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Threading Needle Won't Go Up or Down Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
Hi, I'm faily new to sewing but I was given a Singer Quantum XL-1 by my aunt. It worked fine till I got my hands on it. Basically the threading needle won't go up or down. And turning the hand wheel won't make the needle go up or down either. It's like it'...
How to Get the Housing Off?? Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Hi, I have a Janome Model2039SN. I have had it a while but not used very much at all. My mom however could probablly sew blindfolded. lol. I am having a problem w/ my machine and I took it to my mom to look at. She cannot figure out how to get the hous...
Stuck in Reverse Category: Industrial Sewing Machine Q's
I recently acquired a Brother VX-1120 sewing machine. The problem is it's sewing in reverse. Can you help me? Thanks. Verna...
Machine Won't Sew on Thin Material Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
I'm sorry, I'm some what of a beginner, Now when I'm sewing very thin marital on my machine, I can't get it to work. I tried to make the tension both high and low, still nothing. I can't remember what I used to do on my other machine so I feel stuck. For a...
Thin Material Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
I'm sorry, I'm some what of a beginner, Now when I'm sewing very thin material on my machine, I can't get it to work. I tried to make the tension both high and low, still nothing. I can't remember what I used to do on my other machine so I feel stuck. Fo...
Stuck in Buttonhole Stitch Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Hello, I have a viking husquvarna(1975 model) that has been sitting for a few years. I started sewing the other day and find that the button hole feature(knob on the lower right side) won't pull out, like you would do if you were going to do a button ...
Bobbin Started Making Noise Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
I have a kenmore model 385.17624 sewing machine. The bobbin started making noise, now it will get stuck when i start sewing. I tried cleaning it but nothing seems to be working....
Reverse Lever Stuck Down Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
I have a Brother XR-65. I am new at sewing and only had this machine a couple of months. I was sewing a piece of broadcloth using a straight stitch - something popped and the machine started sewing in the SS mode - I can not turn the dial to change the s...
Tensioner Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
I have an old singer sewing machine that was my mothers. It has dressmaker wrote on it ( don't know if that will help or not) I was sewing with it and the top tensioner fell off. I can't get it to stay back in and I can't adjust the tension either it jus...
Can't Turn Off Stretch Stitch Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
I have a Kenmore machine 12493. I started sewing using the stretch stitch and now it won’t stop even when I return the dials to their normal“straight stitch” position. How do I get it to stop using the stretch stitch? ...
Viking 6020 Stuck in Reverse Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Dear SewVac Doctor, My mother recently gave me her Husqvarna 6020 sewing machine. We took it in over Christmas to be cleaned and fixed up so that I could start using it. It is in perfect working order, except that it won't come out of reverse. There is ...
CG590 Stalling! Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
Hello, I have a Singer CG 590 that is seven months old and was purchased brand spanking new. It hasn't been used all that much until the last couple of months. It will sew very fast so I have adjusted the speed on the foot pedal down but it doesn't s...
CG-590 Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
Hello, I have a Singer CG 590 that is seven months old and was purchased brand spanking new. It hasn't been used all that much until the last couple of months. It will sew very fast so I have adjusted the speed on the foot pedal down but it doesn't s...
Catch Release Knob Not Catching Balance Wheel? Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Dear Sew Vac Doctor, Thank you for your wonderful website, and taking precious time to answer each individual question so patiently. I can see the wealth of your experience through the different replies and answers. I have some problem with my Broth...
I Was Sewing Polypropelene.... Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
Hi, I have a Janome New Home 532. I was sewing polypropelene fabric when some loose strands got stuck in the wheel. I couldn't get everything out and the machine was sewing somewhat heavily, so I removed the wheel entirely. Apparently, there is no easy wa...
Brother XR-52 Permanently Sewing Backwards Category: Industrial Sewing Machine Q's
Dr. Sew and Vac, I have a Brother XR-52 sewing machine that is permanently sewing backwards. The backstitch lever moves yet cannot correct itself for forward stitching. I read some of your other inquiries for other people with the same problem and you...
Viking 500 Handhweel Stuck Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Hi, my mother has a Viking 500. The handwheel will not turn so the needle will not move. When I look at the bobbin holder it looks like it is not in correctly and the plastic plate covering the bobbin will not sit down completely. The bobbin holder appears...
Only in Reverse Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
My older Viking sewing machine runs only in reverse, (late 70's, early 80's). Can you help?...
About How Much- Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Hello, I wrote you yesterday about my Husky Viking 6020 which doesn't function properly (I live in France and want to eventually being you my machine when I visit my parents in NJ in April). In fact, I have two problems: The needle piston is stuck...
Bobbin Case Stuck in Shuttle Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
I was having problems with my Kenmore 385.1278180 and I decided to clean the shuttle case. When I tried to move the needle up to the heist position it wouldn't go. So I ended up unscrewing the needle. Then when I opened up the shuttle area the bobbin end...
Viking 6020 Handwheel Trouble Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Hello, I have a Viking 6020, and can't get the handwheel off so I can take off the cover on the right side of the machine. Is it supposed to just pull off? I don't see any screws. Thanks for any help you can give me! Brian...
Kenmore Sewing Backwards!? Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
I have a 30 yr old Kenmore. Always worked fine until I cleaned and oiled it two days ago. Now it only sews in reverse! The reverse button is not engaged, but when I engage it (push it in) it still sews backwards (which it should...I was just trying to test...
Bobbin Holder Isn't Rotating?!? Category: Troubleshooting Mechanical Sewing Machine Problems
Hi- I have a Kenmore new model sewing machine and I recently changed the bobbin and started to sew and the bobbin doesn't seem to be rotating as it should. I lifted everything out and cleaned in there and the bobbin holder doesn't seem to be rotating and...
Juki 654DE Category: Serger Difficulty
My Juki serger is pretty new so I’m surprised that I’m having this problem with the looper tensions. The loopers, especially the upper looper, needs to be set at 8 or so in order to get anything resembling a balanced stitch. Any ideas as to why this would ...
Needle Gets Stuck in the Down Position Category: Repair of Sewing Machine
Hello, I bought a new gently used Janome L-344 series sewing machine and I was able to get three small projects out of it before it started acting up on me. The needle gets stuck in the down position, however when I go to loosen the arms holding the...
 
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