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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Necchi BF Nova ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Necchi BF Nova
Please advise me so I can use it
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Date: 9/20/13 2:03 PM

I've inherited my late MIL's early 50's SM that has probably not been used since the late 60's. She would have used it lightly and taken good care of it and it looks fine. I just oiled it, following the instruction booklet. I plugged it in and it appears to be working. Please advise me.

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Date: 9/20/13 2:44 PM

What do you want to know? You have the manual so thread her up and see how she does!

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Date: 9/22/13 3:55 AM

How cool! What do you plan as your first project?

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Date: 9/22/13 1:41 PM

Vandoels and SandiMaD
Thank you for your support!:)
Ok, it can run without thread (I'll spare you the steps to get this far).. I'm finding the threading particularly of the bobbin challenging...the thread jams on the bobbin thread and I'm carefully following the manual figuring out stuff....destressing now before I have another go... (and I have my own 30ish yr Janome XLII I want to get operational next (seems jammed or something & I don't have a clue what is wrong) before thinking of what I'll sew 1st).

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Date: 9/22/13 1:50 PM

You are correct in testing the threading and stitching before undertaking a project.

Folowing the written instrustions as you go helps as pictures can skip important steps.

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Date: 9/22/13 3:42 PM

Hang in there. Mine is my go-to machine when I need heavy duty zig-zag stitching. I did find that it wanted more top thread tension than the tension knob would give, so I wrapped the thread around something or other to give a bit more tension. I suspect the spring in the tensioner is weak. Great machine, though. Well worth working through any problems getting it going.

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Date: 9/22/13 3:55 PM

If you really think it's your bobbin case, I think every brick and mortar Joann's fabric store has a $2.98 cent class 15 bobbin case, on a hang tag there, that would also work just fine. Don't throw away your nice real Necchi one at all though, keep that. But just for comparison, less than $3 and maybe 1/2 hour away from you is a pretty good deal, if that was the case.
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Date: 9/22/13 11:46 PM

I can't tell from the Google image if it's a rotary hook or an oscillating hook. If it's an oscillating hook, you can pull the hook out. Then feel if there's a burr on the tip of the hook. If there is, you can gently sand it off with a very fine (500-600 grit) sand paper. If it's a rotary hook, it won't come out, but you could have a burr on it as well. It can also be sanded off, but is a little harder to get to.

Put a new needle in it, and make sure it's pushed all the way up. Set the upper tension at 3, and make sure there's some tension on the bobbin case, as well.

If it's still not working, the timing may be off. And that's something you should let a professional take care of.

Good Luck with your new machine!

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Date: 9/24/13 9:59 AM

Good News - I have stitching!
PattiAnnJ - Thanks for your validation: followed my manual repeatedly & from http://freenecchisewingmachinefiles.weebly.com (slightly later manual editions)
Al Johnson - you helped me keep trying & wrapping the upper thread also around the 2nd spindle, makes all the difference
beauturbo - thanks for letting me know how easy it can be to get another bobbin case
a.rose.sews -Thanks for sharing your advice which I followed carefully. (hook comes out)
btw: I felt so encouraged with all the encouragement posted here that I also got my Janome working again & actually used it for some clothing repairs yesterday too.
Getting this success made me feel good - it was my birthday - keeping operational:)

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