Big frustration with big machine!
Hi, ALL! I am new here, sent by a helpful soul from another BB. My name is Lisa and I have a 1959 Singer 144 W 305. In case you don’t recognize it, this is one big powerhouse machine. I got it to do horse blanket repairs on. It is the key to my work at home freedom and the lynchpin to quite an operation, you could say. It runs great by and large- imagine floating through multiple layers of heavy duty nylon webbing without the slightest resistance. This thing is a source of great satisfaction when it is running well, but can really take us over the brink of frustration and despair when it binds up, as it does almost daily now. It is too big to bring into a repair shop and we can’t locate anyone to come look at it. What happens is that it can be humming along fine and then the needle thread gets stuck between the bobbin case and the sewing hook; sometimes it jams UNDER the sewing hook. My very capable, mechanically inclined husband has struggled with it time and again, using the Instructions and Parts List which came with it. Each time requires quite an effort with several sizes of screwdrivers- some of those screws are soooooo tiny! The poor man has thrown in the towel and now we are stuck with tons of work piling up and nowhere to turn!
We would be happy to pay someone to take a look at it if we only knew who to contact. Can any of you suggest a travelling tech in the northern Virginia area? Is there a technically inclined someone out there who could talk to us on the phone or online? Does anyone have any IDEA what could be going on? ( Yes, the needle, bobbin, thread and tension are all OK. The machine is clean and oiled and runs beautifully other than this.)
I can hardly overemphasize the frustration involved. HELLLLLLLLLLLP!!!