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Thread: Up for grabs - Green Dressmaker

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    Super Member ArizonaKAT's Avatar
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    Up for grabs - Green Dressmaker

    Some of you may remember my great find on a broken dressmaker in a cabinet. Got it home and oiled it and it worked. WELL, I've been tinkering with it and it still won't pick up the bobbin tread. So, I'm totally frustrated with it and am offering it to you all first, as is, for the cost of shipping or pickup. Just be warned it's heavy.

    I can't find the original picture but you can see the machine here.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/green-dressmaker-cl-find-$10-t186811.html

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    Does your offer include the cabinet? The issue with refusing to sew might have to do with timing, or the needle. Have you tried turning the needle a different direction when inserting, or threading from the other direction? I have a Singer 201 that refused to pick up the bobbin thread, and for years I thought it just didn't work. That is, until I found a manual and discovered I was threading the needle from the wrong direction! Now that 201 sews like a champ.
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...g-t182255.html
    maybe you can figure something out from that link
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    so are we thinking it could be timing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizonaKAT View Post
    so are we thinking it could be timing?
    I would rule out everything else before I changed timing.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    OK, you did check the needle....flat side in right direction? All the way up? etc. etc.? I know I have made that stupid mistake tons of times!! :-)

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    I always figured the most valuable tool in any repair job is the owners manual. Like stumbling in the dark without one.

    Jon

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    Unfortunately the owners manuals are not always present. I'm still looking for a manual for my Dial 'n Sew, Alden,
    and several others.

    Sooooo, we fake it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Unfortunately the owners manuals are not always present. I'm still looking for a manual for my Dial 'n Sew, Alden,
    and several others.

    Sooooo, we fake it.

    Joe
    No, not fake, just wing it and hope we are correct. I believe all 3 machines purchased today came with manuals. I know at 2 of them did and haven't had time to play with the 3rd one yet.
    Chris
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    [QUOTE=J Miller;5270368]Unfortunately the owners manuals are not always present. I'm still looking for a manual for my Dial 'n Sew, Alden,
    and several others.

    Sooooo, we fake it.



    True. Sometimes something similar is out there. Experience is a greater teacher than an owner's manual but if one is new to SM repair and can lay there hands on a manual, it seems a good idea to get one, especially with all the free manuals out there. I'll admit I am a book lover.

    Jon

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    Jon,

    I PM'd ArizonaKat for further info about her Dressmaker machine, It is identical to my Dial 'N Sew. Right down to the holes and indents in the back of the case, the thread guides, the double spool peg mount, the controls ... everything but the trim and color. I've yet to find a manual for my D 'N S so I looked for Dressmaker machines and have struck out there too so far.
    Hopefully AzKat will get back to me and I can use the info from her machine to find a manual for mine.

    Joe

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    I fixed up one just like it a couple of years ago. I got it from Freecycle "broken" and it just needed a basic COA service. I did some research and identified it as a Dressmaker 205. I passed in on to a friend of a friend who really needed a machine but couldn't afford one. Although I didn't buy a manual, I found a threading diagram and oiling points which I printed and put in page protctors for her. SEWUSA has a manual copy available for $10. http://sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Man...ion_Manual.htm

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    HTH, Kim
    Last edited by Skyangel; 06-07-2012 at 10:49 AM.

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    Kim,

    Thanks, it did help. I bookmarked the link for next payday.

    Joe

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