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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Thread Uptake Lever Problem on: April 13, 2011 04:04:55 PM
Before I start off, yes I know I should take this machine to be looked at by a pro, and that you guys won't easily be able to tell me what's wrong over the internet. But I'm really hoping you can at least steer me in the right direction.

Last month, I bought a Singer 7467S, new, from a sewing machine shop on eBay. I love this machine. But right from the get go, I noticed that it was pretty noisy. With the help of my husband, I figured out the problem. Every time the thread uptake lever moves up when I'm sewing (which is, as you know, several times per second  Cheesy), it's hitting the plastic casing of the machine, resulting in a loud clicky noise. Husband suggested wedging a small piece of folded paper in the gap to widen it, and that resolves the problem. However, I'm having to re-wedge it any time I rethread my machine, and this really isn't a true solution to the problem.

Since the machine is new and all, it's under warranty. I contacted Singer, and they said I could take it to their authorized repair shop, but the closest one is 4 hours from me! I could ship it there, but it'd cost about $20 in shipping, and who knows how long it'd take to get back?

So, I thought maybe the problem is something obvious... maybe a loose screw somewhere, or maybe I could just sand off the edge of plastic where it's hitting. So I contacted a local shop who does repairs. They basically told me if they did any work, it would void my warranty. They could take a look at it, but I'd have to drop it off and it would take at least 2 weeks to even get to.

In between communicating with that shop, I decided to check with the eBay seller. They actually told me I could ship the machine back to them and they would send me a new one. That would probably cost me about $20 in shipping also since they're 4 hours in the other direction from me. But right now, unless I can figure this problem out, that's looking like my best bet.

If you all need me to give a more detailed description, or have more specific questions about the problem, or if you need me to take pictures for you, please let me know! I really wanna know what's going on. Also, just curious, if I just continued to sew with the piece of paper wedged in there, is that gonna cause any long term damage to the machine?

Thanks for reading this far, and I hope someone can help me out on this!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Is a walking foot necessary? on: February 26, 2011 03:42:39 PM
Hi all. I am starting my very first quilt and have been doing a LOT of reading up on tricks of the trade. But I'm curious, do I need a walking foot? If I use low loft batting, will using a regular presser foot really be that hard to use? I have a Brother LS-2020, and I'm having a hard time finding a walking foot to buy even if I do need one.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / hungry sewing machine... on: January 04, 2008 11:36:23 AM
over the last several days, i've had the strongest urge to make a purse of some sort. finally i decided i was gonna make a slouchy bag out of this old shirt i never wear.



i start cutting and pinning and everything's all fine and dandy... then after i sewed half the strap on (i was making the sleeves into the strap), i realized i had not only sewed it upside down, but also inside out.  Undecided yeah... so, i had to cut every stitch out. and of course i had decided to sew it twice to make it extra sturdy, so that's twice as many stitches to snip.

after that ordeal, everything's going good again. the bag's almost finished, and i decided i was gonna sew a simple picture onto the bag. just a city skyline at the bottom of the bag, nothing fancy. i start sewing, and it's alright for about an inch, then i notice the fabric's not moving anymore... i let up the foot and try to move the fabric but it's stuck... my machine ate it! so i had to cut it out...



and left a big chunk of fabric stuck in my machine, and a hole in my almost-bag.



gah!

and for no reason at all, here is my cat... not helping.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / cutting holes in thick plastic on: July 15, 2006 02:23:31 PM
hopefully i'm posting this in the right place...

i'm getting a hedgehog soon and right now i'm making the home for him. it's made out of those big plastic storage bins. i'm not exactly sure how to cut through the plastic because of how thick and sturdy it is. i don't have a drill. i could heat up the plastic with a hairdryer to make cutting easier, but i have no idea how long to heat it. i don't want to ruin the container by melting it too much. any advice?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / modifying body jewelry... help! on: June 30, 2006 09:47:56 PM
i was browsing ebay about a month ago when i came across a set of 8 pairs of 8g flared plugs that were very cute. since they were so cheap, i bought them without knowing anything about flared plugs. so i got them about a week and a half ago, and have tried a few times to get them in. no such luck, since i've got 10g's in right now. so i was thinking i could gauge down to a 8g or 6g, but then the thought occurred to me... even if i can fit the ends in, the holes in my ears will eventually shrink back down to the size of the middle of the plug, and i might not be able to get them out without pain, if at all. so i was thinking i could modify them somehow. maybe cut them in half and put a screw in or something. but i have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER of how to go about this. any advice whatsoever, whether it be on how to gauge them right, or how to mod these plugs, or whatever... PLEASE tell me. i'm desperate, cause i hate to have these pretty earrings go to waste.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / homemade crochet hooks?? on: June 15, 2006 08:52:47 PM
i've always been a knitter. i understand knitting and it comes very naturally to me. crocheting is another story. i've tried it once, maybe twice, and i don't understand it at all. but i'm willing to give it another chance now that i have more free time. except i keep forgetting to get a hook when i go to walmart. so does anyone have any ideas on how to make a hook with things around the house? size isn't all too important to me, i just want something i can start with.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / returning fabric... on: March 23, 2006 11:00:40 AM
can you return unused fabric to walmart? or do they not allow that? (sorry if this is in the wrong place).
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / recreating a dress, need some sort of direction... on: March 15, 2006 07:47:21 PM
i've gone through numerous ideas for my prom dress. i finally saw a picture and decided that was how i was doing the bottom of my dress. i just don't really understand how to go about making it. i'm thinking maybe lots and lots of short circle skirts... but i'm really not sure. anyway, here it is...



any thoughts would be fabulous and appreciated.
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / "shoes" ...i need suggestions for repair... on: March 06, 2006 05:14:01 PM
okay. so. my lovely boyfriend has been wearing the same pair of vans for almost 4 years now. needless to say, shoes wear out over time. but he's grown an attachment to these. one day a few months ago, the mall escalator kind of, well... ate part of his shoe. so he had a hole in the heel of one. this is where it all began. soon, more holes started showing up. eventually one of the soles fell off. i glued it back on, but the bottom of the shoe was wet from the snow and pre-cooked pizza ingredients (he works at little caesars)... so the newly glued sole lasted for a couple hours of wear. despite only having part of a pair of shoes, he continued wearing them until the other sole fell off and i had to ban him from wearing them anymore because they couldn't even be considered shoes.

he still very wants to wear them.

so, here are pictures...

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c8/throughyourmind/kc%20shoes/Picture0151.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c8/throughyourmind/kc%20shoes/Picture017.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c8/throughyourmind/kc%20shoes/Picture019.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c8/throughyourmind/kc%20shoes/Picture025.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c8/throughyourmind/kc%20shoes/Picture0121.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c8/throughyourmind/kc%20shoes/Picture0201.jpg

is there anything that can be done? could they be made back into wearable shoes, or at least houseshoes... or something? he really loves these, so any suggestions as far as how to fix them, what kind of material to use, etc... would be greatly appreciated.

ps- if they cannot be fixed, they will be blown up. he says that's how they'd wanna go out. ^_^.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / chalk dispenser? oh no... on: December 27, 2005 07:44:29 AM
ok. so. not exactly sure if this is where to post this. but yeah.

so i was putting my dress form together this morning... i got to the last step, which was to fill the chalk dispenser with powdered chalk. i do so. it's all finished, but i'm curious. "i wonder why you'd need chalk for making dresses..." i squeezed the pump...

...and out came a POOF of powder all over me.

 Sad Sad

so what's that *actual* purpose of that thing?
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