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Sewing Machine Woes [Jul. 17th, 2009|07:46 pm]
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I have a vintage Morse Zig-Zag seiwng machine. About a month ago, my presser foot came off during a project. I didn't think anything of it, since the screw holding it onto the presser foot bar probably just came loose over time. So I screwed it back on, and noticed that the needle alignment seemed to be off. The needle was aligned more to the left, than to the center. The machine still worked fine, so I didn't think much of it, almost wondering if it had been that way the entire time, and just didn't notice.

Well, tonight I finally got around to using my ruffler attachment for the first time, and I realized that something is definitely off, since the needle does not line up with the hole for the ruffler, making it impossible to even use the ruffler

I checked my Morse manual to see if perhaps I was using the wrong size needle, but I was, in fact, using the right size. I don't think there was a little washer or anything that went onto the presser foot clamp...

This mystery is frustrating! I cannot figure out what is wrong. I've tried googling it with no luck. I'm hoping I don't have to take my machine in to the repair shop. If anyone has had this problem before, and can shed some light as to what is wrong, I would be forever grateful.

Thank you in advance :)

[User Picture]From: 24hourmama
2009-07-18 03:15 pm (UTC)
All zig-zag machines in my experience have a needle position lever of some sort, so you can adjust the width of the zig-zag. If it is on "center" and the needle is clearly not in the center, then I would recommend Montavilla sewing center. They are great and very fair and honest in my experience.

However, I'm wondering if you could use the lever and just put the needle where you need it for your ruffler, temporarily?
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[User Picture]From: motorharp
2009-07-18 04:31 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't recommend Montavilla as most people I know who've taken their machines there end up with a completely non-working machine after having them "fixed".
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[User Picture]From: 24hourmama
2009-07-18 04:53 pm (UTC)
Really? God, I've had great luck there. Sounds like it's hit or miss.
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