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Thread: New today! And just busted the cover plate spring on my 401 find--help!

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    New today! And just busted the cover plate spring on my 401 find--help!

    Hello,

    I have just caught this virus, which I would call, for want of a better name, "Old Sewing Machine bug."
    I have a 401 that I bought for 30, and I just snapped the cover plate spring. I also just inherited a 501 with a busted spring. So, I can see that black screw, which clearly is all I need to get at to change the spring, and I have another spring from a totally busted 503 that somebody also gave me. (Yes, sewing machine velcro might be another term for it) but how do I get at the screw to remove the busted one and install the new and/or used one in its place?

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    I can't help you. i think you saw the other post already anyway. i just wanted to say Welcome!
    Rodney
    "Neglect to oil the machine will shorten its life and cause you

    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    Sorry, I can't help you with your problem. I know absolutely nothing about old machines except that I own my mom's 1949 Singer treadle which I learned to sew on. However, I wanted to welcome you to this board from the beautiful mountains of western NC.

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    Is this a steel spring having something to do with the hinged lid attaching? If so, I will be looking at mine this week too. I have a 500A I picked up a few weeks ago needing a lot of parts and grabbed a 503A in bad shape at the salvage shop today-knew it was there and would most likely have the parts I need.

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    Is the bobbin cover still on? If so, remove the needle plate. Then push the bobbin cover part towards the needle. That should expose everything.
    Annette in Utah

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