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Thread: My Rocketeer! Poor thing!

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    My Rocketeer! Poor thing!

    Oh my goodness - I did it!!

    The light comes on, but nothing from the motor. However, I have *never* had anything to do with a knee pedal; could totally be operator error. It looked like the hinge was broken on the faceplate, but my 13 year old got it on. It is discolored =(( and dirty. The fabric scrap had nice stitches in it . . . The cabinet is beat up in the back, and the veneer is peeling off of a drawer.

    When the motor didn't work, she knew that was bad. I remembered what Miriam said, and told her that the machine was probably worth $5. That I didn't need the cabinet really. She said to make her an offer, and I said what's the lowest you'd take? My kid said, oh . . six or seven? So I said, maybe ten or fifteen? And after we'd tinkered some more trying to get the motor to come on . . . She said she'd take ten. I was so tickled.

    Then, when I got home . . I found all this. I am afraid I cheated her . . these attachments . . wow!

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    Beautiful hope you get her up and running.
    Sandra
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    You've got a mixture of Singer, Greist, and Kenmore accessories as well as Singer and I think Kenmore cams.

    Even if the machine don't run, you got your moneys worth in the accessories and cams.

    Before you condemn the motor, check that the machine turns freely. 401s are not hard to turn normally. After eleminating that, check the wiring at the motor, and at the plug at the base of the machine. Also check the cord to the wall socket and to the knee controller.

    Lots of things to check out.

    Joe

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    Wow, hope you get it up and running!

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    Nice! hope the moter is an easy fix.

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    I would also check the wiring inside. Also check the cord and make sure it's not cracked or shredded. Clean it up and lube and oil it. Maybe tap on the motor lightly. Who knows ?? When I got each of my FW's I cleaned, oiled and lubed them and they ran much more smoothly. Hope you get it running

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    You can get new power cords. The motor can come out pretty easily to work on or change out for a different one - some times you have to tinker with them a little. The machine was worth that without all the goodies! Very good deal.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    The grunge will come off it with a good solution of OxiClean and Dawn dish soap. I usually use a microfiber cloth on the 400 and 500 series machines and it does them no harm. (Not recommended on a "Black" Singer machine - i.e the cast iron machines, and I don't use them on the featherweights so the finish isn't marred in anyway.)
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 431G, 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99, 115, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    oh I will get some oxiclean at the store today!! =))

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    You can see one that I did,... it's not the dirtiest one I've ever had, but it's the one I photographed the process on, here: http://www.archaicarcane.com/2013/01/the-difference-a-day-makes/

    The pictures are small, but if you click on them, they get clearer.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 431G, 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99, 115, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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