Roland, I am not a keyholder. Not sure if this makes it impossible.
I can meet at Makerspace at 9:30 for about an hour. Just confirm that this is okay.
Thank you for setting this up.
I’m afraid this Friday evening is no good for me. You mention next Wednesday, but I thought you worked? I could come by next Wednesday the 29th. That would be best for me if you and Rudy are both free.
If I misunderstood, next Saturday the 25th after 2 pm, or Sunday the 26th in the morning works for me also.
Thank you so much for your suggestion that Rudy have a look at it. Since he is familiar with these machines, I think that is a great approach. Can you please let me know when you think he may come by so I can try to be there too? It may be difficult to coordinate, but I would at least like to try. It sounds like Rudy is the right person to assess the situation, and we can go from there.
I broke it!
What: Singer 251 industrial sewing machine.
The problem: the stitch length adjustor will not adjust. This may only be jammed (needs a tap with a mallet) or it may be something more serious like a stripped gear or thread.
How it happened: I depressed the button on the top of the machine before the machine was fully stopped. It made a sound that said “this can’t be good”.
What I have already done:
What is further to be done: It needs an expert eye and assessment . This may require some disassembly. Then proceed from there.
What I am going to do: If I can get some help, I am going to try to assess and repair it. Vaughn has suggested I try John B (Mips), and I have PM’d him to inquire. If that does not work, I will take it to have it looked at professionally. If it needs parts or paid labour, I will pay for it.
Lessons learned: I was exploring the machine without a proper orientation, nor documentation. This is not always necessary, if you are already familiar with the tool in question, or its type. I thought I knew the operation of the sewing machine from my experience with quite a few domestic models, (including their disassembly, repair, reassembly, lubrication, parts replacement, etc.) but this one is very different in the way that stitch length is adjusted. The instruction manual warns not to depress this button when the machine is in motion, but I did not have the manual at the time.
A 101 on a machine is always good, but for some things overkill, plus you have to wait. A compromise might be a label on each machine with a list of people who could do an orientation on that machine (just please don’t use my name for the 251… Pierre was right downstairs when it happened, but I was not aware that he had any experience with that Singer. It could have been prevented, and a lot of time saved, if I had known to ask him to please give me a quick orientation.
Don’t assume that because you know one table saw, thickness planer, etc, you know another. There are differences in design and application that could be critical.
Megan, We met Wednesday night. I’m Lawrence.
I’m not sure how many sewing machines you need for this class, or how many you already have up and running.
Just wanted to let you know that I have two working sewing machines that you could use for your class if you need them. One is in very good condition (my usual machine until I recently upgraded) and does not really need anything. It does zig zag, but nothing too fancy. The other one came to me a bit water damaged. I got it working, but it is not too smooth. That one just does straight stitching.
Both of these are available for donation if there is any interest in having more available at makerspace, or if someone, inspired by your course, wants to take one home.
Also, depending on how long you would need it, I may be willing to lend you my primary machine (so a third one) for the purpose of teaching the class. Just so you would have enough.
I can drop the solar panel, etc off today at the drop-in. Then when where it is going gets figured out, there it is.
They are easy to reset, but the blade is toast and will have to be replaced. I hope it is not a really expensive one.
Do you know what he was cutting when it activated? Damp woods, metals, etc, can activate the blade even if there is not skin contact. Does everyone know how the saw stop works? If not, maybe a 101 would cut down on future accidental activations.