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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
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    Help me date my 221K, sn# EW 070839

    According to this site http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...l-numbers.html no 221K's were numbered beyond 99505. Am I reading that right?
    August 6, 1968 :)
    I'm confused.

    SN EW070839 has six digits in the number portion. The 221k's made Aug 6, 1968 only had 5 digit serial numbers, according to the chart http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...l-numbers.html

    The machine is white.

    OK. I see now. The first zero is not included in the numbering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris
    Yes, I have done a lot of piecing with my Free #5 pictured here on page 627. Trish has one on page 780, 111, and 816. Nana on page 774, Monica (Vintagemotif) on page 782, Kitzone on page 816, Lauren has one, Playswithcolor has one, Debbie, Rajean on page 1236, and Buslady on page 1209. These are the ones I noted. The Free #5 is a very easy machine to treadle and sew with. The Free Sewing Machine Co. was in business from 1910 to about 1958, although, some report that the company had started even earlier. The Free #5 takes normal 15X1 needles so it is an easy machine to use/own.
    Nancy

    Oh Nancy, I'm so excited. I have the twin to your machine pictured on 627, just picked her up last weekend. She's not quite as shinny & the cabinet is a bit dusty, she's standing in line for her turn for a clean up. Seems we've got more machines to tend to then we've got the time to do them. That's okay, have a feeling they will be well worth the wait.
    :-)
    Iris, have you had a chance to clean up your Free #5? I'd love to see a picture of the machine and cabinet!

    Nancy
    Sorry Nancy, haven't cleaned any of the machines yet, have then all corralled in the dinning room. Emptying out the sewing room now to make it larger. I can take a pic tomorrow so that you can see her current state. Reading this thread, I believe we can get it cleaned pretty good but the cabinet, I'm not to sure on. Will have to check back to where Glenn helped Charlee do hers..I just hope mine comes out looking as good as yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kso
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by kso
    Help me date my 221K, sn# EW 070839

    According to this site http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...l-numbers.html no 221K's were numbered beyond 99505. Am I reading that right?
    August 6, 1968 :)
    I'm confused.

    SN EW070839 has six digits in the number portion. The 221k's made Aug 6, 1968 only had 5 digit serial numbers, according to the chart http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...l-numbers.html

    The machine is white.
    Yep. Drop the first "0", it's just a placeholder. The date is fitting with the white FW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    ALERT: Nice looking Singer 66-1 Red Head (Eye) with the SILVER badge at auction from the Rochester Goodwill. Backclamp, has reg foot. Bed is dusty or possibly clouded. But decals look pristine, little to no wear in the pictures. A FIND. If shipping weren't $54, I'd get it.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=8807154

    Somebody please rescue this baby...
    $71 for me! :shock:
    See the 'reserve not met'? I've bid on things from the Rochester Goodwill before - even though I'm in town the reserve is usually so high its hardly worth bidding. There is a white that is up to $25.99 that has been up over $50 before - if it doesn't make reserve they pull it and list them again later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    "I rarely pass up a $10 sewing machine. You can learn a lot about fixing them if they don't work... Some times they do work. If you get enough $10 sewing machines maybe you can combine a couple and have one that works."


    OK! OK!! I'll get it and see if I can fix the dang thing...Ha, ha! :lol: Honestly, I just like the color. I don't really even care that much if it works, or not.

    That being said...I would like to know if there are other sites that give good advice on sewing machine restoration. This thread is great, but I crave more knowledge.

    ~ Cindy
    what are you wanting to know?
    I'd like to know more about taking them apart and putting them back together again, how the old ones work, where to get parts, etc.

    ~ Cindy
    If you read all 1759 pages you will find that very info - there are links, people answering various questions, links for parts - (parts depend on what machine you have and what part you need.)
    Anyway here are a couple places I like to check when I need to put something to rights.

    http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/...e-manuals.html for Singer service manuals

    FOR ALL METAL MACHINES ONLY:
    http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...gmachines.html
    I do not like WD40 or 3in1 oil for cleaning up the machines.
    Use some kerosene apply with a brush or Triflow oil

    http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/ someone obviously loves the old machines and he has some good pointers about cleaning them up.

    http://sewdelish.blogspot.com/2007/1...-machines.html I like to get lots of opinions before I try anything new.


