Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! Calamity!

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My rotten overlocker just packed up on me. It will chain off fine and
dandy, but when you try and sew, the needle goes in and out through the
fabric without forming a stitch, then when you get to the end, it chains
again. Deep joy. I have 3 child and one adult bridesmaid outfits wanted
for Monday, two kids home all weekend (and school runs to do all the
rest of the week), and it's going to be out of action till Thursday
night and cost me more than half what I'll earn this week to have it
re-timed.


I find my self wondering why the ^&*$E$%^ I bother - I might as well
sign on the dole and get paid to sit on my bum doing nowt.

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She who would like to be obeyed once every Preston Guild wrote:

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When mine choked on the bridal satin last summer, I bought a cheapie (as
in used) Toyota as an emergency as mine was going to take a few days and
I didn't HAVE a few days!  One of the best investments I ever made!

The Toyota was 160, fixing the Huskylock, plus about 45 for
disemboweling, severe cleaning, re-timing, lubrication, and a general
Talking Too!  NOT what I wanted eating my profits, so there went my new
specs - again!  :(  Still, at least now when one is on the fritz, I have
back-up!  At least I can off-set it against tax...

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Dicey of Customer of PlusNet plc (http://www.plus.net ) uttered
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I blame the ^&*^% expletive deleted tulle and crystal organza (and I
*hate* crepe backed satin, too)

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I'm still working on the tax thing - and unfortunately don't have even
the price of a 2nd hand one for back up right now.

However, I do have a number of *very* nice antique machines if anyone
would like to buy one/ do a swop ... no? Darn. Thought not :(

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She who would like to be obeyed once every Preston Guild wrote:

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I want the antiques AS WELL as the overlockers - but I'm running out of
room, and Wilf has an Elna Lotus in the wings for me...  Good job it's
tiny, like the Featherweight!

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She who would like to be obeyed once every Preston Guild wrote:
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Sorry to hear your woes AJH. I know you are FAR more experienced at
sewing than I am, and I'm sure you have tried cleaning your machine,
re-threading it and putting new needles in, making sure the kids haven't
altered the settings etc.? With my machine I occasionaly find a thread
has jumped out of the tension discs which causes interesting effects....
Or maybe if I'm using thread from a reel rather than a cone, it gets all
tangled up in itself.

I know my dealer has provided loaner machines to people when theirs have
been in for repair - I don't think they do this reguarly though. Might
be worth asking your dealer?

Best wishes for a speedy and cheap resolution to your problem.

Sarah

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I bet if you change your knives the problem clears up.
Serger timing is a HUGE misnomer. I have been repairing for over 25 years
and have done timing on exactly 3 sergers in all that time.


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Ron Anderson wrote:
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Ron gives good advice, I followed it last time and he was right.

;-)

Penny



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Excellent advice, but unfortunately I'd already been there and done
that. :'( See other post.

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AJH
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Anderson of SBC http://yahoo.sbc.com uttered
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Already tried that. There's something binding slightly at one point when
you turn the wheel by hand. It chains off fine, run fabric through it
punches holes but doesn't form a stitch whilst sounding twice as loud as
it did before, then the minute it's off the fabric, there it is chaining
again.
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That could be any number of things. Most usually caused by dull knives, but
could be a burr on a looper, needle plate, or some other thread path
surface, could also be a slight threading problem. If it was out of time it
would not chain at all ever.


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Anderson of SBC http://yahoo.sbc.com uttered
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You were right, and then, you weren't. It was one of the link thingies
attached to the looper wossname, right in the guts of it. How it became
twisted and bent I have no idea. Still, the spare part wasn't too
expensive and I doubt I'd have been able to sort it myself any quicker
by the time I'd soured the part.

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She who would like to be obeyed once every Preston Guild wrote:
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I'm not surprised he was right.  Ron runs a sewing machine repair place,
and he's always very generous with advice on the NG.

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If I could have dug his email address out when I needed it, I'd have
been bothering him! If he'd been within about 20 miles I'd have been sat
on his doorstep. Mind you, it wasn't the knives, the needle, the
threading, or indeed any of the bits I could actually get at LOL!

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One of the hazard's of guessing at problems. It really is impossible to
diagnose a problem with no machine in hand.

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Anderson of SBC http://yahoo.sbc.com uttered
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I know. It was difficult enough with it *in* hand. I wasn't surprised it
wasn't the timing - it was the *other* dealers who reckoned that was it.
I used to subscribe to Featherweight Fanatics, and people there always
used to be on about the timing, but all the dozens of old machines I've
fettled, most of the problems were solved by putting the needle in the
right way round and picking the compact6ed crud out of the feed dog!

I'd still love to know how that bit in the bowels got bent, though ...
very odd, and I don't want it doing it again!




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My guess on that is lack of lubrication.


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Anderson of SBC http://yahoo.sbc.com uttered
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It's a possibility, although the bit that bent isn't accessible without
dismantling the entire machine. All the "user serviceable" bits are
cleaned and oiled with monotonous regularity. However, the manual
contains no hints as to where else to oil, or how to get in there.

Incidentally, is it possible to get the old lower knife blade sharpened
now I've put the spare in?

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Ahh you see and say users accessible. This is why we repair dudes get the
big bucks. When serviced properly all the covers come off and it is
completely serviced. This assumes of course your local gut is competent and
not lazy.
Some knives can be sharpened but it is not a common thing. The problem is
unless it is a carbide knife it might be $6.00-$10.00 to replace and how
much time would one spends sharpening a $6.00 knife? How much can you earn
doing that? I won't buy the machine it is a couple hundred and then every
knife has a different jig to get the correct angle $50-$60.00 each. Not
worth my time. Same reason I stopped sharpening scissors.



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Anderson of SBC http://yahoo.sbc.com uttered
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Well, it's 10 *quid* for a new knife - about 17 dollars?  Last time I
had my scissors sharpened it was under 5, as opposed to thick end of 20
for a new pair. I did have a look at the knife, and reckoned that slight
angle was probably mission-critical, hence the question.

When I'd taken *all* the screws I could find out of the overlocker
casing and still couldn't get in it without forcing anything, I decided
that was the point at which to quit and do the job I otherwise wouldn't
get paid for, rather than risk making the damage any worse. Tinkering to
any greater degree has to wait for a day when I have all the time in the
world to fiddle about.

Please don't assume I'm a total numpty. It may (but probably won't)
interest you to know that I currently have around 50 machines dating
from 1870ish through to about 1950, plus two more recent ones. Not all
of them worked when they arrived, but they do now. Never once has the
timing been a question (regardless of the squeaks of the subscribers to
Featherweight Fanatics).
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I can not comment on the knife costs as you never did include which machine
it is you have.


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