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My machine is old and has been super reliable. i clean it fairly regularly. for the past few days it labours and doesn't seem to get a "grip", like it howls and any fabric is too heavy for it to go through, now it stopped altogether.

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  • isidora403 Oct 15, 2010

    yup, I guess you must be right and - yes I have also greased it, regularly but there is also a faint smell so ... thanks.



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Machines are such that they need grease ic certain areas. When they dont get grease in these areas they tend to still work but they do so with so much strain. One of such places is the main needle head which is the mechanism that drives the needle movement.
Cleaning the machine is usually not enough the machine has to go for servicing on a regular basis. For example when the machine started working laboriously is should have been sent for servicing.
First check if there is anything smelling burnt inside the machine if there is then a prt or two has to be replaced, but if on the other hand nothing smells burnt then the machine would need simply to be serviced. Get an expert to examine it as no correct diagniosis can be given without proper examination of the machine.
Hope this solution has been helpful?

Posted on Oct 15, 2010

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    Rockme Oct 15, 2010

    Thanks for the feed back.please do ensure to rate the solution provided



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