Sewing Machine Repair with Rob Appell from ManSewing.com



hi I'm Rob Appell from man sewing and I think I can fix just about anything but I really work primarily in the textile world I have my training as a sewing machine technician but I'm also a master quilter and educator I can't wait to show you what we've got for you today hey Rob much for having me thanks for coming over this is also an amazing space you have so many sewing machine too and these are just the ones you can see I've got a hidden everywhere oh my goodness tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started how much fun I really started in my mom's quilt shop the cotton bag which is here in Morro Bay she had the opportunity to bring any sewing machine dealership but one of the rules was that in order to sell the machines you had to be able to fix with some new sheets I went through several days of training and you have to be part of the dealership and you go focus on that brand specific models they're most current stuff where they're teaching you the technology but I didn't even know what a handle it was or a stitch plate was or a presser foot was give me some examples of maybe something that I could do myself with my own sewing less sure I'm gonna give you the most common phone call I get okay then I fix over the phone and I sound like a genius how's that sound so our common mistake a lot of folks make is they thread the machine with the presser foot down and a lot of the reason that it's a mistake is folks don't realize that the presser foot opens the tension so the phone call is I just rethreaded the Machine and I've got a bunch of thread under the project so on the bottom side everyone thinks it's the bobbin because the bobbins under the project but it's the fact that the disks were closed the thread sat on top of the tension and made a giant caterpillar on the back of the project so when is it a good time to take it to a professional and and maybe not risk to repair yourself about every two years the machine should go in for a routine oil clean maintenance because there's bushings in the machines or all kinds of parts inside the machines and a professional needs to deal with and we don't want people trying to strip down the machines there's Electronics everywhere and stuff like that but today that machines are controlled by a little electronic stepping motors and so we both service the machines mechanically and electronically I saw a couple of maintenance videos really recently on your channel so tell us a little bit about how you got started on on like being in front of the camera and showing people not only maintenance but how to so man sewing is what I think you're referring to that's my youtube channel and so every Monday we put out a free tutorial that is education about sewing quilting and a lot of folks were asking can you give us some maintenance stuff so we did tension we did timing and we did overall cleaning and oiling of the machines there's three separate videos I don't have a brand paying me to teach this I'm teaching it cuz I think it's what everybody needs to know so for someone who maybe is just starting out and really wants to get into sewing they they have a machine right what would you recommend that they have in their house for possibly maintenance or just making sure that they they're staying on track and saying creative sure well one of the things I do is I always use like a nylon brush that has kind of a big bristle pipe cleaner on one side and a small like a peat brush head on the other I want folks dusting their machines with a brush and not with a can of spray or using good quality threads and good quality fabric just makes the machines more lint-free good needle having a sewing machine oil so we never use three in one oil there's a specific sewing machine oil that is super super clear so I believe that people should really understand the full function of the machine and I don't I believe that nobody knows more about their machine really speaking of tinkering and taking things apart I see this machine oh yeah it looks like you've been customizing it a little bit can we see it yeah yeah yeah so being able to repair it also you can be creative so I know how to take it completely apart so I stripped it down and totally repainted it but all of my working parts my attention and everything stayed cool because I took it off so didn't get any residual spray paint but some of the other things I like to do is at one point like these are LED lights and there usually is one of them connected there's another modification up in here there's a bank of LED lights Wow oh this can get very bright inside of here people can do people can put on thread towers on their sewing machines because this helps the thread peel off more successfully so why do you think it's important to learn the art of sewing let's start with mending and the construction and being able to repair and recycle things and then of course I love to create process and being able to think up something you know whether it's curtains for the van I lived out of the snowboarding jacket I made before they made snowboarding jackets or art for the walls and all that kind of stuff but the warm spot in my heart that it's giving me in my community like I go out in my community and I'm like I'm proud like I walk through town I feel like I fixed her machine and I helped with this project and we chose colors for this project and it's just it's a really special place to be especially in a small town so what if someone is watching this video right now right could be you and they're super inspired and they want to get started where where should they start where should a beginner just like who's never picked up a needle and thread before right go um well first I'm gonna say I'm very accessible so Rob at man sewing calm is my email address and I'm happy to answer questions I may not get them right away but I will answer those questions then my youtube channel is man sewing on YouTube and there's a variety of different kinds of videos there so they can really get involved but we have all the other kind of social media too so people want to just lurk for a while and see what people are talking about but for the different kinds of content whether there are maintenance videos on machines or how to make a quilt or how to make a I just did a fun customized sweatshirt kind of thing those kinds of things so those are all on the You Tube channel well thank you so much for having that as I should coming out oh I am gonna stick around so you can show me a couple of things

7 Comments

  • Jordan

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks, helped a lot! I would also recommend Dr. Trumble as a resource for learning how to maintain and fix common sewing machine problems: https://bit.ly/2OwC8lq

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  • C Rao

    April 13, 2019

    I need help!! Cannot find out how to remove auto threaded on Brother LB-6800! I have the part but cannot remove the broken part. Can you help?

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  • imir8atu

    April 13, 2019

    best upload you have done, I'm going to this man's YouTube channel and subscribing.

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  • David A

    April 13, 2019

    Nice

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  • Ian Conn

    April 13, 2019

    The first thing I sewed was the curtains for the van I lived in too.

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  • An Dy

    April 13, 2019

    oh man, that guy is awesome! great video!

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  • Big_Adam_2050

    April 13, 2019

    Good lordy, this man has passion.

    Reply

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