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Thread: Electro Grand My first fixer upper:/ need a coach.

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    Electro Grand My first fixer upper:/ need a coach.

    Hi every one! I an a total newby, first post; although I have been lurking for months and just love to read the threads. I have an Electro Grand that has been just sitting in my house for atleast 10 years. It was my husbands grandmother. It runs so quiet but I just cant seem to adjust the tension. It doesn't seem to be fit right. I cant find a specific repair for it. Not a whole lot of info on it to be found. I want to take it completely apart and clean it but I am so chicken. It is not as old as some on this board, I am thinking it is from the 50's or early 60's. I have the manual but all it has is oiling instructions. It came to me with a box of greist attachments with a manual dated 1957. I will post a pic as soon as I figure out how. It has a wonderful cabinet that it pops right down into. Any advise on its care would be appreciated.
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    Melissa in Ky.

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    I think i may have the top tension straitened out. I took it all apart and cleaned it. The odd thing is I could not find an exact example of it to go by, It doesnt have the 2 tension plates that I see on most of the older machines. Now if I could just get the bobbin tension right. Back to the old drawing board.

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    welcome on your journey out of the shadows!!!

    I'm looking forward to the pictures. I am mostly up to speed on the really old machines (Pre-1885) but i'd love to help you troubleshoot your machine..

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    There is a really good repair manual tells how to trouble shoot and if needed take the tension apart and put it back together. I have given up just adjusting. I just take the tension apart and put it back together. If all the parts are there and the spring is right it adjusts in a VERY short time. Here is a copy of the manual. http://www.tfsr.org/pub/technical_in...echanism_2.pdf
    You will have to figure out what instructions apply to your machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambra View Post
    I think i may have the top tension straitened out. I took it all apart and cleaned it. The odd thing is I could not find an exact example of it to go by, It doesnt have the 2 tension plates that I see on most of the older machines. Now if I could just get the bobbin tension right. Back to the old drawing board.
    I posted the manual - you may need to watch a video. Muv may have one in the sticky notes. Could it be that someone took your tension apart and lost one of the disks?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.
    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Thank you so much for the help. I did go through the link and although the parts in the tensions are similar none match exactly. I am going to get the pic taken and I will take some specific ones of the tension as it looks on my machine, I will also try to get one of it dismantled. Like I said before it sews so quiet and smooth when it is well, I want to get it going again for piecing. I can drop the feed dogs on it and my newer darning foot fits it but I am afraid it being a good FMQ machine would be to good to be true.

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    Name:  DSCF1820.JPG
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Size:  1.14 MBWell I have been trying for an hour and this is the only pic I can get to upload I will keep trying to get the ones of the tension.

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    Hi Sambra, your attachment is a very large size which might be the problem. Can you use program Paint to reduce its size to less than its current +1meg size? Let us know if you would like instructions to do that.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Hi Sambra, your attachment is a very large size which might be the problem. Can you use program Paint to reduce its size to less than its current +1meg size? Let us know if you would like instructions to do that.
    Judy
    that is exactly what I did and it froze up my laptop twice I will keep trying. Thanks.

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    Name:  DSCF1825.JPG
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Size:  39.8 KBOk here is the tension configuration. The little part marked with an arrow I found in the accessories box, thought it might be part of the tensioner.

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