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Repairing a Sewing Machine

I have a Jack 9100b sewing machine which is showing an error E1 on the speed adjustment screen and the needle is not moving with wheel, as well as, pedal. How can I solve this problem?


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After sitting for 9 months, my Memory Craft 6000 will not start. The light over the needle is on, so I know it has power.

I would have to assume it's the motherboard? Is it cheaper to repair or buy a new machine?

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November 24, 20200 found this helpful
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Repair techs usually say to always first check the fuses if you're dealing with a computerized machine so maybe you can find the fuse box and take a look.
www.thriftyfun.com/Janome-Memory-Craft-6000-Keeps-Blowing...
www.fixya.com/.../t2570952-fuse_janome_memory_craft
sewingmachinenut.blogspot.com/.../new-home-janome-memory-craft-6000...
I would say to consult with real sewing machine people when you are dealing with this type of machine before you decide to dump it as many things can be repaired if you find the right person to ask.

There are several very good sewing machine forums that will probably be able to help as these are machine people and they usually love to help solve problems. These members know which questions to ask to get to the 'root' of the problem and they provide instructions in 'simple' language.
You may have to join the site before asking question and occasionally may ask for pictures.
www.quiltingboard.com/.../
sewing.patternreview.com/.../board.pl
vintagesewingmachinesblog.wordpress.../.../

The following links are just information about the machine:
vintagesewingmachinesblog.wordpress.../.../
www.fiddlebase.com/.../

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful
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Before taking this into the repair shop I would look in your manual or even call the company to get some help with the machine. A lot of time a fuse has blown on the machine and it isn't the memory board at all. A lot of times this is so easy to fix and it might not even be the fuse. Check the bobbin winder and make sure it is pushed all the way to the right first. Now check to see if you have selected a pattern stitch and pick the length and width of the stitch. Then make sure your buttonhole is disengaged. If this isn't the issue check the fuses.

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Does anyone know where I can get a power board for this machine. It is not 2 years old and it's failed C&C no help. I returned the first machine after 8 months because the display failed, they eventually replaced it.

When it works I love it, but I wouldn't buy again or recommendation sorry to say.

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August 3, 20201 found this helpful
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If this machine was replaced recently and it has gone out again the machine should still be under warranty from the company. I would not order the power board for this machine if I were you. I'd take it back and explain to them the issue you are having with this machine and how it has already been replaced once. I would demand that they give you a different machine or different model that does not break every 6 to 9 months and needs to have the motherboard changed out in the machine. There is really no power board for the machine it is actually a motherboard that controls the machine and this is what has gone out again. There is a defect in these boards and the company needs to do something about all of this.

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August 4, 20201 found this helpful
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Your machine is over 2 years old and you had to have it replaced after only having it for 8 months probably means you have no warranty left on this machine.
The only suggestions that I can make is to try asking for help at your Sears Service Center.
They may have a generic board that would work or they may tell you to toss it.

www.service-center-locator.com/.../sears-service-center.htm

Google Butterick sewing machine repairs with your zip code and call or visit to see what they tell you about this part.

You might call or visit your local Michael's or JOANN's and ask if they know of any shop that works on Butterick machines.

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August 13, 2018

My Jack sewing machine is showing Eb. What to do?


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February 2, 2020

How do I resolver an E4 error on a JACK JK9100B sewing machine?


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February 2, 20201 found this helpful
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This is an issue with the bobbin shaft on the machine. It needs to be moved to the left.

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February 15, 2014

I have been using a Singer 418 since I found it last year. It is my first and it took me a while to learn to use it, but I finally got there - until I started a project with a stretchy fabric (yesterday). In the last 24 hours I learned lots about needles, puckering, thread breaking, feeding mechanism, presser feet, tension, cleaning, using the right stitches, etc. In the process I solved a few problems, but now I got stuck with one I can't solve on my own: the rotary hook stopped moving.

I opened the base and I can't see any broken gears or belts (see photo).

When I turn the hand wheel, the needle goes up and down normally, the feed dogs move normally, but the hook system stays still. I can move it by hand and it moves smoothly, but it would seem that the part that is supposed to engage the gears in this area is somehow not engaging, and I can't figure out what it is.

