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Thread: Foot pedal for featherweight quit

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    Foot pedal for featherweight quit

    How do I fix the foot pedal for my featherweight? I thought it might just be lint buildup but that wasn't it. Don't know what to look for other than that.
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    Are you sure it's the foot control and not the motor?

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    That is what it was once before and the friend who fixed it for me (in 5 min or less) has moved away.

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    Easiest would be to swap out exact same controller & cord known good. Could also test for voltage or continuity with multi-meter if familiar with there use.

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    That is what it was once before and the friend who fixed it for me (in 5 min or less) has moved away.
    Did they work on the motor or the controller?

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    Will have to check with somebody who has such things. Also will see if another friend who said he had a repair manual for his vintage machine has the necessary info.

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    Could be a loose wire somewhere. Good Luck.

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    Anyone nearby you could compare yours with? Borrow foot pedal and cords?

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    My neighbor is going to check it out tomorrow.

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    I think you could get a new foot control. I got a new one last year but I kept my old one it has a loose wire, will probably get it fixed to keep it vintage. Brewer Sewing supplies has them.. your LQS could order one for you, they are about $25. I think don't remember...

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    I bought a replacement (new) on E-bay for my 301A purchased w/o a pedal.
    I think it was about $19.
    Works well.
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    I recently posted that my 185J foot pedal was making popping noises. Took it apart and saw that some of the copper wires were broken. I stripped the wires until I got to the good wire and rewired it. It was so simple I couldn't believe it. My first time doing that but will definitely try it when and if I run into that problem again. Would like to thank JMiller (Joe) for his many posts about fixing things yourself. Gave me confidence. Now if I can just learn the right way to post pictures. GRRRRR!!!!
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    I have been able to repair all but one of my foot controllers. That one apparently got dropped because many of the little carbon disks were broken to bits.
    I have a phobia about tossing something I can fix. However I do understand the appeal of a new item that works without needing fixing.

    Perhaps my insistence on fixing things is a rebellion against our throw away society. I don't know.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have been able to repair all but one of my foot controllers. That one apparently got dropped because many of the little carbon disks were broken to bits.
    I have a phobia about tossing something I can fix. However I do understand the appeal of a new item that works without needing fixing.

    Perhaps my insistence on fixing things is a rebellion against our throw away society. I don't know.

    Joe

    That's why I am here tonight==Friend has 20 yr old Viking 980 Seems the tranformer in the foot petal with the cords is getting hot. She is 80 yrs and feels she won't be able to sew much longer so needs it fixed soon as
    she is doing some charity work. I thought some on here are so knowledgeable you could give me names with
    advise as what to do. Apparently machine was working fine before this. An electrician told her there was no
    power getting to the machine. Please direct me to any help or parts companies as I am not used to Vikings.

    Please reply here or personal message .

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    Kathleen at thequiltgal was very helpful to me.

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    Mornigstar,

    If there is power to the pedal and it's getting hot, but no power is getting to the machine itself, then there is an open somewhere.

    I'd start by taking the controller apart and cleaning it as I inspected it. Check all the connections at the motor, the plug, the controller too.

    I don't know how the wiring on the Viking is set up, so that is the best guess I can do from here.

    Joe

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