Cresta T132-3 bobbin trouble

Old 04-13-2014, 12:17 PM
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I am so pleased to hear someone else has one of these machines. I have recently wanted to start sewing and my father-in-law has kindly given me a machine that belonged to his mum. From what i hear she loved it very much, its had a lot of use and has been very well looked after. I am also lucky to have the original leather case and manual. After many hours reading and setting up the machine I am eager to start making things. Unfortunately after 2-3 inches of stitching (just when I think I am getting somewhere) I hear a noise and if I don't stop it quickly enough then the needle starts to bend. When i open the bobbin area,the bobbin has moved and the thread has got caught. I am starting to think I may be missing something and am getting worried I may damage the machine. Any pointers or tips will be greatly appreciated. I know I could buy a new one which might be more straight forward but I love this machine and its family history and really want to get it working well.
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I am so pleased to hear someone else has one of these machines. I have recently wanted to start sewing and my father-in-law has kindly given me a machine that belonged to his mum. From what i hear she loved it very much, its had a lot of use and has been very well looked after. I am also lucky to have the original leather case and manual. After many hours reading and setting up the machine I am eager to start making things. Unfortunately after 2-3 inches of stitching (just when I think I am getting somewhere) I hear a noise and if I don't stop it quickly enough then the needle starts to bend. When i open the bobbin area,the bobbin has moved and the thread has got caught. I am starting to think I may be missing something and am getting worried I may damage the machine. Any pointers or tips will be greatly appreciated. I know I could buy a new one which might be more straight forward but I love this machine and its family history and really want to get it working well.
A real thorough cleaning then oil it. Then thoroughly clean up the tension and adjust it. Thoroughly clean and adjust the bobbin tension. Then see how it goes. Cleaning and properly adjusting everything can take care of a lot of sewing machine problems. A copy of the manual should go a long ways to show you how to care for the machine as well as use it.
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What Miriam said. If you clean the machine thoroughly first thing you'll probably fix any problems the machine may have without even knowing they were there. Is the bobbin case seated correctly?
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I have just inherited one of these machines and everything is there EXCEPT the bobbin hood cover, without which the clutch will not engage on the machine. I don't suppose you have one spare, or know where I can get one, do you? I'd be so very grateful.

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Hi

I own a Cresta T132 - 3 and have had it since 1968 when it was bought new for me (at age 16!) . I love the machine and have also bought another off ebay for spares - there is one going on there now for 0.99p - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3011499500...84.m1423.l2649 - just in case you need anything.

Do you have the manual? Happy to send you a PDF if you need it.

Re the bobbin and case - occasionally you can think you've clipped it in properly and he clip and the door will close on the bobbin area but it is not really in place and moves and makes a noise, and then when you open the door and clip the bobbin case actually falls out.

You appear to have the same bobbin case as me - there were at least 2 different ones, maybe 3. There is a hole in the top that I usually feed the bobbin thread through, then balance it on the flip up catch by holding that thread and flip the catch up quickly.

I think the manual says that adds more tension on the thread, and you don't have to put it through that hole - though I nearly always do.

Will take a look at my machine and manual tomorrow and post some pics of what I mean - if I can work out how!

The machines were made in Czechsovakia by Lada by the way.

So far I have not found any bobbins from anywhere that will fit though I have not tried a class 15 bobbin. Class 66 or Elna (Swiss machine) bobbins don't fit. Nor does the one from my New Home. I will be talking with Helen Howes http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk/bobbins.html at some point to see if she has any available that will fit - The type of hook is a vertical rotary in case you didn't know.
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I need help. I recently bought this vintage Cresta-132-3 sewing machine and I have no idea how to operate it.
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Hi

I own a Cresta T132 - 3 and have had it since 1968 when it was bought new for me (at age 16!) . I love the machine and have also bought another off ebay for spares - there is one going on there now for 0.99p - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3011499500...84.m1423.l2649 - just in case you need anything.

Do you have the manual? Happy to send you a PDF if you need it.

Re the bobbin and case - occasionally you can think you've clipped it in properly and he clip and the door will close on the bobbin area but it is not really in place and moves and makes a noise, and then when you open the door and clip the bobbin case actually falls out.

You appear to have the same bobbin case as me - there were at least 2 different ones, maybe 3. There is a hole in the top that I usually feed the bobbin thread through, then balance it on the flip up catch by holding that thread and flip the catch up quickly.

I think the manual says that adds more tension on the thread, and you don't have to put it through that hole - though I nearly always do.

Will take a look at my machine and manual tomorrow and post some pics of what I mean - if I can work out how!

The machines were made in Czechsovakia by Lada by the way.

So far I have not found any bobbins from anywhere that will fit though I have not tried a class 15 bobbin. Class 66 or Elna (Swiss machine) bobbins don't fit. Nor does the one from my New Home. I will be talking with Helen Howes http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk/bobbins.html at some point to see if she has any available that will fit - The type of hook is a vertical rotary in case you didn't know.
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Originally Posted by Cutiedammie View Post
I need help. I recently bought this vintage Cresta-132-3 sewing machine and I have no idea how to operate it.
Welcome to Quilting Board. If you will notice this is a very old thread. Most of the responses are by those that have not been on line for a number of years.

As mentioned in the person's quote, the machine was made in Czechoslovakia and consequently wouldn't be found very often in North America. I did find https://howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=290438 which led to https://vintagesewingmachinesblog.wo...elt-on-a-t132/ and there are some links from there, but I didn't keep those.

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Thank you for the tips. I will check it out.
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Welcome to Quilting Board. If you will notice this is a very old thread. Most of the responses are by those that have not been on line for a number of years.

As mentioned in the person's quote, the machine was made in Czechoslovakia and consequently wouldn't be found very often in North America. I did find https://howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=290438 which led to https://vintagesewingmachinesblog.wo...elt-on-a-t132/ and there are some links from there, but I didn't keep those.

We like pictures. In order to post pictures on Quilting Board, you will probably need to reduce or compress the picture to a file size that is smaller than 2MB. How to post images can be found at https://www.quiltingboard.com/attach...020-01-17-.pdf
Don't forget to scroll over to the far right to find and click on the "Upload" button.

I have found that only the big red "Reply" button or "Quote" work to give me the paper clip icon to work for adding pictures.
https://www.quiltingboard.com/attach...p-location.jpg

Some additional info regarding reducing images at post #4 and images for the scroll and upload button can be found at #5 of quilt block ID?

Another way to post pictures can be found at 2021/2022, 2.5 Birthday Swap
And how to use an ipad to post pictures can be found at Uploading photos

Or simply - Make sure pictures are smaller than 2MB
Click on red "Reply" button
Click on the paper clip icon
Click browse - choose picture/s. (only 5 allowed per post)
Once they show up as being loaded, Scroll over to the right side and click on "Upload"
After the pictures show up as being attached, you can close that window and go back to the screen to finish posting your post.

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