Please help! My machine has now blown a fuse 4 times during normal embroidery. Each time I take it to get serviced, it costs $100. The shop hasn't found any cause for this. I can't afford to keep paying for replacement and would like to know if anyone can teach me how to do this myself. I have read that it is difficult, but I am willing to try as I really can't afford to purchase a new machine right now. Thanks for any advice!!
We just found the fuse!! You need several kinds of screwdrivers and loosen the bottom. Then the side piece has one screw that holds it on and we had trouble getting that off but eventually I just held it differently from my husband and it came off so easily. We finally got to the black plastic box that is held on the bottom with two screws and 3 clips of wires. Once we got that loose there were two more covers to take off until we finally found the two fuses! My husband is on his way to Radio Shack now to get a couple 3 amp fuses. It's obviously blown - so we trust this will work once we get all the screws back in the right place!
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The first time is a little difficult; but it get's easier every time. I found after mine blew its first fuse, it blew more and more often; then almost any time it got jammed; while sewing real heavy material; and when I tried to sew real fast. So might as well buy several fuses when you go to buy one. I had a hard time finding a fuse locally, until I just happened to call Radio Shack and they had them. There are usually 2 fuses, so check to see which one is blown and take it with you. Make sure you buy fuse that does not blow as easily -- think they called it a slow blowing fuse. Radio Shack helped me to buy the right one. I purchased a higher rating the last time and it seemed to do better -- but I could not find where this was recommended and I am no expert on fuses, so let Radio Shack advise you. Just do not buy a lower rated fuse.
Make sure you note where each screw goes back at, I didn't and had some screws left over the first time I finished. Take masking tape and write on it where the screw goes, then use that piece of tape to stick the screw to a piece of paper or aluminum foil. Trust me, it will help. Now how to to do this:
I didn't remove the top cover, I just loosened the screws enough to get the side panel off. I don't recommend taking the top off all the way, because my dimmer knob came lose when I took it all the way off. If you want to take the top off you can by removing the 2 large screws, plus the small one under the handle.
Remove the small screw on the bottom that screws into the right side. Remove the right cover, where the power plug is.
Lay the machine on its back and remove the screws on the bottom. Make sure when you take these screws out you do not move the embroidery arm; or you will have to adjust the feed dogs before it fits back together.
CAREFULLY move the bottom cover out of the way.
Inside the body of the machine you will see a black box held in place by three screws. Remove the screws and, as you slowly pull the box out. One of the wires on mine was not removable. One wire was real short and it was tricky to make sure I had it plugged back in when I put it back together. MAKE NOTE OF WHICH WIRES PLUG IN WHERE.
On the other side of the box, remove the two screws that hold the cover on.Inside, remove the two screws that hold the board. Be careful not to touch anything on the board
Looking into the machine from the right side (where the plug is) you will see two fuses. One will be blown. I used some real long needle nose pliers to take them out. Use the tweezers to replace with the new fuse and reassemble. Make sure it touches the metal on both sides or it will not work.
When refitting the base unit, make sure the feed dogs are in the right position -- this is what I was referring to when I said embroidery arm.
I didn't replace all my screws in the bottom until I made sure it worked. If it doesn't check the short wire where you took the box out; and check to make sure the fuses are in the slot correctly (these are some errors I made the first time.)
**ALSO DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN YOUR SCREWS. I did and mine got stripped out.
The local sewing shop wanted $120 to replace the fuse; which is about all you can get for the sewing machine if you try to sell it. I am a retired single 62 year old lady so if I can figure it out so can you. It took me almost an hour the first time, but now I can do it in 15 minutes. I still have my machine, but purchased a newer model and only use this one for straight easy sewing.
Good luck and let me know if you need any more help.
truthfully I think their something wrong with the computer in the machine because the bobbin locked up. sometimes when a sewing machine jams it can make the machine jump time. but the needle moved positions, some part of the machine is changed during the jam up, even tho you reset it. embroidery machine are expensive, my suggestion is to have the machine checked
If your trying to find out how long it took you to embroider something, You need to go to your touch screen menu- touch Set- then down at the bottom left of this screen and touch More- three (3) times you'll get to where it says Running time:(It's the 3rd Selection) There it will actually show you the total running time (Sewing and Embroidery If you haven't zeroed it out by hitting the zero (0) next to that selection.) You can do this on the touch screen with the embroidery unit on or off. You need to touch the zero (0) to zero out your time before you start an embroidery project. Once you've done this and you've finished an embroidery you can check how long it took by the touch screen menu- Set- touch More 3 times and there you will see how long on the Running time it took to embroider your design.
I hope that helped. The total time your machine has ran (Embroidery and Sewing) is kept in Memory on the Service Screen that your Technician gets into when he services your machine. So your not actually wiping out that. The Set menu is just for you to keep track of how long your machine sews or embroiders something pretty much. I hope that helped you out with your question.
With the embroidering, some of the bobbin thread is SUPPOSED to show on the top of your embroidery-the machine isn't doing anything incorrectly. You'll need to thread your bobbin with the same thread as you are using with the top. I had the same "problem" when I first got the machine and took it to a wonderful local technician whose helped me with a lot of things who informed me that this is perfectly normal on embroidery machines.
If this is an older model, the power supply module is a little sensitive to mains spikes - I've had three that have suffered a similar fate and all have required replacement power-supplies - the switching transistor gets blown and this is a job only for the qualified service engineer. My suggestion, I'm afraid, is to have it checked-over by a service engineer. There is a glass fuse on the circuit board, but if blown, it's usually for a reason and 9 times out of 10, just replacing it results in a second blown fuse !!!
Make sure you're using the correct foot for the stitch. Is this during sewing or embroidery? Take off the bobbin plate using the screwdriver and remove the bobbin. Make sure everything is clean under and around the shuttle. If you've ever broken a needle the tip might have fallen down into the mechanism and occasionally be jamming it.