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« on: December 11, 2006 06:12:24 AM »

Ever had one of those days where you just want to swear off crafting forever because of a project meltdown?

Whilst sewing a topstitch on a bag last night, the sewing machine commits hara kiri.  I must have been about 1" into my topstitch when the machine catches on an edge of fabric, freaks out, and then stops completely (with the needle all the way down and buried in the fabric).  I'll admit, the fabric was a bit thick, but I've used this machine to sew through pleather and it hasn't blinked.

So here's where it gets complicated... it's not my machine.  It's my aunt's.

She's away on holidays, but she hasn't had a problem with letting me use her sewing machine for the occasional quick stitch, so I figured it's probably okay since I'm using my own thread and everything... it's not like I'm going to call her on the beach to ask (I rent the upstairs floor of her duplex).

The motor seems okay, because it whirrs away if I press on the pedal, but the needle isn't going up and down along with it. Sad  I just hope I can get it fixed before auntie comes home. Sob.

Anyone have any idea what I might have done to the poor machine and whether it will be expensive to fix?
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006 06:44:32 AM »

It'll be OK! That happens sometimes. Try gently wiggling the needle up and down with the wheel on the side. It might take a little while, and you might have to cut into your project, but you just need to get the needle free and it'll be OK. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006 07:14:17 AM »

Actually, I guess I forgot to explain that part - the needle isn't moving at all, whether I use the pedal or the wheel.  No matter how much I turned the wheel, everything stayed put.

The project has already been released from Singer Penitentiary by gently pushing the needle assembly upward and unscrewing the needle from the machine until I could gently pull out the whole shebang. 

So it's not that the assembly is stuck, because I can move it up and down using my hand, and the motor and wheel are both working, except for the fact that they're not moving my needle... so something is most definitely broken. Sad
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006 07:22:55 AM »

hmm, well worse comes to worse you can take it to a repair place. Poor machine! Sad
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