Is This Smell Normal?
June 11, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
New sewing machine smells weird during use. Common? Should I be nervous?
posted by amicamentis to home & garden (7 answers total)
I just bought this sewing machine
(a Brother XL2600I Sew Advance) and set it up yesterday. It took a while to figure how to work the ins and outs but I think I have everything set up properly.
However, I noticed while doing test runs on sample fabric that there is a strong, weird smell coming from the machine when I use it. It's like an electric smell rather than a burning smell, like the motor is working too hard or something. Is this common? Do most sewing machines smell like this?
The odor, as best I can describe it, is like when you leave the parking brake on in the car - that frictiony odd scent. It does not smell like anything is on fire.
What is the best way to troubleshoot the problem? Is there a problem? I am very new to sewing and don't know when something looks or feels "off".