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Thread: Trying to fix up a Singer 306M

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    Trying to fix up a Singer 306M

    I found this 306M in a barn. It turns freely but it needs a good cleaning, a belt, and a power cord. There are some chips in the paint around the base and on the end. Can these be fixed? I saw the thread entitled Cleaning and repairing the Shellac clear coat on Vintage sewing machine heads

    Am I looking for the same technique here?
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    I'd say so. For sitting in a barn she doesn't look that bad! Interesting machine. I've never seen one of these before.

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    I have a 306M aka Sophia Loren. She is my favorite sewing machine. Yours is worth fixing and restoring. Even my OSMG did not know of the 306M model. The serial number records were destroyed when the Italian Singer factory closed in about 1967. The only thing that my machine needed other than lots of oil was the motor which had a "squeak" and was fixed by the OSMG. He said that the gears in the motor needed some lube.

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    I am just going to clean her and get her running. If I fixed the paint, I still couldn't fix the decals.

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    Even though you exact model is not listed there may be something here that you could use: http://www.keelersales.com/servlet/C...ategory=Decals

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    Thanks. I was aware of those decals but I like originality. I don't mind replacing things, but if they aren't the same kind, I try to avoid them. Thanks anyway!

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    Check out this link regarding paint touch up

    http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx...02774793256171

    There is a good information regarding the paint and what to use. The information should apply to the 306M also. Though Dave McCallum's blog pertains to Singer Featherweights the information is valuable to other vintage Singers. Be prepared to spent a LOT of time at his blog. I have it bookmarked so I can refer to it.
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    How very strange...today I spent several hours cleaning up my 306W and looking for a serial number on it. My machine is the brown godzilla finish. It will use cams but I don't have any of them. I will be watching CL and Ebay for some of the flat ones. I also need to get the ZZ throat plate. I'm planning on checking with Sew Classic to see if I can get one there when I get my little brunette her new belt. Also, can anyone tell me what bobbin this machine uses. I could find the manual for the 301 but of course there wasn't anything about what bobbin to use. When I used it last, about 25 or more years ago, it sewed like a champ but when I got some newer machines, this one get put aside. Now I want to use it for a class machine and keep it ready in a rolling bag so I can go on a moment's notice and sew with a friend and leave the computer machines at home. Did you find a serial number? DH found a number underneath on the front left but it didn't seem to be a serial number according to Ismac. I found another number but it didn't seem right either...oh well, I don't really need to know when she was "born". Enjoy your new found project!
    Quote Originally Posted by sewsimple View Post
    I found this 306M in a barn. It turns freely but it needs a good cleaning, a belt, and a power cord. There are some chips in the paint around the base and on the end. Can these be fixed? I saw the thread entitled Cleaning and repairing the Shellac clear coat on Vintage sewing machine heads

    Am I looking for the same technique here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    ....my 306W....brown godzilla finish.....can anyone tell me what bobbin this machine uses.....serial number?
    I use a #55623S metal bobbin in my Singer 306W24, and it has a Simanco #105032 bobbin case on it. Some of this model machine may have a different hook and bobbin case system on them, so check to see if your bobbin case has a number inside of it.

    Your serial number probably has 7 digits in it and starts with a W.

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    Your machine also uses special needles. 206 I believe.

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