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Jean Stein February 15, 2017 at 9:59 pm

I just received a used Baby Lock Elizabeth but the stitch pattern plate was not included. I am ordering some other parts tonight but I don’t see that one listed. Do you sell this part?

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Sarah February 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Hi, Jean! We may have to special order it from the supplier – would you mind giving us a call at 888-824-1192?

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Pete February 9, 2017 at 6:59 am

I have a Pfaff ECO 45 sewing machine that needs a belt that measures 3/8″ x 45″. Do you have one?

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Sarah February 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

Hi, Pete! Unfortunately, we don’t have Pfaff belts in that size. Your best bet would be to contact Pfaff directly to obtain that part. Again, I apologize.

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Kathy February 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

Hello! I really appreciate the helpful information on this site and all the comments. I really need some help with my serger. I hadn’t used it for two and a half years out of frustration. I had already used it for over ten years, just occasionally, but never had any issues. Then while doing some finishing work, I think I might have accidentally run over a pin, and a needle broke. I got things straightened out, I think, but later the serger completely refused to make a chain. I gave up, but recently decided to check Google for solutions to my problem. Through suggestions and videos from many, many sites, including this one, I finally got the serger to produce a decent chain. My problem now is that when I try to stitch on scrap fabric, the stitches do not attach to the fabric and the looper threads break! I’m ready to throw out this machine already, so I’d appreciate any help or suggestions from you great people!

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Sarah February 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

Hi, Kathy! I completely understand your frustration! I’ve been there before with my serger – they can be so finicky. At this point, since you’ve already tinkered with it so much, I recommend taking it to a repair tech. Many local sew and vac stores repair sergers.

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Susan January 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Hi! I just recently purchased a JukiLU563 sewing machine for sewing leather and bought the sewing manual from Sewing Parts Online…. Any tips for the best type of thread to use? I was told polyester 90. Not sure if you sell this kind of thread.

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Sarah February 1, 2017 at 8:53 am

Hi, Susan! Which thread you would use depends on the weight of your leather. The heavier the leather, the heavier the thread you’ll need. For instance, if you’re sewing a very thin leather, you can use a polyester heavy duty thread: https://goo.gl/k5mVwX
If you’re sewing anything heavier, I would go with Guterman Upholstery Thread: https://goo.gl/s9VODY

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Wendy December 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Hello SPO!
I recently received a Baby Lock BL4 736D from my mother. I got it working, but one of the needles is broken. Do you know what needle I should use? The needles currently in the serger are Organ brand.
Thanks very much for your help. Your serger video series was a lifesaver for me!
Wendy

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Sarah December 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Hi Wendy! I’m so glad our videos have been helpful and thank you so much for being a part of our community! These needles are compatible with your babylock:
http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-organ-type-dcx1-10pk.aspx
Happy serging!

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Wendy December 6, 2016 at 9:21 am

Thanks so much! 🙂

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Maryanne Davis-Baldwin December 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

I used the wrong sewing machine number earlier-looking for a needle stop set screw (above the needle on the shaft) for a Bernina 1090s. Thanks!

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Sarah December 5, 2016 at 9:14 am

Hi Maryanne! I believe this is the screw you’re looking for: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needle-set-screw-bernina-1008-sewing-machine.aspx

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Pam November 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm

I have a problem with my Brother PE770 embroidery machine. The presser foot seems to have too much give It shifts to the side and then my needle strikes it and breaks. I can push it back but as it embroiders it moves and strikes again. is it possible to replace the pressed foot on this machine? I cannot see how it attaches
Thank you

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Sarah November 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

Hi Pam! I’ve had this happen before. You need to tighten the screw to the left of the presser foot. The screw is what is holding the presser foot in place. Give it a good tighten with a screwdriver. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to get a new foot and replace the shank screw.

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Pamela Zeman November 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm

HI, I am wondering if you have a video on altering side seams on men’s dress pants? Especially for heavy men!
Thank You! Your tutorials are very informative! Thanks again, Pam

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Sarah November 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

Unfortunately, we don’t have any tutorials on altering men’s dress pants at this time. Do you need to alter to make the pants bigger or smaller?

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Virginia J Owensby October 27, 2016 at 12:37 am

Sarah,
I love your tutorials. I am trying to get through all of them. I just finished the serger tutorial. I am new to serging and I loved the review. I am also in the last stages of the Elsa costume. I will send a picture when it is completed.
I wish your tutorials were promoted more. I came across them by accident. I love sewing parts online. Thank you again for your hard work. I will try to post more later.

