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Machine runs when it shouldn't

Old 03-23-2020, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by leonf View Post
I should mention that this can also be a fire hazard. Some folks have melted their carpet. Unplugging is always a good idea.
Please clarify what you mean. Are you saying that removing the foot pedal from the machine could cause a fire. If not, what are you saying can cause a fire?

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Old 03-23-2020, 07:11 PM
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Not removing it. Using it and especially if it isn't quite turning off the power to the machine.
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:16 PM
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If you have a controller without a base you can see wires that look like little toasters that use electricity to lower the power to the motor.They can and do heat up, Early pedals had lots of air holes.

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Old 03-23-2020, 07:22 PM
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Air holes in the can rheostat on this Minnesota. Think it got warm????


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Old 03-31-2020, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
When my old Singer did that, it was a short in the foot pedal. I think you should take off your knee controller and try the foot pedal if you have one.
I love my knee control on my 301 Singer. A friend built the cabinet and put the foot control inside the cavity and made a lever to make it work with my knee. The reason he did that was I was used to using my knee on my mother's machine; I think it was a New Home, or something like that.
That controller needs work no matter where it is.
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:05 AM
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The cause for a machine running on its own may be that an old capacitor has burst in the foot controller which creates the short... Happened to me a couple of times...
As a rule, when I get a "new" vintage machine, I open the foot controller and remove the capacitor...
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:09 AM
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Note on Janome foot controllers. Put your foot control on a towel on the counter, take it apart and check for lint and pet hair. (the Towel keeps screws from running off)
Take photos of sequence of taking it apart, so you remember when putting it back together. Just like my machine, I was amazed how much lint was in my pedal. Of course, you don't have to clean your foot pedal until it starts acting up, where you machine needs cleaning sometimes during and after each project.
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