Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 73

Thread: I'm only admitting this because.....

  1. #1
    Super Member klgreene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Brewerton, NY
    Posts
    2,493
    I have been quilting since the 80's, but back then it was all hand quilting. So about a year and a half ago, I started machine quilting. I used my machine to make valances, little things like that. But since I've started quilting, I have been having so much trouble with my stitches. When I set it for 4 I want that stitch, not a 0. When I started quilting I took my machine apart, oiled it .....and thought I cleaned it out pretty good. NOT!!! Today I was fed up and about ready to throw the machine out the window. But I really just can't afford a new one right now. So I decided to take that old baby and take her apart. I cleaned, I oiled, I did everything I thought of......then I looked closer at my feed dogs. I know they don't drop. BUT....I don't think I've ever cleaned them out properly. Chunks of gunk came out. I polished those babies up. And now she purrs like my new kitten. And I actually get a #4 stitch when I set it to #4. I sure wish I would have been a little smarter a year ago. I've done so much quilting and have not been thrilled with any of the quilting, even though I can only do SITD or a 1/4 in from seam, and a few other ditties, but it would have made so much of a difference, so not that I want to tell everyone I'm an idiot, but I know a couple people have posted on here what seemed exactly like my problem, so when you oil and clean, but sure you get all the gunk out of the feed dogs. I hang my head for my ignorance, but doing the happy dance because I don't need to spend any money on a new machine.

  2. #2
    Super Member SherriB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Quilting somewhere......
    Posts
    2,850
    Blog Entries
    40
    Don't you just love it when you can fix some thing yourself!!! Good for you!! I wish I could take my Janome apart and clean the dust bunnies out. I clean her the best I can and always clean the feed dogs.

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    2,738
    Thx for posting! I'm sure this is common, and you've saved someone aggravation and/or big bucks.

  4. #4
    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cadillac, MI
    Posts
    6,579
    Blog Entries
    19
    The Singer 301 I purchased on ebay was supposed to be cleaned and ready to sew. I cleaned years of compressed lint out of the feed dogs. Our machines are both happy now. Good save.

  5. #5
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,462
    I agree with Maia, thank you!!!!!!!!!
    Happy quilting ...........now :D:D

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Aiken SC
    Posts
    877
    Feed dogs and bobbin caseings they can stop a train..or quilting...

  7. #7
    Super Member scowlkat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,528
    Blog Entries
    11
    Isn't it amazing what we can do necessity arises! So glad you were able to fix your problem and can enjoy your machine again.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    S IL
    Posts
    179
    Thanks for the lesson!

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    11,963
    Blog Entries
    2
    :oops: OK Here comes the dumb question. How DO you clean the feed dogs? I don't think that my machine has ever been taken apart and cleaned or oiled. I do clean around the bobbin and try to blow when I think there is fuzz. But............ I was told that it's not good to blow on the machine. When you blow you just push things in those private places (on the machine) that you can't get at. At this time I can't afford to take my machine into a professional. I only have the one machine and I sure don't want her to get sick. I think that she works fine and I don't want to do anything that will give her a problem. Is there a special oil you are supposed to use? Thanks and please don't think bad of me for not yet doing preventive care. I will be waiting to read you answers. Brenda

  10. #10
    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    So. Nevada
    Posts
    849
    I knew about cleaning the bobbin case and such but didn't give the feed dogs a second thought until I read about it on here. Took my plate off and holy cow. Sis didn't know about that either so I clued her in. Now both of us make sure that gets done too. Now you should enjoy quilting on a machine alot more now. :thumbup:

  11. #11
    Super Member klgreene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Brewerton, NY
    Posts
    2,493
    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaK
    :oops: OK Here comes the dumb question. How DO you clean the feed dogs? I don't think that my machine has ever been taken apart and cleaned or oiled. I do clean around the bobbin and try to blow when I think there is fuzz. But............ I was told that it's not good to blow on the machine. When you blow you just push things in those private places (on the machine) that you can't get at. At this time I can't afford to take my machine into a professional. I only have the one machine and I sure don't want her to get sick. I think that she works fine and I don't want to do anything that will give her a problem. Is there a special oil you are supposed to use? Thanks and please don't think bad of me for not yet doing preventive care. I will be waiting to read you answers. Brenda
    Not a dumb question or I would have done it correctly years ago. Take the plate off just under the needle. You can see the feed dogs, and inbetween the little feet, if you've been sewing a while, you'll find compress fuzz. I use a lot of grey in my quilting, so it blended right in with the silver/grey of the machine. I actually (after turning off the machine - very important) stuck a pin between the feet and low and behold, it was very soft. So I picked it all out. So glad my stupidity helps someone. LOL

