uses vegetable oil and that gets really gummy and pretty stinky (I shall never forget the machine I was given that had been oiled with extra virgin olive oil “because it’s so pure!”. .

If you can change a lightbulb and turn a screwdriver, chances are you can fix this machine with the help of the folks at wefixit.

Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wefixit/ ‘Splain you’re a newbie at this, and it has great sentimental value for you.

John asks…

Baby Lock 1500 Sewing Machine bobbin problem?

The bobbin thread on my machine looks like a zig zag stitch when I am straight stitching. The top thread looks great. It has been in for the same repair 2 years in a row and each time the technician declares the problem is solved and it is for about 9 mos. Now it has started all over again. I’m very reluctant to take it back to the Baby Lock repair shop, as you can well imagine. Any ideas? Btw, done the new needle, fuzzies out, oil and reg. home maintenance things right along.

admin answers:

Two things… Adjust just slightly the top tension one way tighter and if that doesn’t work try slightly the other way looser. Then do the same way with the little screw on the bobbincase tension. Like a clock. Just slight adjustment each way. It will take some time but eventually you’ll get it.

Another thing that can cure this is presser foot pressure. Try a little less and if that doesn’t work try a little more.

Hopefully your using matching thread weight also.

Good luck

Thomas asks…

How to adjust the sewing machine needle, avoid hitting needle plate on 1950-ish Kenmore/Necchi?

This is a maintenance adjustment, and not just side-to-side position. The needle nicks the back of the opening in the plate. I have a vague notion it is a two-screw affair. Can’t find a precise manual source, but it’s a Kenmore 158.17560, and I think it’s made by Necchi. Accurate (maintenance, not user) manual source also vastly appreciated!

I would like to do this repair myself, since I know *basically* what’s wrong, and I’m not willing to shell out $$$ for such a simple fix!

Hi saaanen — yes, I changed the needle. I’m starting to wonder, though, if I’m hearing a click that’s coming from the gears. Things are a little stiff, so maybe I need to figure how to get the darn thing open and oil it!

admin answers:

I’m going to suggest you join the yahoo group “wefixit”, which is a group of folks who like tinkering with old sewing machines. Chances are you can find someone (perhaps even a certified tech) to walk you through the procedures, since the new needle

was not the fix.

Good group, lots of expertise, decent access to parts.

Lisa asks…

who Am I talking about here?

I’m going to write a few things , and can you quess what band or person I’m talking about? Well here goes nothing.

1.When he first started performing, ________ ______ wasn’t sure what to wear onstage. First he tried a gorilla suit. Then he tried a Zorro outfit.

2. Despite its ambiguous name_____ _____developed into a hard-core heterosexual act. Boob loving fans were excited to learn that ______ worked as a sewingmachine maintenance mechanic in a bra factory.

3.As a young up-and-comer on the London scene of the 1960s, _______ enjoyed running around his apartment naked. A friend recalled ______’s equipment “swaying from side to side like a pendulum of a grandfather clock.”

4.During their formative period the ___________ _________ enjoyed performing while medical-curioity films played in the background. The films were so graphic [e.g., scenes of sex-change surgery] hat some people in the audience barfed.

5.The destruction routine got to be part of the _________ act. If it was a bad show, they’d smash their instruments because they were angry. It it was a good show, they’d bust their instruments because they were happy.

6.At one point, a confused fan came up to ________ and asked, “You’re Tiny Tim, aren’t you?” Sure,” _________ lied. “How did you know I was Tiny Tim?” “Well.” said the fan. “I recognized you, from your nose.

7.In 1982, ______ traveled to Israel to attend his son’s bar mitzvah. “As far as we’re concerned,” said one rabbi, “he was a confused Jew.”

8.Drinking in a Chicago hotel bar, _____ punched a businessman for calling him a “Bon Jovi look-alike.” ________went directly to jail.

9.At different times, _______ has appeared before audiences dressed as Uncle Sam, Prince Charming, Donald Duck, Ronald McDonald, Mozart, Santa Claus, and Rod Stewarts wife Rachel Hunter.

