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sdlandau

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Greetings all, I just joined today, and I desperately hope I can find a little help here.

I inherited a beautiful green Anker Automatic RZ Deluxe, and I simply cannot figure it out on my own! I'm hoping someone can help me find a manual. Anyone?

Short of a manual, can anyone send me a threading diagram, or any advice about how to troubleshoot the top thread always breaking.

Why in the world is it so hard to find a manual for this lovely?!

Thanks in advance!
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I have one for the Anker RZ 54 Universal zig zag machine.    There is one for a much older Anger RZ already posted to this site.


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macybaby! Thanks so much for your reply. Mine seems to have the same thread path as yours, so thanks for your pic.

I also need some help figuring out why it won't lift the bobbin thread up. The hook won't catch the needle thread. Timing issue? It worked once then it won't do it again.

I wonder if you might send me snaps of your manual pages having to do with this? 

Anyway, thanks for the help you've already given!

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I have one for the Anker RZ 54 Universal zig zag machine.    There is one for a much older Anger RZ already posted to this site.




Hello again,

I have located a manual for my machine in German, so I can slowly translate and use it. But I have determined that the instructions for your machine are the same as for mine--the cover of the German manual says "with or without Automatic."

So--If you are able to scan your English manual and send it over to me I would pay you for the effort. Let me know if it's something you're willing to do or not. And thanks for even considering it.

Happy Labor Day!

Stephen
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I also need some help figuring out why it won't lift the bobbin thread up. The hook won't catch the needle thread. Timing issue? It worked once then it won't do it again.


I don't have your machine, so this is not machine-specific advice, but make sure the threading is correct before you go on to timing.

First, do you have the needle in the right way, or do you have it in backwards or rotated wrong?

Second, do you have the thread going through the eye of needle in the right direction, or do you have it in backwards?

Can you verify the above from the manual?

If not, you might be able to infer this by inspection. Look at the needle. There will be one side with a groove. The thread should go down this side before going through the eye of the needle (not exiting onto the side with the groove). Then look how the hook passes by the needle when you rotate the handwheel. The hook should graze the side of the needle with the groove, so that the hook can catch the thread. If you have the needle in the right way but the thread backwards, or the needle in the wrong way, the hook won't be able to catch the thread.

Hope this makes sense and hope this helps.
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Thank you so much for your reply. The whole problem here is that I did not have a manual. I have *finally* found one but it is all in German so the translation is very slow using just Google Translate. Your info helps, and i do understand what you're trying to say. Between that and the bits of manual I have, I should get her done. Thanks.
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I'll have my DH scan the manual and then will post it in the Manuals section. 
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Turns out DH had them all scanned,  I just had not uploaded them yet so they are posted now.
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Yay!! Thank you!
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I have the same Green Anker AZ sewing machine that you have in the photo above, only mine came with the sewing table. When I bought the machine it came with a pristine condition German User Manual and both the machine and the accessory box are in such good condition you'd think they had just come out of the factory.  I think the person that owned it must have worn gloves whenever she/he used this machine.

I found the English version manual for this machine only last week and downloaded it and printed it.  I had to sign up with the web site it came from.  Unfortunately I did not take a note of the web address where I found the manual.  Like you I attempted to find the manual over a long period but the searches kept producing the manual for the earlier Black version of this machine. 

I am attaching a copy of the manual that I downloaded in the post below.  I also have two other documents that describe the fancy stitching capabilities if you want these just let me know.  I hope the upload actually works.


I am of course having difficulties with using the machine, but I am sure that once I learn how to use it I will not be disappointed.

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Here is the manual for the Green Anker RZ sewing machine/

 
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pdf Anker_RZ-54_Manual.pdf (23.10 MB, 44 views)

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...I found the English version manual for this machine only last week and downloaded it and printed it.  I had to sign up with the web site it came from.  Unfortunately I did not take a note of the web address where I found the manual.  ...


