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

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    Thanks Mizkaki,
    This is all great info. Both dh & I tend to be very cautious with all things electric.

    Never looks good when a fireman has to put in a call on his own structure :-)[

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    QUOTE=Mizkaki;5134319]D,

    The clutch motors that came on the 31-15 and -20 machines are pretty sturdy motors.

    Since it has been sitting for years you can expect a lot of dust in the inner workings. This will
    smell and maybe even smoke lightly when first run.

    Personally the first thing I'd do is to very carefully check the wiring from the wall plug to the off-on switch and from the switch to the motor.
    The motor is probably very dry so will need oil. A drop or two on each end of the main shaft to start. Look for an oil reservoir with wicks, it it has one this needs to be filled and the wicks primed by dripping oiling along their length.
    Then I'd take a paint brush and dust off every part of the motor that I could reach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whigrose View Post
    Thanks Mizkaki,
    This is all great info. Both dh & I tend to be very cautious with all things electric.

    Never looks good when a fireman has to put in a call on his own structure :-)[

    best,
    d
    QUOTE=Mizkaki;5134319]D,

    The clutch motors that came on the 31-15 and -20 machines are pretty sturdy motors.

    Since it has been sitting for years you can expect a lot of dust in the inner workings. This will
    smell and maybe even smoke lightly when first run.

    Personally the first thing I'd do is to very carefully check the wiring from the wall plug to the off-on switch and from the switch to the motor.
    The motor is probably very dry so will need oil. A drop or two on each end of the main shaft to start. Look for an oil reservoir with wicks, it it has one this needs to be filled and the wicks primed by dripping oiling along their length.
    Then I'd take a paint brush and dust off every part of the motor that I could reach.

    Cathy
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    there are shops that specialize in motors - take it in and have it cleaned and check the wiring. Might not cost too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Can I put that on a t-shirt? Love it:>
    Candace, go ahead. Have a tshirt made and have fun with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    What if the one rescued last week doesn't float my boat - too modern looking, but it sews decorative stitches very nicely - and has some cams the Elna doesn't have? Do I sell it and get back my $12 + $2 for a belt and ? for grinding off a metal part so the belt could work. It's the late 70s MWards machine - still pretty much a metal machine.

    Yeah, I need an intervention - I'm up to 10 in a little over a year and I'm too old to live long enough to use them all. I think some of my children are getting worried. 8 'new' - I had two. But I'd buy another 301 in a heartbeat. And a decorated e-machine - no more room for treadles. Oh, oh, my name is Judy and I am compulsive overbuyer of sewing machines. The first step is admitting I have a problem. Nah, I don't want to be cured, either.
    No need for an intervention or a cure. As I was cleaning out my sewing room to make room for a guest bed, I realized one night that I was sitting with 15 friends in there and they were much nicer, most of the time, than my kids cuz at least they stay home and appreciate all new fabric that comes home with me. They also never say that there isn't anymore for another sewing machine in the house. Gotta love those friends!
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    Chris, you ARE funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    What if the one rescued last week doesn't float my boat - too modern looking, but it sews decorative stitches very nicely - and has some cams the Elna doesn't have? Do I sell it and get back my $12 + $2 for a belt and ? for grinding off a metal part so the belt could work. It's the late 70s MWards machine - still pretty much a metal machine.

    Yeah, I need an intervention - I'm up to 10 in a little over a year and I'm too old to live long enough to use them all. I think some of my children are getting worried. 8 'new' - I had two. But I'd buy another 301 in a heartbeat. And a decorated e-machine - no more room for treadles. Oh, oh, my name is Judy and I am compulsive overbuyer of sewing machines. The first step is admitting I have a problem. Nah, I don't want to be cured, either.
    Judy, I am with you on the 301! I could be like Candace is with those 301's - get all the colors! I am piecing a Smokey River quilt top with the 301 right now and loving it, even though, I had to rip 24 block sections out because I placed the colors wrong! Oh well, I get to redo the blocks with the 301!

    Anyway, what are 10 machines? I have 50 + now and holding! I just had to make a sewing machine museum in one of my cargo units!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    D,

    The clutch motors that came on the 31-15 and -20 machines are pretty sturdy motors.

    Since it has been sitting for years you can expect a lot of dust in the inner workings. This will
    smell and maybe even smoke lightly when first run.

    Personally the first thing I'd do is to very carefully check the wiring from the wall plug to the off-on switch and from the switch to the motor.
    The motor is probably very dry so will need oil. A drop or two on each end of the main shaft to start. Look for an oil reservoir with wicks, it it has one this needs to be filled and the wicks primed by dripping oiling along their length.
    Then I'd take a paint brush and dust off every part of the motor that I could reach.

    Cathy
    Cathy, I am so glad to hear you talk about the motors on the 31-15's, although, my 31-15 doesn't have a motor, but my 31-20 does. I hope that applies to the 31-20 as well? I haven't had time to clean up either machine because inbetween rain storms, I have been trying to get my annuals all planted and my yard weeded! I haven't even tried to run the 31-20 to see what it does - smoke - don't know yet? I'd really like to convert the 31's back to treadles, but someone lost the pedal on their treadle table when they added the motor! Do you have a pedal that would fit the 31 treadle - I think it is wider than your normal pedal?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie99 View Post
    Seeing as those pics worked okay here are the pics of the other 2 machines I picked up on Friday. The singer 128 handcrank just needs the tension adjusted but the Singer 328K seems to have very little power when plugged in. It came with all(I think) the original accessories and manual. It is also oiled to death, oil dripping inside. Now I'll quit hogging the board. Thanks for listening and looking.
    Jackie
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    Jackie, those are really nice machines! The 328 reminds me of a Rocketeer! You were lucky to get the case for the 328 - but, does the case smell yucky? Sometime those cases just reek! I'd sure have picked up both those machines! Very nice LaVincendora decals on the 128 too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I have a Singer 237, its a simple machine and works well. It uses a 15x1 modern needle and metal class 15 bobbins, needle goes in flat to the right & threads left to right.
    My machine is run by treadle power, it came to me with a stretch motor belt that was too small and ruined the motor; thus it became a treadle machine. It was only $20, nice having a zig zag treadle. It was made in Italy and only offered as a treadle there, has a deep groove in the handwheel; so no modification is required to treadle it.
    I have done FMQ on several baby quilts with this machine, does it very nicely too. You can see my machine here:
    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/578828743YiOtbl
    Sharon W. central Texas
    Sharon, I like your 237 in treadle. It looks like it just slipped right into a treadle with no modifications to the machine - like my 319w - I just popped right into the treadle?

    Nancy

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    Is this the 31-15? They take a 16x231 or DBx1 (also go by other numbers). These needles are the same length as the standard 15x1,
    but are round shank and the shank may be narrower than a 15x1.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Before you do ANYTHING take the needle out. Then go find needles to match it. It should be a longer needle than household. Not sure but the sewing machine store will know how to match it. Once you figure out what size needle you have you can order them cheaper on line. I have an old 241 industrial - that motor runs like it is new. It's a hot rod for sure.
    Cathy

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