In 1967, CBS-TV tried to turn ______ _______ into the next Tom Jones, ______ _______ recorded a lushly orchestrated Italian ballad titled “Our Song.” It sold about 800 copies.

have fun.

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dave

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Answers: some will surprise you:

1.Angus Young AC/DC

2.AC/DC Malcolm

3.Bowie

4.Butthole Surfers

5.this one caught you all off guard…Nirvana

6: Alice Cooper

7.Bob Dylan

8.Axel Rose

9.Elton John

10. Robert Plant

admin answers:

1.When he first started performing, ________ ______ wasn’t sure what to wear onstage. First he tried a gorilla suit. Then he tried a Zorro outfit. Elton John

2. Despite its ambiguous name_____ _____developed into a hard-core heterosexual act. Boob loving fans were excited to learn that ______ worked as a sewing-machine maintenance mechanic in a bra factory. AC/DC

3.As a young up-and-comer on the London scene of the 1960s, _______ enjoyed running around his apartment naked. A friend recalled ______’s equipment “swaying from side to side like a pendulum of a grandfather clock.” haha! No clue.

4.During their formative period the ___________ _________ enjoyed performing while medical-curioity films played in the background. The films were so graphic [e.g., scenes of sex-change surgery] hat some people in the audience barfed. No clue

5.The destruction routine got to be part of the _________ act. If it was a bad show, they’d smash their instruments because they were angry. It it was a good show, they’d bust their instruments because they were happy. The Who

6.At one point, a confused fan came up to ________ and asked, “You’re Tiny Tim, aren’t you?” Sure,” _________ lied. “How did you know I was Tiny Tim?” “Well.” said the fan. “I recognized you, from your nose. Weird Al

7.In 1982, ______ traveled to Israel to attend his son’s bar mitzvah. “As far as we’re concerned,” said one rabbi, “he was a confused Jew.” Bob Dylan

8.Drinking in a Chicago hotel bar, _____ punched a businessman for calling him a “Bon Jovi look-alike.” ________went directly to jail. Russell Crowe

9.At different times, _______ has appeared before audiences dressed as Uncle Sam, Prince Charming, Donald Duck, Ronald McDonald, Mozart, Santa Claus, and Rod Stewarts wife Rachel Hunter. Elton John (again)

In 1967, CBS-TV tried to turn ______ _______ into the next Tom Jones, ______ _______ recorded a lushly orchestrated Italian ballad titled “Our Song.” It sold about 800 copies. No clue!

Thanks for the brain teasers, David!!

Richard asks…

Classify as variable, fixed, or mixed cost Accounting Homework help?

The following is a list of various costs of producing sweatshirts. Classify each cost as either a variable, fixed, or mixed cost for units produced and sold.

(a) Lubricants used to oil machinery. –

(b) Warehouse rent of $6,000 per month plus $.50 per square foot of storage used. –

(c) Thread. –

(d) Electricity costs of $.025 per kilowatt-hour. –

(e) Janitorial costs of $2,000 per month. –

(f) Advertising costs of $10,000 per month. –

(g) Sales salaries. –

(h) Color dyes for producing different colors of sweatshirts. –

(i) Salary of the production supervisor. –

(j) Straight-line depreciation on sewing machines.-

(k) Patterns for different designs. Patterns typically last many years before being replaced. –

(l) Hourly wages of sewing machine operators. –

(m) Property taxes on factory, building, and equipment. –

(n) Cotton and polyester cloth. –

(o) Maintenance costs with sewing machine company. The cost is $2,000 per year plus $.001 for each machine hour of use. –

admin answers:

(a) Lubricants used to oil machinery. – VARIABLE

(b) Warehouse rent of $6,000 per month plus $.50 per square foot of storage used. – MIXED

(c) Thread. – VARIABLE

(d) Electricity costs of $0.25 per kilowatt-hour. – VARIABLE

(e) Janitorial costs of $2,000 per month. – FIXED

(f) Advertising costs of $10,000 per month. – FIXED

(g) Sales salaries. – VARIABLE

(h) Color dyes for producing different colors of sweatshirts. – VARIABLE

(i) Salary of the production supervisor. – FIXED

(j) Straight-line depreciation on sewing machines.- FIXED

(k) Patterns for different designs. Patterns typically last many years before being replaced. – FIXED

(l) Hourly wages of sewing machine operators. – VARIABLE

(m) Property taxes on factory, building, and equipment. – FIXED

(n) Cotton and polyester cloth. – VARIABLE

(o) Maintenance costs with sewing machine company. The cost is $2,000 per year plus $.001 for each machine hour of use. – MIXED

Betty asks…

How to create excel formula for cycle times?

