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Diana

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It kills me to give up on this machine it’s so beautiful but I can’t get it to sew!!! Do I piece it out???? So disappointed it was broke during shipping ...

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Deep breath... You can do this (speaking from recent experience, I finally managed to tune in my serger tension, after what seemed like 20 attempts, and it's taken me nearly 25 years to understand and attempt it.)

Needle size you are using? Needle orientation?
Can you post photos of how the shuttle is threaded? A close-up of the upper thread path? And
Can you take a video of the shuttle action, with everything threaded, cranking slow, post it (somewhere), and put a link here, so the experts can see it?

I am sure this machine wants to, needs to sew. We just need to learn what it is telling us.

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Not sure where my videos went???
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These kind of breaks CAN be fixed.

02 - Clean and apart.jpg
  04 - Side plates installed.jpg 

05 - Done.jpg 


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Did you weld or braze it? I used J B Weld
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How can I share videos from my phone?
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Lori I cannot send my videos from my phone???
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I used JB weld and the side steel braces

You are correct.  The software that this site runs on does not allow direct uploads of videos. 

If you post it to Youtube then you can share the link here.  Like this: "https://youtu.be/8qPfZSWdwfY"



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Thanks Lori asked for videos...
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Diana, the first video, you said the... needle is picking up the bobbin thread. Then what happens?

Experts, please chime in. I suggested videos so y'all have more information to go on. :)

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No expert here for sure but when I compared the photo on Dianna's first post with those Wilhelminas online, a number of the online photos had multiple spool pins.  Those with only one spool pin showed it much closer to the balance wheel.  Is it possible that that the top thread is on the pin for winding the bobbin instead of sewing?
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Hi Diana,

Wilhelmina looks like she's set up for Singer 15x1 needles originally.  The shuttle and carrier are similar to Singer 27 and 28.  You can lower the 15x1 if she's not picking up the thread.  As the needle is on it's way up, the point of the shuttle should be from 1/16" to 1/8" above the top of the eye as they intersect.  Adjust the needle if needed.   Don't part her out yet, lol.

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Here are links about timing and adjustments in vs machines.

https://vintagesewingmachinesblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/adjusting-timing-on-a-vibrating-shuttle-machine/

https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/28timing/

http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachineshop/shuttle/vsshuttle.html

I cannot see a tension check spring, That may not keep it from stitching, but stitch quality will suffer. It may be similar to 27 check spring. A coil spring may be found under the tension plates, and end is missing.

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This has been a machine that I have had to walk away from... I have taken many walks!! Today I will again try the 15 needle-does anyone think it had a tension spring?
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No luck with the 15 needle???
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I think it had a tension check spring. By removing themail tension nut and disks. Look for a spring in the well around the tension stud..
A 27 spring looks like this, it may work.

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Not one on the machine but I might have a new one
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Diana do you live anywhere near where a TOGA takes place? Have you ever been to one? This would be a perfect machine to take to a TOGA to get some personal help with.

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Cari yes we do and I have!! I have never had a machine that I could not figure out and this is frustrating!! This is going back in to the closet...
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Steve,
I see you have a Kenmore hand crank that you repaired. Do you have any information on it? Year of mfg., maker, history, manual, etc.? I acquired one not too long ago. It is missing the front slide plate, which I doubt I'll be able to find, but after cleaning and oiling, I did get a nice stitch. I was thinking it may have been manufactured by Standard. Thanks for your help.
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No, sorry.  the machine was too new for my collection, but I could not resist a $20 hand crank machine.  then when it turned out to be broken , I just had to try.  It was re-homed to my friend Cathy (Mizkaki on the board) once repaired.
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