I wanted to pass along a lesson I learned this week.
I turned on my sewing machine on Sunday afternoon and realized, after the initial calibration it normally does, the needle did not go to the center position. I thought that was strange. I tried a couple of other stitches, turned the machine on and off, still the same situation. It did a straight stitch okay and I could move the needle position to the correct 1/4" I needed... but that's not right! I tried a buttonhole stitch and you can see the result above - Yikes! It seemed that all the stitches were corrupted. I was so upset. My baby was sick!
I talked to my machine dealer on Monday and while they suggested I need to have the machine serviced (which I agree!), they didn't offer much in the way of a solution. Other than, as I said, bringing the machine to them, leaving it for a couple of weeks, and hope the repair didn't bankrupt me! However, they did say that maybe the 'sensors' had dust in them, but that wasn't something I could get to or do myself. Apparently the 'sensors' regulate the needle position.
So I gave the machine a good cleaning, which I do periodically - but lint builds up so quickly. Cleaned out the bobbin case, the entire bobbin area and any crevices I could get my cleaning tool into. I tried to blow any dust or thread particles out of the tension disks (even though you can't access them on my Viking) as best I could.
|This is what I was able to pull out from under the bobbin case area. Yuk.|
|Nice and clean... or at least the best I could do for now. |
I turned the machine back on and viola' !!!!! The needle went to the center position! I controlled my excitement until I tried the buttonhole stitch and it worked perfectly!!! I was so excited!! I had my machine back!
|A perfect buttonhole stitch!|
So lesson learned...... keep your machine as free of lint and thread as possible.. and clean it often!
Happy & Clean Stitching!
Hi Debra - I reckon lint and dust account for many machine problems. Mum's Singer (circa 1935) started acting up - so I cleaned it and oiled it - the gunk was incredible -I don't think she'd ever done more than stitch with it, oil can - what's that for?? Change needles often too - that helps, and choosing the right one for the job. Sews like a dream once again. ElaineReplyDelete
Elaine, thanks for stopping by! Glad you were able to get the old Singer up and running again! - Enjoy using the machine!Delete