Turns out Gertrude has a bit of an attitude. My hubby finished oiling her, changing belts, etc...and she was fine...so today I read the manual (only the part on how to thread her) got some thread and scraps and set up to give her a whirl. Well she got mad at me for taking her out of retirement...she let some sparks fly, shot a puff of smoke at me and shut her light off!! She refused to speak with me after that. When my husband came home I told him what happened, he walked over to her and turned her on...she didnt hesitate and she purred like a kitten. She PURRED for him. Maybe she only likes men.... heh...well, I'll try again later...while he's still in the room.