OK, So now I think I am officially "into" Industrial machines. I got a 241-12 from the son of a recently passed Chinese lady in San Francisco. I wish I had thought to take a photo of the typical SF house and stuffed to the gills garage that it came from.
$100 including Head, table, base, motor, bobbins, tools, and even thread.
It came with a broken V-belt that had been used like a leather belt. (i.e. it had holes punched in it and had a staple holding it together) I replaced that with a new leather belt and Vroooooommmmm Off she went.
The oil pan was a nightmare. It was 1/2 full of amber colored oil, had 14 straight pins, a bobby pin, and a 2" Safety pin IN THE OIL. Once cleaned up and refilled with new oil, then run for about 30 seconds it started with slow but steadily increasing drips of oil through the "porthole" until it was a steady stream.
I used Simple Green and paper towels to remove the decades of gunk.
I will be loading it up with thread tonight to see how well it sews.
BTW, it seemed to have a green SINGER decal inthe front, is this normal? and does anyone know of a source for replacement decals for it?
Are the cork gaskets in tact? When I got mine the bobbin case was broken, there were burrs and the tension spring was needing adjustment and it was full of oil beads. The oil pan was clean.
Originally Posted by miriam
Gaskets? (plural?) There is a break in "the" gasket but it is "complete". It seems to seal just fine when set in the unit carefully. I have considered a coating of contact/rubber cement to bond the ends together in a non rigid fashion.
My boss just loaned me his high speed camera so that I can try to get a video of the needle/hook interaction at speed.
I will try to capture a series of pictures of the critical bits as well.
My sewing machine shop originally sold me a "v" belt for it but there is NO way that I can see that would let you put a contiguous belt on. (The clutch/pressure plate does not separate far enough) So I took that back and got a heavy leather belt. I own a pair of original Singer treadle belt pliers which made the connection SO easy... (first time using the pliers...) now she Zooms