I purchased a user manual, but it doesn't cover this. The manual has a picture of the machine with the word 'Stylist' engraved on the front. My machine only has 418 on the front, it doesn't say Stylis (see photo). The bobbin case holder is different from the manual and I could not remove the bobbin case to get to the hook (last photo).

Can you help me with this? I'm not sure which of the screws around the bobbin case holder is the tension screw, but I know I must not 'screw' that! Thank you!

By Laura L.

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February 16, 20141 found this helpful
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More than likely the silicone gears have worn just enough that the rotary hook will no longer engage. That's going to be a fix for the Singer qualified repair tech - check adverts until you find the ones that say 'Singer factory trained' or 'Singer warranty service approved repairs' - no, your vintage machine is no longer under warranty but all warranty approved service techs will have been exposed to vintage AND modern machines:) The repair will cost you around $50USD (around £30 here in the UK because there are so many salvage parts machines floating about) but splash out and have your vintage machine checked over and serviced - the total for repair and service will bring it in around $90USD (£60-£75 UK).

About your user guide...click this link and go through the free downloads until you find the one that looks EXACTLY like yours:

www.singerco.com/.../search **If you get to the search page instead of the 418 page, key in only the numbers and a page with several models will come up - click till you find your machine:)

The '418 Stylist' was sold in Singer Sewing Centres around the world; the '418' was marketed through Sears - NOT branded as a Kenmore btw, but as a Singer 418). Because yours doesn't say Stylist, it is one of several 418 models (there were variations, a new one every year) and the above link will help you find your correct manual.

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March 21, 2015

My machine would not sew, so I opened it up dusted and oiled it, now it only moves at a snail pace. Help?

By Pat A

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March 23, 20150 found this helpful
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I teach sewing here in Scotland, and do some repair-refurb on vintage machines. Your problem sounds as though it could be in the foot control - a fraying wire, 'gummy' connection or loose wire. But it could also be in the machine where the connection is made between foot control and machine. Only a trained tech will be able to quickly and relatively inexpensively determine the problem and solve it.

This really isn't a home sewer DIY. You could spend a lot of money replacing the foot control only to continue having the same problem. The best thing to do is take your machine (and foot control) to a qualified repair tech. Be sure to get an up-front estimate, and ask what a total servicing would cost, too. You'll be amazed at how well your machine sews after a proper servicing, and a good tech will give you a heads up regarding developing failures.

Word of warning - vintage sewing machine parts can be difficult to source no matter what country your machine is sewing in. Many of us techs use salvage parts we find on jumble and car boot (flea markets in the US) sales. The trouble is these parts wear out quickly, and as we can never be sure of the conditions these parts laboured under with the original machine owner, we can't vouch for the longevity of the part.

Some parts are universal (but not many) and are 'new-milled', making them a lot more reliable and a lot more expensive. Hard to find, too - a good repair tech will know where to find them, and will tell you if the replaced part is new or salvage - if he/she doesn't say, be sure to ask!

I can look at a machine and on the spot be able to advise my students if the machine is worth fixing or should be replaced by a comparable new model machine that comes with the bonus of being under warranty.

The only vintage machines worth keeping forever are the old treadle and hand crank models as those parts last centuries - I have several:)

If the machine is a 'modern vintage' (meaning it was built in the last half of the 20th century or early part of the 21st) and runs on electricity) your gran sewed your christening-graduation-wedding dress on, you may be willing to keep 'er running no matter the cost, but for the most part, after a certain point it's best to make that a display piece and buy a modern machine for reliability.

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July 23, 2013

My machine was sewing fine (missing some threads, but I think that is another story!), then it makes a noise and jams a little and the needle stops going up and down. So I take out the fabric, re-thread the machine and bobbin and try again, but the needle isn't going up and down. It isn't a jam, as you can sew manually using the reel on the end of the machine.

I am able to sew using the foot if I take out the bobbin and case. So it's like it is somehow getting jammed on bobbin only when being used using the electric foot. The machine is an older Brother. Unsure of model. Please see photo.

By Kaela

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July 2, 2012

The fabric will not move, but I can pull it.

By Debbie K.

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July 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Have you checked to make sure you have not accidentally switched off the feed dogs? My machine has a switch that you turn to lower the feed dogs for free motion sewing. Check your manual or on-line manual to find yours if you are not familiar with the switch/dial/button.

