I know this is a pretty long shot, but does anyone here have a Singer model 384 sewing machine? It says 'Mon Ami' on it, but there seem to be a few models called that.
There is one which belongs to a student society I'm involved with, but there is no instruction manual and no one seems to have used the sewing machine for years (I think whoever knew how to use it moved away).
It does move when connected to power, but I don't think I'm setting it up properly. I know how to thread my mum's machine, but get a bit lost with other types. I threaded it as best I could and tried some practice stitches, but a lot of them skipped and after a short while the spool of thread fell off (well, threw itself off) and the thread snapped.
I wonder if I'm missing the spike the spool of thread is supposed to go on? Where I would expect it to be there is just a tiny nubbin, a bit like a thread guide expect it doesn't seem to be in the right place for that. So I tried putting the spool on the thingy for winding thread onto the bobbin. But that wasn't tall enough- the spool wobbles around.
I don't have a camera, but I found some photos someone took of their machine (they were looking for different feet for it).https://plus.google.com/photos/106080944548473719358/albums/5599565035643923665?authkey=CKm6-77v4vScfw&banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1#photos/106080944548473719358/albums/5599565035643923665?authkey=CKm6-77v4vScfw
Hopefully they're visible.
That person has the same little nubbin on the top of their machine, so maybe I'm not missing a part, but then how does the spool of thread not fall off?
Well, if by amazing chance anyone knows how to thread this machine, I'd be very grateful if you could show me. Otherwise, any hints on how I could search for it?
I've found a site where you can buy instruction manuals but they require a longer model number than is written on the machine and I don't know if the society would buy one anyway.
I should probably join a dedicated sewing forum to ask, but thought I'd check if any of you clever people knew first.
(Sorry for my terrible grasp of the terminology.)