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Pam October 21, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Could you tell me what belt the (old, old) White 300s zigzag sewing machine uses? It does not say in the owner’s manual, and I do not have the original. I have been using a round stretch rubber belt, but it slips. Thanks Pam

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Sarah October 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Hi! I found an old parts list for one of the white 300s and it has this belt listed : http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/motor-belt-white-301285003.aspx

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yatene October 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Hello there, i was hoping you can solve my problem about my singer stylist 7258 .the needle thread is not picking up the bobbin thread. I’ve search the internet for this and they said, it is the timing. And yes it is one of the reason why is it not picking up the bobbin thread, but when i test it for some fabric on it, still it doesn’t work. Please help me fix my machine, thank you.

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Ellen October 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

Hi Yatene

I would suggest speaking with our technician, Dennis, about your machine. You can reach him at 888-824-1192, extension 307.

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Debby August 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I have a New Home Memory Craft 7000. Got it out today to alter some bridesmaid dresses for my nieces and it won’t run!!! It lights up, and makes that starting noise, I can raise and lower the needle and change the stitch selection but pressing the foot pedal does nothing. It doesn’t make a move, not even a noise. Is the problem the foot pedal? Or is there a fuse or something that may have shorted out? Please let me know if there is any way of determining what the problem is. I need this machine to work asap!
Thank you for any suggestions you may offer

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Ellen August 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Hi Debby

It could very well be the foot control cord. I would suggest taking it to a technician to find out what’s going on with it.

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Crystal August 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Hi Ellen,

I’d like to use my brother cs6000i to serge the edges of a georgette polyester skirt. Can you make a recommendation as to the best types of needles/feet to use for this? Thanks!

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Ellen August 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Hello Crystal

My favorite foot for Hemming is the Rolled Hemmer Foot. Here is a tutorial on how to install and use it on regular and thin fabric: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/how-to-use-a-hemmer-foot/
as for needles, you’ll want to use a smaller size, such as 10 or 11 because that georgette polyester is so thin.

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Bette Miller September 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

I have a Singer 9960 with decorative stitches. I am trying to sew a satin ribbon, using a decorative flower stitch to burlap place mats. Not all the flower stitches are being completed as I sew, there are skipped stitches. The place mat appears to have some type of plastic backing. I tried changing the needle from a 14 to a 16 and this helped for awhile, but now it’s happening again. I also tried putting a thin piece of single bias tape between the ribbon and the place mat, which helped, but in the chain of flowers, some are still incomplete. Do I need to change my needle again? Or is there something else I should be doing?

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Malaina September 14, 2016 at 9:07 am

Hello Bette,
The first thing you should try is to change your needle and make sure you’re using the right kind of thread for this project. Then I would recommend re-threading your machine and check to see if your thread is catching on the hook anywhere.

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Carol F July 3, 2016 at 10:56 am

I have a White 2000 TS serger that has a broken upper looper. How do you replace it? Thanks.

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Ellen July 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

Hello Carol

I spoke with our technician here and he highly recommends taking your machine to a technician. The Upper Looper’s position is very sensitive. If it’s not placed just right it can through the whole machine out of time.

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sheldon June 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

How do you replace the vertical top shaft gear on a singer zig zag model 457

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Ellen July 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Hello Sheldon

I would suggest taking you machine to a technician to have the gears replaced.

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Betsy June 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

I have a Singer Touch & Sew 750 purchased in 1972. The feed dog is not working. I removed it, and it is metal, but all I can find are rubber feed dogs for that model. Is there metal under the rubber, and maybe the rubber has totally worn off of the metal. I don’t want to order the wrong feed dog.

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Ellen June 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

Hi Betsy

Here is a link to the metal feed dogs that fit the Singer 750 Touch & Sew: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/feed-dog-metal-singer-181843m.aspx (They’re in stock!)

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Betsy June 14, 2016 at 11:57 am

Ellen,
Thank you for the information and your prompt reply.
Betsy

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Ellen June 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

You’re welcome, Betsy!

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carol May 31, 2016 at 5:45 pm

I have a brother xr65 sewing machine the needle holder wont stay on the master bar I think i need a tiny screw that goes above the needle holder screw can you tell me if a screw goes in that hole

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Ellen June 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

Hello Carol

Here is a link to the set screw for the Brother XR65T: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needle-clamp-screw-brother-ls-2125-sewing-machine.aspx

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carol June 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

thank you it must be pretty small but i have ordered it you saved my machine i was getting ready to throw it in the street very frustrating when there is no mention in the manual thanks again

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Ellen June 2, 2016 at 8:38 am

You’re welcome!