  12. #12
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,327
    Better late than never! Well done on working it out, I'm sure this will help others save a few dollars. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. #13
    Super Member suebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    4,077
    Katie - fyi...you are not alone my friend. But isnt it awesome when you figure it out. Almost feels like being re-born. Glad you got everything going good now. I just love that feeling. BTW...you are far from being an idiot. :):)

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Western NY
    Posts
    154
    This just went on my list of things to do tomorrow! Thanks, I never would have thought of it.

  15. #15
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,922
    Blog Entries
    1
    OH yeah....you fixed it and learned something you can share proudly...cleaning is a MAJOR part of owning a sewing machine that actually gets used!
    if you can find real pipe cleaners (not chenille stems) get some..they get into tinier spaces and really hold up to bending and such!
    I also use a very small bushy paint brush...just a dab of oil and it is like a dust magnet....

    kudo's for sharing!

  16. #16
    Super Member Carron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    desert area of California
    Posts
    2,266
    a good reminder for us...thanks

  17. #17
    Senior Member EdieClay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Ten Mile, Tennessee
    Posts
    868
    Great information ... thanks for sharing. I'll check my machine tomorrow.

  18. #18
    Super Member BluegrassGurl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    1,520
    Blog Entries
    1
    You go girl! Kudos to your 'bull dog tenacity'!!! You should be proud.

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Mabank, Texas
    Posts
    8,311
    Thank you so much for this information. I don't think I have ever cleaned the feed dogs.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Quilting Angel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Upstate, SC
    Posts
    883
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm really glad you figured out what was going on. I had to laugh when I saw the part where you were ready to throw it out the window. My mom said the exact same thing about her embroidery machine because she couldn't get the hang of it. She decided she just didn't want to "fool" with it anymore and gave it to me.

  21. #21
    Marion T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    670
    Well done for working this out yourself!! If you think that is dumb listen to this - my sister-in-law complained her machine was not stitching properly, and I suggested she try a new needle, and she said "What, you mean you can change needles? How do you get it out?" Ho hum.

  22. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    138
    Good job!
    My niece called and was having all sorts of trouble trying to get her many year old machine to sew correctly. I asked her when was the last time she really cleaned it out good. She said, "Clean it? I have to clean it?!" lol

  23. #23
    Super Member psychonurse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Arley,Alabama
    Posts
    1,755
    So proud of you for figuring this out. You have just reminded me I need to do this.
    It is a great tip.

  24. #24
    Super Member MaryAnnMc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    in front of this dang computer instead of my Bernina!(Naples, Florida)
    Posts
    1,661
    Thanks for the tip! I'm new to all this machine-cleanin', and didn't think to clean the feed dogs. I'll do it next week.

  25. #25
    Junior Member Lena1952's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    160
    Here is a tip from my sewing machine repairman son: Wind 3 bobbins. After using up all 3 bobbins, clean your machine and replace your needle. I know replacing the needle this often sounds insane but it really needs it as it goes thru the material 100's of thousands of time during the time it takes to use up 3 bobbins. To clean, turn off the machine first. He recommends an inexpensive child's water color paint brush, the kind you find at the dollar store. The lint will stick to it and it has good reach. Remove the top plate to get at all the parts you can see. Oil, with any approved oil for sewing machines, the bobbin area lightly every time you clean. He does not recommend the compressed air. Once your machine plate is put back in place, sew through a piece of scrap fabric to remove any excess oil. The lint may be removed from the brush by flicking it across your hand over the trash can. It is easy to lose track of when you cleaned last, so the 3 bobbins works as a reminder. It will keep your machine running smoother longer and lower your frustration level with a poorly running machine. He also highly recommends having it proffesionaly serviced once a year but no less than every other year if you perform good cleaning yourself. Happy Sewing!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.