Hi! I'm Andi, and I hope this is the right place for this question.
I was just given an old sewing machine. It's had a bit of history just in the last year - someone curbed it, and someone else picked it up, and kept it in her basement to hold an old coal door shut!
here's an auction which seems to be the exact same model as what I have. I can't spot any differences, other than the fact mine is in a proper cabinet and has a knee pedal. http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...e-8001077.html Hopefully you can tell enough from that person's pictures. I can take pictures of mine if it's a dire necessity.
Anyway, I brought it home but sadly it doesn't have an operation manual. It plugs in to an outlet set on the bottom of the wooden cabinet, which then has a second cord that plugs into the wall. It has an operating light-bulb. The machine responds easily with pressure on the knee pedal, and the mechanisms appear to be operating properly, both above and below the table. Problem is, I can't figure out how to thread it and test it out.
There's a lever on the front side that controls the stitch length and direction of the feed dogs. There is also a dial in a crescent shaped channel. I thought this might drop the feed dogs, but it doesn't seem to do anything at all? The machine arrived with it firmly screwed in to the highest point on the crescent. The sample picture has it positioned further down.
While I was playing with it the machine started smoking. !! It was coming up behind the lightbulb, so I don't know if it's the lightbulb or my messing around with unknown dials had something to do with it. I immediately unplugged the machine and looked for damaged wiring, but I didn't find anything that looks like it could have caused the smoke from the underside or exterior.
So, all that being said -- do you think this is a salvageable machine? Does anyone know where I can learn how to thread it and/or find an instruction manual?