So I spent all day on this machine. All right, not ALL DAY. But most of it. It was pretty dirty and it, too , has really bad wiring.
I could have cleaned up the machine that the refurbished motor was on. But, I was going to have to take the motor off to work on it so I decided to take the motor off of this machine, clean it and put the refurb on it. This machine is cosmetically challenged, as the saying goes. It is a good practice machine.
This is what the motor wiring from this machine looks like. EEEEEEUUUUUYYYYYYY
BUT I am so not intimidate by this.
I can fix that, no problem......
This is what the bottom of the machine looked like. It had some old dried oil everywhere. So I cleaned it up with some degreaser and some denatured alcohol. Purely cosmetic. I assure you. I
Tri-flowed everywhere and put new grease on the gears. It did help to have a copy of the service manual.
I don't know how I noticed it, but somehow the thread cutter had gotten repositioned.......
Well I needed to learn how to take out the bobbin case. It was pretty dirty in there, yes it was.
I did not take out the hook. I have done enough advanced stuff on this machine and as I have been told, 9 times out of 10 the machine is not out of time. What would make it go out of time??????
I oiled and cleaned it and finally was ready to put the refurb on. OOPs. No foot pedal. Oh, yeah, now I remember.....that foot pedal needed new wires. The poor dogs were getting hungry, it was past dinner time and I showed no signs of letting up. I got that foot pedal re-wired and new ring connectors soldered and then, dinner.
|Add just enough grease to make the gears look wet. Anything more is plain wasteful.|
Once I got it all connected, and I must admit I was pretty pleased with myself, I put the power to the machine. First, I made sure that everything worked by hand. The handwheel was a bit tight, but I thought that maybe it was due to the fact that it just hadn't gotten all the grease and oil where it needed to go. But something was wrong. I tried running the motor for a bit, but it would not pick up speed. So, I spent the next hour trying to figure that out. I sanded the inside of the handwheel, I sanded the shaft I ran the motor without any load, just to be sure (I had done this yesterday but what the heck). Finally I noticed the problem.....the bobbin winder was engaged. OK so now I am dumb. Maybe just tired. Something is still not quite right. I cannot get the stop motion knob to release so that the machine doesn't run when I am winding the bobbin...... Probably something simple. I tried a million different configurations of the washer and stop motion knob. Who knows. I gave up. I needed a drink.
I understand the appeal of this machine. It is quiet and I think it makes a fairly decent stitch. I want to try it on some thicker layers. But that is for another day. I'm beat. It was a long day with lots of lessons learned. But how the heck was I to know that the stupid bobbin winder was engaged? Gee whizz.