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

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    Senior Member KenmoreRulesAll's Avatar
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    Linda and Steve, thanks for the information and that video is a really good intro to these machines. Amazingly quiet and so simple to operate, even at the end of a chain where you cut the tail on top. I'm interested in the automatic tensioner and am wondering how it adjusts automatically. I assume there's a vertical mechanism...? And the underside of the stitch is beautifully done.

    I too have purchased a machine where someone recently died. It was sad at first but I knew that I was helping him out so I was happy to buy it and I wished them all well. It's strange that I valued the machine more than they did, as I didn't know her; their mother had treated it so lovingly and it seemed to me that they considered the machine merely an item to be rid of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    ...so I am also looking for a manual.
    I sent you a PM. I have a copy that I can share.

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    I just won a New Home with only a clamp screw that's a W&G chainstitch clone. Are there free downloads on ISMAC for the manual?
    Jim

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    quote by __________ I forget who.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I sent you a PM. I have a copy that I can share.
    thanks Steve, I just sent you an email. I did find a great chart for where to oil. It is beginning to move a little more. I figure another day in the sun will help. Also, I need to replace the belt or tighten it. It actually doesn't look to be in too bad of shape but it is certainly stretched out.

    Linda

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    What if I got oil in the automatic tensioner?

    Linda

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
    [John Newton (1725-1807)]

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    Hello. I'm hoping you or someone here can help me locate a part for my Singer Model 31-15 treadle machine. My best friend gave me her grandmother's machine. It's missing just a few parts, most of which I've been able to locate. But the one that eludes me is the table leaf support. It's a curved and tapered metal bracket which attaches to the leaf. When the leaf is raised, the tip with a notch hooks to the iron leg. I see them on one drawer extension tables. My table has a leaf to the left, and one to the back. If you know where I can find one, I would be eternally grateful. Thanks. Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by annwinters99 View Post
    Hello. I'm hoping you or someone here can help me locate a part for my Singer Model 31-15 treadle machine. My best friend gave me her grandmother's machine. It's missing just a few parts, most of which I've been able to locate. But the one that eludes me is the table leaf support. It's a curved and tapered metal bracket which attaches to the leaf. When the leaf is raised, the tip with a notch hooks to the iron leg. I see them on one drawer extension tables. My table has a leaf to the left, and one to the back. If you know where I can find one, I would be eternally grateful. Thanks. Ann
    this is the part that you need, isn't it ? this came from THIS FORUM .

    just in case, here's the MANUAL FOR YOUR REFERENCE
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    Nothing like that in my horde. You may have to go on Ebay for that one.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Linda,

    The auto tensioner has leather inside. This is damaged by oil.

    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    What if I got oil in the automatic tensioner?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    You were right Steve, overnight loosened everything and my newly acquired W&G is purring like a kitten. Yippeeee!

    Linda

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