So, finishing up some star blocks today, I decided to try servicing the machine again (myself), as it continued to be loud and wouldn't begin sewing when I said to...it would hum loudly and stall, get thread caught in the shuttle hook, knot up in the fabric, and then stop sewing. Sound like a good time to you?
I started by cleaning the feed dogs again, oiled it (again) in all the places the manual showed with pointy arrows, and still nothing changed. I thought --- something must need oiling that I'm not seeing.
Upon closing the manual, my eyes fell upon a few important words:
"REGULATING BELT TENSION ON MOTOR"
That's it!!! I knew it immediatly! The belt is too tight causing the loud noise and delay in starting! I read the instructions, and fixed 'er right up! I also changed the location of the shuttle thread ejector; at some point, it had gotten moved too far left.
She's a smooth sewer now...I'd even say she sings!
Which should make her a singer (but no, a Vogue Stitch, she is).
I'm a happy girl!
And yeah, my family has called me "Mrs. Fixit" for decades... it's my middle name.