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kaledrina
« on: April 14, 2008 10:47:29 AM »

Happily sewing along, first quilt, making progress... dootdootdoot... lalala....

KSSHK.

The quilting needle bent almost completely in half and the tiny metal piece that hangs out by the needle to hold the thread out of the way snapped off. WTF! AH!

I guess my tension was too high (It was only on 3 though... I tested on scrap quilt materials and that's the best tension) and I'm on 10 stitches per inch. I was going really slow too. My other theory is that the walking foot was slowly loosening the needle out of place.

The machine is vintage so the walking foot isn't original, it had to be special ordered from my local quilt shop.

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008 11:33:28 AM »

Is your machine actually broken, or just the needle?  I have had needles break on otherwise healthy machines - sometimes things go wrong (such as needles come loose and break), but it doesn't always mean a broken machine.  The needles and presser feet on my Elna frequently need to be tightened.  My antique Singers don't come loose as often (I have 3 sewing machines, 2 are older than me).

.  .  . do you have more needles?
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kaledrina
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008 12:32:58 PM »

It's hard to explain without a pic.. The needle nearly broke.

There's an actual piece of the machine that broke off. There's like a little coil to the left of the needle that you thread the thread through to maintain more tension and keep the thread from getting tangled in the foot/needle. It snapped off and I really doubt superglue or epoxy will keep it there for long.

It's so frustrating since it's such a tiny but still vital part.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008 03:57:44 PM »

my machine did that too...but the needle caught the foot and it snapped...Make sure your foot is tightened good so it doesn't move out of place Smiley
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kaledrina
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008 08:11:22 PM »

The only way to fix it is to salvage parts from another machine of the same model. So unless I'm really lucky that won't happen for a while.

But I did go out and buy myself a brand spankin' fancy new Janome. It's all computerized and shiny and new. *Purrs*

*wallet bleeds silently in background*

Edit: While cleaning up my sewing corner (cluttermonster will be back, never you fear!) I found the most mysterious looking pin. The top of the pin looked like it suffered an attack by an iron and a hammer simultaneously. I think I can finally say what killed my machine... Sewing over a pin in addition to my needle coming loose... Led to my machine dying and my wallet being $400 lighter. Ouch.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008 06:30:21 AM »

I'm wondering if you can "make' a thread holder out of a rubber band meant for braces.  That might hold just right at that location without too much drag (Would probably de-lint the thread a lot too.)

I'd b et that if you got creative enough, you can find a way--and don't knock Liquid Nail.   };-)
   
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2008 12:55:23 PM »

Do you mean the little thing that looks like a loop of wire?  It is what keeps your thread headed in the right direction.  I don't think that it has much to do with the tension.

You might want to think about gluing a bit of wire, or a snip of paper-clip in there.
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