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

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    Chris,
    It sounds like you have something threaded wrong. Now you have threads all caught up in the bobbin case. You need to do a bit of surgery to untangle it all. Remove the needle plate and clear all the threads. After you get it all put back together, never turn the hand wheel backwards, that helps to cause thread jams.
    The bobbin goes in with the thread going around to the left. Needle goes in with the flat to the right.
    Here's a diagram to thread the top of the machine, scroll down the page until you find your model.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...g-machine.html
    I hope this helps.
    Sharon W.
    Singer 99K,66-1,201,15-90,237 and several featherweights and 301's
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    Chris the first thing I would do is remove the bobbin plate and needle plate, which means you will have to remove the needle if it is stuck in the hook/race area! Cut all the thread out you can and get a flashlight and look for a thread caught in there somewhere! I had the same issue with a FW - it had a long hair wound around and around the hook/race. Everything was frozen up solid until I oiled and oiled and finally got that hair - along with some thread out! Look from the top and look from the bottom. You are sure the needle was in correctly and tightened? If the culprit is not a thread jam, you may have a timing issue - but, those 66's were such great machines I don't see the timing as a problem. I bet it is a thread caught in or around the race that you haven't seen yet!

    Nancy

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    Since all of you people are so good at problem solving, maybe you can tell me where I can download a free manual for this new $5.00 machine I just picked up at a Church Garage Sale. I took it over to my daughters today to try it out. It works great and the motor is so quiet. It's a Japaneese clone and weights a TON! It didn't come with any feet other than what wa on the machine. Yet for the dollars, it was worth it. She wants Mom to teach her how to quilt. I never thought I would hear that from the gal who just never had time. LOL Any help would make me happy. Thanks a lot. This sight is great. Seeing all your machines and finds. The refurbishing and all the great instructions. I even ordered Tri-flow for oiling. It seems like your becoming part of my family. LOL
    Thank You, Claudia

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    So frustrating just drove hour and a half to pick up featherweight i bought off craigslist and seller didnt show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    So frustrating just drove hour and a half to pick up featherweight i bought off craigslist and seller didnt show up.
    that's my worst fear - I always get their cell number and check before I leave.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Well, Nancy, it looks like you'll get it working and that's all that counts. I suspect there was a misconnect to your sewing machine repair guy via email. I would think he just didn't understand the question or what exactly had been done to the wiring. I read a post or two on the vintage Pfaff group that a few others have discovered a Pfaff wired differently, like yours. So, the cabinet suppliers or someone else in the food chain adapted them for the cabinets they were in. Finding just a cord will be very expensive. It's probably more cost effective to buy another machine. Maybe the 360 etc. with the original cord and then share between the two. Just make sure the outlet/cord on the 360 is the same. Some aren't. So, not to enable you, but that's the route I'd go if I just had to have the original cord:>
    Well Candace since I seem to have a soft spot for Pfaff's I will probably find one with an adaptable cord one day, but that is not what is important to me. I just want to be able to use this one now. I think the repair guy totally understood what I asked him. I just asked him what the wonky looking right side to the plug was for. He was right and so were you - it controls the foot pedal! I have no doubt about that now that Rod wired a regular Pfaff foot pedal to the knee control plug. It ran all the time like the repair guy said it would! I know the foot pedal is configured a little different than the older knee pedal, but it baffles both DH and I as to why one works right and one continually runs - you'd think both the knee control and the foot pedal would act the same when wired to the same cord? Rod thinks the new Pfaff foot pedal is bad. I don't know, I just know the machine did exactly what the repair guy said it would with a foot pedal wired in without the second part of the plug being used.

    As soon as he can, I want Rod to put the original knee control back on the machine - it worked - don't know why - but, it worked just fine with just the left side of the plug!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudiak@wiktel.com View Post
    Since all of you people are so good at problem solving, maybe you can tell me where I can download a free manual for this new $5.00 machine I just picked up at a Church Garage Sale. I took it over to my daughters today to try it out. It works great and the motor is so quiet. It's a Japaneese clone and weights a TON! It didn't come with any feet other than what wa on the machine. Yet for the dollars, it was worth it. She wants Mom to teach her how to quilt. I never thought I would hear that from the gal who just never had time. LOL Any help would make me happy. Thanks a lot. This sight is great. Seeing all your machines and finds. The refurbishing and all the great instructions. I even ordered Tri-flow for oiling. It seems like your becoming part of my family. LOL
    Thank You, Claudia

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    Claudia, what a steal and what a nice looking machine! Great buy!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    So frustrating just drove hour and a half to pick up featherweight i bought off craigslist and seller didnt show up.
    Oh no, did you keep a number or some way to get a hold of the person? You didn't pay for the machine yet did you?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudiak@wiktel.com View Post
    Since all of you people are so good at problem solving, maybe you can tell me where I can download a free manual for this new $5.00 machine I just picked up at a Church Garage Sale. I took it over to my daughters today to try it out. It works great and the motor is so quiet. It's a Japaneese clone and weights a TON! It didn't come with any feet other than what wa on the machine. Yet for the dollars, it was worth it. She wants Mom to teach her how to quilt. I never thought I would hear that from the gal who just never had time. LOL Any help would make me happy. Thanks a lot. This sight is great. Seeing all your machines and finds. The refurbishing and all the great instructions. I even ordered Tri-flow for oiling. It seems like your becoming part of my family. LOL
    Thank You, Claudia

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    Very pretty, not a 15 clone but a Japanese machine. Any low shank attachments should fit. I don't know about a manual. I would go from the tension and it's spring to that bar to the the left of the tension and then up to the take up lever and back down through the thread guides to the needle. Needle probably goes flat side to toward the machine - threads left to right. Bobbin is like any class 15 bobbin case I'm guessing. Do all the knobs turn? Reverse work? Usually those are what I find hardest to get going. Does that panel on the top next to the balance wheel lift to wind bobbins or does it hold disks? Looks like the feed dogs can lower for free motion.
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    Yes Miriam, that is a bobbin winder in the top. Yes, I've sewed with it and it wasn't a problem to thread. Just wanted a manual to find out about the knob that's around the reverse button. I was trying to find where the stitch length is. It's not the push button and turn knob next to it. So it has to be that knob, but it's stuck. Or someone tightened it too much, OR it might just be stationary. Who know? This machine is called a Universal De Lux.
    Claudia

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