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Date: 4/8/12 3:59 PM

My sister-in-law has come in possession of a Touch Tronic 2001 Singer. It needs some TLC and a good cleaning(servicing), but the real kicker...It is now sewing backwards. Has anyone ever had an electronic machine do this? I'm not up on electronic or computerized machines. I'm strickly mechanical, so this is really out of my league. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I checked the sewing machine review gallery and couldn't even find a Touch Tronic listed.

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Date: 4/8/12 4:07 PM

Just throwing this out there...reverse the plug. The polarity may be opposite.
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Date: 4/8/12 5:39 PM

Karen, thanks so much for your help...we tried what you suggested and it still ran backwards. I think it's time to take it to a repair guy. I know it's never been professionally cleaned since it was bought...it's long over due. Thanks again...Jan

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Date: 4/8/12 10:08 PM

It is sewing backwards because the control gears for the feed dogs are stuck in reverse mode. The polarity of power receptacles won't affect this. The only remedy is to take it to a technician.

However, on electronic equipment, not a good idea to override the polarity plugs on the power cords. That is taking for granted that power surges won't damage electronic circuitry.

Plug it in either way, and it works. But, plug it in the wrong way, and regardless of whether the off switch is OFF, the components are still energized. Power surges happen all the time. Of course this is assuming that your building is actually wired correctly in the first place.
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Date: 4/8/12 10:16 PM

What happens when you actually try to sew in reverse? (quick reverse and continual reverse?)

Does it stitch out satin stitches backwards, or just the straight stitches?
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Date: 4/9/12 0:12 AM

This is a real long shot but... it might be worth a try,

My QE4 actally has a straight stitch that is dedicated to sewing in reverse. Select this stitch and you will only be able to sew in reverse. If you hit the reverse button while sewing in this dedicated reverse stitch, then you go forward!

In any other stitch, if you press the reverse button (while not sewing) it will sew in reverse when you hit the peddle. You have to stop sewing and press the reverse button again to go back into forward mode. (My old Pfaff does this too.) If you hit the reverse button while sewing, it only goes in reverse for as long as you hold the reverse button.

Look to see that this machine is not set in such adedicated reverse stitch or that it has not been flipped into reverse mode. A light comes on my machine when it is in reverse mode so maybe it is in reverse mode and the light indicator is not working.

Wouldn't it be nice if this is all it was?? I will keep my fingers crossed and wish you good luck!

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Date: 4/9/12 1:43 AM

All my electronic computerized machines will sew backwards for me in straight stitch, if I ask them to do that. I think they all have to be able to do that. On that one, if you are sewing forwards, and only want to go backwards for a moment, you push on the backwards key, and it goes backwards. Looks like a "U" turn with a arrow on it. When you take your finger off of it, then it goes forwards again. But instead if you are sewing forwards, and then want to sew backwards for a very long time or forever (not just a moment), and your finger would get tired, then you stop sewing forwards in straight stitch, then finger push on the backwards key, take your finger off of it, and then it sews backwards as long as you want. Maybe even longer than you want, if it really just won't stop doing that for you. If you want it to stop sewing backwards, then stop sewing, and finger push on the backwards key again, take your finger off it, and start sewing again and now you are (hopefully) going forwards instead. Not sure if that is what you mean or not, but that is how I would want to sew on it, and want it to sew.

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Date: 4/9/12 2:27 AM

If it's plugged in and you are trying to use it, and something bad happens, electrical, it has a circuit breaker that is supposed to turn it off. To save it's self. Then, afterwards, it's supposed to not turn on and run, until you first press that little red button on the bottom of it, to reset it. But, considering it's so old and all, I don't think I would want to count on that a whole bunch, just no matter what, so I think it would be better to just leave it not even plugged into the wall, when not using it.

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Date: 4/9/12 7:25 AM

Goodness, I just got back on this morning and found all these wonderful responses. Unfortunately, I'm now about 30 miles away from that machine. Husband and I were at his sister's home for dinner and she asked me to look at this machine she had picked up from their oldest sister. I'm not an electronic person, but had the manual there. I pushed the reverse button and it sewed in reverse. Pushed the straight stitch or zig zag and it still stitched in reverse(straight stitch). Has a nice stitch, but the feed dogs are going in permanent reverse. It sounds like a jack hammer...This machine really does need a tech to look at it. It's a 1978 and as far as I know, never been cleaned or oiled. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I'll pass them on to SIL and see if she can get it working...
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Date: 4/9/12 2:42 PM

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...I pushed the reverse button and it sewed in reverse. Pushed the straight stitch or zig zag and it stilled stitched in reverse(straight stitch)....

It does sound like it needs oiling at least.

Take a look at what you said above.

"I pushed the reverse button and it sewed in reverse. "

Then you said

"Pushed the straight stitch or zig zag and it still stitched in reverse(straight stitch)"

What the posts above have suggested is that you have to stop the machine and push the reverse button again. No matter what type of stitch has been selected.

If that doesn't work, then you should try pushing the reverse button while the machine is running (which is currently in reverse.)

(You, of course, means whoever is testing the machine....)

In general, when you turn off an electronic machine, the machine resets to whatever the original settings were. Since this one evidently doesn't do that, I'd say a visit to a tech is in order.



Edited to add: The 1970s weren't Singer's finest hours. Personally, I wouldn't spend the $$ for a tech if I couldn't figure out something on my own or with help on the web. For the same $$ you could probably replace it with a much better used model from the late 90s or 2000s.
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