I am making a maintenance program for a sewing factory. I currently have implemented a parts cost tracking for each machine. It is fixing to have parts inventory on it as well as soon as I get done. Each machine has its own asset #. I would like to put a setting to that # or cell so that it appears on the “oil change” sheet every 6 months. How do I do that?

admin answers:

Use a formula like this after entering the date of the last oil change in a cell to warn you that you need to change the oil

If the oil change date is in A1 enter this in B1 (this is an example only)

=if(TODAY()-A1>=183,”CHANGE OIL”,””) format the cell as GeneraL

183 days is 6 months app.

George asks…

rate my resume please!! give feedback?

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Education Penn Foster

Scranton, PA 18515-0001

Electrician program in progress

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Scarborough, Ontario

Major: Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Electricity and Electronic

College of Arts Science and Technology

Kingston, Jamaica

Major: Mechanical Engineer Technician

Related Work 1998-2010

Prestige Window Fashions

195 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison, New Jersey

Worked as an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic. I performed electrical installation and repaired on the building and machineries. Trouble shooting and repairs blind making machines such as, Sani, Faber, Turnils, and Hunter Douglas high speed strapping machines, sewing machine, automation machines and drill presses. Dismantled, rebuilt and installed high speed production machines, electric motors, compressors, pumps, pneumatic and hydraulic presses and compacters. Designed and built replacements parts for specialty tools and machines. Conducted milling, lathing, boring, welding (gas, arc, mig, tig) and soldering. Set up maintenance program to minimizing production down time. Performed wiring and installation of electrical circuits and panels, receptacles, switches, boxes, conducts, cable assemblies and lighting fixtures. Repair and performed preventatives Maintenance on machines and equipments. Work from blueprints schematics and work drawings. Ensure that machines removed for repairs work are done to specifications and within time and budget. Make request for purchases of parts for repairs and services of machines as needed.

1994-1998

Otema Interior Fixtures

Markham, Ontario

Employed as an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic. Trouble shoot and repair faulty electrical and mechanical equipment. Rebuilt pneumatic and hydraulic equipment compressors, pumps, motors. Operate milling, boring and lathe machines. Perform welding (gas, arc, mig and tig) and soldering. Repair glass cutting machine , table saws ,drill presses, dust collectors, and bending machines. Work from working, drawing, blueprint, schematics. Perform layout and fabrication of metal doors, rails and metal furniture’s. Order parts for machine repairs as needed.

Honor Seneca College Honor graduate

Achievement Prestige Window Fashion Employee of the Year

ReferencesReferences are available on request.

admin answers:

First off you should list some dates for your education, the year you graduated is usually fine. You also do not need to type out the word ‘Major’, just listing it underneath the college/schools name will suffice. If you graduated and recieve a degree, diploma or technical certificate, it should say ‘Bachelors in/of________’ or ‘Associates of/in_________’ or ‘Technical Certificate/License in ___________’

Also, most employers will probably skip right over you with the laundry list of your responsibilities you have under you work experience. Cut it down, especially the first one. Use bullet points to list 6-10 responsibilities and/or accomplishments at each place of employment, things that will be interesting to the company/job you are applying for. ‘Prestige Window Fashion Employee of the Year’ should be listed under the list of responsibilities for that job. You also do not need to list the companies’ full address, just city and state is enough.

You should have a header that says ‘Achievements’ (Like the ‘Related Work’ and ‘Education’ ) and list the ‘Seneca College Honor Graduate’ under that. Related Work should really be titled ‘Experience’. Look up some examples of resumes online for your spacing, I’m not sure if this exactly how it’s spaced on your computer but it’s kind of cluttered looking on here.

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