Also, I have had feed dogs get clogged with fabric lint to the point they did not grab well. Brush them with a toothbrush or machine brush and vacuum to get all the stray lint out.

Good luck. If it is not one of these simple things, you could check with Brother service on-line for other ideas. They answered a query I had on my Brother serger in less than 48 hours and helped me fix the problem I was having.

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My problem is a new Singer simple sewing machine that binds up in the presser foot when I'm sewing. I have oiled the machine using WD40 because we can't find sewing machine oil around here, but I'm still having the problem. Can anyone help! Thanks.



Denise Warner from McRae, GA

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August 27, 20070 found this helpful

Hancock Habrics has Singer Sewing Machine oil. If you don't have one near you go to their website. I would never use anything but sewing machine oil on my machine and it's old as thunder.
What does your manual have to say about the problem?... It should have a troubleshooting chapter.

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February 17, 2018

How do I adjust the take up lever to stop in the highest position?


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February 17, 20180 found this helpful
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You may need to tighten a screw in the back.

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February 21, 2014

I just got a vintage Universal sewing machine. I cleaned it very good. It looks great and was sewing great until I removed the inside of the flywheel to clean it. I tried to remove the outside of the flywheel and couldn't. I didn't realize that that would throw it out of line. Please tell me how to fix this problem.

By Dale

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful
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This isn't a repair you can do at home without investing in a service manual (which runs into the high triple digits money wise depending on the model) so the best thing is to take it to a sewing machine repair tech. The cost should be under $100USD/£80GBPs depending on how much needs to be done to put the machine right. The cost will usually include a general servicing too.

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February 20, 2014

I have a Singer sewing machine. The knob on the side that you loosen in order to wind thread on the bobbin won't turn. I've tried and tried. Even my husband can't turn the knob. What could be the problem?


By Maria G.

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful
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Without seeing the actual machine, I can't say definitely, but it sounds as though there is a clump of lint/fluff or a small bit of broken thread in the discs.

Try taking a bit of unwaxed dental floss to the area of the knob where you wind the thread through. Give it a good 'flossing action' and see if your floss comes out of the machine with a bit of grey fluff or a small bit of thread. If it does, keep at it until the floss comes back clean - no smudges, no fluff.

If that doesn't solve your problem you may have a broken or worn bobbin gear and this is a repair for a repair tech. Look for sewing centres adverting 'Singer authorised' repairs to be sure the tech knows Singers and can do the work reliably and relatively inexpensively.

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January 28, 2014

I have an old New Home sewing machine (Model 654). I recently turned the pattern selector guide to make an overlock stitch which worked fine. When I switched it back over to a regular straight stitch, I noticed the machine was moving the material up and back twice to make a double stitch.

I switched it to a zig zag stitch to see what would happen and it is also making a double stitch with the zig zags as well. I have no idea how to get it back to just making a simple single stitch and just had it looked at recently so I'm hoping not to have to take it in again.

By Monique P.

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February 3, 20140 found this helpful
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How long ago did you have it looked at? It's entirely possible the tech who worked on your machine made a mistake - something that is VERY easy to do on a 'vintage' (older than 10-20 years) machine.

It's also, sadly, entirely possible that yet another part has failed on your vintage machine (assuming the reason you recently had it looked at was a failed part). I love vintage machines and have repaired many, but have given up on them as once one part fails another isn't far behind, and sourcing newly milled parts is very difficult. Unfortunately newly milled sewing machine parts for vintage machines are few and far between - manufacturers prefer you buy new machines altogether and so stop making many of the parts needed to maintain vintage machines.

Even more unfortunately, this lack of newly milled parts means repair techs have to use 'salvage' parts often with unknown histories - was the machine the part was salvaged from gently or roughly used, how many sewing hours are on that part already before installation to another machine, and the all important question - how much plastic or silicone is the part comprised of?

Sad but true. The only 'vintage' machines I work on now are desperation cases ("I can't afford a new sewing machine!"), non-electrics, or all metal electric machines. Electric vintage machines usually have so much plastic and silicone the parts begin to fail after about 25 years of even the most caring owner, and there is no way those machines are ever reliable again for any length of time once parts begin to fail.

It's heartbreaking if you are an active sewer, but if your machine is vintage and beginning to have repeat part failures, it's time for a modern comparable machine - one with a warranty.

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