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

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    anybody know what model it is? No markings except White. I can't seem to find one like in from pictures on line.
    It is a very nice machine - my only gripe is the stitch length is small on straight stitch - zig zag is like a normal Japanese from the era stitch width and length. It is missing the disks - anybody have any ideas?
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    Take the top off and make sure that the stitch length knob is actually moving the inside the machine and adjusting there. I had one that had sort of frozen up, but with a little oil, and working the reverse button and such, it got easier.


    Makitmama, if you are a part of the yahoo group for old singers, you can upload the 227 manual there and others can see it as well. I usually search for a free one for the machines I rescue, because the dollars are limited everywhere, and I like to see if there is anything particular or special about them.
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    Hi Everybody, I'm new because of a Minnesota L I couldn't resist making an offer on. Then I found a video on cleaning it up. I can't begin to tell you how much fun that is proving to be. Really! Who would have thought that I could take crappy gummy old metal polish it up and sew with it again.

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    Welcome HelenAnn - we do all kinds of clean up on gummy rusty dirty sewing machines

    Melinda. It appears to move freely and all the way on either side. I don't understand it myself. That is one clean machine. Like I said it does a very nice large zz stitch width and length - I'm just not thinking the ss is as long as a usual Japanese machine's ss should be. Would you happen to know what model and what the disks it would take? Manual? I made a post in case more people read than here.
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    Somewhere between the knob & where it connects to the feed dog mechanism (usually closer to the knob), there is probably an eccentric that controls the stitch length. It will look like a normal screw head & you'll more than likely have to loosen a nut to turn it. Loosen the nut just enough to turn it a little, tighten & check your stitches.

    I just adjusted the stitch length on a Kenmore 158 series machine & that was the set up on it. I first turned the dial to the longest stitch (6 spi on mine)...moved the eccentric a bit at a time & kept checking the length. When I was getting a perfect 6 stitches, I turned the dial to 0 to make sure that the fabric wasn't moving. Actually, I was stitching on paper (without thread)....it was easier to check the holes to count the stitches & make sure it was stitching in the same hole on 0.

    If you can find a blown up picture of any White mechanism of the same era, it'll help you locate it. The eccentric was just called an adjuster on my Kenmore. It was easy to find a parts blow-up for mine though... I just checked Sears Parts Direct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    Somewhere between the knob & where it connects to the feed dog mechanism (usually closer to the knob), there is probably an eccentric that controls the stitch length. It will look like a normal screw head & you'll more than likely have to loosen a nut to turn it. Loosen the nut just enough to turn it a little, tighten & check your stitches.

    I just adjusted the stitch length on a Kenmore 158 series machine & that was the set up on it. I first turned the dial to the longest stitch (6 spi on mine)...moved the eccentric a bit at a time & kept checking the length. When I was getting a perfect 6 stitches, I turned the dial to 0 to make sure that the fabric wasn't moving. Actually, I was stitching on paper (without thread)....it was easier to check the holes to count the stitches & make sure it was stitching in the same hole on 0.
    Why would the zz be a perfect length but not the ss?
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    My mother bought that machine in a cabinet somewhere around 1953. It was her pride and joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    My mother bought that machine in a cabinet somewhere around 1953. It was her pride and joy.
    Mine? I can see why - do you know anything about it??? I think it is a great machine. I love the look. BUT that machine sews very nice too - imagine that!
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    Yes, the White. It sat in front of the picture window when I was a teenager. I often found my mother waiting there for me to come home from school. She was good at sewing, but not at interpreting the directions on patterns and I had a way of picking complicated ones. No, I don't know anything about it.

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    I've looked all over for some idea what model that one is. I can't find it. I wish I had the disks, too - I'm thinking they are multi colored and shaped inside the post is not straight - or it takes a flat disk
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