Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Look At These Pictures and Don't Drop Your Serger Needle Screw!!

What a day, I am having!!  I wanted to sew a simple serger project.  I was changing the needle and dropped the tiny screw that holds in the needle into the machine.  I worked for hours trying to find that screw.  I cleaned it out and tried using a magnet.  No screw!  Then I turned this heavy machine upside down and heard it rattling.  So I shook it and cleaned it all out again!  No Screw!  Then I tried shaking it again and there was no more rattle.  I knew I was in trouble now!  I had to practically completely unassemble this machine.  I took pictures so you can see my mess and maybe what the inside of a serger looks like.

First are my pieces and parts and hopefully, I will know how to replace everything and get all the screws back into the right places.

Now here is my bare looking machine!


After all of this, I still could not find the screw.  So I picked it up and gave it a good shake again, and finally look what fell out!

There is the little trouble maker!!  Now probably most women would have to take their machine to a dealer and have them find it, but I am one of those women that love to take things apart!!  So now I am going to go have some lunch and put this machine back together.  While I have it opened up, I will give it a thorough cleaning and oil some of these parts in the back of the machine.  After about 6 hours of working on this machine, I should be able to do my little serger project.

I just thought I would give everyone the benefit of my mistake, make sure you are paying close attention when you are changing needles and I think from now on, I am going to lay a cloth over my serger before I ever change another needle!!!   I have read that advice from other sewers, but we always think it won't happen to us!   I was afraid if I left that screw in there it might jam up my machine and that would be very costly!!  Has this ever happened to anyone else??


Anonymous said...

Yes, the same thing happened to me. I'm not as brave as you so, after shaking and turning the serger upside down a few times, I gave up and bought a new screw from my dealer. So far, so good and the screw has not caused any damage. I learned my lesson too, and put a piece of fabric under the needles when I change them.

Cindy said...

Glad I am not the only one who has done this! Thank you for writing!

Anonymous said...

I have lost my screw, but didn't realize I lost it and now it's too late. I have no idea where it is, and I found that my sewing maching store charges $100 for this little tiny screw! Good thing it wasn't the right needle screw - they charge $199 for that!!!

Unknown said...

If you lose it try sewingpartsonline.com it's only $3.95 for that screw.

Anonymous said...

I think that it is the right time to buy a new machine because you have been already taking lot of work from this machine. The working performance of this machine has been going down.

Cynthia Dickerson said...

This machine runs like a champ. I would never trade it or replace it as long as it serges
as good as it does.

Joj said...

Hi! I don't know if you will still see this, but the screw on machine fell out and luckily I have it. The problem is, I don't know how to get it back in. Any help would be much appreciated!!!