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Hello ladies!
I'm new to your forum, but I have been sewing since I was 18 years old.
I have a babylock decorators choice machine. I got it about 5 years ago. I
love it! I make lots of little projects mostly for gifts. My grandchildren
get lots of little goodies from my machine. I am married and my husband is
disabled, so between working and taking care of him. I just play on my
machine mostly on the weekends.
At the present moment my Babylock is misbehaving. It sounds very chuncky
and is not sewing properly. I took out the bobbin case and it looked like
it had a very tiny nick on the plastic casing, so I took a VERY soft nail
buffer and buffed it. Well that made no difference. I have a feeling that
it needs to be replaced.
To those of you that are more experienced, can you offer any advice on
this? I just can't afford to take it in right now.
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Reply to
craftygirl
If it has a nick in the bobbin case, it could mean the machine is out of time. If the needle is hitting the bobbin case, it could make a nick like that. If you've tried all the normal cleaning and oiling that you usually do, it may be time to find a local machine repair shop.
I know that's not what you wanted to hear, I'm so sorry.
Ron may be along here in a little while to offer more advice. He repairs sewing machines for a living, and is extremely generous with his diagnostic skills and repair knowledge.
Sharon
Reply to
mamahays
A professional service will go a long way to taking care of the noise. Why the bobbin case has been damaged is nearly impossible to tell even if one has it in hand.
Reply to
Ron Anderson
Hi noname,
It is impossible to accurately diagnose something like this over the internet, sight unseen. The symptoms you describe could be from a number of different things...it really should go to the shop.
My machines (I have several) go in for servicing at least every 12-18 months. Service isn't only about cleaning, it's also about adjusting anything that's out of wack back to the original settings or tolerances. Only a trained service technician can do this and it goes a long way towards keeping my machines trouble free.
-Irene
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Reply to
IMS
Thank You! For the Advice! It's so frustrating to have to take my machine into the shop again this year. This would be 2x this year and at $65 a pop it's getting expensive and annoying! In the meantime I have borrowed a Janome from a friend , until I can take mine in. Mine was working fine and then I turned it on and bango, chunky sound and the needle wants to bounce. Maybe this is a timing issue? I am hoping this is not going to be a chronic problem. I just can't afford to take it in more than once a year.
Julie
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Reply to
craftygirl
The problem is the plastic bobbin case. All it takes is a tiny amount of damage and it is useless. Usually this happens due to misthreading initially, that gets the big loops underneath and it jams up that usually scars the bobbin case and now a problem.
Reply to
Ron Anderson
[...]
Had I ever needed on, this would be a primary reason I would stick with my (three) 50-year-old Singer 401As.
I will be VERY CAREFUL with the bobbin cases of my Quantum XL5000 and XL6000. I have seen those listed on eBay for meg$$.
Thanks, Ron, great information as always.
Reply to
BEI Design
Not Ron here, but a quick goolge search located:
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Buy from Ron if he has one though, we like to support out "local" good guy. ;-)
Reply to
BEI Design
Defiantly get it from Ron. He's very reliable and gives great mail. service. Send him a private email, he'll give you his price + postage and get it out as fast as possible. I've bought several things from him and always been a happy costumer. Juno
Reply to
Juno B
So Ron can you email and let me know what these run? Thanks Julie
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Reply to
craftygirl
I have or can get anything any one has and usually more and most often for less money. Just because something is not listed does not mean I do not have or can not get, just not enough time in the day to add the millions of parts available.
Reply to
Ron Anderson
Got your email Thanks I WILL be ordering this from YOU! That is a very fair price. I just need some time. I am so glad I found this message board!
Thank You! Julie
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Reply to
craftygirl
I would have provided the link to your site, but I missed the link to your parts page.
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for future reference. :-)
Reply to
BEI Design

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