Member since 3/4/03
Date: 11/17/12 11:22 AM
I bought a replacement plug(fan shaped) and foot control for a kenmore rotary 117 and all works well. The only issue now is when the machine runs the fan shaped plug(female type) vibrates out of the socket on the machine after running a few minutes. It stitches great except for this. Any suggestions for a fix of sorts to keep it plugged in. I guess I could put some electrical or duct tape back there but that would probably frighten away anyone that might think they want it. I saved the original plug but don't know if I'll ever talk anyone into changing it with the newer one. Those of you that are electrically inclined and work on these older machines,is there anything I can do to make the fit tighter. I would never want to sew on it with the plug falling out every few minutes of sewing.
Member since 5/2/09
In reply to mssewcrazy
Date: 11/17/12 1:57 PM
Maybe you could just wrap a large rubberband around it, several times on the outside edges of the plug if that seems to be the problem area, and not anywhere near the prongs on it. Maybe that would be enough to hold it in, and not work it's way off by machine vibration. Or take a peice of cardboard or empty matchbook and wedge it in there, also far away from any prongs. Or get a little peice of stick on velcro, and put that on the machine near it, and a loop of the velcro on the cord instead, to fasten together there. Or use the machine in a way that there is less vibration, maybe sew with it on a large rubberish mouse pad or such. Or break down and get a cord set that fits a bit better. When things are really old, sometimes you might have to make do, somehow. If was my only machine, I think I would want it to work right, but if it was only one of many machines, maybe it would not matter all that much at all.
I guess you could also even forget about using any plug in and plug out cord, and just put the wring into there more direct and then it would be there all the time and the cord could not fall out either, so maybe another option also.