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Use your Eyes!

* I've always kept this in the back of my mind when looking at a machine or device for the first time. Not knowing if I can even fix what ever it is I'm looking at. The owner just wants help and is willing to have your look at it. Even if they say it's 'New' but your eyes tell you it's not. Rust, Tool marks, Cracked (disturbed) paint, broken cable ties, missing clips, screws, bolts. All of these indicate someone else has been here. How long? Look for dust collecting on oil drips. New means shiny, clean, no dirt or grease (finger prints) inside the control "sealed" areas.
* Does everything "Look Right?" Is the shaft suppose to be bent? Why is the the gear missing teeth? Why are there extra or broken parts at the bottom?
* I used to think it was just me or does "That look right to you?"
* Sure, it's frustrating to "trouble shoot" electronics, or other non-moving parts. But even looking at a computer board for a "Burnt" part or at least using you nose to sniff for burnt stuff. (another tip, the "Nose Knows") may help you identify at least the board if not the individual component. You will have to change the whole board anyway.
* Even if everyone disagrees with you but your "eyes" tell you otherwise then you may have to stand your ground on your position. This happened to me after I was 3d guy called in to check a "New" hydraulic machine. Everything looked okay till I opened up a "sealed" panel that was never opened before. I found weld slag and tool marks. Compared to the rest of this clean new machine the inner box was a mess. My eyes told me the MFR took a used section to install into a new machine. I guess they could not get a newer component and replaced it with what was on hand. You could not really fault them but they did not do a quality control test. I guess they rushed it. Anyway, after a lot of finger pointing (and unpaid invoices) They flew in a Tech from Europe (we are in Hawaii) to pull it apart. Sure enough, the oil had metal flakes from the older components in the system. (They honored my invoice)
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Timing is off doesnt grasp upper thread nothing happens


It is amazing how much those stores know. I suppose that could be a common thing among that particular machine.

Whatever you do don\'t buy a "WHITE" machine as they work for about 2 hours then they die. I had to keep taking it back and forth 45 miles each way for over 1 month and the person whom owned a shop couldn\'t fix it. Of course he said it was fixed and when I stepped on the gas nope same thing happened.

I also won\'t ever buy any new singer machines. They are bad...now if you can get a hold of an older one that is medal inside instead of plastic parts it would pay to keep it running.

I have sewn for over 42 yrs. I have gone threw a lot of different machines trying them out. I own about 6 machines now not including my embroidery/sewing machine or serger. I always have one or more working. I was tired of having it break down at Christmas time.

I even loaned out one to my 18 yr. I took her 20 yr old Janome (all metal inside) machine into the shop.

Oh yes, youtube has videos on everything!

Nov 09, 2013 | Brother Disney ULT-2002D

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My needles are catching under the plate and snapping.


hi Anita: Sounds like you've somehow knocked it out of time. It happens. Take it in and have it cleaned, lubed and retimed.

Nov 13, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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2001 ford windstar rpms drop low when idling and sometimes stalls


How long has this been going on? When a problem like this develops, it's always a good start to check for any fault codes in your engine's computer. Autozone and a few others will do a scan for free and give you any code numbers and technical descriptions, if the computer has stored any faults.
If you've kept track of normal maintenance over time, then a low idle should be a fairly easy problem to fix. That being said, it's not so simple. The computer controls your idle speed under all conditions, and relies on several sensors and switches (inputs and out puts) to work effectively. Have your mechanic check it with the low idle, dying problem in mind. Sounds to me like it needs tweaking-idle control valve, throttle position sensor, air flow meter. See? Get the proper diagnosis, so you don't buy unnecessary parts.
Maybe our ford guru, emissionwiz, will stroll along and find your fix from memory (he's the best).

Nov 04, 2011 | 2001 Ford Windstar

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We recently bought a new Hotpoint WMF760P washing machine and within a couple of weeks of using it noticed that it kept tripping all of the electrics out in the house, when it goes into it's final fast spin. We called Hotpoint who sent out an engineer the next day. The engineer said he couldn't find anything wrong with the machine and suggested we got our circuits checked. We had a qualified electrician out this morning to check the house electrics and he said they are fine. Have you heard of this fault with Hotpoint machines before and do you know what the problem might be?


I have seen this before with a number of machines when they were a little overloaded. I've never been convinced that I understood why it happened, though I always suspected a motor overload of some kind causing the issue. This said. There is absolutely no reason for a machine to trip the mains unless it's faulty.

If you have a friendly neighbour who doesn't mind you killing the power in their house, you could always run an extension lead from a neighbour to your house and see if it kills their power too. But like I say, at the end of the day, if it trips the power and you have your electrics checked, then I would INSIST that you get a replacement from Hotpoint. Things that use water and electricity are not to be messed with!

Sep 08, 2011 | Hotpoint Aquarius WD640 Front Load...

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My Bernina 1130 will not stitch anything but a straight stitch. Everything will work fine for about 20 minutes, then almost everything will quit working. Even the backstitch quits. The needle position also quits working. I have to turn off the machine to get it to reset. Any suggestions? Thanks!


Only sew for 20 min at a time... just kidding.

It could be a lot off stuff, could be a bit price to fix aswell.
The fisrt thing that comes to my mind is a bad S-print (mother board). This will need to be removed from the machine and mailed to bernina of america for repair. May be around $350 or so and about 3 weeks.
That is just a guess with the info you gave. It could also be a bound up slide block or bad stepmotors.
Most deffinitly will need to bring this to a bernina trained teck.
That is a great machine. If you like it then I say it is well worth the repair.
Hope this helps.

Apr 10, 2011 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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