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Thread: grandson's sewing machine

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    My grandson bought a singer sewing machine at a thrift store so he could make his own backpacking stuff. He brought it out for me to show him how to thread it and to see if it worked( I would have found that out before I bought it) . It worked but the feed dogs moved up and down but not forward and backwards. It is a metal machine. "Stylist 834" I think it would be worth getting fixed . Do any of you ladies know anything about this machine? what could make the feed dogs not work?

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    Did you try to change the stitch length setting? If it was set to zero, the feed dogs would not go back and forth -- only up and down.

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    Thread it up and feed it some oil...I think that things will resolve themselves. Put a drop of oil where the feed dogs connect.

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    It most likely need to be serviced. Machines that been setting for a long period of time the lubricants can become hard.

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    Go to the Vintage Machine shop here, or PM Lostn51 (Billy) our resident repair/expert guy. Can you post a picture? Is this a metal machine- 50's or 60's or newer? The great machines in Singer were the earlier ones. You almost cannot destroy them.

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    I think the Stylist is a late 60s early to mid 70s era machine.

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    He posted a picture on his facebook and I could see that the knob that determined the stitch length was set on zero. I don't know why that didn't occur to me. I sent him a notice to check that and to put a bit of machine oil on the feed dogs so I will let you know if that works. I just knew if anyone could help it would be you gals. I thought it was about a 60's model. I'ts all metal. I told him it would be worth fixing. glad to know about Billy.

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    that is so great

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    Be sure he understands to use *sewing machine oil*! It is a much finer grade of oil than other types. Regular oil can ruin a machine.

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    Janice, I love your avatar! Is there a pattern for it?

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