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

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    Grant, thanks for that info!! I don't think this machine was used much...there's no pin rash on the bed! Right now, I'm fighting with the tension, and the bobbin is a bear to get to...might as well not have a slide plate!
    Any ideas of what the lever above the stitch width adjuster does?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Grant, thanks for that info!! I don't think this machine was used much...there's no pin rash on the bed! Right now, I'm fighting with the tension, and the bobbin is a bear to get to...might as well not have a slide plate!
    Any ideas of what the lever above the stitch width adjuster does?
    That is the needle L-R-C selector. It also gives it some different stitches in the Left and Right position when using ZZ. The little knobs next to the width control are adjustable to regulate widths. There is also a release for those little stops on the knobs themselves. Cool design. Be careful of the feed dog drop. if it is frozen don't force it. It is under the length control. If you have trouble with that message me.
    The slide plate, HA!!! you have to wonder why they bothered. It is a 90 degree turn and doesn't allow you to access to the bobbin.
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    Grant,

    I do hope that machine has enough positive attributes that cancel out the bobbin fiasco. That is the STUPIDEST Rube Goldberg design I've seen to date for a bobbin case / slide cover set up.

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    Thanks Grant! I'll play with it a bit when I get home from work tonight! The feed dogs drop easily, no issues there...

    As for that slideplate/bobbin thing? *SNORK* What a joke! LOL!! Joe, the machine is a neat one, just have to tip it to get to the bobbin...not that big of a deal...
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    Oh Joe, that is a pretty wacky way to do things. You do have to tilt up the machine to change bobbins on it. Even dainty fingers can't make it around that corner to get it out. I think some Pfaff's are that way too, or very similar to it. Maybe it is a German thing. As a sewing machine, it does more than make up for that though. I say that if you see one, grab it!
    One thing though Charlee, The bobbin winder on the two that I knew had a different bobbin winder setup than yours does, but it is hard to tell. I am attaching a pic of a friends gorgeous Free Westinghouse machine. It shows the bobbin winder pretty well. Is yours like this one? It is hard to see in your pic.
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    What can you tell me about a Singer 348? Is it one that would be good to get? My hubby found one and I'm wondering if It's one that I would want to buy? I don't want one of those plastic or nylon gears machines. Thanks.

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    Janis,

    I have a Singer 328 and a 338. Both have all metal gears. Tell your hubby to take a screwdriver and "inspect" the machine by removing the top if the seller will let him. I "think" it should have metal gears. But I'm not positive.

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    Grant, mine is not quite like that one....I'll get a better photo for you when I get home from work tonight!
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    Joe, I just googled the Singer 348 and found bunch of u-tubes on it. The first one, although I didn't watch it as I have dial-up, said that it takes flat cams and is all metal. I just might have to go and look at it. It comes in a cabinet, and all of my machines to date are all portables. I at least want to see it. Will let you know what I find out.....
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    I believe that Singers used metal gears up to model 620 (or so). After 621 (or so) they are plastic gears. This should be a metal gear machine.
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