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Sewing Machine Issues

By the wonders of modern technology, this blog post is winging it’s way to a computer screen near you, while I am actually on holiday. I would like to say I was sunning myself on a beach somewhere, but depending on the vagaries of the British climate, I will either be a) cooped up indoors with 2 stir-crazy small boys while it chucks it down with rain outside; or b) wet and soggy outside with 2 small boys while it chucks it down….

While we are away, I am taking advantage of a break in the Making, and have booked my sewing machine in for a service.

And I thought this might serve as a timely reminder about the importance of Regular Sewing Machine Maintenance 😉

This is my machine

Machine maint1It was my Nana’s and it might not be the most fancy pants machine in the world, but she used to make entire wardrobes full of clothes on it, so I figure I should be able to knock up some bunting with it.

It started messing around the other day, and the top thread kept snapping. I did what I always do in these situations, and consulted the wise folk of Twitter.
The general consensus was to check the tension, which I did, to no avail.
I was kind of aware that I *might* not have oiled it for a while, so I dug out the instruction manual, and took it apart.
To my shame, this is what I found….

Not the greatest pic ever, but there is a LOT of lint there...

Not the greatest pic ever, but there is a LOT of lint there…

I have cleaned and oiled it before, but don’t remember ever taking this bit apart…!

It seemed to help for a bit, and the snapping thread issue did improve, but then it started doing this:

Machine Maint2

Missing a stitch every so often

So at this point, I finished what I was doing, and rang up to book it in for a service..!

The man on the phone immediately said “Have you snapped any needles lately?” and then said something about timers. I think. He seemed to know what he was talking about. And even better, offered to come and pick the machine up from the house, to save me lugging it into town-happy days 🙂

Hopefully when I get back, my Nana’s machine will be back in fine form again, ready to take on all that I throw at it.
And I promise to clean and oil it more often…

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  • Reply angalmond May 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    My machine started playing up on Saturday – I suspect that somehow a bit of broken needle has damaged the bobbin case. It will be going off to my trusty repair guy [steve of Braunstone] next week to be fixed! But I consider it money well spent

    • Reply Jen May 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      It certainly is, but I can see why people with cheap machines don’t bother 🙁

  • Reply Frankie Carson May 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I haven’t ever had a machine serviced! when my=ine plkays up my granddad has a “tinker” with it and I think it scares it into submission!

    • Reply Jen May 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      You lucky thing to have a tinkering Grandad!

  • Reply lesleygcooper May 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I have never had my machine serviced and I’ve had it years. I kind of expect it to just keep going, for ever really (blush). Will be interested to know how much it costs to get it done

    • Reply Jen May 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Mine will be a bout £50 I think, but should extend it’s life!

  • Reply Carl Legge May 28, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hi Jen, I’ll be very interested to hear what the diagnosis is. And I will be nagging you to make sure the machine gets plenty of oily TLC 😉

    • Reply Jen May 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Looks shamefaced. Yes, you are right-nag away!

  • Reply Scrapiana May 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

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  • Reply Scrapiana May 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Wise move to get it serviced. Hope it comes back purring for your, Jen.

    • Reply Jen May 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Eirlys!

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