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

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    Joe, I'm of no help, but here is a <<hug>>. Sometimes these vintage machines just have a mind of their own.

    As to that link, were you referring to one of Miriam's posts. I believe in one of those threads that she started are numerous links to very helpful sites.

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    vintagemotif,

    Thanks, I'll contact Miriam and see if she'll give me the link to it.

    Joe

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    http://www.tfsr.org/ is this it?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Well Nancy and everyone, We just joined the 306 club again for the 3rd. time. We bought a black 306 today with button holder, zig zagger, a dozen bobbins and the little black cams. The machine sews great but what I want to know is were you able to date yours. The serial number for this one is W1505855. It is a 306W. The bobbin case has the cut out like the 306K. Bought all for 20.00. Didn't take the cabinet it was trash. Yesterday Hubby bought a 99K with the box of attachments and he got it sewing too. You all think you have the bug but, I think he has you all beat.
    Congratulations Trish - three 306's Wow. The serial number for my 306w is W1534711, so your new one is a little older! The W's were lost records, but I read somewhere the 319 was only made between 1955 and 57, the 306 until 1959? Anyway, we will never have the exact dates of manufacture on these machines, but they are sometime in the early to mid 50's I think.

    Candace, I did get my open bobbin case in the mail today! My 306w sews perfectly so it was not re-timed for 15x1 needles. I don't know why all those 15x1 needles were with the machine!

    Trish and Candace, I have cleaned and oiled this machine - it does all the stitches that were standard to this machine when purchased, but I can't get the lever on the top of the bight control knob that moves the needleName:  Singer 306w.JPG
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Size:  1.31 MB position to move? Mine seems to be frozen in place? I have tried everything I can think of to try and move the top lever - no go? What is the secret? My 319w moves very easily!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Congratulations Trish - three 306's Wow. The serial number for my 306w is W1534711, so your new one is a little older! The W's were lost records, but I read somewhere the 319 was only made between 1955 and 57, the 306 until 1959? Anyway, we will never have the exact dates of manufacture on these machines, but they are sometime in the early to mid 50's I think.

    Candace, I did get my open bobbin case in the mail today! My 306w sews perfectly so it was not re-timed for 15x1 needles. I don't know why all those 15x1 needles were with the machine!

    Trish and Candace, I have cleaned and oiled this machine - it does all the stitches that were standard to this machine when purchased, but I can't get the lever on the top of the bight control knob that moves the needleName:  Singer 306w.JPG
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Size:  1.31 MB position to move? Mine seems to be frozen in place? I have tried everything I can think of to try and move the top lever - no go? What is the secret? My 319w moves very easily!

    Nancy
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    Miriam,

    Thanks for the links. I have the TSFR site bookmarked. I'll give them another read through. Maybe something will show.

    All I know is without us changing anything it just suddenly started sewing all wrong.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Since I am a fair hand at running a power saw of any kind, my DH insisted that our boys learn to sew. Any boys that end up helpers to him have to learn to sew before he lets them use a saw. My youngest son has done quite a bit of sewing and is looking at starting some thing up with some sewing as a business. You can always have them do dot to dot or some mazes - good for hand eye mumbo jumbo too.
    Miriam that is great that your DH required your boys to learn to sew! He must be quite a man! I wish more guys would take up sewing so at least someone in the family could sew if they had to! My Dad knew how to sew, and so does my DH! DH learned with the grandkids out of necessity - I couldn't be with 7 boys all at once - and they jam machines a lot or break threads or something! It keeps you hopping for sure!

    I love the red machine. I have decided if I don't find a red one, I will find a really crappy looking FW and have it painted red!

    Nancy
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    Janice, what a nice photo! What a great way to spend the day too!

    Laura, very cute little machine! Did you get the shuttle? That might be hard to find?

    Joe, I wish I could help you, but I am still trying to figure out why my 306w's bight control lever is frozen - and, I am still trying to unfreeze the 201-2 I got the other day! Good luck, you will figure it out - just take a break for a while!

    Monica, you are actually doing it aren't you? I am impressed. I am not sure I'd even want to venture in that territory. I can't wait to hear your results - whether you think it was worth all the work in the end or not!
    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Chris, by long bed, you must mean you have a black featherweight. They didn't come in a 'long bed' and 'short bed' like a 301 does. The black FW's all have the same length bed, and the white/light green ones all have a short bed. I don't have a tan one, but I think the tan/beige one was always a longer bed like the black FW's, but each color was what it was - there was no choice of a long or short bed. There was a free arm, though, in black.

    Your needle not moving could be that the bobbin case is not set correctly for the grove (position finger) in the throat plate. It could also be that the hook/race/bobbin casing have some thread caught in there. Those FW's were made so precise - so small - there is no room for a thread, lint, anything to interfere with the action of the machine. Even one thread caught in and around the hook/race can freeze those machines. They are very easy to care for yourself - just get a flash light and start hunting. Don't force anything. Sometimes you can soak the bobbin area in oil and if there is a thread caught you can then get it out. I have 'unstuck' several FW's that just needed a very good cleaning!

    Nancy
    nancy; Pretty sure the seller lied when he said he sewed with this machine. It was filithy under the needle plate (like enver been cleaned) and I think there's a problem with the bobbin case. It's complete but moves freely on it's own. Also the needle doesn't move period. Pulled off face plate and oiled everything well then unscrewed top but the spool pin, cleaned out orange colored gunk and oiled some more. Gotta admit I'm stumped but figured I'll let it sit overnite with oil and try in the morning. For what DH paid, everything should move at least. I can clean dirt but this not moving has me puzzled. It is super clean in the area behind the face plate but most other areas were dirty so am wondering why clean there but dirty elsewhere.
    FYI: When I pulled off the top cover piece, the shaft there didn't move at all but the handwheel moves freely. I generously applied more oil in there after cleaning out the gunk.

    Am open to all suggestions. Chris
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