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Message Board > Sewing Machines > if your machine is talking, its best to listen ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/10/13 6:10 PM

earlier this week my machine started sewing really slowly. Even if I put my foot down it wouldnt speed up. Visions of a bill and the sewing machine repair guy came to mind.

I oiled it, made sure it was dusted round the bobbin case. No improvement. After the second day of this I think what could I have done to generate this unhappy noise when my machine was sewing. It dawns on me that I had recently made some button holes which reminded me of something. Mine is an older machine, and to create a satin stitch you have to switch a very small lever at the side of the machine.

On checking, sure enough this had been knocked at some point (easily done) and the poor thing had been sewing on the wrong setting. Fast forward a few days. Same thing happens AGAIN. Accept this time the dratted lever is in the right position. I think about what I have just done (refill a bobbin) and check the handwheel. Sure enough, I hadn't tightened it enough after rethreading my machine.

Just wanted to share this for anyone having problems in case it helps!

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Date: 1/10/13 10:15 PM

This is like me the other day wondering why my sewing machine had gotten so loud, when all of the sudden it stopped and said motor overloaded. I thought I had really done something terrible! But I resorted to my trusty order of troubleshooting and changed the needle first, and when took off the old one I saw that I had managed to bend just the tip of it somehow. Sewing with a blunt needle will certainly make things louder and make the machine unable to pierce multiple layers! A change of needle put everything back to normal.

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Date: 1/11/13 8:19 AM

I agree with the concept of changing the needle frequently. Needles are one of the least expensive accessories in this expensive hobby of sewing. In my early years of sewing (the first 30 years of my sewing HaHa), I only changed the needle when absolutley necessary. Honestly I bet I could go a year without changing, hard to believe! Now I buy needles by the hundreds and change them on a whim. Better for the machines, better for the fabric.

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Date: 1/11/13 10:47 AM

Absolutely. Buy Organ needles (25 cents each at my local dealer; under a dime each online) and change them regularly.

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Date: 1/11/13 2:06 PM

I normally change my needle obsessively, but I began to wonder if I was wasting needles and tried to cut back. No more! I will return to my frequent needle changing so I don't have any more heart-stopping experiences!

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Date: 1/11/13 7:28 PM

Yes, sometimes (usually) it's the littlest things that make the difference. I guess it's better that way: no need for a repair bill. I agree with frequent needle changes and the inexpensive Organ needles. I never heard of them until PR. I also frequently clean after projects as only a little dust upsets my two main machines.

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