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211  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nelco SAMB-2 on: December 13, 2009 07:58:28 AM
Have you tried cleaning and servicing the motor?  It could be smoking due to a build up of excess oil from being over oiled at some point or from burning off loads of dirt and dust on the inside.  You may not even need a new motor. Clean the commutator, the brushes, bearings, etc...

BUT before going even that far, see if you can find a replacement for the broken gear.  No sense wasting time on repairing or replacing the motor if you can't get the gear.

FWIW, the motor on this machine will turn the same direction as the handwheel- counterclockwise.  Think about it.  They are connected by a belt, so whatever direction the motor goes, so does the handwheel and  vice versa.
Thanks!  I probably should have done that before taking it apart, huh?  It wasn't actually all that complicated, so I'll be able to hook it back up and my boyfriend says he'll definitely be able to tell if it's electrical smoke or not. 
Any idea what the gear is called?  I don't think it's an actual gear, it's the piece behind the control dial that changes the stitch type.  I'm having trouble finding anything that looks like it on any of the sewing machine parts websites. 
The only hits I seem to get on Google for the model are to craftster, and to a Yahoo answer about when it was made. 
212  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Nelco SAMB-2 on: December 12, 2009 08:35:54 AM
I discovered a Nelco SAMB-2 hidden away in a corner.  It's got quite a few features my basic Necchi doesn't have (like the buttonholer and the different stitches..)
It's old and in much disrepair.  There's a broken gear.. and the motor smokes.   Cry  Replacement motors of the same specifications seem to be available (115/130 Volts, 80W input, 50/60 cycles) but they're available rotating either clockwise or counter-clockwise.. anybody have any idea?

Okay, after doing more research, it looks like only sergers use clockwise rotating motors..  so I can be pretty sure that this one is counter-clockwise, right?  Or could that vary?

Okay.. and pics..




213  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learning to sew for a complete DUMMY! on: December 11, 2009 03:18:35 PM
Sewing for Dummies is always a good place to start.  Wink

I'm kinda a beginner too.. I've sewed bits before, but not on my own, so I guess I'm mainly new to having to do it without someone to ask.  Although my next-door neighbor is great at it if I'm really stuck.  But getting cheap fabric and just messing experimenting is fairly necessary, I think.  Or recycling old fabric.  I discovered in the linen closet loads of old sheets meant for bed sizes that I don't have.  

Don't decide to make a velvet dress for your first project! 
I did exactly that!  (why does this forum not have a good "embarrassed" emoticon?) And the stretchy knit kind, too!  But it was on sale at Joann's for 2.99 a yard, so it's not that bad. 
214  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dress Forms on: December 11, 2009 02:23:38 PM
If you want a cheap, good one, get a PGM. The bust is more naturally shaped and so is the butt.
Holy cow, they don't have any there for under $200, and they're not adjustable at all..  Why would those work better than the $99 adjustable Singer forms?  I keep looking at the Singer ones too, thinking that would be nice, especially because I have trouble with patterns because my shoulders are much narrower than my hips. The biggest complaint in the reviews of the $99 Singer form is that the stand wobbles...
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