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Anne Taylor May 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm

I have a Brother 270D machine giving me all sorts of issues. The machine is knocking and will not sew correctly, (nesting, and loose stitches on reverse fabric.) I have removed and cleaned the shuttle/bobbin , etc. but still not working . Have you any suggestions ? Is the machine worth repairing?. I’ve already invested in over $200.00 to repair the automatic threader. etc. Any suggestions or advise… any info you can offer will be appreciated.

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Sarah May 17, 2016 at 8:55 am

It sounds like the timing may be off. Are there any scratches or burrs on your bobbin case ??

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L. J. May 8, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Hello!
I have some questions concerning needle replacement and the type of thread used. I have two sewing machines at my disposal, a Singer Touch & Sew and a Brothers unit with no specific name. Here are my questions:

Needles
> For the Singer unit it says in the manual to use 15 x 1 needles. What are 15 x 1 needles?
> For the Brother unit it says in the manual to use standard sewing machine needles. The unit came with a couple Schmetz needles, which I presume are the original needles. What are standard needles?
> Are Organ and Schmetz generic needles? If they are, can they be used in the above units? Which is the better needle?

Thread
> What’s the difference between mercerized and all-purpose thread?
> Is it necessary to use denim thread when sewing jeans?

Whew! That’s all my questions, for now. Thank you very much for taking your time to answer my questions!
Respectfully,
L. J.

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Ellen May 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

Hello L.J. 15 x 1 is a needle system. The needle system relates to the part of the needle that fits into the machine. Different companies use different names for the same needle, for example 15 x 1, 705H and HA x 1 are all standard needles. Both Organ and Schmetz sell these needle systems and any of them will work in both the machines you mentioned. Here is a link to standard sewing needles from both Organ and Schmetz: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/lookup.html?keywords=15×1

Mercerisation is a treatment used on threads that strengthens them and gives them shiny appearance. The Signature Thread in the following link, for example, is mercerized: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/signature-thread.aspx

It’s not necessary to use denim thread to sew jeans.

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Janet David February 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Hi,

I own a brother SO 9050. I just bought a ruffle attachment, but it doesn’t seem to fit. Does a brother SO 9050 have a special ruffle attachment or maybe I need a different machine.

Thanks

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Ellen April 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

Hello Janet. I spoke with Brother and they told me there isn’t a ruffler attachment for your model. Your model takes low shank feet so you may be able to try a generic low shank ruffler.

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Debbie November 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm

I have watched several of your videos especially the ones about sewing with knits. I have purchased several ready to wear knit blouses where they did not actually hem them. The bottom edge was just finished with an overlock stitch. When I wear the blouses, the fabric rolls up. There really isn’t enough fabric to make a regular hem. Could you suggest a way to finish these blouses so they will hang properly? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Sarah December 4, 2015 at 8:28 am

Hi! Hmmm…Try adding a facing to the hem. The extra fabric will add structure and weight, thereby preventing the hem from rolling up. Good luck!

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SANDRA CUNNINGHAM March 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Debbie: This might be way too old to answer, but….Here’s what *I* do with knit shirt hems. If you have an overlock machine you can certainly finish the edge off that way. Try turning up that serged edge, just 1/2″ is sufficient. Then, using a double needle/twin needle, sew around the bottom close to the edge (1/4″). You end up with a nice 2 line hem that is found in a LOT of retail knits AND if you turn it over, you will see that the bobbin has zigzagged between the 2 needles” thread. THIS is very stretchy, which is perfect for knits!!!

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Sarah G. March 24, 2016 at 7:13 am

Great tip! Thank you for sharing!!

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Harry September 16, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Do you have a video on putting a commonly every day shirt together?

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Sarah September 18, 2015 at 9:09 am

Unfortunately, we currently don’t. I’ll definitely add it to our video list.

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Karen Blake August 18, 2015 at 10:14 am

I am trying to locate a belt for my riccar 3600 sewing machine. It is the smaller belt. According to the book it is called a lug belt, but it resembles the lug belt with lugs on both sides. Anybody any idea where I could locate one of these. Thanks

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

Hi Karen! Here is the belt for your Riccar: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/motor-belt-riccar-cb270mm.aspx

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Nan Wyatt August 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Cant remember the threading guide for my Juki…..HELP

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:11 am

Hi Nan! What is the make and model of your Juki?

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Reyna July 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

This for the tip on sewing vinyl n the types of pressure foot that can b use.

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Elizabeth July 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm

how do i re-assemble the tension knob on an old Janome Designer(?) Model 612

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Sarah July 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Hi Elizabeth! Please give our repair tech, Dennis a call at (888) 824-1192. He is the BEST resource for service-related questions. Good luck!

