Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The Necchi Foot controller did not work.  I installed a new, after market, and generic foot  controller. (Oxford comma, corrected). It came with my South River parts.

I was sewing along happily but noticed a hum despite no pressure on the controller.  It sure sounded like a sewing machine motor hum.  I thought, perhaps, it might be the fluorescent (shoot I should have left fluorescent misspelled for someone I know)  lights.  I turned them off.  There are four in the sewing loft.

I still heard the hum.

I leaned way into the Necchi.  It most certainly was the motor.  Drat.  I unplugged it and picked up the foot controller.  It was hot.  Very hot. Extremely hot.  Too hot to handle.  Double drat.

I did not want to mess with fixing a foot controller.  I wanted to sew.  Triple Drat.

I found a Singer button foot controller, removed it's wires and took the "new" controller off of the Necchi. It had cooled by this time.

As soon as I looked at it I understood the problem.  The connection was not, well, disconnecting despite my removing my foot COMPLETELY from the controller each time I stopped sewing.  The dang thing is crap; poorly made.  I was unable to make any correction or adjustment.

The Singer foot controller works well.  It is a bit stiff.  Maybe I will fix that sometime but not now.  I want to sew. 


  1. Comma review: The Oxford, or serial, comma is used before the conjunction in a series. "I can repair Singers, Necchis, and Kenmores. In addition, I can describe these repairs in such a way that readers are mesmerized and entertained."

    Please, no comma between the final adjective in a series and the modified noun.

    Betty T

    1. Thank you for correcting me. I have fixed it. Once upon a time I thought I would like to be an English teacher. Instead I became a nurse. Likely a good thing.

  2. We (my husband and I) just took apart one of those same stupid controllers last weekend for a similar problem. I won't be buying another one of them. We had it taken apart and placed next to an old foot controller from a 1950s New Home machine and the difference was astounding.

    Also, I want to thank you for your blog. It has been incredibly helpful to me. I started collecting vintage machines about six months ago. My most challenging (and fun!) repair thus far has been a Rocketeer that was frozen solid and missing some pieces when I bought it for $10. It is now cleaned up and has all its parts and is one of my favorite machines.

    Right now we are working on a Necchi BF that I bought on Craigslist locally. It had belonged to a professional seamstress, but I don't think she ever cleaned the machine or took it in for service! I opened it up and there was the equivalent of a small furry animal inside. The machine did not want to move. It is now cleaned out and oiled and my husband and I are planning to rewire it this weekend. I'd eventually like to do most of this work myself, but for the moment, he knows more than I do so he is helping me.

  3. So glad someone understand English - even though I'm Welsh! :0)