Friday, May 21, 2010
YouTube has Everything a Seamstress Needs!
(The machine pictured above isn't mine, but it's very close. I have 24 stitches on mine, but it looks the same.)
I consulted the wonderful "We Fix It" Yahoo Group, which I'm a member of (since purchasing my vintage 1926 White Rotary), and got 2 helpful replies of what could be wrong, how to fix it, and where to get additional feet/parts. This is the same group that saved me well over $100 in fixing my Viking a few months ago! Upon closer inspection, I couldn't figure out how to get to the inside "guts" of my Kenmore, though.
YouTube has video clips of just about everything, so I searched "Sewing Machine Repair" and found this most fantastically wonderful series of videos that you should all bookmark for future reference. It's a 5 part series of how to do routine maintenance on your own sewing machine, and they are well produced with clean camera work, good lighting, clear audio and well explained. I know that a "tune-up" at my local machine repair shop costs $70, and when you multiply that by the 3 regular machines that I have... that's a lot of money that could be spent on fabric! What? Beg your pardon? Did you say "save that money"??? Ha, ha... you're a funny one!
So, here is the link, I hope that you find it as helpful as I did. All 5 parts cover the same "tune up", they're just divided up into 8 minute segments. You can also go to YouTube and search "sewing machine maintenance".
Now, if you'll excuse me, I am going to see if I can figure out how to fix my "reverse button"...
p.s. If you're wondering why I'm even messing with this machine, it's none of your business. ha, ha... Just kiddin'! The seniors in my building are leaving on Wednesday, which means that my AP Stats classes will be empty. Not mostly empty... totally empty. That leaves me teaching Algebra II 1st, 4th, and 5th hours so, I am bringing in my old Kenmore to work on small projects to pass the time until June 18 when I'm really, really done. Don't be a hater...