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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    [quote=Miz Johnny]This is probably a no brainer, but did you try raising the needlebar to the highest point before putting the bobbin case in?
    Hold the bobbin by the latch, put it in place over the stud, then push back until it sort of "snaps" into place.

    I agree that this is the biggest negative with the 306/319. They are so big and heavy, and have to be tipped back in order to insert the bobbin. It's a PITA and in general a bad design. But they sew so well!!


    I've tried everything I know how to do. I can take the bobbin out of the case and it 'snaps', however, with filled bobbin in the case, no 'snap'. Maybe I need vintage L bobbins but the ones I'm using came with the machine but I guess that doesn't mean anything. Maybe the previous owner had fits with it also. Freaky though because I've sewn with it before w/same bobbins. I guess it's just my day to be frustrated. Maybe I should go sew on one of my other 25 machines, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    I guess it's just my day to be frustrated. Maybe I should go sew on one of my other 25 machines, lol
    When all else fails...Eeny meeny miny moe...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    Hi Billy and everyone! I have just purchased a rather in need of work 99 singer 1924. She is missing cord and foot pedal. Is is hard to locate those and are they reasonable? I got the sewing machine for 11.50 plus shipping. She needs a new belt too.

    Thanks for any replys... of where to find etc :)

    Sharon
    Sharon - Wow! What a steal! And is she a beauty! Congratulations!

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    [quote=Weedwoman]
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    This is probably a no brainer, but did you try raising the needlebar to the highest point before putting the bobbin case in?
    Hold the bobbin by the latch, put it in place over the stud, then push back until it sort of "snaps" into place.

    I agree that this is the biggest negative with the 306/319. They are so big and heavy, and have to be tipped back in order to insert the bobbin. It's a PITA and in general a bad design. But they sew so well!!


    I've tried everything I know how to do. I can take the bobbin out of the case and it 'snaps', however, with filled bobbin in the case, no 'snap'. Maybe I need vintage L bobbins but the ones I'm using came with the machine but I guess that doesn't mean anything. Maybe the previous owner had fits with it also. Freaky though because I've sewn with it before w/same bobbins. I guess it's just my day to be frustrated. Maybe I should go sew on one of my other 25 machines, lol
    Went through the bobbins I had for the 306k and I think only one of them were vintage, the other 4 seem 'fatter' and their thread holes are larger. Anyway, I put the vintage one back in and it did 'snap' and I was able to sew without breaking thread or cussing. I guess now my quest will be to find a few more vintage bobbins for it as I hate having only one bobbin for a machine. Anybody have any to sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Don't worry about every 4 hours, but do oil your vintage machine frequently during periods of heavy us. Metal on metal is NOT a happy sound!

    As for your modern machine, it depends on what it is. For instance, Vikings have a sealed system and are not meant to be oiled.


    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I think it's so much fun navigating the fun site with all the questions about the machine. At some point, I'll answer them all correctly and it'll tell me that I own a 66, in the meantime, I am getting a great education on the different parts of the different model machines.

    A quick question about maintenance. It wasn't until the last year that I started oiling my regular machine. I took it in for her oil change every year and apart from brushing out gunk periodically, she sat without me having to do anything from maintenance to maintenance. I was telling one of my quilting buddies this once and I was in concern for her health as her face turned bright red and her eyeballs went all cockeyed. She absolutely insisted I was
    "killing" my machine. Of course, my machine didn't have a name or gender then, she was just a machine. SO... she showed me the odd spot back behind the bobbin casing I needed to put one drop of oil every or every other bobbin change and brush frequently. Ok...I brush out the lint at every bobbin change, but I'm probably oiling at every 3rd or 4th. I'm still not noticing a big difference.

    So...fast forward to the vintage machine. I have 2 full pages in my owners manual with 24 odd places of interest for oil. REALLY!?!?! I have to oil this every 4 hours? How am I supposed to keep track of the hours? So, I went to my singer guy and asked. He insists that she doesn't need anything except once a year. What do you all do?

    I don't want to break or otherwise hurt the machine or her production by either oiling/cleaning too much or too little or in the wrong places. There's more arrows on my manual than Carter has liver pills. I just have no idea what I should be doing with her.

    Any help is appreciated.
    The manuals are suggesting oiling every 4 hours of 'sewing' time - that is a little hard to estimate. I just figure oil every few times I use it. OR if you can't remember the last time you oiled it maybe it is time... BUT make sure you oil with sewing machine oil. Other oils turn to gum when they get old. It can be very hard to clean up after a gummed up sewing machine.

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    Here is the freebie DH came home with. Singer Golden Touch and Swear 640. It did clean up nice, but is missing the 5 prong cord and slide plate. My slide plate for the 401 fits it, but I don't want to rob the 401. The plastic gears seem ok, but won't know until I get it running. I was able to download a manual for the 600s and instructions for threading and bobbin winding for this model. Now to locate the parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Here is the freebie DH came home with. Singer Golden Touch and Swear 640. It did clean up nice, but is missing the 5 prong cord and slide plate. My slide plate for the 401 fits it, but I don't want to rob the 401. The plastic gears seem ok, but won't know until I get it running. I was able to download a manual for the 600s and instructions for threading and bobbin winding for this model. Now to locate the parts.
    Tommie
    I have a Touch & Sew 626 that I've had for years and I totally love that old machine. I truly like how the bobbin fills right in the machine and the fact it can be set up to chain stitch.

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    Kathie,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Big hugs and lots of prayers.
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnserge
    Quote Originally Posted by roseOfsharon
    Hi Billy and everyone! I have just purchased a rather in need of work 99 singer 1924. She is missing cord and foot pedal. Is is hard to locate those and are they reasonable? I got the sewing machine for 11.50 plus shipping. She needs a new belt too.

    Thanks for any replys... of where to find etc :)

    Sharon
    Sharon - Wow! What a steal! And is she a beauty! Congratulations!
    Thanks, I hope to be able to get what I need for her. AND that she works! Can't tell till she has the cord and foot pedal :) But I am confident she will kick in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    I went through the bobbins I had for the 306k and I think only one of them were vintage, the other 4 seem 'fatter' and their thread holes are larger. Anyway, I put the vintage one back in and it did 'snap' and I was able to sew without breaking thread or cussing. I guess now my quest will be to find a few more vintage bobbins for it as I hate having only one bobbin for a machine. Anybody have any to sell?
    Hi,
    You can find some new bobbins for your 306K on Ebay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/25-Rotary-Bobbin...item27ba172108

    I have ordered parts from him previously and is a good seller.
    Sharon W.

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