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Thread: Mmm. Egg on my face. She's a 201K, not a 66. And I can't assemble her tensioner

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    Thanks this morning for the assembly diagram for the tensioner on our little project beauty "66". My boo boo though. The girl I am working on is really a 201K (I'm still learning), born, as the nice lady at Singer told us August 29, 1934 in Scotland. I've tried to search the web for assembly diagrams, but to no avail. Anybody able to offer help? Sure do thank you. Don

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    Find the "vintage sewing machine" thread by doing a search (at the top of the page). Someone there should be able to help you easily.

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    I thought all Red Eyes were 66s. Someone on the vintage machine site can help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Find the "vintage sewing machine" thread by doing a search (at the top of the page). Someone there should be able to help you easily.
    the vintage sewing machines is here http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013 under User Defined Topics

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    I joined Needlebar forum, and found that our 201K is one of a very early batch of Scottish 201's, having a tensioner without numbering on her tension dial. Her date of birth was corrected as October 29, 1934 also. It's a beautiful day in Bowling Green...perfect for photographing her to post. Don

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    :) Can't wait to see the photos...

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    http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/
    This one was good for help on fixing a messed up tension - some owner's manuals have diagrams as well. Vintage tensions work pretty much the same so the info above should work on your vintage machine.

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    Hi everyone and thanks again so much for all the leads. I looked and looked online but could not find a diagram showing the tensioner on our particular machine. A question about it and description of our tensioner posted on a collectors forum did however elicit a response from the administrator. He posted a picture of the exact tensioner we have. It seems our machine was one of a very early batch of 201K's manufactured in Scotland that used this un-numbered tensioner only a short while before they began using one with the numbered dial. Evidently the user manuals didn't show the one we have because they only used it very early. I treated it like an unfamiliar die and tried several assembly approaches, finally finding how it goes back together (photos before disassembly for me here on out). Happy dance!! Don

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    Here's the link you need, scroll down its toward the bottom of the page.

    http://www.tfsr.org/pub/technical_in...echanism_2.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Here's the link you need, scroll down its toward the bottom of the page.

    http://www.tfsr.org/pub/technical_in...echanism_2.pdf
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! I have been working on a model 66, for a friend of mine, and I couldn't, for the life of me, get the tensioner spring to come off. After looking at the pictures on the above link I see where the problem is :roll: and now I can finish the job!!! :mrgreen:

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