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Baby lock slows down to 0 after sewing a few inches

I can use the machine to sew a few inches and then it slows down to crawl, to nothing, then after it cools, I can use it again for a few inches and then it does the same thing. We have lubricated the moving part, the belt seem ok, motor runs well without the belt,

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  • Gabriella Feb 09, 2012

    motor runs ok without the belt, no smell, the motor is not hot
    something is making the motor slow down and then cut out but we cannot figure out what

  • Gabriella Feb 09, 2012

    the foot pedal not a problem since the machine runs fine if I take the belt off, in other words it does not slow down without the belt

  • Gabriella Feb 09, 2012

    I should have mentioned that we moved and have not used the machine for almost 3 years, that is why my husband lubricated the moving parts

  • Gabriella Feb 10, 2012

    at first the handwheel did not want to move easily, that is why we started to look for moving parts and oiled them, now it moves much more easily, the machine will sew minutes longer then before, then it slows down again and the wheel again becomes harder to turn, as if something was binding. However after it cools, you can sew again for a few minutes until the whee tightens up again

  • Gabriella Feb 10, 2012

    the belt is not too tight, can move it almost 1/4 inch in the center

  • Gabriella Feb 13, 2012

    We took apart the stick length cam, sanded the inside a bit, since this was becoming too tight as it warmed up, runs ok now

  • Gabriella Feb 13, 2012

    problem was the stich length mechanism

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Have you checked
1.to make sure it's plugged into the wall outlet good?
make sure the power & foot pedal are connected correctly to the machine?
2.does the motor smell in any way?
when was the last time it was serviced?

Posted on Feb 08, 2012

  • the motor or the foot pedal could be going out,, or could be a bad connection inside the machine

  • can you turn the handwheel on the right side of the machine by hand?
    if you can turn the handwheel easily by hand,,then it's not the machine,,either the belt is too tight or too loose,, you should be able to move the middle of the belt between a 1/4 to 3/8 of a inch with the tip of your finger. now if the handwheel will not turn easly you need to oil under neath the machine anything that moves. & let it soak in over night, & also top of the machine,, even if you've oiled it already do it again. DO NOT OIL WHERE THE PARTS HAVE GREASE & DO NOT OIL THE BELT PULLEYS & AROUND THE MOTOR

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