    Unplug Your Machine

    For your own safety and to prevent damage to your machine always unplug the machine before you start cleaning and oiling your machine.

    Remove Lint

    Fabric and thread are a combination that is going to produce lint. Lint can build up in unseen areas of your machine leading to wear and tear that is preventable.

    Open all areas that you can and clean the lint out of the machine. Use the brush that came with your sewing machine to remove lint in cracks and crevices and from under the bobbin case.
    Try to get in the habit of cleaning the lint out of your machine every time you finish a project. That way the machine will be ready to sew when you are!

    Sewing Machine Oil

    Sewing machine oil is not something you borrow from the garage. It is clear white oil. Be sure to use the proper oil. Refer to your owner’s manual for the proper spots to oil. Some of the older machines have these areas marked.
    After oiling your machine run stitches on some scrap fabric before you tackle your project. This allows oil to escape on to the scraps, if it's going to, instead of the project you are working on.

    Oiling the machine not only lubricates your moving parts, to prevent wear, it reduces the risk of rust. Rust forms rapidly with any dampness, even just the humidity in the air. Surface rust can act just like loose sand granule in your machine, and create excess wear.

    Loose Screws

    As you clean and oil the machine you will find many screws and set-screws. As a general rule, tighten regular screws as you run across them. Set screws which usually require hex key wrenches, should only be adjusted by a repair person unless you have a complete understanding of the timing of your sewing machine.
    If the set screws are missing or loose, take the machine to a repair shop. It may seem easy to just replace the screw or tighten it, but all of these details go in to the timing of the machine. If the timing is off you can do great damage and the repair bill will be much more then a tune up.

    Wires

    You should always be watching for wear signs on wires but while you’re cleaning your machine, take the time to honestly inspect the wires.
    Check the entire length of the wire for abrasions to the plastic coating or for damage a pet may have done.
    Check that all the electrical prongs are tight and secure.
    Consult a repair person or electrician for any problems you may find.

    http://marmaladekiss.blogspot.com/20...g-machine.html
    another blogger has a post about cleaning up a machine - If you have never done it before, don't try to take the whole thing apart - just do a small area at a time. Clean the whole exterior. Do the tension. Put it back. Do the throat area. Put it back. etc.


    http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....re/page89.html Short but some good insight.
    There are various places to buy the kit - might be a good idea if you don't have that stuff around.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Old-...den-Treasures/

    http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/how-t...sewing-machine - interesting info - does not totally refurbish but cleans and oil

    http://zsuzsybee.hubpages.com/hub/Wh...Sewing-Machine
    looks to be advise from a sewing shop - not bad info though



    Here are some websites that were most helpful:

    www.ismacs.net an international sewing machine collector's website.

    www.neeldebar.org lots of good pictures and information here. They have a forum to join but you don't have to, to view their pictures.

    www.tfsr.org This is an organization that takes in repaired machines and sends them to Third World countries. Their online sewing machine manual is a techinical repair book for the most common of the old black Singers. Very useful information for restoring a machine.

    www.treadleon.net Very good site dedicated to people powered machines, meaning Treadles and Hand Cranks. Loads of different types of information on restoring machines. At first sight this page may seem a little strange but the people here know their business. They have a sister site: www.quiltropolis.com

    For lots of pictures people have posted on line of the their favorite machines and hobbies go to www.webshots.com. There are thousands of pictures here.

    Singer's website has the list of serial numbers for machines back to around 1900, when they first starting keeping the serial numbers lists. You can also buy or download free manuals for Singers. www.singerco.com

    You do NOT need to take it apart. I don't recommend that at all.

    Get a box of q-tips, a tooth brush, and an old (but clean) mascara applicator/brush, a hair dryer, good quality sewing machine oil, some sewing machine grease and some denatured alcohol.

    For the grease, you can use the Singer stuff they sell in a tube at the fabric store. I use tri-flow grease and oil that you can probably purchase at your local bicycle shop.

