Singer 401 Slant-O-Matic Light Shorts Out
For Christmas my husband bought me this machine. The seller sells used 'good condition' sewing machines. She takes them 6 hours away to have them overhauled and makes sure they run properly.
Well, I didn't get a chance to try it out until January 4th and the plain old stitches are beautiful! The fancy stitches are gorgeous. But the first thing I did was put a spool of thread on the 1st spool holder on top of the machine and the spool holder came off in my hands. So, I moved the spool to the second one and it was very sturdy and I threaded the spool and was ready to start sewing. I turned on the light. It came on. Oh, beautiful light! Then it flickered and went out. I pushed on the light case that houses the lightbulb and it came back on. I sewed for a bit. Then the light went out. I pressed my fingers against the machine and it came on. I pressed my fingers against the machine again and the lights went out. I kept doing this and the light would come on and off. So, I think that means there is a short, right?
The place I bought it from is on vacation until January 11th. What should I do? I love this machine, but I don't want them to super glue the thread holder to the top. I want it fixed properly. My husband paid $195 for the machine and case and the original manual and original box with some feet and accessories. I want the light to work all the time. Is it a big deal that it comes on and off when I push anywhere on the machine? Thank you in advance for your helpl.
Oh, I already purchased more feet, Singer sewing oil, and 25 bobbins.