Question about Sewing Machines
I've restored a number of machines that had been stored for years, so, here's the general procedure to do it yourself:
1. get some denatured alcohol and a clean low-lint rag (it will get *dirty* so nothing you're planning to use elsewhere), an old T-shirt is great.
2. get some good quality sewing machine oil.
3. get some basic tools - screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
4. You're going to want to avoid distractions for a while, so find a quiet place to work, this should take 1-2 hours.
5. Take the machine covers off - how to do this varies from one machine to another, but it's usually fairly obvious. Be sure to put screws you take out aside where you won't lose them. Be sure you open up the bottom as well as the top... the bobbin should be removed for this procedure, too.
6. Clean the interior parts you can with the alcohol and rag, being careful not to leave bits of rag in the mechanism.
7. Let it dry as you move on to another area.
8. Lubricate! Oil and more oil *Not* just a drop or two, pour it on pretty heavy... it may even drip out but that's O.K. for now.
9. Once you've oiled pretty much everything you can see (the only thing to avoid is electrical stuff, light bulbs, etc.), move the mechanism by hand at first. It should have loosened up. If not, repeat step 8. Lubricate some more. As you're turning the hand-wheel, you'll see moving parts move, be sure that they're all oiled. It can help to oil as you move as well. It's really hard to use too much oil.
10. Once you've got it turning freely by hand, try it on the electrics. If all works well, proceed to close it up and clean the exterior with the alcohol and cloth. This will also clean up any oil you've spilled or dripped.
11. Sew on a 'test' swatch for a while as you'll probably get oil coming out for the first 10 minutes of sewing time or so.
Posted on Apr 06, 2015
Testimonial: "Thank you everyone. I've got a partial fix. All parts move manually. However, it seems the motor isn't connecting to the mechanics of the machine and there is nothing, only the hum of motor. Electric is there but it's not doing anything, accept the light switch works! Any other thoughts please? Thanks."
If you have the manual, refer to the instructions on oiling your machine. (Recommend using a good quality sewing machine oil.) Since your machine has been in storage a long time, it has most likely dried out and the metal parts are stuck. If you can oil it (use only 1-2 drops oil in each spot), that could very well be the resolution. Once you've oiled, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal mechanisms and gently try to move the handwheel. If it is still sticky, try oiling again and then hairdryer. Repeat as needed.
Posted on Apr 06, 2015
Testimonial: "Thank you. Not working. The wheel is now very loose, but nothing moves, electric running through it but still nothing is moving!!"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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