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

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    I just need a new foot pedal I think is all. Where do you get one?
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    QuilterMomma. That is just like my machine I got over the weekend. Don't know where you can get the foot pedal maybe Miriam on this board would have an extra. I also found by google that the machine was made in the 80's but the manual I have is copyrighted 1977. I used it yesterday to straight line quilt and sew the binding on a lap quilt. The machine will sew very fast. So far it seems to be a good machine.
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    It has a nice stitch and does a 1/4" by moving the needle over which is wonderful. I own a Bernina but need a second when Bernina doing embroidery. I have searched the internet so far and not finding anything yet. One close on ebay, but not sure of the usability of it. Still looking. I am going to go to the repair shop here and see if he has one on hand. If not, well, onto the next idea with a machine. The other two i have are in cabinets and hard to store at my office to sew on. May end up doing that at this point. This machine has more sentimental value than anything. It just looks old I suppose is why I thought from the 50-60s. I do not collect old sewing machines, I just seem to inherit them. I do have a singer in a cabinet, I am going to look it up to see its value. it runs as well. My mom got it at a garage sale for $25 and I know it is more than that. I will be watching these threads to see how to clean them up and keep them running. Heck, I may learn something so when my Gammill needs some repair work I will be ready on the spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Here is one of the most beautiful Mission style treadle cabinets I have EVER seen!! And Mission is my favorite style of them all. Boy...I know it's gonna go for big bucks and it's way on the wrong side of the US for me.
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    that cabinet is just gorgeous!!!! the machine is nice also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    QuilterMomma. That is just like my machine I got over the weekend. Don't know where you can get the foot pedal maybe Miriam on this board would have an extra. I also found by google that the machine was made in the 80's but the manual I have is copyrighted 1977. I used it yesterday to straight line quilt and sew the binding on a lap quilt. The machine will sew very fast. So far it seems to be a good machine.
    I might have an old one on hand - you can treadle those Merritt machines
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    QuilterMomma,

    You can get new foot controllers at Sew-Classic.com http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ .
    They are not that expensive and they are easy to install.

    Joe

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    Joe, Jon, Candace, Kathy or anyone. I need some help. I am terrified of electrics. I was happilly sewing along with my 301 at church this evening. There was a pop and sparks or a large spark flew from the side of the machine. One of the wires going into the plug that connects to the 3 pin dodad on the machine was burned. I had to switch to a 1984 New Home. When I got home, I took the plug apart. No solder - that's good - no worse than a lamp or vacuum cleaner. But, oh, oh, there are three brass teminals and four wires. The two wires coming from the foot control were on the same pin and were even touching. That is not the wire that blew. It was one of the ones to the wall plug. So, my question is: Do I put the two wires on ome terminal like they were? I can cut off the burned area and strip off the covering. That I've done with other appliances, but I'm confused about four wires with three spots. The cord and foot pedal were supposed to be new when I purchased the machine 1 1/2 years ago. I'm not so sure about that.

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    Miriam, could you check for me please if you have one? I can take a full picture of it. The connector on it has the light and motor plug with it. It is not a three prong.

    Joe, I checked that site out and the pedals are not what I have. I am not sure if I could cross one over or not. I would have to take the one apart to see if it does. I will also check here in town if they might have one. FOr being a larger city, they lack in sewing machine dealers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Joe, Jon, Candace, Kathy or anyone. I need some help. I am terrified of electrics. I was happilly sewing along with my 301 at church this evening. There was a pop and sparks or a large spark flew from the side of the machine. One of the wires going into the plug that connects to the 3 pin dodad on the machine was burned. I had to switch to a 1984 New Home. When I got home, I took the plug apart. No solder - that's good - no worse than a lamp or vacuum cleaner. But, oh, oh, there are three brass teminals and four wires. The two wires coming from the foot control were on the same pin and were even touching. That is not the wire that blew. It was one of the ones to the wall plug. So, my question is: Do I put the two wires on ome terminal like they were? I can cut off the burned area and strip off the covering. That I've done with other appliances, but I'm confused about four wires with three spots. The cord and foot pedal were supposed to be new when I purchased the machine 1 1/2 years ago. I'm not so sure about that.

    Rose, could you post photos? I would not want to give you advice unless I was sure of what you're trying to fix, especially with electrical involved. And if it's not an original Singer pedal and cord, since you say it's new, I would say a few photos are needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Candace, thanks for the information. I will have to check them out later for the feeet or screws. Barring that, I'll see what can be done for a case if she doesn't want the cabinet.
    Just know that the cases can cost more than the machine or cabinet!

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