Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums >
  • Main
  • For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
  • needle hitting something down there >
  • needle hitting something down there

  • needle hitting something down there

    Old 05-12-2012, 02:58 AM
      #1  
    Super Member
    Thread Starter
     
    Join Date: Sep 2011
    Location: East Tennessee
    Posts: 1,102
    Default needle hitting something down there

    well, I was ready to fire up the 201 and she did a fine, fine job after I oiled and cleaned her up. However, when I put thread in her, I turned the hand crank (Thank heavens I didn't do it with the motor), the needle hit the bobbin (case?). I took out the needle (yuck, need a new one asap!) and it appears to be straight. The bobbin case fits (but I'm not 100% that the bobbin is the correct size because I'm ignorant of that).
    Short of new needle, what else can I do? Why was it working ok, and suddenly not working ok?
    AshleyR is offline  
    Old 05-12-2012, 03:07 AM
      #2  
    Power Poster
     
    Join Date: Mar 2011
    Location: Somewhere
    Posts: 15,506
    Default

    Originally Posted by AshleyR
    well, I was ready to fire up the 201 and she did a fine, fine job after I oiled and cleaned her up. However, when I put thread in her, I turned the hand crank (Thank heavens I didn't do it with the motor), the needle hit the bobbin (case?). I took out the needle (yuck, need a new one asap!) and it appears to be straight. The bobbin case fits (but I'm not 100% that the bobbin is the correct size because I'm ignorant of that).
    Short of new needle, what else can I do? Why was it working ok, and suddenly not working ok?
    always put in a new needle - it can be slightly bent or the tip dull and you might not see it. 201s take a class 66 bobbin. I thought the 201 had a drop in bobbin instead of a bobbin case. Does that bobbin area make a racket? Did you check to see that the spring is holding the shuttle in place?
    miriam is offline  
    Old 05-12-2012, 04:54 AM
      #3  
    Senior Member
     
    Join Date: Feb 2011
    Location: Victorian Sweatshop
    Posts: 863
    Default

    My 201 will sew just fine with the plastic Class 66 bobbins. (Waiting for metal ones to get in stock).
    redmadder is offline  
    Old 05-13-2012, 11:14 AM
      #4  
    Senior Member
     
    VickyS's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Aug 2010
    Location: in hiding
    Posts: 534
    Default

    Check to make sure you loaded the needle correctly - flat. I've found on my 201 that if the needle is even slightly off kilter it may not pick up bobbin thread, might bend and nick the faceplate, and other awful things. Problem with most of these older machines is that the needle can be fit in multiple ways because of wear on the machine. It's the single biggest beef I have about the older machines. I can't count the number of times I've thought I had to get the machine serviced because of issues like this only to have the mechanic change the needle slightly and it works fine!!!!!
    VickyS is offline  
    Old 05-13-2012, 12:08 PM
      #5  
    Power Poster
     
    Join Date: Mar 2011
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    Posts: 41,505
    Default

    Are you sure you have the right needle? Has the needle slipped down from the fastener? Can you put in another needle and carefully hand move it and watch how it comes down to the bobbincase? I don't have any experience with that machine so I can't think of anything else it could be.
    Tartan is offline  
    Old 05-13-2012, 01:27 PM
      #6  
    Super Member
    Thread Starter
     
    Join Date: Sep 2011
    Location: East Tennessee
    Posts: 1,102
    Default

    I was wrong about the model. It's a 206 not a 201
    AshleyR is offline  
    Old 05-13-2012, 04:24 PM
      #7  
    Senior Member
     
    greywuuf's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2012
    Location: middle of nowhere Alaska
    Posts: 719
    Default

    206 takes a special needle, same as the 306. I think it is called a 206x13. Schmetz makes them.
    greywuuf is offline  
    Old 05-14-2012, 03:41 PM
      #8  
    Senior Member
     
    Join Date: Oct 2011
    Location: Middle Tennessee
    Posts: 360
    Default

    Plastic bobbins are quieter. I prefer them.
    DonnaQuilts is offline  
    Old 05-16-2012, 12:28 PM
      #9  
    Senior Member
     
    Join Date: Feb 2011
    Location: Victorian Sweatshop
    Posts: 863
    Default

    You are right, Donna. I'm gonna give up being a purist and use what works.
    redmadder is offline  
    Old 05-16-2012, 06:00 PM
      #10  
    Senior Member
     
    greywuuf's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2012
    Location: middle of nowhere Alaska
    Posts: 719
    Default

    also i BELEIVE the 206 takes special bobbins ( same as the 306 i could be wrong as I have never owned a 206)
    but the 306 for SURE takes an oddball bobbin (and needle, the biggest complaint people have about these fine old machines)
    greywuuf is offline  
    Related Topics
    Thread
    Thread Starter
    Forum
    Replies
    Last Post
    Dominspace
    For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
    5
    10-22-2016 06:22 AM
    bonniemanley
    For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
    16
    09-02-2016 05:58 AM
    QweenBee
    Main
    40
    10-26-2014 04:21 AM
    oregongirl
    For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
    5
    10-15-2012 09:04 AM
    MissJMac
    Main
    7
    06-15-2011 08:58 AM

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off


    FREE Quilting Newsletter