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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Information regarding heavy duty sewing machine. on: August 23, 2010 05:02:47 AM
I wrote a buying guide on my blog.  It might help you understand some of the various options available in domestic and industrial machines.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 500a help needed on: June 25, 2010 08:32:09 AM
The hand wheel has two parts.  The lighter colored part needs to be tightened (clockwise) while you hold the darker colored part.  Refer to page 11 of your manual.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: sew many Singers! Help me decide whether to keep any of these machines! on: June 09, 2010 04:28:07 AM
The 403 is the only one in the bunch that really is all metal- gears and all.  Hands down, I would call that one a keeper.

I have an in-depth review with loads of info and photos for the Singer 401, 403, and 404 on my blog- definitely worth a read for you.

http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/10/25/singer-401-401a-403--403a--404--sewing-machine-review.aspx
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension Problem on: June 09, 2010 04:25:48 AM
I have a few articles on my blog that will help you wrap your head around what is going on and figure out how to solve it.    For one thing, your machine DOES have an adjustment for the bobbin tension. They all do.

It's most likely not a problem with the machine, but just something simple like not having the thread seated properly, etc...

http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/09/27/thread-nests-and-wads-on-the-underside-how-to-fix-it.aspx
http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/01/13/tension-is-it-getting-to-you.aspx
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1955 Singer Featherweight Questions on: May 31, 2010 08:00:05 AM
If you liked the machine, and don't want to wait, hunt and hope for a cheaper one to cross your path, then I'd say go for it.  The FW was, and still is, a very high quality machine - heirloom quality in fact.  $250 isn't el-cheapo bargain basement pricing, but if the machine is in good cosmetic and sewing shape, it's seems fair.  If your goal is to get one for as little money as possible, then waiting and hunting is the way to go.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Broken sewing machine sending me into withdrawal! HELP! on: May 26, 2010 05:58:34 PM
Tell hubby to have a look at the camstack.  They are plastic on this model and sort of well known for cracking. Probably not a DIY repair if that is indeed the issue.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine maintenance on: May 19, 2010 04:12:14 AM
Why don't you have a manual?

What is the make and model of your machine?

As a general rule of thumb, they should be cleaned (de-linting) after every project, and oiled at the bearing points with about every 8 hours of use.   However, some machines are NOT meant to be oiled by the end user, but rather to be serviced annually by a sewing tech.

This page from my blog is filled with resources for maintaining a machine. Resources for DIY Sewing Machine Repair & Maintenance

 Wink
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Janome 19110 Sewing Machine on: May 17, 2010 07:02:32 AM
Sears/Kenmore uses the color coding system for it's needles.  You can go to the sears website and search through their sewing machine needles to see what the various colors mean. So in that regard, knowing that the machine was meant to be a Kenmore, is helpful to your query.

The manual has illustrations of exactly how the foot should be installed.  I suggest comparing what you are doing to what is shown in the manual.  The  pull down lever should be pulled down  behind the little tab on the side of the foot.  I bet your iether not pulling it down, or you don't have it behind the foot as shown in the manual.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Janome 19110 Sewing Machine on: May 17, 2010 05:28:33 AM
Did you get a manual? (I have a pdf version that I can easily share if you contact me directly with your email addy)

Are you pulling down the button hole lever near the needle bar/ presser bar??

The blue tip is Sears Kenmore code for stretch needles.

This machine was made by Janome, but intended originally to be sold through Sears as a Kenmore.  The Kenmore Model number would have been 385.19110.  385 is the "source code" for Janome made machines.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else have an old Kenmore (sewing machine)? on: May 07, 2010 07:59:25 AM


Love, love, love the old Kenmores (which I have been told were manufactured by Pfaff, current ones are manufactured by Janome).

SewNutzz

None of the Kenmores where ever manufacturered by Pfaff.   The 3 digit prefix on the model number (aka "source code") will indicate from whom Sears aquired the machine.

117 - White
148- Soryu
158- Maruzen/Jaguar
340 - Necchi
385 - Janome
516- Gritzner Kaiser
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