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Stitch Length HELP needed Consew 287R

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2 hours ago, Uwe said:

So here’s the video of how I adjusted my machine to center feed dog movement inside the throat plate opening:

 

Hi Uwe.. what an easy to follow and informative video you put together!! It's very helpful and appreciated.

After watching it, I've gone from flying high on a cloud to crashing solidly to the ground in defeat. Unfortunately the head of almost every screw on this machine has been chewed up at some point in its life. And, wouldn't you know - I CAN NOT BUDGE the dang screw you alluded to in your video (first one, on the upper body, in the hole under the lever)!! and in trying, it's starting to get pretty chewed up too. I've added penetrating fluid.. then tapped it, then banged on it with a hammer to the screw-driver to try and loosen it, but no luck.

Any suggestions for this issue?   

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Bummer about your screw heads. Some screws have loctite (essentially cyanoacrylate super glue) applied to the threads. Acetone (nail polish remover)  will dissolve super glue. Heat will also break down the glue. Getting the perfect screw driver for that particular screw head helps as well. I’ve made a trip to the hardware store in the middle of a repair job on more than one occasion to get a better screw driver. I personally like electrician’s screw drivers since they have flat, parallel sides on the tip. Most regular screw drivers have angled sides on the tip that tend to push the driver up as you turn it. Try to position the machine so that you can really lean on the screw driver as you turn it.

If you get the screw out, don’t keep using it - get a new screw instead. 

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I've had too many of those ruined screw heads.  I've purchased some screw drivers that are marketed for gunsmithing. Just search for "screw drivers for gunsmithing".  I assume they are similar to the electrician’s screw drivers, that Uwe mentioned.

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10 hours ago, stelmackr said:

.. I've purchased some screw drivers that are marketed for gunsmithing. Just search for "screw drivers for gunsmithing".  ..

That's a great tip Stelmack, I've made note.. 

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Get the bad screws out any way you can and REPLACE them.  I always clean up or replace screws when i go over and rebuild machines.  Will cost you some money but well worth it in the end.  I hate when people bugger up screws and make no effort to clean them up for the next guy!!

glenn

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On 10/2/2020 at 8:52 PM, Uwe said:

.. I’ve made a trip to the hardware store in the middle of a repair job on more than one occasion to get a better screw driver.....& Try to position the machine so that you can really lean on the screw driver as you turn it.

 

..OK, did both of these over the weekend.. and after a good fight, was finally successful !! So I then made the adjustments to the feed dog and needle bar from Uwe's video posted earlier (thanks again buddy). My needle length may be about 5mm now. Again, I'm using #138 thread - Uwe, can you get 6mm out of 138 thread with your machine from the video? Maybe it's just much for this machine??? 

NEW PROBLEM - now my machine is not pulling the material equally .. it seems to be pulling the top faster. Is there a common cause for this and adjustment ?  

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@CustomDoug  Looks like things are progressing for you.

Not to rain on your parade, but please post your photos here instead of using a third party hosting service.  If the host changes anything or disappears, then the photos hosted by them may disappear too.  Also if you close your account, change your permissions, move or delete your photos stored on the host, they will disappear from here too!  That will make this thread almost useless for others to reference in the future.  You will find a number of threads here where this has happened.

You may need to resize your photos to make them fit the size constraints here.

I will be downloading your photos from your host, and uploading them here.

Tom

 

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1 hour ago, Northmount said:

@CustomDoug  Looks like things are progressing for you.

Not to rain on your parade, but please post your photos here instead of using a third party hosting service.  If the host changes anything or disappears, then the photos hosted by them may disappear too.  Also if you close your account, change your permissions, move or delete your photos stored on the host, they will disappear from here too!  That will make this thread almost useless for others to reference in the future.  You will find a number of threads here where this has happened.

You may need to resize your photos to make them fit the size constraints here.

I will be downloading your photos from your host, and uploading them here.

Tom

 

Duly noted, thanks. 

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Sounds like the feeding ratio is off.  Can we see a video in slow motion to see how machine is feeding?  Turn the balance wheel by hand if you have to.

glenn

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On 10/5/2020 at 9:36 AM, Northmount said:

@CustomDoug  Looks like things are progressing for you.

.. please post your photos here instead of using a third party hosting service. ..

Tom

 

Not sure if posting a video to this website is as easy as posting photos is apparently, but I shall give it a try later today.  

Top thread tension: I mentioned earlier that my top thread was difficult to pull (too much tension thru the discs even when loosened).. I found the reason - I'd added a supplemental spring to the tension disc for heavier thread a few years ago (and forgot because I haven't used this machine in so long). I removed that extra spring and now the thread is much easier to pull thru at the end of a line of stitching - however, removing it did NOT improve my stitch length as I hoped it would. Nor did adjusting/centering the feed-dog.. & honestly the stitch length is no better than when I started this thread. Stitch too small at max adjustment w/138 thread. Frustrated. 

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11 minutes ago, CustomDoug said:

Not sure if posting a video to this website is as easy as posting photos is apparently

Most videos are too large to be able to meet the file size restriction here, so you will likely have to use a 3rd party host like YouTube.  That is unfortunate that many of them will be lost as permissions, moves, deletions happen.

Thanks for being aware.  I downloaded Uwe's video for my own future reference.  144 MB

Tom

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7 hours ago, CustomDoug said:

Not sure if posting a video to this website is as easy as posting photos is apparently, but I shall give it a try later today.

You can use the freeware Faststone Photo Resizer to reduce the file size for use on forums with filesize restrictions.

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