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Message Board > Sewing Machines > My new vintage friend ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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My new vintage friend
... except I can't get it to stitch anything!
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Date: 1/10/13 10:37 AM

Over the Christmas holidays I was gifted this vintage, straight stitch only Jones sewing machine. It hasn't been used in at least twenty years and the person it used to belong to was a very occasional sewist at most.



It came with an assortment of bits but no manual. Miraculously, it all works fine, even the light comes on! However, I gave it a cursory run through with a scrap piece of cloth and all I got was a snarled up mess. Can anyone point me to a "how to get your vintage sewing machine working" site? Or a manual for the machine (Model CBE Foreign)? I think I'm probably doing something wrong threading through the tension disks.

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Date: 1/10/13 10:45 AM

It is beautiful! It looks like 2 different type of bobbins in the drawer. Maybe you do not have the right size bobbin in ??? ....... Some of the older sm thread from left to right instead of front to back ??? Wish I could be of more help. You might want to check Relics for a manual?

I have never seen one like it! Quite Lovely Congrats!

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Date: 1/10/13 10:46 AM

Take a look at my general oiling and preliminary service details in this thread.

To those instructions, I'd say to discard whatever needle came with the machine and to ensure that the machine appears to turn smoothly before pursuing my steps. The most likely problems here are lack of oil, and a bunch of thread/lint/dead bodies around the hook and bobbin. Also run some dental floss through the tension assembly if it looks like there's a serious accumulation of dust in there (be sure to lift the presser foot to take the tension off).

This looks like a Brother-made machine (similar in appearance to a Flairmatic 190 we have around here), although I admit that I've not seen one quite like this that's straight-stitch only. (I looked high and low at the photos for evidence of zigzag, to no avail.)

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Date: 1/10/13 10:49 AM

I only ask because I made this mistake when I first tested out my Featherweight, but do you have the needle facing left with the flat side facing right? I initially put a new needle in my FW with the needle facing front/back, not realizing that side-loaking bobbins need a sideways facing needle, and I got the big snarled mess too.

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Date: 1/10/13 10:52 AM

May I just say that's a beauty!! LOVE it!! Its going to be a great machine for you and I would like to also suggest what TGM said about the needle. Some do insert side-to-side but even then, you might thread left to right or right to left so that part is important to know if the needle does not go in straight. Interesting also on having 2 different bobbin types...that could be it. Sorry can't help on the mechanical parts but that machine is going to be wonderful once you figure out the problem and i just know its minor.

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Date: 1/10/13 10:58 AM

Jones was an older (1860 onwards) Manchester, UK firm that was bought by Brother in the late 60s. So, I don't know that it is "Brother-made" so much as Brother acquired the firm and then presumably rebadged similar machines as Brother rather than Jones. This machine, from family recollection, is possibly late 50s or early 60s, hence it is still "Jones". My family is from the area where it was manufactured, and I see these types of machines around quite a lot in junk shops and in local listings on eBay. I just didn't realize that anyone in my family had one or that their response when they heard that I sew would be "Oh! Have this old machine!"! :D

I will give sewing on it another go with your suggestions and see how I get on.

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Date: 1/10/13 11:00 AM

A couple of really basic things I've found through trial and error....
Thread through the tension discs with the needle at the highest position

Your tension dial may be set improperly..most of my machines seem to sew best at a 4 on the knob...yours looks like it"s set differently.

Check how the needle is inserted..most of my Brother's want the flat side facing in, but some machines want it to the back...you might try changing that if nothing else works...

There is probably a little thread holder right above the needle..the thread comes straight down from that and then through the needle..some go right to left and others left to right..go where the holder is so the thread isn't wrapped around the needle..

Most of the vintage machines use a class 15 bobbin..that's the one with the holes in it..the other bobbin looks older...

And as was said, make sure all lint is out of it and the machine is oiled..Good luck with it..it's a pretty machine!

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Date: 1/10/13 11:04 AM

WOW!! Congrat's on a great looking machine. I'm sure you'll get it up and running and be creating wonderful things soon!! Good luck!

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Date: 1/10/13 12:10 PM

Magically, I have just discovered that the sewing machine is attached with hinges to the wooden box. Hey presto, when you flip the machine open, the manual is inside! :D

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Date: 1/10/13 12:14 PM

Congratulations - on the machine and additionally, discovering the manual!

Enjoy!

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