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Pls help with older machine!

macgyrl | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Ok I have looked all over the net and can’t find this info anywhere, I am hoping someone here can help me. We (my mom and me) have an old JC Penny model 7043 machine made by Nelco. I have 2 questions about it.

First it is supposed to be twin needle compatable and I need to know how to thread it for the 2 needles since after the first 2 thingies there is only a course for a single thread.

Next question. On the dial to select stitches the B stitches are on an inside circle to the A stitches and I have no idea how to be able to select those stitches as I see no way to do so now. Thanks so much for any help or advice anyone can offer!

Tina

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  1. SewTruTerry | | #1

    Tina I do not know about the a and b stitches but something tells me that there is a dial setting that you switch to get to the B stitches.  As far as the twin needle set up most machines do have only one area that the threads go after the tension disc so don't worry too much about that.  Do concern yourself about the tension disc area just remember that you put one thread on one side of the disc and the second on the other.  Also you may want to loosen your thread tension slightly to keep the stitches from tunneling, or tighten to make them tunnel more.

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    There may be an interchangeable cam if the machine is older. The cams were usually called a and b and so on and would give different stitches on the same front dials. There might be a "door" on the back of the machine that opens to exchange the cams for example so if you look around you might find a spot where a cam would go in.

  3. suesew | | #3

    When I use a twin needle on my machine, I do not separate the threads through the tension discs. I simply treat them as one thread until I get to the needles and then thread each needle. I find this works better for me and my machine. Try it both ways and see how the tensions work best for you.

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