Posts Tagged ‘repair’

Robocop’s achilles heel

After opening up and fixing a number of sewing machines, I’ve learned that a very common “fault” is that the spool pin is broken, or not even broken,  it’s just come loose. This machine, found in a garbage room, was no exemption. And also the lamp was missing.

I had to open it completely, and really, plastic is not my favorite material. With older vintage machines there’s screws holding metal in place- this one had hooks holding the plastic shell together. However, once I’ve begun, I just can’t stop, and behold:20160719_222214.jpg

The naked machinemade me think of Robocop . Mighty as he may be, the next picture showsis the very tiny plastic part that made him useless.

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So now I’m sitting on two functioning machines.

(And two with parts missing)

 

This is getting crazy

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Soon I’ll need a room for my sewing machines alone. But I can’t help it. This was thrown away, a quick check says that the lamp is missing but the gears seem to be in order. Maybe someone upgraded?

I’ll end up a crazy sewing machines lady one day.

It’s alive!

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I did it!

Here are the brittle, broken machine parts all in plastic that had to be replaced on a Singer 533. It took some time.

When the new parts came I tried to take the old ones out. Didn’t work, the screwdrivers didn’ get a grip. So my son finds one that he once got with a Donald Duck magazine, and that one fit. Good thing we never throw anything out in this house.. When looking closer I realized those round little holes where actually tiny hex screws, so I went to my mom’s  place to borrow her keys. The 2 was to small and the 3 to big, was there a 2,5 to be found? Went to the store to get one, nope the 2,5 didn’t fit either. Found out there are actually metric and inch size hex screws. Who wudda known? I always figured they were just numbers. Anyway ebay had the inch sized ones. Ah at last progress.

Ok, so the parts had to be taken off in a certain order since some of the drives are sitting on long bars, passing through holders and….and so on. But I did it. I got them all off and the new ones on.

Today I was going to see if it worked to sew.

Nah. The fabric wouldn’t feed and move forward. Were any of the parts sitting backwards or something? Then I tried to reverse and that went fine so nothing wrong with the feeding gear then. Disappointed and frustrated I searched the internet and Heureka! A function for special stitches was apparently on, put that on zero and YES!

It’s loud compared to my Husqvarna, but it’s working.

And i added sewing machine repair person to my CV

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Mending

As much as I enjoy making my own clothes from scratch, there’s something about mending which gives me the utmost satisfaction. Maybe it’s the feeling of bringing something back from the dead. Quite often I have used the piece for a while with a button missing, or an inconvenient hole someplace. When I put the mended thing on, there’s always a happy surprise that it now functions as it should. Since I enjoy the mending so much, I have no intentions of making it invisible.Image

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