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Thread: trouble with my latest featherweight

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    My latest FW was born 1948. It's not running a stitch! The tension is set to the same as my other two. I have checked and re-checked the threading sequence and put in all new thread top and bobbin and still it will not sew. Any ideas?

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    send a private message to lostn51 and I bet he can help you

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    Maybe the bobbin case isn't in correctly. I took mine out and the needle plate off to clean the lint out and when I put it back together, I couldn't get it to stitch either. Everything has to line up perfectly in order for it to work. I highly recommend this book...it's got pics and was the only reason I was able to get mine back together again.

    http://www.amazon.com/Featherweight-...ref=pd_sim_b_6

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    that was one thing I made sure of also - the bobbin was in correctly. I even changed it to all new thread
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Maybe the bobbin case isn't in correctly. I took mine out and the needle plate off to clean the lint out and when I put it back together, I couldn't get it to stitch either. Everything has to line up perfectly in order for it to work. I highly recommend this book...it's got pics and was the only reason I was able to get mine back together again.

    http://www.amazon.com/Featherweight-...ref=pd_sim_b_6

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    thank you for that, I'll get right on it! Hope he can help

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    Please check the hook under the needle plate. The hook needs to sit in between the two blocks on the bottom of the needle plate. This needs to be checked every time that the needle plate is removed. I hope this helps!!

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    Thanks Nancy - I've personally never removed the plate as the machine is new to me - going to check it out now.

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    just removed the plate and found ancient green thread jumbled inside her! I hope this sorts her out. will let you know...thanks again
    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C
    Thanks Nancy - I've personally never removed the plate as the machine is new to me - going to check it out now.

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    nope, sorry to say she's still 'dead in the water'. The tensioner will not release the thread - something is wrong here. I've tried turning it from one end of the spectrum to the other and it's just not happening. I can't even get her to pick up the bobbin thread. Fortunately, there is a local fellow. Looks like I'm taking a drive tomorrow
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    just removed the plate and found ancient green thread jumbled inside her! I hope this sorts her out. will let you know...thanks again
    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C
    Thanks Nancy - I've personally never removed the plate as the machine is new to me - going to check it out now.
    :-(

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    Just a thought, how about a new needle. Is this the same needle that was in it? Sounds like you've tried most other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    Just a thought, how about a new needle. Is this the same needle that was in it? Sounds like you've tried most other things.
    This was my thought also. Check to see if the needle is inserted properly.......flat side to the left.

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    Yes, I did replace the needle first and installed it properly....flat side to the left. The tension adjustment is NOT working....the bobbin thread won't get picked up, yet everything seems to be running smoothly. There's even brand new thread in spool and bobbin. This is certainly a mystery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    Please check the hook under the needle plate. The hook needs to sit in between the two blocks on the bottom of the needle plate. This needs to be checked every time that the needle plate is removed. I hope this helps!!

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    This is what I was referring to in my reply also. I found a picture that explains it better. There are grooves on the underside of the needle plate. The hook (A2 in the pic) needs to be lined up between the grooves. Check that it was not turned when you were working on it.
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    Thank you so much for putting in the time - I will get the machine out again today and see if that is the problem. Will post what I find ASAP...
    Debbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    Please check the hook under the needle plate. The hook needs to sit in between the two blocks on the bottom of the needle plate. This needs to be checked every time that the needle plate is removed. I hope this helps!!

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    This is what I was referring to in my reply also. I found a picture that explains it better. There are grooves on the underside of the needle plate. The hook (A2 in the pic) needs to be lined up between the grooves. Check that it was not turned when you were working on it.

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    My DH and I just pulled it apart again and made sure it was all aligned - found it to be just like the photo. Still it will not pick up the bobbin thread and when I try to sew, no stitches and the tension tightens up so badly the thread won't move through - FRUSTRATING!! Off to my repairman today, I guess! It's okay - you can never have too many FW's and it was my dear mil's. Thank you all for your kindness and I'll let you know what the diagnosis is!
    Have a great weekend all!
    Debbie
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    Please check the hook under the needle plate. The hook needs to sit in between the two blocks on the bottom of the needle plate. This needs to be checked every time that the needle plate is removed. I hope this helps!!

    Nancy
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    This is what I was referring to in my reply also. I found a picture that explains it better. There are grooves on the underside of the needle plate. The hook (A2 in the pic) needs to be lined up between the grooves. Check that it was not turned when you were working on it.

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    Update on my most recent featherweight: I had to take it to my local repairman who told me the following:
    The tensioner was all gummed up with years of 'gunk'.
    The poor thing was out of timing.
    There was something 'growing' on the inners. (yuch!)
    The belt was not the right one.
    Now that 'PeeWee' is all cleaned, oiled and repaired, she's happily purring away the neatest little stitches.
    Thank you all for your concern!!
    Debbie C.

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    YAY, Debbie!!!
    So glad she's purring along now! :D
    Have fun!

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    Thank you! I'm so glad to have her up and running. She was my mil's very first machine (1948) and was finally re-discovered in the bowels of her belongings and found its way to me......YAY!!

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    Moral of the story: Any machine that has not been used for a while should be thoroughly cleaned before using. I just bought a Singer 15 and even though it sews beautifully and we did rewire it, I still feel I need to take it apart and clean it. It had been sitting in a junk shop for several years. I got a 457 for free that had been in her garage and it was full of bugs and old gummy grease.

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    Good Deal! But I'm so glad I took her to the specialist. He's always done right by me and now my dear mil's machine is happy and running beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C
    Yes, I did replace the needle first and installed it properly....flat side to the left. The tension adjustment is NOT working....the bobbin thread won't get picked up, yet everything seems to be running smoothly. There's even brand new thread in spool and bobbin. This is certainly a mystery!
    When I bought my 301 the tensioner was absolutely DEAD!! I had to replace it with a new one. Now she sews like a queen!! :-)

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    I am glad that your got your machine fixed. When I purchased mine off of ebay, I took her straight to my sewing machine repair shop. She also had the wrong belt, so she was serviced, new belt and feet and Ian says she has a good stitch. I am looking forward to trying her this weekend.
    Janet

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    you're going to have a wonderful time - I have two right now and a third on the way!! Amazing how they multiply!

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