Friday, February 2, 2018

New old machine

Say hello to my little friend.

I bought this machine over 10 years ago. She worked beautifully, and then one day she didn't. The zeros on the digital display just kept blinking and circling, and wouldn't let me select a stitch. I took it to my repairman, who mostly works on mechanicals. He was stumped and handed it over to a friend, who dealt mostly with electronic machines. Neither of them had a clue what was wrong. I decided to put it away until I had the time and money to take it to a Juki repair shop.

Fast forward. Now that I'm packing, I pulled the machine out to give it a last once-over before giving it away. I turned it on, the same thing happened with the display, and after I had pushed all of the obvious buttons and turned all of the obvious switches, I happened to notice that the bobbin winder knob was pushed in. I moved it out, and voila! A functioning machine, which defeated two repair men, and has been sitting in a box under a table for 10 years.

Mario totally didn't understand the level of swearing this provoked.

Also, I never wind bobbins on my machine, so it getting moved at all was an accident.

All of us were looking for a complicated problem, and when you do that, you don't see the stupid staring you right in the face.


SewRuthie said...

Yay well at least it's working now :-) It obviously didn't want to get left behind in the move.

Summer Flies said...

Very warranted swearing! How frustrating for the last 10 years.... at least you saved repair and no need for a new machine.

Anonymous said...

I used to work at a sewing store that had a sewing machine repair shop in it. Most machines that came in with a problem were usually because the owner had put the needle in backwards. Put it in correctly and it works great.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Well at least you have a working machine now! Congrats!

Kay said...


If you don't wind your bobbins on the machine how do you wind them? I hate winding bobbins on my machine. I inevitably empty the bobbin mid-sew, and have to unthread, and rethread after the bobbin is wound. I've been wanting to find a solution but have hesitated to buy one of the winders at the sewing/craft stores because they get such bad reviews. Have you found one that works for you?