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Thread: Here's how to fix "moving needlebar during bobbin winding" problem

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    Here's how to fix "moving needlebar during bobbin winding" problem

    Muv and Schuu6p, I've finally got a tutorial up on how to fix the problem of when the needlebar still moves during bobbin-winding mode. Sorry for the delay, but it took me a lot of tries to get the video, audio and editing right.

    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/2012/06/ho...om-moving.html

    To make it intelligible, I tried to tone down my regional accent--Muv, you speak the Queen's English as in Elizabeth, I speak it as in Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But in reviewing the video I see I've failed to slow my speech down, a common complaint from my out-of-town and foreign friends. If anyone has trouble understanding me or keeping up with my caffeinated pace, let me know and I'll see about creating a more reasonably-paced video.

    My chief gripe with instructional videos is that they're often too dark for me to see. I may have overcompensated here by overexposing the video. Is it too bright?

    I'd appreciate any constructive feedback anyone has on how I can make this video, or more like it in the future, better or easier for everyone to follow.
    - Rain

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    I think they are great videos Rain, and since for now I'm deaf in my right ear (allergies or something), I sometimes have trouble hearing/knowing what folks are saying... I didn't have a bit of trouble understanding every word you said!
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    Sorry to hear about your right ear Charlee, I hope it clears up!

    It's a relief to hear the audio is okay. I finally figured out that I could wear an iPhone headset plugged into an iPod Nano to record the sound separately at a decent volume. My other gripe about instructional videos is that the sound is often too low, so I crank my speakers up all the way--then I'll suddenly get a SUPER LOUD e-mail alert and almost spit my coffee out.
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    Hello Rain, I've already left you a message on the other thread where you posted the link. The videos are excellent. I've dashed straight across to have another go at my 15K but the blighter still won't play the game. It has the old fashioned washer with three ears.

    It's OK Rain, I've seen enough Top Cat cartoons to be able to understand you.

    I'm a long way from Queen's English. Wrong part of the country and wrong class.

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    How frustrating! Even after the takeup-lever trick? I've never had this not work, even on machines in rough condition.

    If there wasn't the little matter of the Atlantic Ocean, I'd be happy to work your machine over until the problem was gone. If you have more than one 15K, may I suggest swapping out some of the parts to see if the problem can be isolated?

    Touche on the Top Cat. Despite tearing through Downton Abbey, Upstairs/Downstairs, Sherlock, Karl Pilkington, Victorian Farm and even physically driving from Glasgow to London, I'm still not able to distinguish most British accents beyond the big obvious regions.

    I thought about doing one NYC-viewer-specific demo video with full-blown accent cranked up to 10. It would be fun to demonstrate the entire procedure in 30 seconds flat.
    - Rain

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    No, not even after holding down the take up lever.

    30 second vids with accent at full throttle are a dead cert for cult viewing. Consider me a fan in advance.

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    Okay Muv, I've just spent 20 minutes staring at my machine trying to figure out what the problem could be with yours. If you have time, let's attack this one step at a time.

    1. Turn the stop motion wheel to bobbin winding mode. Now inspect the set screw in the stop motion wheel, on the inside. Is the tip of the set screw coming into contact with the washer? Are you able to get a playing card or scrap of paper between the tip of the set screw and the washer?

    2. If your machine is belt-driven, remove the belt. Turn the stop motion wheel to bobbin winding mode. Turning the handwheel manually, is the problem still in evidence?

    3. Remove the stop motion wheel, the washer, and the handwheel. Lay the handwheel on the table, standing up as if the handwheel itself was a little table. Now lay the washer into its "bed." Rotate the washer with your finger. Does the washer rotate freely and smoothly?

    4. Place the handwheel back on the shaft, and slide it firmly into place as far as it can go. When it stops, do you hear a clean "CLUNK" of metal-on-metal? Or is the sound adulterated, like metal hitting mud?

    We will get to the bottom of this.
    - Rain

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    Rain - tomorrow. Way past my bedtime

    It's not just the 15K. The gorgeous Serata treadle is stubborn too, but what do you expect from a 99 year old?

    Good night. I shall dream of balance wheels.

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    VERY well done!
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    I'm from E Iowa and didn't think you had much of an accent at all. Can't wait to work on my machines. The videos were very easy to follow. DH and I also like to know how things work so appreciate extra info in video 1. We give them 5 stars. Hope someone is able to come up with some way to do something about rewiring someday.
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