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Dani June 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Great video about gear changing, I own a Singer DV9008, very similar to the one in the video, I need to change the long gear on the long shaft, after a long search I found the part
(singer feed shaft worm gear 174488),
I followed the video and was very successful until I had to put everything back together,
so everything is in perfect order 90% of the job is done yoohoo,
only I can’t push back the shaft all the way into the white end gear, it simply would not go all the way, for the love of god I can’t find out what’s holding it, everything looks clean and clear, but the last inch and a half of the shaft would not go in no matter what,
it just starts to go into the last metal sleeve about 1/8″ right before the end gear and stop.
please help

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Sarah June 11, 2015 at 6:50 am

Hi Dani! Give us a call and ask to speak with Dennis – he is our amazing repair tech and should be able to help. Good luck!

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Kathleen H June 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Loved this video! My Singer Touch & Sew 648 bobbin stopped working – not turning at all. I followed your excellent video on how to remove the gears & rod under the machine, and they are all fine, but have discovered that the top gear on the vertical shaft (the bobbin one that links to the wheel/needles mechanism) has cracked in half. Following the principles of your video, I have loosened the allen screw on the lower gear on the vertical shaft, but am having trouble accessing the top gear to see how to loosen the allen screw…. is there anything else I should be taking out of the top to get to that top vertical bobbin gear? Also I cannot tell from the pictures online whether you sell the replacement gear as I do not have a repair manual with a schematic and part number for my machine…..

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Sarah June 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

Hi Kathleen! I really recommend talking to our repair tech Dennis. You can reach him by calling us at (888) 824-1192 and asking for Dennis. As for the replacement top gear vertical shaft, it can be found here: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/vertical-shaft-top-gear-singer-163328.aspx
Good Luck!

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Yvonne Gehrke March 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

How do I change the light bulb in Designer 1 Also are there two bulbs or just 1?

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Sarah March 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

Hi Yvonne! I believe the light bulb on that machine is replaced by simply pulling it out and pressing a new on in.
We sell it here: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/light-bulb-12v-5w-979603-001.aspx
We have a tech available to assist you through the steps or at least provide more information. Please call us at 1-888-824-1192 and ask to speak with Dennis. He is always happy to help!

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Mary Enos February 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Do you have a video on pant adjustment..My pants always are lower in the back than the front…Thank

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Sarah February 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Hi Mary! Unfortunately, we do not have a video on that yet. I’m sorry, I know that if a pain. Do you suffer from the back “waist gap” or are you dealing with more of a normal waist in the front, low rise in the back – issue?

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SANDRA CUNNINGHAM March 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Mary Enos: There are some WONDERFUL video tutorials on Craftsy about altering pants. This exact problem is talked about and how to alter pants for a perfect fit. Pants that fit me are bane of my existence–big tummy and a droopy waistline in the front. Good Luck!

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Leanna February 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

We watched your video, and replaced the gears. However the feed dogs go up when the
needle goes down and we can’t seem to change the gear to make it right. any hints?
Thanks, Leanna

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Sarah February 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Hi Leanna! I’m sorry your feed dogs aren’t cooperating! We have an excellent repair tech on staff whom should be able to help. Give us a call and ask to speak with Dennis – he’s really great!

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Fran February 16, 2015 at 12:14 am

The video on replacing gears in an old sewing machine was awesome. After watching it I may try it with my husband’s help.

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Sarah February 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Thank you! And good luck! I hope it helps!

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Niki December 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Hi, I am referring to your post about belts (http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/sewing-machine-belts-sizing/#comments). I’m having a belt issue;

I have set up my Consew 104 with a home sewing machine motor. Its a 115volt 90watt .9amp motor and is set up with a lug belt. It does run and I have been able to sew. The problem I am finding is that the motor pulley is not catching the belt all the time. To get it turning when I initially press the pedal, I’m having to help it along with my hand to start it going. I oiled the machine which seemed to help, and the tension of the belt is really snug. It just seems like the belt isnt gripping the pulley enough…

The belt is about 22″ and the motor is set up behind the machine about 12″ away. Maybe its too far? Maybe its the wrong kind of belt?

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I might be able to do to fix this? Or does anyone else have their machine set up to a home motor?

Thanks!

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Sarah December 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

Hi Niki, I believe you’re motor might not be strong enough to run that industrial of a machine. However, we have an expert technician in house I’ll ask for you. I’ll let you know what he says asap. Thank you for your patience!

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Rebecca October 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I was wondering what the red grease is that’s used on the Replace Gears video. =)

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Sarah November 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

It is an older grease that I used previously — but the grease I use now is so much better. Here is the link: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/synthetic-grease-tri-flow-23004.aspx.

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