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Date: 4/1/13 3:34 PM

A while back I asked for help with a friend's 201. I talked to her via phone and suggested she try all the remedies that were suggested which ranged from reversing the plug to clean the contacts on the foot control wires. She mentioned as she was trying the plug reverse that since it was serviced and placed back in the cabinet it would not fold down into the cabinet as it was bumping the new too wide plug. I told her to try forcing the plug harder into the machine as that sounded strange but if that didn't let it clear she could get a little shaved off the cabinet opening in that area. Apparently the plug was not all the way in and had vibrated enough to lose the connection after a while. I know this sounds like a no brainer but thought I'd pass along the fix. She only sews a little bit and I hadn't thought about the plug into the machine head not being tight since I figured she would have tried that but no. Anyway I am really happy all is well with the restored machine that I encouraged her to service and repair. Never take for granted even the most simple fix. It has been awhile since all this happened. The last of my Easter family stay over visitors just left and while we were on the phone I had her reverse the plug and check some things when the fix happened. What confused me is she said the lamp was working but it wasn't the machine lamp as she had told me before but a floor lamp. Take nothing for granted with a non sewing person. I am soooo relieved the fix was an easy one.

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Date: 4/1/13 5:20 PM

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Take nothing for granted with a non sewing person.

LOL I know what you mean. They just don't know, bless their hearts. I always have to control myself when someone tells me they sew but they do not know what brand SM they own.

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Subject: what was wrong with the friends 201 Date: 4/1/13 9:09 PM

"Thingy" make me want to scream!

PS - Here is the original discussion should anyone care to follow from the beginning.


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Subject: what was wrong with the friends 201 Date: 4/4/13 5:05 AM

Thanks for the ...rest of the story. Reminds me of the early 90's when a friend called me to assist with a computer printer problem. Tried everything over the phone. When I finally got there the plug to the printer port was not snugged in. Pushed it in farther and it worked! Yep, electricity does some amazing things when it has a proper connection.

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Date: 4/4/13 8:00 AM

Not knowing the brand of sewing machine used would fit well in this situation. Lol!

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Date: 4/4/13 8:06 AM

Thanks PattiAnnJ for the link to the thread. It has been awhile since this happened. I have had lots going on and very little sewing happening. The friend doesn't sew much and she has been busy with other things lately as well. I am so thankful the fix was a simple one.

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Date: 4/4/13 8:16 AM

The printer port scenario sounds all too familiar to some situations I have been involved with through the years. I think it was the lamp comment that made me think is was plugged everywhere-dratted floor lamp was what she meant when I asked if the light was working to see if it was getting power. The machine light was not working only the floor lamp. She had strung an old outlet strip from behind a book case to plug the machine and lamp into.

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