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Thread: Up for grabs - Green Dressmaker

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    Senior Member ArizonaKAT's Avatar
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    Up for grabs - Green Dressmaker

    Some of you may remember my great find on a broken dressmaker in a cabinet. Got it home and oiled it and it worked. WELL, I've been tinkering with it and it still won't pick up the bobbin tread. So, I'm totally frustrated with it and am offering it to you all first, as is, for the cost of shipping or pickup. Just be warned it's heavy.

    I can't find the original picture but you can see the machine here.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/green-dressmaker-cl-find-$10-t186811.html

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    Does your offer include the cabinet? The issue with refusing to sew might have to do with timing, or the needle. Have you tried turning the needle a different direction when inserting, or threading from the other direction? I have a Singer 201 that refused to pick up the bobbin thread, and for years I thought it just didn't work. That is, until I found a manual and discovered I was threading the needle from the wrong direction! Now that 201 sews like a champ.
    jlm5419-an Okie in California
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    ???????????sewing machine not stitching????????????
    maybe you can figure something out from that link
    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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    Senior Member ArizonaKAT's Avatar
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    so are we thinking it could be timing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizonaKAT View Post
    so are we thinking it could be timing?
    I would rule out everything else before I changed timing.
    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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    OK, you did check the needle....flat side in right direction? All the way up? etc. etc.? I know I have made that stupid mistake tons of times!! :-)

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    I always figured the most valuable tool in any repair job is the owners manual. Like stumbling in the dark without one.

    Jon

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    Unfortunately the owners manuals are not always present. I'm still looking for a manual for my Dial 'n Sew, Alden,
    and several others.

    Sooooo, we fake it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Unfortunately the owners manuals are not always present. I'm still looking for a manual for my Dial 'n Sew, Alden,
    and several others.

    Sooooo, we fake it.

    Joe
    No, not fake, just wing it and hope we are correct. I believe all 3 machines purchased today came with manuals. I know at 2 of them did and haven't had time to play with the 3rd one yet.
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    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    [QUOTE=J Miller;5270368]Unfortunately the owners manuals are not always present. I'm still looking for a manual for my Dial 'n Sew, Alden,
    and several others.

    Sooooo, we fake it.



    True. Sometimes something similar is out there. Experience is a greater teacher than an owner's manual but if one is new to SM repair and can lay there hands on a manual, it seems a good idea to get one, especially with all the free manuals out there. I'll admit I am a book lover.

    Jon

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