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Thread: BANG HEAD HERE > + < or releave the tension???

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    BANG HEAD HERE > + < or releave the tension???

    I picked up a cheap derelict sewing machine from the Goodwill Auction sight unseen....
    It was dirty. I cleaned it.
    It was smelly... Cleaning helped a lot.
    It was not moving. (It does now) Does that mean it isn't derelict now???
    no...
    I decided to take the tension apart.
    The spindle/post thingy was spinning around in the socket.
    Stuff and thingies were not coming off like they normally should.
    After a while, I got the bit pieces off the post.
    The spring was sprung. ssssooooo not good...
    So I thought I would pull the post it out and see if I have a spring that fits.
    Well...
    The spindles are held in by set screws or they screw into the socket.
    I turned the set screw and metal came chipping out around the set screw... ARGH.
    Eventually it came out. It took the right screw driver, Tri-flow and heat...
    I started looking more closely at the socket. It looked a little knackered.
    Well, someone must have taken a hammer and screwdriver to that socket and tortured for some reason known only to them.
    Usually they come right out if you take out the set screw on the side or top somewhere... I guess that Egor character who worked on it never saw a service manual.
    I found the set screw, got it out. Then tried to pull the socket.
    Some of the metal came apart like a bad tooth filling.
    Then I thought I would pull out the remains of the socket.
    It crumbled some more. But the part that stayed in was stuck - very stuck.
    REMEMBER I had all the set screws out.
    Well that socket was toast... It had to come out
    thanks to that Egor character with the hammer going nuts...
    DH to the rescue. He got out a chisel and hammer... to no avail.
    That puppy was stuck. We did a bunch of head scratching.
    Then he got out the drill and drilled it out. The machine is now full of metal bits from that socket.
    I'm going to need to check and see if another tension/socket will fit in the hole after I get all the metal out of there...
    OK. So let this serve as a terrible warning:
    TENSIONS HAVE SET SCREWS HOLDING STUFF IN PLACE.
    READ THE SERVICE MANUAL.
    READ IT AGAIN............
    FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
    Manual: http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    I did that at the beginning of working on machines with an old singer plastic...it was a disaster...I feel your pain and yes, reading the manual does help. Not all machines are intuitive, and some are just poorly designed and are not meant to be be fixed. None the less, you should be able to retrofix the socket, but it may not be worth the effort.

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    stick with 19th century... hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    stick with 19th century... hehehe
    BTW I do have a 19 century Singer 15. Nice machine - Egor sand blasted the finish... The guy must get around.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    TENSIONS HAVE SET SCREWS HOLDING STUFF IN PLACE. - Miriam

    Had the same experience with Grandson's remote control boat prop shaft. Taught me to slow down - RIGHT!! Been telling myself for years "haste makes waste."

    Ron

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    The first purple high lighted area says to take out the set screws. Read what I wrote:
    The spindles are held in by set screws or they screw into the socket.
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    Usually they come right out if you take out the set screw on the side or top somewhere...


    This machine was tampered with by EGOR and his hammer and screwdriver. My message is this:
    LOOK FOR SET SCREWS! YOU DO NOT NEED FORCE TO REMOVE A TENSION
    Last edited by miriam; 07-17-2013 at 01:26 PM.
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    I just have to say a big THANKS, for sharing your in this case "knowledge after the fact" with us "newbies to vintage machines people who say things that others may deem 'laughable or silly' when we really are asking a sincere question". I am enjoying learning about vintage machines, I have such great memories of spending lazy summer days with my grandma and great-grandma sewing away on their vintage Singers.
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    Last edited by kiffie2413; 07-17-2013 at 01:46 PM.
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    I KNEW before I started that there were set screws. Egor did not get the memo. I did not realize Egor had 'worked' on that machine.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    ALSO NOTE:
    It should NEVER be necessary to remove that socket with a hammer and screw driver or a drill.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Sorry. Misunderstood. Should have known you knew what you were doing. Us newbies aren't so lucky. I thank you for you knowledge.
    Ron in NW MO

    "I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger, then it hit me."

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