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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Baby Lock Melody-Getting to know my machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/28/13 11:47 PM

Hi everyone!

Well, I finally brought home my Baby Lock Melody on Thursday! I am just getting acquainted with the machine, and of course have come across a few questions/concerns... I do not have my first lesson that came with the machine for a few weeks (they were really booked up I guess with the holidays) so I was hoping to get some expert advice and see if I need to take it into the store before then to have it checked out:

1) The machine has a slight "mechanical" or "hot" smell. It certainly does not sound like anything is burning or things of that nature, but I noticed the first night that after it had been running for awhile it kind of had a smell to it. It didn't get any worse, but was noticeable again today.

2) The machine seems a bit noisy compared to the one that I tested in the store. Also, it seems to have a slight squeak to it... does it need some oil maybe? Is this a sign of a larger mechanical issues

On then on a different topic:

Thread--- Is there a certain gauge of thread that needs to be used? I tried sewing with some thicker thread today (the yellow kind that is seen on blue jeans) and I had all sorts of problems with the thread bunching up and the stitches not being clean.

I am hoping that my issues were just "breaking in" the machine again, or maybe it needs a little oil? They told me that they service and check out all of their machines before they sell them and they also include a one year warranty on them, but I want to be sure that it is in good shape and certainly don't want to a lemon of a machine.

Any thoughts?
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Date: 12/29/13 0:13 AM

If you see flames, then start to worry.

All kidding aside... I'd expect a slight smell from the new plastics, etc.

As for oiling... did any oil come with yours? The last two new machines I bought did not. One of them has a small spot that needs oil once in a while...

It's just not like the old machines... these new ones just don't require much of that.

Have you tried googling maintenance of your machine? You might find someone out there in the blogosphere talking about their Melody.

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Date: 12/29/13 0:32 AM

Hi, If you are using the thick jeans thread, are you using a size 16 or 18 size needle? You might need to lengthen your stitch a little too. Is your sewing machine on a solid desk or table? What did the store have the machine sitting on? I don't know anything about the smell that you are talking about. Your manual should tell you if you need to oil it and when. I have a Brother sewing machine and it does not require any oiling. I don't think yours would need it either. Harriet

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Date: 12/29/13 1:32 AM

If using more thicker gold color thread, like for jeans hems thread made by maybe Coats and Clark or YSL jeans or top stitching thread, I most times use a size 14 special top stitching needle. You don't have to, but since the thread is thicker than normal, if you used a size 14 top stitching needle, then the actual needle eye in it, is really as large as a normal size 16 needle's eye. I think that's a good thing. Also of course you can't make your same size tiny (or just default size) stitches either and still have it look good, you need a longer stitch length too.

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Date: 12/29/13 7:09 AM

Yep- what others said. I even use a 90-110 needle when topstitching through multiple layers of denim.
For garment sewing, my standard is 3.0 length. For bulky, up to 3.5 and jeans topstitching even 4.0.
Also, what are you using in the bobbin? If not the same weight you may need to adjust your stitch tension. If the fabric layers are thick and not feeding through (causing uneven stitching) then adjust your presser foot tension.

Make only on adjustment at a time. Start with the needle. Go from there. The table or cabinet and surface makes all the difference in what sounds a machine makes and vibrates. Try something more solid- even a kitchen counter. If it lessens, then you know its not the machine. If the smell continues to bother you, take it in and have a store assistant or manager tell you if it's normal.

Have fun exploring and make a list of your questions for your first class. Enjoy!

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Date: 12/29/13 9:35 AM

A few thoughts:
Make sure the motor's air vent is clear...no fabric or supplies obstructing air flow.

Extra noise could be due to the sm being on a different surface. Were sms at the dealer's on sewing machine pads? My sms sound differently on plastic tables versus wood tables.

I had a sm that squeaked from using a Dritz bobbin. Although you did mention a "slight squeak", a high pitched noise while sewing is mentioned in your sm's pdf online manual from using an incorrect bobbin...but you are probably using bobbins that came with the sm, right?

My sm had a squeak, squeak, squeak...when the Dritz bobbin was turning in the bobbin case and it stopped when the sm's brand name bobbin was used.

If your manual is the same as the pdf manual...check out page 148 for other noise causes.

No where in the pdf manual did I see anything mentioned about oiling...therefore...best to check with your sm's dealer about that before using any oil.

I agree with the other posts about using a large eye needle etc when using top stitching thicker thread. The manual also has similar if not the same info about sewing with thicker materials and thicker thread.


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Date: 12/29/13 1:33 PM

Melody's Clones: Brother Innovis NX650Q/Laura Ashley 800

-) change the needle to match the thread weight!!!!! You risk messing up the timing and causing nicks and damage to the bobbin case. Ask me how I know….first repair for such was covered under warranty….the 2nd cost me $225. Now, I've learned that lesson.

-) my Melody clone loathes Coats and Clark thread, but chugs along with Sulky, Gutterman, and King Tut just fine.

-) longer stitch length will ease up the effort on the feed dogs and tension.

-) rethread the machine with the needle in the upper most position to " open" the tension disks, etc.

-) this machine does not do well with users oiling. Only the dealer should oil it on "spa days". A computerized machine, the bobbin case is magnetic and the oil will mess with that.

-) NEVER use metal bobbins!!!! Buy only the Brother specific plastic bobbins. I keep my Melody/Innovis 650Q bobbins separate from the metal L bobbins for the 1500

-) I kinda remember a hot plastic smell, initially, but that dissipated.

It's a very nice machine and makes amazing buttonholes! Enjoy!

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Date: 12/29/13 1:44 PM

I bought a Melody last spring and there was no smell, no squeak or any other problem. I would take it back and have them check it out.

Hopefully the other suggestions re the jeans thread will help.

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