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Welcome, greasegizzard. Now that you have an almost vintage machine, you'll be hunting for more vintage machines like the rest of us. Your reproduction machine is very pretty.
Saw your post in the Davis VF group and am assuming your troublesome pitman is off the "New" Davis VF with the orange decals. Ball bearing can be added if you know the size or possibly trial and error to see what works. The whole rod can be replaced if your fortunate enough to find the part. The tape isn't original equiptment and might be hiding other problems but if it seems to work, best to leave alone. Ball bearing are available online and industrial supplies. Good luck .
Edit--Manual doesn't say what size ball bearings only that it takes 9.
Last edited by jlhmnj; 09-30-2012 at 08:18 PM.
I have mine "disassembled" at the moment, and I can see if I can measure the diameter of the ball bearings in mine if you like. Just estimating I would put them at about 3 mm in diameter.
I am considering adding a second machine, my choices so far are a 1950's era Singer 66-16 or Pfaff 2022,
Will the Singer be belt driven or gear driven? Did Singer make both in the 66-16, I would like the second machine to be functional I like the larger throat area of the singer, like the user friendly Pfaff... any helpful hints for me would be so appreciated!
Jo Anne B.
In this case, I'd go with the 66 - unless I needed the decorative stitches and IDT foot, which is really a nice accessory!
Last edited by BoJangles; 10-01-2012 at 11:16 AM.
If you want a vintage Singer with a gear drive and a large arch you should look for a 201-2 or a 15-91. The 201 has the largest arch of them all, or so I have read. Mine sure looks like it too.
If a belt driven machine with a large arch will work, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Singer 66-16 or -18.
They are all great machines, but the 66s just won't quit sewing. I have 8 of them with the ages from 1913 to 1952 and they all sew great. Very well designed and trouble free. Easy to maintain and if the motor dies they are easy to replace. Or you can treadle it. They are excellent treadle machines too.
I don't know anything about Pfaffs so I can't comment there.
What is an "IDT" foot?