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Thread: Machine froze up, I found the problem

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    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
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    I was sewing along on my Brother 1500 PS and it froze. Wouldn't do anything. I couldn't turn the wheel at all, it was stuck. I knew from reading other post about this that I could check it out. I took the top off, and couldn't see anything broken or out of whack. I took both sides off and still nothing out of place. I took the bottom off the machine and was surprised at how clean it was under there! Still couldn't see anything that looked broken or stuck. The belts looked fine. I could move the wheel a tiny bit back and forth but that didn't help. Then I saw it! A long tin shinny wire in a odd place. It was a flower head pin lodged in one of the gears keeping it from turning. I got my tweezer and removed the pin. The machine is sewing fine now. :lol: :lol: I did a good cleaning and oiling while everything was open. I saved at least $200 for this repair job. The only way a long big head pin could have gotten in the bottom was through the space underneath the reverse bar. I never would have thought that could happen but it did. :?

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    Geat for you

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    glad you figured out what was wrong with it, great job and thanks for sharing with us as it might help others to figure out what is wrong with sewing machines

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    Awesome solution!

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    Good for you!!

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    Along with being "Fiber Artists", we're all going to be sewing machine technician's/experts soon. Superwomen!

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    Great! I just as soon take my machine apart myself before bringing it to the shop. DO NOT DO THAT IF YOUR MACHINE IS STILL UNDER WARRANTY.

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    Way to go! We can fix anything, just like the boys! If it is out of warranty, and it isn't working, how much worse can we make it by taking a look see!

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    Good move!!! I'm glad you found and fixed the problem!!! :thumbup: :D

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    :thumbup:

    Way To Go :!: :!:

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    Congrats! That is quite an accomplishment! Way to go, girl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Way to go! We can fix anything, just like the boys! If it is out of warranty, and it isn't working, how much worse can we make it by taking a look see!
    I agree. If it is under warranty leave it alone or forfeit the warranty. If it is not under warranty and it isn't working,
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    Bella Boo, I am so proud of you. Who would have ever thought a pin would be in there. Amazing...... good job!

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    That's the way to do things! Good for you!

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    That's great!!!!!!! Pat on the back for ya!! :D

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    I had a problem with one of my Juki TL98QE a couple of years ago, Hubby took the top off and we couldn't get it back right, repairman told us not to do that, it has to go back on just right. I won't forget that now.

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    Great new!. It costs so much for servicing.

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    Good for you. Now I know where to bring my machine.

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    Good for you, for having the courage to fix it on your own. I've had a few problems with my Janome 11000 and not much luck with the technicians. I wish I could take a class on fixing my own machine:-)

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    Thanks for posting!

    I dread the day I'll be afraid to try to fix things. That's why I try keeping up with things...technology is progressing so fast.

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    I have the same machine but that has never happen to me i love the brother 1500 do all my piecing on it.
    good job crella

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    Way to go. Good thing it was a flower head pin so you could see it. A regular pin head might not have been visible in there.

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    Wow, that is amazing. I never would have guessed a pin. Great job fixing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crella boudon
    I have the same machine but that has never happen to me i love the brother 1500 do all my piecing on it.
    good job crella
    It was easy, just remove the screws, one is hidden under the handle and two are hidden on bottom under the bobbin area, the rest are in plain sight. The housing is simple to put back on.

    One thing I do know when you tighten screw/bolts, always tighten in opposites. ex: tighten one on left (not all the way tight) then one on right, then next one on left and so forth. Then tighten them all the way tight.

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    Great!

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    Amazing that a long pin got into that area and stopped the machine. I have a machine that wouldn't run and discovered the thread from the spool for winding a bobbin somehow got wound onto the shaft for the big wheel on the right side. Different colored threads were there so this had been going on for some time. Now I know better than to leave a spool of thread on that holder. It was just packed so tight, we had to cut it off. Pays to know your machine inside and out.
    Carol J.

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