I recently acquired a vintage sewing machine for three dollars at a local thrift store. It's a Riccar model 500
, and there isn't a lot of information about it online.
When I turn it on the motor runs quietly and the needle turns. The zig-zag function seems to work. But for the life of me I can't get it to pick up that bobbin thread! The upper thread doesn't loop around the lower bobbin mechanism like it should. So far I've tried installing a new needle, re-threading the top of the machine, re-winding and re-threading the bobbin, and cursing a lot.
I don't know what the problem is, but I think it's in the bobbin area. It's almost like there's a part missing, the part that hooks the upper thread and makes it go around the bobbin area. But I don't know if that's right.
I took several pictures - the bobbin case and bobbin
, the bobbin loaded into the machine
, the empty bobbin area
. I also took two movies: the machine running (by me turning the hand wheel) with the bobbin in it
, and without the bobbin
I'd really like to get this machine up and running, and without taking it to a repair shop. If it's at all possible to fix it at home, that would be great.
And for what it's worth, I'm stubborn and want it to work, because it seems perfectly good otherwise. I already have three other sewing machines so it's no big loss if I can't get this one to work. But I'd very much like to fix it.