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Thread: My machine won't turn on!!!!!

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    My machine won't turn on!!!!!

    What am I going to do??? I worked like crazy on a project last night and when I turned my machine off it was warm. I was trying to machine applique some things - you may have seen another post I wrote about my satin stitching not laying flat. Now today nothing! I have (like everyone else) so many Christmas projects I'm working on! This year we aren't going to have a Christmas for financial reasons so I was trying to use my stash to make some things. I can't afford a repair bill now! I'm sorry for writing this - I just needed a shoulder to cry on. :'(

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    Oh, I know that last minute rush and no machine! Take a breath, try the old standards: unplug and replug at the plug end (check with another appliance like a lamp to make sure the actual outlet is working, you might have blown a fuse/tripped a breaker). Unplug and replug at the machine, it could have slipped out. I would also check the footpedal to make sure it is connected, no telling what wil spook it. I would also try the footpedal (mash down) to see if it is just not turning on all the lights, etc and might just jog it. Good luck! Linda

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    Try everything that linda8450 said. It's probably something simple. If all else fails, see if you can borrow a machine from a friend. Good luck.

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    I had broken wires where the plug went into the sewing machine. I wanted my DH to permanently attach the plug to the wires of the machine but that didn't work so we have it taped tight and I can't take the plug out. Try the wall plug, turn the end over and try it that way in the wall, be sure the light switch is on if that is a wall socket controlled by a light switch, that happens more than you think. If you know someone who knows a bit about electricity, have him use his test light to see if you are getting power to the machine. If the motor had burned out, you would have smelled something like smoke and hot wires. Let us know what you find out.
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    Oh gosh I am so sorry!! I hope it turns out to be something simple!!!

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    Hope you get it working soon or find someone to borrow a machine from. I would let you borrow one, but your pretty far away. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!!
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    Try looking to see if you tripped a circuit breaker ...I did that once with my machine when my daughter turned on her hair dryer and we discovered we were on the same circuit. I reset the circuit breaker and plugged into another outlet.

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    i don't have any additional suggestions... just want to wish you well and hope it is something easy.
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    Wish you were closer, I have an extra machine I would let you use. Hope it's just a minor problem, good luck.
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    waiting to hear if you found the cause. I had a problem like that once, and the cord had come undone from the foot control. I, too, would lend you a machine if yiou were closer. Let us know if you find the culprit.

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    Try Goodwill or some thrift store for a cheap one.

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    If your machine is plugged into an outlet that is in line with a ground fault switch (the ones with the little buttons between the places you plug in) try resetting the switch. My Dad used to trip the switch by bumping it, and then wonder why none of the outlets in his kitchen worked. Hope that your problem is as easily solved! Please let us know--We care!
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    sure hope your machine is working again. Prayers that it quits being so stubborn when you need to get things done.

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    Hope you find the problem.

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    Oh, if only we lived a few a hours away. I would lend you a machine for as long as you needed it. Go to all the thrift stores and post you need a working sewing machine onhttp://www.freecycle.org/ it's amazing what people give away on that site. I have given away so many things I don't need anymore on that site. Someone even came and took my old tv for parts.
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    Any news yet? I hope it is fixed and you are busy as can be!
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    I hear you! Mine went into the shop 2 weeks ago, and I just found out it is going to cost me several hundred dollars to fix it. Main drive shaft went out of it, didn't even know a machine had a drive shaft. I really can't buy another machine, so I am just getting this fixed and hope it doesn't give me anymore problems. Yea, if you lived closed you could use one of my old vintage machines. They keep going!

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    Hope you find the problem and get to sewing again. Good luck!!
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    You are NEVER going to believe this!!! I'm standing right here and I don't believe it!!! My daughter and son-in-law just walked in from being on a "date" and came to visit me and I told them what had happened to my machine and how upset I was about it. As she was telling me how sorry she was she walked over and TURNED IT ON!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! I started screaming for my 18 year old son to come in and see what had just happened. He ran in so fast - I think he thought someone had broken into our home or something! He was with me earlier in the day when I couldn't get it working, so I told him what my daughter had just done and we all busted out laughing!!! What the?!?!?!? None of us can figure out why it's working now other than my prayers were answered! Even though my day was wasted because I didn't get the sewing done I had planned, it turned out ok because we all got a good laugh!!! Aaahhh . . . what a relief!!! Thank you all for the great advice and sympathy you gave me today! It's good to know I have so many "friends" who care!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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    I'm so happy for you! I bet there is a short in the off on switch. It should be easy to get fixed. In the mean time don't turn it off just unplug from the wall socket.
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    HOORAY!!! Now start sewing!!
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    Sometimes our faith gets tested and then voila all better! Machines are funny that way. Maybe it needed a long rest from all the sewing. So glad it's running for you. Stop before it gets warm again!
    Debra

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    I am so glad to hear that your machine magically fixed itself!!! It will be a good Christmas!!!
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    but by the moments that take our breath away.

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    I bet you overheated it with all that satin stitching. Same thing happened to me a few years ago. It just needed a rest and to cool off! Its a safety feature.
    Linda - St. George!

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    Miracles do happen! I felt so bad when I read your 1st post because I could give you a machine - but you really are too far from me. Blessings & Merry Christmas

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