For about a month, I was fighting with my primary sewing machine (a Kenmore). Tension wasn't right, it was eating my fabric, couldn't get a good balanced blanket stitch, etc. etc. I cleaned it regularly and oiled it regularly, and put new needles in it regularly, but it just didn't like me anymore. So after 30-35 years, I broke down and took it in for service. The tech knew I never had it in for service because while the bobbin chase and tension discs were clean, there was about 2" of packed lint in the bottom. When I asked how I cleaned that he said you don't -you have to take the whole cover off. Pretty tough when its bolted into a cabinet! Then he told me I had worn the feed dogs out and that's why it was eating the fabric and giving me a bad blanket stitch. Said he couldn't get new feed dogs (hard to find parts for it, its so old!), but was able to adjust them and raise them to get a better bite on the fabric. Imagine that, after using it almost daily for 30 years, I wore metal feed dogs out! Its sewing like a dream now and I wonder if it will last another 30 years. Those new push button, 300 + stitch machines that do everything but cook you dinner scare me!This message has been edited. Last edited by: mcpatches,
Sounds like you have a great technician! I've been wondering about my Janome. I took it in for service but the stitches still don't seem quite right. There's no dealer around here, so I may have to bite the bullet and drive an hour or so to get it looked at at some point.
Wearing out feed dogs...that's new to me!
"I know how you turn a blanket into a quilt, Mom. You add some love to it." ~ J., 7/08, age 7
Good for you!
My computerized Brother is sitting by the door waiting for a trip to the hospital. It will sew for 2-3 inches...then jump up and down in one spot. I give it a tug...it sews...then it doesn't.
Does this hat make my butt look big?
I just had mine serviced by a great little Amish family shop about an hour away. You make an appointment, take it and four hours later take it home!
It had been two years since last done.
I have worn the 1/4 inch markings off my newest machine almost all the way up to the metal plate!!
While my sewing machine may have lint built up, I bet my serger is much worse. Clean as much as I can but I am sure I miss a lot... Chris
I get my Viking cleaned every year, religiously. I think it is well worth the $100.00 I spend. I still clean it throughout the year. He also attaches a plastic snack bag to the machine when he returns it. It used to really be full but any more ther is not much in it. Guess I am getting better cleaning it in between.
l have a 34 year old Kenmore. l wonder if they are related? Glad your is back up and running!
l would be unstopable IF l could get started!!!
Those old Kenmore's are real troopers....I think back then they were made by Singer - shen Singers were good.....mine went to a new home several years ago when I "gave up" sewing. That was before I started quilting.
I too have a kenmore that is about 22 years old. it runs quite but tends to jump out of time. one tech told me there was not a cure for that. I try not to sew thick stuff because that seems to be what knocks it out. then it skipes
stiches. I love that machine.
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