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??

4 comments:

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.