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

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    RE: Tri-Flow grease. Tri-Flow grease is a synthetic and because of that it doesn't melt, get soft and fling off of spinning gears like the softer grease Singer sells as motor lube.
    Because of this it's not good to use in motors that use grease. These motors need a grease that will get soft and flow to the bearings as the motor gets hot.

    I use only Singer motor lube (grease) or vaseline depending on what the owners manual says.
    I use Tri-flow grease on gears.

    Joe

    Hmmm... I think I am confused! It happens easily and frequently.

    Today I am planning to grease the gears on my 301 machines. I have 2.
    "motors that use grease" what would be an example of that? Maybe I will ask as I go through my machines. Thank you for anyone who can straighten me out. You guys said it was easy to service your own machines. I am hoping so...

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    I have a friend that asked me to download a manuel for her 221k. I went to the Singer site and they only have manuels for the 221. Are the manuels that same? I think that the Singer site might be down as I can not get
    into to it to download. Kathie
    Not sure if they're the same, but here's a place you can download the 221k manual!

    http://www.scribd.com/lholzman/d/37299364-222K-Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Hmmm... I think I am confused! It happens easily and frequently.

    Today I am planning to grease the gears on my 301 machines. I have 2.
    "motors that use grease" what would be an example of that? Maybe I will ask as I go through my machines. Thank you for anyone who can straighten me out. You guys said it was easy to service your own machines. I am hoping so...
    Linda,
    I'm talking about lubing motor bearings that require grease with Singer Motor Lube; and gears as in metal gears inside or underneath the sewing machine head with Tri-Flo grease.

    Two separate things.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I know what to lube Singer motors with and what to use with other motors. However how about the really ancient big round motors as used on converted treadle machines? The big round ones that pivot around under the arch when not in use?
    I'm working on one for jljack and have no experience with this kind. The lube ports look to be grease ports, but ....
    the bearing is a bronze bushing with a red felt seal on each end with a concave washer holding in place.

    Grease ..... or oil?

    I'm thinking oil, but am not sure.

    Joe
    When in doubt, don't. Looking at that motor I am thinking that it has a grease port.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Linda,
    I'm talking about lubing motor bearings that require grease with Singer Motor Lube; and gears as in metal gears inside or underneath the sewing machine head with Tri-Flo grease.

    Two separate things.

    Joe

    Whew! Thank you Joe.

    Linda

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    Joe, my guess when I first saw that motor was the port is for grease, as in Singer lube. I have a couple of motors that use it, and it just looks so similar. But you use your best judgement...you have lots more experience at that than me, as I already admitted!!

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    Carolyn, PM sent. I'm the one with the matching Universal machine. I'll be pleased to have a manual. Thank you. Judy

    Now to find a manual for the 1978 MW.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    Not too long ago, I posted that I had my Mama's Universal Deluxe Zig Zag Machine, Model KZM although it was stored at my brother's. A board member needed a copy of the manual and my brother finally sent it to me. I tried to find the posts but no luck and I thought we had PM'd, too. So much for my brain power lately!

    If anyone of you need a copy of the manual, I will be glad to make a copy and send it to you. Just PM me!
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    I have a 1923 Singer 99K that I put a handcrank on for my GD and noticed while she was sewing the pressure foot pressure (is that redundant?) was loose. Did the usual visual inspection and when I opened the needle bar cover discovered there is no spring on the pressure bar! So ... does anyone have a spare spring they'd be willing to sell to me? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynn View Post
    Not sure if they're the same, but here's a place you can download the 221k manual!

    http://www.scribd.com/lholzman/d/37299364-222K-Manual

    I tried to download from this site and could not. The site said that I must first log into face book. I am not a member of facebook. Thank you for this suggestion. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Joe, my guess when I first saw that motor was the port is for grease, as in Singer lube. I have a couple of motors that use it, and it just looks so similar. But you use your best judgement...you have lots more experience at that than me, as I already admitted!!
    I asked the same question of another forum member that I've been buying needles from and he sent me a link to a 20s vintage New Home manual. It says use oil. They do look like grease ports but Oil it is.

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