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Topic: Is my Brother 2600i breaking, or is super-speed just the way this model is?  (Read 1018 times)
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« on: June 05, 2014 05:38:58 PM »


Pretty new to sewing, pretty new machine. Got a Brother 2600i as a wedding present a couple years ago, and I'm having some issues with it. I'm so new to the craft that I don't know if this is normal or not, and I can't remember how long it's been going on this way:

When I press the foot pedal a little bit, it hums angrily. When I press it further, it still hums and inches forward a tiny bit. When I press it more, the humming stops, and the machine starts going at top speed. It is very, very tricky to get it to sew any speed besides fast. As a newbie, this makes me screw up most of my stitches. I tried to self-diagnose and buy a replacement foot pedal of another model, but this has not fixed the problem.

Is this a problem with the machine? Or just the way that this model tends to sew?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014 11:31:54 PM »

That doesn't sound like anything anybody would want in a sewing machine, so I think you have a problem.
From your description, it sounds like a dirty electrical contact.

first thing I would do is (unplug the machine and) open up the foot pedal--usually just one screw holds it together, sometimes there's no screw, just invisible clamps and you pry it apart with a flat screwdriver. 
Clean out any lint or gunk. 
Check any bare metal parts, and if they're dull, sand gently with an emory board and wipe clean.
Put the pedal back together, plug in the machine and see if that helps.
If it doesn't, take it in for service.

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014 02:15:40 PM »

Wow, I know a few people who use this machine and that is not a feature of this model or any sewing machine for that matter. It does sound like a lint/oiling problem.

When was the last time you cleaned it? Also, if you're not comfortable troubleshooting it yourself, take it to a local sewing machine repair shop, that way you know it'll be repaired right (and you'll also know exactly what is wrong with it).
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