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Thread: Needle position adjustment on a Dressmaker 2000 machine

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    Needle position adjustment on a Dressmaker 2000 machine

    We got us a really nice Dressmaker 2000 machine. Uses cams and has 30 of them. When it got here we did the cursory inspection and I saw that the needle will not center. When the lever is centered the needle it to the left.
    If you try a ZZ stitch the needle will hit either the foot or the needle plate or both.

    The bobbin carrier moves side to side with the needle bar.

    Now, I've looked inside trying to figure out what to adjust to move the needle back to center. However there is about a dozen lock and adjusting screws in and around the parts that control the position.

    Does anyone here have any experience adjusting these machines they would share?

    Here's the GW pic, you can see it's a Japanese made machine. No idea by whom though.

    Joe
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    I've centered the needle on Kenmores...open the side plate so I can see if it's similar.

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    Joe, some of the Japanese machines have dedicated left needle positions. That is the default for them. My Universal is like that, but unlike yours, it ZZs and does the decorative stitches from that position. I could get used to it if I only sewed with that machine, not a variety, but I'm having trouble visualizing a 1/4" seam on it. The right feeddog is more than 1/4" from the needle, I'm thinking. After I put the new plug on, I'll have to play with it.

    I just visited a Yahoo site that says your Dressmaker was made by Dressmaker. There was a manual for $17.00. For that price, I'll figure the Universal out myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Joe, some of the Japanese machines have dedicated left needle positions. That is the default for them. My Universal is like that, but unlike yours, it ZZs and does the decorative stitches from that position. I could get used to it if I only sewed with that machine, not a variety, but I'm having trouble visualizing a 1/4" seam on it. The right feeddog is more than 1/4" from the needle, I'm thinking. After I put the new plug on, I'll have to play with it.

    I just visited a Yahoo site that says your Dressmaker was made by Dressmaker. There was a manual for $17.00. For that price, I'll figure the Universal out myself.
    Left needle position for a straight stitch...yes, sometimes. But he said it's hitting the foot & plate when it zigzags. So it DOES need adjustment.

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    Ha ha ha ,, I just got back from my sewing machine fix, and came home with a dressmaker .... not quite as Hi tech as yours,, but Just sat here trieng to get figure this out , yes they stay left for straight stitch,, if you put on the quilting foot the needle lines up with the hole in the foot...

    Aaaaaa the machine I have takes a shorter needle the the standard singer needles.. I always check the needle lenght in a new machine against a singer needle 100/18,, I put in a singer 100/18 it sewed good but I could hear that chunking sound. That needles tip was beat flat, I found one new short needle in teh goodie box whiched the original .. she works just like new,,, the needle package says made in holland ,,,40F1 - 14 ( 1775 ) just looking there a 1/16 " shorter, grind the top tip off a singer and that would be about right .

    The needle and bobbin moves just like yours... no serial or model number just a metal tag at the up and down buttons saying nationally sold ,, made in japan


    doing a google on this all I get is the euro pro dressmakers

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    We have two Japanese ZZ machines that park the needle to the left for straight stitch. Neither of them have a R-C-L lever for the needle position.
    This machine does. Based on others we have it should park in the middle with the lever in the middle position.

    path49, I'll pop the top off and get some pics today (Sunday).

    For those two machines that park to the left I have offset straight stitch feet that go a long way to making a 1/4" seam. A lot easier for me than measuring 1/4" right from the needle and making a mark on the foot.
    My wife can eye ball it real good, but she's been doing that for ever.

    Joe

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    irishrose,

    I've paid more for manuals. I haven't had time to research this one yet, but with 30 cams and all the controls, I'd drop the cash for a manual.

    Joe

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    I like your Dressmaker. I have not sprung for a machine with all of the cams yet (yet haha).
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline,

    I said to my wife: here's one you'll be interested in. She took one look and said, that's mine. We bid on it and one.
    It's a nice machine. The GW pics don't do it justice.

    Joe

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    Yep, I want a Dressmaker like the one your wife claimed. Especially if I can find one in a case instead of a cabinet. They have a smaller footprint if you know what I mean.
    Sweet Caroline

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