    Take the lid off the top of the machine. Be careful as the top hinges and door hinges on the 500 are prone to breakage.

    Cover the bed of the machine with a layer of protective newspaper and plastic. You do not want any of the alcohol to get on the exterior surfaces.

    Using your q-tips and other tools clean everything that you can. Then replace the grease on the gears (one under the cam stack too) and oil where ever metal moves against metal. Do NOT put any oil on the geared motor shaft!!! Only grease goes there. If any thing is still stiff or stuck, put your hair dryer on high and warm it up while you wiggle it. Once it pops loose, clean and oil it.

    Kerosene can also be used to clean up the inside, but do NOT get it on the wires.

    Also, remove the bobbin holder and clean under there.

    Or take it in to be serviced.

    http://zigzaggers.typepad.com/zigzag...ping-tips.html good info - how to shop for a sewing machine
    http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/c-102.html good info


    Videos I like:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidpJ..._order&list=UL
    it will go on and do part 2 when part one runs completely out
    This is a very good video for cleaning up an old sewing machine!!!
    I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

    She also has one on adjusting tension on a long bobbin sewing machine I think there are 9 in all.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S43_-..._order&list=UL

    that should keep you busy for a minute or two
    WOW......thanks for ll the info, sure bets reading 1700+ pages. I've tried that, and try to keep up & current with the thread...a bit much. Nice to have all this info in one spot. Thanks so much

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    Here's a few CL from the area

    sewing table/machine (or a tv stand) - anyone recognize the decal?
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2627889029.html

    a 99:
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/art/2664254640.html

    a wizard!
    http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/2663635432.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    ALERT: Nice looking Singer 66-1 Red Head (Eye) with the SILVER badge at auction from the Rochester Goodwill. Backclamp, has reg foot. Bed is dusty or possibly clouded. But decals look pristine, little to no wear in the pictures. A FIND. If shipping weren't $54, I'd get it.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=8807154

    Somebody please rescue this baby...
    The hand wheel looks crooked to me.
    The finish is shot on that red eye, or maybe its just really poor quality pictures.
    shipping is outrageous.

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    Miriam,
    I'm way behind reading the posts but if you're still looking for cams I have numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 for a Model 306. PM me if you're interested.
    Jan


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Miriam,
    The cams from a 306 as well as from other singers, such as the Singer Merritt 2543C, yes a plastic machine, uses the same cams as the 319. My 319 had only one, but I found the others for a song after I realized they would fit it. The needles I got online, and manual as well. Cool little machine as far as I am concerned.
    I've got my eyes wide open...

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie'sMom
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    ALERT: Nice looking Singer 66-1 Red Head (Eye) with the SILVER badge at auction from the Rochester Goodwill. Backclamp, has reg foot. Bed is dusty or possibly clouded. But decals look pristine, little to no wear in the pictures. A FIND. If shipping weren't $54, I'd get it.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=8807154

    Somebody please rescue this baby...
    The hand wheel looks crooked to me.
    The finish is shot on that red eye, or maybe its just really poor quality pictures.
    shipping is outrageous.
    I think that might be dust...but that handwheel really does look funky...

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    Hey gang how are you all doing!!

    I thought I would drop in and see how the shop was going since I have been going to the doctors and trying to stay out of trouble (which is really hard to do). I am happy to say that I am actually back to working on sewing machines and thanks to my Dad and my family I think I can be able to get back into the swing of things. I still can not get into the chemicals but I can take them apart and put them back together again it just takes me a whole lot longer but it is very therapeutic for me to say the least. And I can do the final polish so I have the last say so with quality control and that is the most important thing for me. But I am getting ready to clear out the studio and I am selling off parts of my collection to make room for more rare machines. And my Dad and a few friends are going to do the addition to the studio for me since I can not really do much of anything but tinker around. I can not wait to see what it will look like, I will have a 1940's Singer Store in my back yard!!

    Anyway I am going to try and to catch up on the post a bit before I have to hit the bed. Seems I sleep more than I am awake now......


    Billy

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