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« on: September 20, 2008 07:02:29 PM »

So i picked up a sweet Singer Athena 2000 at a yard sale for $10 this morning!



It came with like eight different feet, and have spent the remainder of today trying to figure out how the darn thing works. As far as i can see, there is at LEAST one thing wrong with it:






That's the underside. I don't know whether to call it loopy or some weird sort of braided-ness. It's almost like it makes fabric dreadlocks.  Cheesy  I've had something happen like this before and know it was a tension issue, but then it got caught in the machine and such. This one is quite content to stitch on like it doesn't know it's creating a world of chaos. Plus, the matted stuff seems like it's entirely too thick, you know?

One thing i noticed upon further inspection is that the metal part sticking up from where the tension disks go (in the threading part) is really really wobbly, so i thought that may have something to do with it. I mean it's not really possible to be missing one of 'em, is it? Do they just get loose like that when the tension's all out of whack?

ANNNDDD one more thing, i have no idea what's going on with the feed dog, but it's going up and down more than i think it should and it's not really pulling the fabric correctly. It kind of wiggles all around. and the fabric doesn't move as fast as i think it should in relation to the needle and feed dog motion.

Oh, and i really can't afford maintenance on it right now but if i can't fix it myself, would it be worth saving up for? I mean, who doesn't want their hemline to have wiener dogs stitched in it?!

So, can anyone tell me what's going on? With any of it?
Did i waste ten dollars?  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008 09:51:20 PM »

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I think it definently needs maintenance!  Just make sure you get a good maintence guy, I seem to have found the repair man from hell recently. (read my post machine price and haggling, scroll down for  few examples)
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2008 07:14:13 AM »

Wah! Maybe i'll ask for that for christmas.  Sad
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008 09:33:59 AM »

I think you diagnosed your problem.  It's the tension discs.  There is no tension in the discs which is why it is creating all that chaos.  There also may be a gear or two worn.  The Athena insides are rife with nylon gears if I am not mistaken. 

mom2blu is quite right unfortunately.
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As the owner of three "vintage" machines myself, I have had a helluva time.

Check out yahoo groups for the Singer Athena owners.  They often have good suggestions for reliable repair technicians.   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/singermachines/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=1
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008 06:49:30 AM »

Definately a tension issue, or more specificly- there's no tension on the thread at all.

It could be merely loosened up to nothingness, or the tension spring could be broken. It's not a dificult or terribly expensive repair, but rather delicate work & best left to an experienced repair person.

The feed dogs might just be on a funny setting.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2008 04:48:04 PM »

My machine (also an older Singer) does that when the bobbin isn't threaded correctly, so you might want to check that.  Did it come with the manual?  Or can you track one down online?
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2008 07:17:26 PM »

My machine (also an older Singer) does that when the bobbin isn't threaded correctly, so you might want to check that.  Did it come with the manual?  Or can you track one down online?

Yeah, apparently there is only one way to thread this one. It's super weird/cool, but it won't let you put the bobbin in upside down because they aren't the same on both sides. I'm not sure how to load the bobbin, but maybe the bobbin is threaded backwards? I'll have to check.
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