Sewing machine needs a physical

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Sewing machine needs a physical

Last night I was happily piecing some blocks for the upcoming Think Christmas Blog Hop and my 15-91 Singer just stopped….no funny noises…..just stopped like someone had unplugged it. Well, I check the power, the connections and nothing. I could manually turn the wheel so I could finish my seam.

Well, today Builder Bob checked it over to make sure the foot pedal was okay….it was so I don’t know if it it the motor or what. This is my favorite machine for free motion quilting, piecing….it is my baby!

After Builder Bob put it back together and we took it out of the cabinet I can’t even turn the wheel more than half a turn now so tomorrow I’m going to take it in to Neal’s in Muscatine and see if it can be fixed. I sure hope so because I just love this machine.

So I guess I will clean up my quilt room today and force myself to use another sewing machine. I have one I’ve never tried to free motion quilt with………..may be happening though. Sigh….I miss her already!

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  1. quiltfool says:

    Hang in there Connie. I've worked on my own 15-91 several times and there just isn't anything in there that can't be easily replaced with parts available on ebay. even the motor can be replaced cheaply if you don't need a "pretty" housing and just need the motor parts. She will be fine after her physical. Lane

  2. Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives says:

    I'm sure they'll be able to fix it. Singers are work horses, they can't die.
    It's a beauty, too.


  3. I've got my fingers crossed for you Connie. Hopefully it will be an easy and relatively cheap fix for your baby.

  4. Quilting Babcia says:

    I can totally relate to your sadness. Exact same thing happened to me back in April. It turned out to be the motor. We started to dismantle the motor so DH could rewire it, but the worm was frozen in place and we weren't able to remove it at the time. As luck would have it, I had 2 more 15-91's stashed in a closet, both in need of rewiring; we took motor off one of them, hubby rewired according to Nicholas Rain's wonderful 20+ part tutorial, and we installed that motor on the machine I'd been using, and I was back in business the next day. If Builder Bob is experienced with wiring, highly recommend Rain's blog – you can do this, if it is motor that is the problem – and it sounds as if it is. Good luck!!

  5. Amy, a redeemed sheep says:

    Yikes! I'm sure it can be fixed. *fingers crossed*

  6. Step-parent's Cove says:

    I don't like when something I like brakes down. Hope you get it fix soon.

  7. So sorry she is under the weather. Hopefully she will be back to normal fast.

  8. I hope it is an easy (and inexpensive) fix. It is a beautiful machine.

  9. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts says:

    Oh no! I hope its an easy fix and you are back to sewing with it soon! I love my vintage machines too. 🙂

  10. tink's mom says:

    It's like hearing that a member of the family has to go to the hospital. I hope it all works out OK.

  11. Oh, sob! I hope you get her back quickly and that she will be as right as rain.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have faith in Neal's. My old Viking just stopped like that awhile ago, and they replaced a broken wire for $15. It only took them two or three days to get it back to me, too.


  13. Betty Lou says:

    Ouch! I think I told you my machine was in the shop for 29 days, just got it back and the needle threader doesn't work. And two other bloggers said that their machine have just gone out—-machines must be revolting. Hope they can repair it.

  14. Dora, the Quilter says:

    Last December or January Nicholas Rain Noe did a series of posts showing how to refurbish and rewire a Singer with a potted motor.
    His blog is:
    Hope this helps. I'm wondering if you knew that the grease ports on the motor had to get a new dose of grease periodically?
    Good luck. You have a wonderful machine that *will* work again.

  15. Jamie Lee says:

    I couldn't imagine! Luckily I have a back up that I learned to sew on, so it's not much of a learning curve to use it if I need to.

    I always wonder who gets their machines serviced once a year. Do you? I have a Janome and there are two local places to get it tuned up…one costs $79 and one is $149. I haven't had my machine serviced in about 5 years. Every once in a while I take out the bobbin case and give everything a cleaning and oiling, but that's it.

  16. Oh my! I'm sure she's fixable, as these babies were built to last. In the meantime, maybe you can find a Singer treadle machine to use! They just need periodic de-linting and oiling and they'll sew forever! You can even do free-motion quilting with them.

  17. Teresa in Music City says:

    OMG – hopefully they can bring her back to life!

  18. Hope everything works out for your machine and that it's an easy fix. It seems like forever when you take them in. And that's when you have the urge to sew up a storm.

  19. Maybe she just needs a little overhauling! Good Luck

  20. Oh Connie – you have my deepest sympathies. I love my vintage Singers, although they aren't as old as yours. I chop and change between the 2 as my 191B electric drinks oil as if it's going out of fashion. My 1970's 1425 is a dream to sew on, but needs a rest occasionally. She's feeling her age!

  21. Oh my…I sense your sadness…but it sure seems like you have a solution in the meantime…the clock is ticking towards Think Christmas! By the way, your new button is adorable!

  22. I do hope your machine is fixed and working again soon. I love these vintage machines.

  23. I hope you can get your baby fixed , you do such great work on her.