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Thread: Magnets and Machines

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    OK...I bought a cute purse at a yardsale for $1.00. I threw it in the washer bc it had some lipstick and lip gloss on the inside.
    The only problem was that one side of the magnetic snap came loose, and it was put together on the inside of the lining. I pulled it back up and thought I would machine stitch around it to keep it in its place...also thought I would use a decorative stitch so it would look like it made that way...but...it stuck to my feed dogs. I thought OOPS! maybe that wouldn't be good for the machine.
    This has been a while, and the machine is fine. I was scared for a while, though, bc this is my SE 270D that I go on about all the time!
    Anyone ever do this?? Do you know if magnets can damage a machine?

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    What do you mean it was stuck on your feed dogs? The snap was too thick or what? I have made many purses with magnetic snaps and I have occasionally accidentally hit one with the needle and it stuck, but it didn't break and it was fine. Sometimes if the snap is too thick it won't go through, and if that is the case you would have to sew around it like you said. :D

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    I use a magnet as a guide when I am quilting to get a straight 1/4" seam. It is specifically made for this, so I don't think you should have any problems

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    If you have a computerized machine you should never use a magnet pincushion or anything else magnetic around it. Yes, it will mess up the works of the machine. Marge PS. I had a purse with a magnet in it and it messed up my cell phone.

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    Wow, it messed up your cell phone? Did you keep your phone really close to the magnet or what? I knew magnets were bad for electronics if you put them on them for a long time. Jeez...maybe I should switch purses lol.

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    Magnets will mess up anything computerized. It also messes up the black strips on credit cards and stuff. I had a Kenmore machine, ca. 1984. that got the bobbin body magnetized somehow, according to the repair man, and it would not sew. So, I guess it can happen, however, in my case. I discovered that the needle bar was jammed on a heavy seam. It shortened the stroke of the needle and would not loop with the bobbin. After the $55 repair bill, I fixed it myself for free! :evil:

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    I know what you mean Miranda! When I made a new name tag for my friend, I put a magnet inside & when I was sewing it closed, it stuck to my metal throat plate! It didn't bother my machine, but my Singer isn't one of the computerized kind.
    If you haven't had any problems so far, I think you're in the clear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by live2teach
    What do you mean it was stuck on your feed dogs? The snap was too thick or what? I have made many purses with magnetic snaps and I have occasionally accidentally hit one with the needle and it stuck, but it didn't break and it was fine. Sometimes if the snap is too thick it won't go through, and if that is the case you would have to sew around it like you said. :D
    Heather~
    The magnet itself was stuck to the metal feed dogs/throat plate! I thought my feed dogs were down, but they weren't...then I realized magnets stick to metal! :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    If you have a computerized machine you should never use a magnet pincushion or anything else magnetic around it. Yes, it will mess up the works of the machine. Marge PS. I had a purse with a magnet in it and it messed up my cell phone.
    Yes, it is computuerized. I guess I'm one lucky gal. I have kept them away from it since.

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    oh! GRRRRRRRR!
    I'm so angry with myself. I thought I would hold off until the last minute to put the magnetic snap in my purse I'm working on....AFTER I was finished sewing everything on it, so it wouldn't be near my machine!!!!!!!!!

    BUT...I had to put the snap in before I sewed the top of the purse together.
    And my presser foot for my other machine (non-computerized) is no where to be found! The kids won't leave anything alone. It was on the kitchen table last time I saw it.

    I have GOT to get organized before it kills me! :twisted:


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    Miranda, I have never been organized and it hasn't killed me yet! I have a cat who loves my wool roving pincushion. One day I found him pulling the pins out one at a time and flicking them. Another time, I was sitting here at the computer, when a paw reached up and grabbed my pen! Okay, one more example and you will understand.

    I have a 5 lb. long hair chihuahua named Zippy. The same aforementioned cat was caught in the broom closet, in the garbage, flicking trash to Zippy.

    In other words, Miranda, it could be worse. Your kids could be pets! :lol:

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    Boo~ That is so funny!
    We used to keep Lady Dog in the house. AFter I had my first baby, I couldn't let the dog stay. (Weird, I know....) I miss my little doggie. She's outside now.


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    HOW IRONIC...
    I learned something today:

    I've never sewn a button on with my machine...thought I'd try it, and I broke the needle. I knew it! I knew I would do that...BUT...when I was taking the needle out of the machine (what was left of it!), it just dropped right down through the feed dogs and into the machine! It disappeared!
    I unplugged everything and after I couldn't see it with a light AND I couldn't get the metal plate off (because my screwdriver was too long and ...you know how all that goes)...so I turned the machine upside down. No rattle. No noise at all.
    So, onto something different. I got the plastic plate off the machine (around where you drop the bobbin in). I took out the bobbin shuttle, and...
    Again, this is my COMPUTERIZED machine, and that's why I started this thread to begin with--bc of magnets....
    THE NEEDLE IS STUCK TO THE MAGNET THAT IS UNDER THE BOBBIN SHUTTLE! That's why there was no noise when I turned it up!

    I'd never had it apart before. I got to clean it some while I was at it.

    AND I got out the manual to see where it recommended the machine be oiled at...and it said NOT to oil the shuttle....and there is not a single place in the manual that says where, if at all, to oil the machine! I've looked in the appendix, glossary, intro, ??? I tried calling Brother, but all reps were busy, of course. I've e-mailed them before about seeing if they make a hat hoop for the thing or not! No response, of course!

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    Miranda, I don't have a Brother, but a Janome and cannot oil it myself.
    Have to take it in to be serviced, as its all enclosed. Nancy

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    Uh-oh...I live in the middle of NOWHERE! I certainly hope I don't have to take it to be OILED! I'm good at taking things apart, but DH is better.... ;)

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    my other machines had holes to put the oil in, this one doesn't, so
    there is nothing for me to do but take it in. Doesn't have to be done
    often as it has oil inside and does it itself someway.

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    My older Brother has the holes, too, but my new one doesn't.
    It's always something! :roll:

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    maybe its got oil in it like mine and will go for lots of sewing, I only take
    mine every couple years, when it starts not sewing right it needs service.

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