Machine will ont turn on .... yes, it is plugged in on both ends:)
My machine will not turn on, I have not used it for six months, we moved and it was in storgage. I unpacked it last week, plugged it in today and NOTHING! Since we are overseas with no SEARS in sight, I think I will have my husband fix it for me. So my questions are : -has anyone else had this problem? -Does anyone know where (online) we can purchase parts of all types? (fuses, circuit boards, etc)? Many Thanks
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If I remember correctly, the Touch n Sew is an older mechanical machine. If so, most likely it has seized because the old oil has solidified and "glued" the moving parts together.
Pick up some liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (hardware store or bike shop). Open the top, side, and bottom of the machine. Gently wiggle the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops each place where metal parts rub metal parts. Do NOT oil belts, synthetic, or plastic parts and do not over-oil! Then apply heated air from a handheld hairdryer directed into the internal mechanisms of the machine. Alternate oil and air, and hopefully after several treatments, it will move freely again.
Remember, like your automobile, mechanical machines need frequent oiling and cleaning. If using sewing machine oil, be sure it is Fresh, Good Quality sewing machine oil. If the machine is used frequently, oil every 40 hours of use. If not frequently used, oil every six months (even if in storage).
If it's an older mechanical machine, it most likely has seized due to lack of oiling and cleaning. The old oil turns to glue and then varnish and freezes the moving parts together.
DO THIS ONLY IF THE MACHINE IS MECHANICAL. IF IT IS COMPUTERIZED, TAKE IT FOR SERVICE. Pick up some fresh, good quality sewing machine oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (hardware store). Open the top, the left side, and the bottom of the machine. Gently wiggle the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops every place that metal rubs against metal. Do NOT oil belts, synthetic, or plastic parts.)
To speed it up, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanism. Alternate the oil and hot air and it should loosen.
Once the machine is moving freely again, be sure to clean and oil your machine regularly. If the sewing machine is used frequently, oil every 40 hours of use. If not used frequently, oil every six months.
Is it an older mechanical machine (not computerized)? Bet it needs a good oiling. Old oil will dry out and turn to glue/varnish and actually prevents parts from moving and dragging on the motor. Use only fresh good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube. Open the top, left side, and bottom of the machine. Slightly rock the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops of oil every place metal rubs on metal. Do NOT oil rubber, leather, or synthetic/nylon parts.
If it is still sluggish, you can direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior mechanics of the machine to help loosen things.
Older machines do need frequent oiling--ie, every time a new sewing project is begun or every six months if not in use. If a large project like a quilt, more frequent oiling may be needed. When you become familiar with the pleasing sound of a well-running machine, you will recognize when it needs some TLC.
Pretty common problem on older mechanical machines. If yours is mechanical, try using Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil (from the hardware store) or a "good" quality sewing machine oil (NOT 3-in-1, cooking oil, or old canned sewing machine oil) and apply to the feed dog's moving mechanical parts. Then direct hot air from a hair dryer into the internal metal parts. (Get it hot but don't burn your fingers!) Let cook and test.
I just did this yesterday on my neighbor's older Kenmore that the feed dog was totally frozen. A couple treatments with oil and hair dryer and it's working like new!
Secret to Keeping Your Old Mechanical Working: Frequent oil with "good" quality sewing machine oil. Only a "couple" drops in each oil port and each place where metal rubs on metal (gently rock or rotate the handwheel and watch where things move) and also move the dials, levers, and switches and oil those as well. Don't forget the moving parts under the machine too. Also, apply one drop every 8 hours of use to the outer edge of the shuttle where it rubs as it turns. Do NOT oil the belts, plastic gears, or cams. Oil every time "before" starting a new project. If in storage (non-use), oil every six months. Do this and you'll have a happy machine!
Is your White a mechanical machine (NOT computerized)? If so, it may need a good cleaning and oiling.
If your machine is a mechanical, be sure that you are cleaning and oiling on a regular basis. If not, the old oil turns to goo and sticks things together.
Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil (not 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the old oil from grandma's sewing basket). Follow the instructions in the manual. If you want to do a thorough job, open the top and free arm cover. Slowly hand rotate the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Do NOT oil rubber, plastic parts, or belts. Don't forget the moving parts in the bobbin area and the needlebar since that's where you are having problems. Be sure to apply a drop on the shuttle race every time you begin a new project. Oiling according to the instruction manual should be done every 40 hours of sewing time. If in storage, oil every six months. I try to do a complete oiling of my machine (as explained above) every six months to keep it operating well.
To help loosen it up, you can direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanics of the machine. Alternate the heat with oil until the machine is working smoothly again.
Okay, from the pictures I found, you have an oldie but a goodie. This is a mechanical machine and most likely has been setting without use for some time. It needs a good cleaning and oiling. The old oil has dried and turned to goo, preventing the parts from moving. If you have the manual, consult the instructions for oiling and cleaning. Use good quality sewing machine oil (NOT 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the oil you found in your grandmother's sewing basket).
With the old mechanicals, the best thing to do is take any covers off that you can. Gently wiggle the handwheel and watch where metal rubs against metal and apply one-two drops of oil in each spot. Look for oil ports where oil should be applied. Do NOT oil any plastic gears, Cams, or belts. Don't forget the top left side where the needle mechanism resides and the bottom of the machine, especially the mechanics for the bobbin area. Also, move any dials and levers and oil those if possible. To speed things up, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the machine's interior. (Don't burn yourself!) Then re-test and see if things have loosened. Repeat oil/heat and retest until your machine is moving freely.
Be sure to keep your machine cleaned and oiled on a regular basis (every 8-10 hours of constant use or every six months if not in use) to prevent this from happening again.
1. Remove the top and bottom covers (one at a time).
2. Try to clean moving areas with a qtip and old rags first.
3. Parts that are moving together (steel against steel) apply sewing machine oil.
4. The plastic gears use silicon spray.
5. The needle arm and pressure foot arm clean and apply oil.
RULE: Moving parts against each other need oil.
If the buttonhole dial has been rotated so that its indicator mark is not at zero (vertical aligned with the plate indicator mark), the stitch width dial will not function. Turn the buttonhole dial clockwise to the vertical mark. SewTechnical Home
in the needle plate area you'll find the feed dogs, they move the fabric forward as you sew, they should be up to sew . most sewing machine have a lever or knob that can be moved to change the feed dog position, unless then knob is broken
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