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12-25-2010 02:25 PM
DanTwoLakes
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Originally Posted by A62WAGON

Ive been practicing on my straight lines, I think I'm ready to give it a shot but maybe I will practice a little more. I'll try it at a snails pace, I've been going slow but I can go slower. Do you just use an erasable gel pen to mark the lines with?

Thanks
An eraseable pen like you use on a dry erase board will not work. An eraseable gel pen I have not tried, but I think you may have problems with it on fabric, leather, vinyl, or Ultraleather. You can use chalk, a textile pencil, the Fisher silver ink pen, or put some 1" masking tape down and either follow the edges or draw a line on the tape and follow that.

The Fisher silver ink pen would be my choice also. It comes right off with Fantastik, Formula 409, or most any degreaser-type cleaner like Simple Green.
12-21-2010 12:26 PM
Coodeville I've been using a silver ink pen to mark the lines. It's mentioned on this board and is made by Fischer. I practiced for a long time doing straight lines. I also at times keep a slight amount of hand pressure on the wheel to slow it up more.
12-21-2010 12:20 PM
A62WAGON Yep I have a 50mm(2 inch) pully on it, my clutch motor had one on it I was able to reuse just had to get a new belt. I tried the servo first w/ the pully it came with, about 4", because I didn't pick up a belt and I just had to try it. Then last weekend I went and got me a belt for the 2" and you arent kidding big difference. I can pretty much stop the needle anywhere. Speaking of belts how tight should it be, I can squeze it with slight pressure at midspan and can almost touch the two halfs together. Thank you guys for all the help, I can't believe I was to cheap earlier to get the servo. If anyone is considering one do it, its 100% better.

Ive been practicing on my straight lines, I think I'm ready to give it a shot but maybe I will practice a little more. I'll try it at a snails pace, I've been going slow but I can go slower. Do you just use an erasable gel pen to mark the lines with?

Thanks
12-21-2010 11:27 AM
Coodeville
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Originally Posted by A62WAGON
Got my servo installed. wow what a difference, I can sew one stitch at a time. Now I can start on my seat covers. I have some top stitching to do and they need to be straight lines I'm a little worried about getting them straight.
"Slow" is the key. If it takes you forever, it's worth it. Plus, you have to practice on some scrap. Did you also install a smaller pulley on the servo? I put a 50mm on mine and it made a huge difference.
12-21-2010 09:36 AM
DanTwoLakes Pick something on your sewing machine's foot to aim with, go as slow as possible, and follow the seam the same way with the same aiming point from beginning to end and you'll do just fine.

Practice first before you do the finished work. There's no substitute for experience in anything you tackle in life, and that's especially true for running a sewing machine.
12-21-2010 08:22 AM
A62WAGON
servo

Got my servo installed. wow what a difference, I can sew one stitch at a time. Now I can start on my seat covers. I have some top stitching to do and they need to be straight lines I'm a little worried about getting them straight.
12-08-2010 11:53 AM
Coodeville
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Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
The thread guide on his machine right directly above the tension assembly with the thread going in and out of it is pointing up, and it should point down. If you take that piece and flip it down directly towards you, it would be in the right position.
Now I see it! Thanks!
12-08-2010 11:21 AM
DanTwoLakes The thread guide on his machine right directly above the tension assembly with the thread going in and out of it is pointing up, and it should point down. If you take that piece and flip it down directly towards you, it would be in the right position.
12-08-2010 11:15 AM
Coodeville
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Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes

Wait a minute, after further review is it possible that your thread guide is upside down? The more I look at it, I think that's the case. CLICK HERE
I'm looking at the photo and can't figure out witch one is upside down.
12-08-2010 08:24 AM
DanTwoLakes
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Originally Posted by A62WAGON
My feed dogs seem a little worn, how often should they be changed? They seem to feed just fine as far as I know, the hole is a little rough looks like its been hit with the needle a few times and looks like it could maybe cut thread.

O one more quick question. I took the needle out and there are no grooves or notches. In the manual it says face them to the left(if my memory serves me right) do I have the wrong type of needle? Thanks again for all the help.
Your machine uses needle system 135X17. If you don't have a vertical groove on the opposite side of the needle from the scarf (the cut out just above the needle hole) you are using the wrong needle. Here are pictures of what your needle should look like. The first picture is of the grooved side, and the other picture is the side with the scarf. The scarf faces to the right, and the groove to the left.

If your machine is feeding properly now, you don't need to change the feed dog. It is rare that the feed dog would wear out so badly that you'd need to replace it. It is more likely it would get damaged first.
12-07-2010 11:15 PM
timothale
threading machine

My son tried to use my machine and had it threaded wrong. I took a marker and drew the lines so he wouldn't have to call and have me explain how to do it.
12-07-2010 10:50 PM
A62WAGON Much better. I turned it around like it is suppose to be and adjusting the tension adjustment works 100 times better. Figured out a few more things reading the manual. I think I'm going to have some more question on some of the adjustments, but I will do some searching and reading of the manual first. It wasn't making sense so I gave up for today. Seems to sew really good, I just wanted to verify adjustments.

My feed dogs seem a little worn, how often should they be changed? They seem to feed just fine as far as I know, the hole is a little rough looks like its been hit with the needle a few times and looks like it could maybe cut thread.

O one more quick question. I took the needle out and there are no grooves or notches. In the manual it says face them to the left(if my memory serves me right) do I have the wrong type of needle? Thanks again for all the help.
12-07-2010 07:15 PM
DanTwoLakes There aren't any dumb questions. The only way to learn is to ask questions.

The SewQuiet 3000 is not available any more, it has been replaced by the 4000. The 4000 is a better motor than the 3000, but there sure are some features of the 3000 I wish they would have left alone.
12-07-2010 04:21 PM
A62WAGON
Thanks

Thanks for the help. I will turn it around an give it a try. That should help a lot. When I bought the machine it was threaded up through the pin and didn't seem to work right it was real hard to pull so I took it out and it seemed to help but still didn't seem right. Dan your the man, I should be good for another night of sewing.

Wish I wasn't in the middle of nowhere I would take it to an expert. I'll have to study the manual you gave the link for, then check some adjustments. Stay tuned for more dumb questions.

Still need to order a servo before I start on my seats. I think I will get it on the way. I've been hoping to find a reliable 3000 but I think I will have to settle on the 4000. I really wanted to sew one stitch at a time because thats about how good at sewing I am.
12-07-2010 01:14 PM
DanTwoLakes That tension assembly is very generic and common to a lot of different sewing machines. The pin is only there to keep the two tension discs from rotating. The thread does not go under that pin. Here's a picture of my 255 RB-3. My upper thread guide is further to the right and lower than yours, but I guess as long as your thread feeds through the two tension discs it will work all right.

Wait a minute, after further review is it possible that your thread guide is upside down? The more I look at it, I think that's the case. You also don't need to go crazy zig zagging the thread through that guide, once back and forth is plenty.

I just looked at your instruction manual. On page 4 figure 7 shows how your thread guide should be, and yours is upside down. CLICK HERE
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