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Thread: Just unearthed my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758!

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    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
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    Thanks for the suggestion Miriam!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
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    I agree with Miriam. If you see a 503 too, it's pretty much the same machine.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, 31-15, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I agree with Miriam. If you see a 503 too, it's pretty much the same machine.
    They are the same machine - just a different body - you might feel like Judy Jedson when you use it.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    So tiny update. The other morning I poked the actuator and it actually moved really easily. I was kind of surprised. Guess leaving it sit worked! I need to put the slide plate on and see if that activates from bobbin winding mode to sewing mode. If it does I'm ready for some test stitches. wish I had more time to work on my machines. GuesS the holidays are rolling around so I can probably work with them then.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    I purchased a Singer 778, very similiar to your machine in 1976. I used it a lot at first then not so much while I worked. In 2009, I retired , took machine sewing Dr for refurbish, clean etc. Now my DH does it, saves me tons of money. This is a work horse machine. Since I've retired I use mine daily many times for 4-6 hrs. at a time. The main thing is to regularly oil and clean bobbin area every time you change bobbin. My only complaint is bobbin does not hold enough thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittywolf13 View Post
    So tiny update. The other morning I poked the actuator and it actually moved really easily. I was kind of surprised. Guess leaving it sit worked! I need to put the slide plate on and see if that activates from bobbin winding mode to sewing mode. If it does I'm ready for some test stitches. wish I had more time to work on my machines. GuesS the holidays are rolling around so I can probably work with them then.
    Good to hear!! Yup. leaving it sit in oil (in the short term) is great for them. Letting it harden over years, not so much. Now get using it

    Even if the slide plate doesn't put it into sewing mode, just push the little creme colored lever to the right and you're good. There may be a trick to installing that plate, I don't recall, but I will look while I service the one that's here. The general rule of thumb is to install from the back to the front, and I usually have to use a tiny blade screw driver to help it grab the spring, but I'll double check.

    The feed dogs for the one that's been sitting on my bench for months finally arrived, so I hope to get some time to fire this one up today or tomorrow to see how it sounds and runs.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, 31-15, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    Ah I didn't know about putting it in backwards. I figured I'd need a screw driver to lift the plate. After my art show this weekend I'm hoping to have more time to sew and get my machines up and running.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Happy Art show then! And post if you have any more questions. I should get to this one today or tomorrow, so it should all be fresh in my mind for a bit.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99-, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, 31-15, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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