Looks to me you got it here -- http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/anker-rz54-9837286

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Hi Janey [smile],

You know, you are probably correct.  I really do not know.  I usually keep a track of the websites I visit, particularly useful ones like this one, but on that occassion I was so excited of actually finding the manual in English I started printing it straight away.  I was not going to lose it.  So yes I probably did, hence my becoming a member.  All I have to do now is read it and maybe get over the issues that I am experiencing with sewing on this machine.  I only want to do straight line and zigzag to sew some light canvas for my boat.  It will be so good to make things for myself.

cheers Edwin

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Thanks to one and all for your help.
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Originally Posted by sdlandau
Greetings all, I just joined today, and I desperately hope I can find a little help here.

I inherited a beautiful green Anker Automatic RZ Deluxe, and I simply cannot figure it out on my own! I'm hoping someone can help me find a manual. Anyone?

Short of a manual, can anyone send me a threading diagram, or any advice about how to troubleshoot the top thread always breaking.

Why in the world is it so hard to find a manual for this lovely?!

Thanks in advance!


Welcome to VSF - land of many sewing machine wizards.  Glad you have decided to join us.

Your Anker RZX54 is way cool. 

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Help I cannot get my Anker to work.  The problem I am having is that the cotton/thread is bunching up above the bobbin.  I cannot use the machine because of this problem and I have a couple of projects that I would love to complete using this machine.  Can anyone shed light on why the thread is bunching above the bobbin please? 
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Which thread is bunching up, the top thread or the bobbin? Have you cleaned out under and around the feed dogs and bobbin race area?
Have you pulled up the bobbin thread before sewing, and are you holding the thread tails at the start of sewing?

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My first thing I check when I get a glob of thread on the bottom is to make sure that the top thread is threaded correctly and engaged in the tension disks.
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Thank you for your replies.  Wi Lori, I assume the feed dogs are those toothed bits keep the material flowing as the sewing is progressing. The cotton is bunching up below the feed dogs above the bobbin.  

Friar Tuck I followed the diagram in the manual when threading the cotton.  I am not sure if the tension is adjustable there I will have to experiment a little.  

I will make sure the area is cleaned thoroughly next time I use it.  

Wi Lori, yes I pull both the bottom and the top thread about 12 inches as I start sewing. 

Given this is such an old machine would your suggest I get a mechanic to inspect it for me. PS: I was and still am impressed with the condition of this machine.  It was really a well loved and cared for machine and I am sure it has many years of service still in it.    

It is winter down here and I should be able to get my project going if the machine can work properly. 
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When the machine is not threaded... and there isn't a bobbin installed... make certain that the feed dogs are moving. You should be able to adjust the movement of the feed dogs with the stitch length lever. The 'throw' or length of backwards and forwards by the feed dogs should increase and decrease as the stitch length lever is moved, and they should change direction as the lever is moved from one extreme to the other.  (Assuming the machine will reverse) If the dogs are moving correctly make double sure that you haven't accidentally set the stitch length to zero... which can happen by accident. I've done it myself.

Also, if the machine has a feed dog drop lever (the little black one on the deck by the pillar looks like it might be just that) make certain that the dogs do indeed drop down and raise back up when this lever is moved. I've often had a machine where the feed dog drop assembly would stick, and the dogs would never reach the correct height and material would begin to bunch up. The lever might work just as it should, but the assembly below was in desperate need of being oiled and wouldn't move as it should. Once you have determined that the dogs are moving laterally as they should, and horizontally as they should...

the other thing to check is the amount of pressure the presser foot is exerting upon the fabric. Check to make sure the spring loaded pressure for the presser foot isn't cranked off so far it has no influence. This too could effect the ability of the material to move through the assembly.  If all of these adjustments seem to be working and without a bobbin, or thread, the machine will move material smoothly through the needle area (can also try doubling the material over if it's light)... then, I'd re-thread the machine, return the bobbin, and give it another go.

If, however, you have done all of this... then we enter a new area of problem solving.

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Thank you for that bit of insight Jim SteelSewing.  I should be able to look at the machine in the next couple of weeks, if everything goes to plan.  I will do what you suggested and hopefully it will solve that problem.  I will post back the result after I have done what has been suggested.  Thanks again to everyone.
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