Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Don't ask me how I did it.  I won't tell.  But a few weeks ago, I rolled the Nolting right off of the carriage and onto the bamboo wood floor in the guest apartment. 

It is true that I have tried, in vain, to keep a reasonable perspective on this mishap.  After all, my family and loved ones are all safe and healthy.  There are no real tragedies in our world right now and spring is on its way.  Just the same, I am B U M M E D.

The machine is on its way back to the factory for repair.  I am hopeful that it will not require much.  Just the same, shipping a 50 pound machine half way across the country is nerve wracking.

The hand wheel bent.
But it appeared that the shaft was ok.  Steven thinks that because this is aluminum it took to force and preserved the integrity of the shaft.  You can see it better in the photo below.  There are set screws that hold the hand wheel onto the shaft.  I don't know if they broke or not.

As best as I can tell, the machine landed on the hand wheel and then fell backward striking the sheet rock wall with the front handles.   There is a nice hole in the wall, just about the size of the left handle switch.  You can see the broken switch on the left  and that the handles are not even (these photos were taken in the shop.  Steven carried it down stairs for me and we put it on the bench)
Definitely bent 

 Steven noticed that it looked like the front hand wheel had been pushed forward some too.

I wasn't convinced because the whole thing still turned so easily.  I mean the motion was very smooth.  I figure if the shaft had moved, then the thing wouldn't turn.  

I had to take the front handles off to ship the machine.  I took that opportunity to look inside.  (I had been absolutely dying to do this ever since I brought the machine home but never dared to do so).  I took the side panel off and examined things.  Looks ok to me.  But what the devil do I know?
But wait,  what is that?  Some purple thread?  I never used purple thread when I used this machine.
I pulled on that piece of thread and got about three feet out.  Hmmmmm.  Makes you wonder how that happened?
Here is another view of the needle bar area.
No idear
The machine is scheduled to arrive in Iowa tomorrow.  I called to give them a heads up that it is on its way.  I will definitely feel better when I learn what the damage will cost.  Still, it's only money.  

My Wilson, on the other hand, is lame again.  Or something. But he got off the couch tonight to get some turkey.  So that's a good sign.  He came to greet me when I arrived home from work, but did not stand by the window this morning when I left.  Sure wish he could talk.  Which reminds me.

There once was this traveling salesman who drove by a house out in the country.  He saw a sign out front:  TALKING DOG FOR SALE. TEN BUCKS. He stopped and asked of the geezer smoking his pipe on the front porch.

"Do you really have a talking dog?"


May I see him?"

"YUP. He's out back.  Help yourself."

So the TS went out back and sure enough, there lying in the sun was a nondescript, black mutt of a dog.

"Can you talk?"

"Yes, yes I can." replied the dog. 

"Oh WOW.  How amazing."

"Yes, when it was discovered that I had this skill I was employed as a tactical agent for the FBI.  I could listen unobserved and report on the most notorious criminals.  I must have helped arrest hundreds of crooks.  Then, I got too bored with that line of work so I became a spy and worked for the CIA.  I absolutely was instrumental in thwarting many terrorist attacks and saved countless lives.  But I tired of all the thrill and drama and retired here, years ago.  Now I while away my days lying in the sun, chewing on bones and chasing squirrels."

"Wait, just a minute,  stay right here."  said the TS and he rushed out front to where the old man was still smoking his pipe.

"I'll buy him.  But why only ten dollars for that amazing dog?"

"Well, he may be able to talk but everything he told you just now is just a down right lie."


  1. Elizabeth, my heart sunk to my toes reading this. I don't know what to say. I was working on mine last night and am amazed how awful I am at getting things, especially diagonal lines right. I have been experimenting with threads. I wish I was close enough that I could give you time on mine. Well, you have made it through the winter, and a new season is coming. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. A big quilty hug.

    1. Linda, the frame has no stops on the carriage. I had the take up bar off because I was trying to fix a wobble. I could access the wheels better with the take up bar/roller off. Just don't take that bar off. Or install stops. I think I will do both.

  2. I can hear the 'thunk' in my mind and it has an sad echo.

    Gravity stinks.

  3. I hit the side of the garage once with the car, and I'm sure it makes the same sickening sound.
    "I just did it. No one but me. And it will cost me money. Lots of money."
    But you're right- in the grand scheme of life, things could suck a whole lot worse.

    How big around are the carriage bars? Can you just put a furniture leg cap over the end? Or a replacement rubber from a tension rod?

    On another note those are SOME oil wicks aren't they? They make the Necchi flywheel wick look positively insignificant.

    1. TWSS.

      Yes, the plan is to drill a hole through the top and bottom at the end of the carriage and install a coupler/snap safety pin. Just like on a trailer hitch.

  4. Hope Wilson feels better. And you, too.

  5. Really sickening to read this. A sewing toy damaged is really the pits. I was once embroidering and had my machine on a particle board sewing table. A hinge had given way underneath I suppose from vibration and I actually caught the machine as the table went down. If it had hit the tile floor it would have probably killed the machine and at that time I could not afford another expensive machine. I still shudder when I think about the machine if I had not been sitting in front of it. My husband happened to be here and I called out as I had a machine with the embroidery unit on that has been running in my lap not too gracefully and was fixing to drop it. It's a shame we have to learn these safeguards the hard way. I am really picky now about sewing tables or cabinets. You'd think the company would have some sort of built in thing on the rails as a second safeguard if the bar was disabled. Argg.

    1. Hmmmm maybe I should figure out a way to make one that people can install themselves without having to drill holes.

  6. I think the company should help you out on this repair and I wouldn't be surprised if they were right bright to start installing some sort of stop as a safeguard. That seems like a defect in the design of the set up to me. There should be no chance of this happening period with or without the guide bars on.

  7. Yes you should. I would think any one that has invested in a set up would want to insure this never happens. After my table collapse, you can bet there will never be another embroidery machine sitting on a particle board set up. Too much money to have sitting on a cheap table. When I read of people sitting them on tv trays and flimsy tables, I think it is a train wreck waiting to happen. Anybody with one of these long arms riding a rail better make sure theirs doesn't hit the floor in an oops moment. I still shudder when I think of my embroidery machine combo hitting the tile floor if I had been out of the chair. Hope they get your machine all fixed up and back to you really soon.

  8. Oh No!!! On both Wilson and the Nolting.

    1. The Nolting has been repaired and traded in. Wilson rallied and ran around the yard (NO SNOW!!!) today. Life is Good