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Thread: Found a 1957? Fw today, BUT....

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    hard as we tried we could not get her to sew...
    Motor ran, threaded right, loosened tension, tightened tension, and all it would do is break the thread!

    This little beauty is near MINT..all original, no rubs, pin marks, etc, in a mint case with all of the attachments, no book though..price was $325!

    I really want her...BUT...with not being sure what is wrong with her, I had to walk away!

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    There are several people you can buy from where the prices are comparable and you are guaranteed that the machine will be ready to sew as soon as you unpack it.

    It might have been an easy fix, but you never know. You did the right thing by walking away.

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    You could take her to someone that fixes them & they are very minimal on fixing them because there is so little to repair them. Mine is doing the same thing, will sew 6" & breaks thread. Sometime within the next week I am going to take mine in to have it looked at.... I'd go back & get it for that price!!!!

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    I was thinking about getting it anyway..but there are NO repair people here or where I live....

    she was just the best looking one I have seen in the last 3 years of looking..even at the Dallas quilt show this weekend the ones the vendors had were not this nice looking!

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    Maybe you can get the price down since she doesn't work...but I'm not talking $35...at least $50 since you will have to take her to the Dr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    You could take her to someone that fixes them & they are very minimal on fixing them because there is so little to repair them. Mine is doing the same thing, will sew 6" & breaks thread. Sometime within the next week I am going to take mine in to have it looked at.... I'd go back & get it for that price!!!!
    I'm with you on this one. The fix is probably pretty simple, but finding one in that sort of condition is the tough part.

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    There's a part that holds the bobbin that is often inserted incorrectly; has a little "thumb" that needs to be seated. This could be the problem.

    In exactly which direction did you put the thread through the needle?

    I would buy the machine if it's in good cosmetic condition. The problem is likely to be very minor and you should be able to figure it out by doing some research on the internet and/or purchasing a manual for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    There's a part that holds the bobbin that is often inserted incorrectly; has a little "thumb" that needs to be seated. This could be the problem.

    In exactly which direction did you put the thread through the needle?

    I would buy the machine if it's in good cosmetic condition. The problem is likely to be very minor and you should be able to figure it out by doing some research on the internet and/or purchasing a manual for it.
    held the thumb out and it clicked in, bobbin thread came up and pulled nicely...threaded the needle from the left!

    with no book to guide us on the threading I think we also threaded through the top loop with I believe might have been for the bobbin winding!

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    Prism99 refered to the threading direction, featherweights thread from the inside toward the outside (right to left). If you don't do it that way it will rebel.

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    http://www.suite101.com/content/thre...machine-a64698

    A quick search of featherweight threading came up with this.

    I'm certain there's a lot more info out there.

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    The "thumb" I was talking about is not the one associated with the bobbin case; it's a piece of the bobbin case housing within the machine.

    Here's a fw troubleshooting article I found on a quick Google. It shows the correct positioning for that metal "finger" I tried to describe:
    http://www.suite101.com/content/comm...problem-a50918

    However, an even more common problem is threading the needle in the wrong direction.

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    The thread goes in from right to left! It's probably the problem. Try it again! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I tend to agree with this suggestion. From the right to the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsjunque
    I tend to agree with this suggestion. From the right to the left.
    Don't forget, the bobbin goes in the case the 'other' way round too. (at least, I am pretty sure that's the case).

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    thread from the side of the last thread guide.

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    Try threading from right to left... that is how it is to be threaded and it should sew nicely. I think everyone that has a FW had threaded incorrectly and found out! If that doesn't help, a trip to the dr is called for. Call you Quilt shop or even Joanns for a name of a repairman. There should be many around. :) Maybe look in the yellow pages online as well. Good Luck

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    One more thing to check...there might be a little burr of metal on the needle plate above or below the hole the needle goes down thru, usually caused by a needle hitting the hole side. It is hard to see, but will snag and cause thread breakage. Only way to check for it is by feel, be careful as it can cut your finger--found out the hard way! I used an emery board to smooth away the burr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    One more thing to check...there might be a little burr of metal on the needle plate above or below the hole the needle goes down thru, usually caused by a needle hitting the hole side. It is hard to see, but will snag and cause thread breakage. Only way to check for it is by feel, be careful as it can cut your finger--found out the hard way! I used an emery board to smooth away the burr.
    And also a burr on the needle will cause thread to break

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    hard as we tried we could not get her to sew...
    Motor ran, threaded right, loosened tension, tightened tension, and all it would do is break the thread!

    This little beauty is near MINT..all original, no rubs, pin marks, etc, in a mint case with all of the attachments, no book though..price was $325!

    I really want her...BUT...with not being sure what is wrong with her, I had to walk away!
    I'd go back and offer less. You might call a repair shop, explain the problem and see what they would charge to fix it, than offer accordingly.

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    LOL as I read these suggestions ; as only one woman to another could follow them!

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    I'd also check the needle. People frequently put them in backwards and then thread them wrongly as well which makes for a very balky machine.

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    Featherweights thread right to left. See - it could be something this simple. Other common things: Bobbin inserted wrong. Holding Case in left hand, bobbin thread should turn up & over in counterclockwise direction. Bobbin case inserted wrong. Someone explained this already in an above post.

    Hope you go back & give it a second try. Sounds like a really sweet machine!

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    The needle may be in wrong also.

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    Try a new needle and a different spool of thread. Old thread breaks and a burr in the needle will break thread.

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    It sounds like a problem that stems from the bobbin. Take out the bobbin, make sure it is wound correctly, threaded correctly, and inserted into the bobbin case correctly. It has to click when inserted. Also, check that the bobbin winding disk on the right of the machine is not touching the belt. It should only be in this position while winding a bobbin. I find that most sewing machine problems originate with the bobbin.

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