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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    HELP, I was sewing along on my 306k as I had done for two days with no problems and all of a sudden it just won't move. The needle is down and I can't get it back up and the bobbin case isn't turning and it's a mess. We finally got the thing to move after taking the foot off, needle out. It looks like the needle was hitting the bobbin case but it was fine for two days, what happened? My DH has worked on it but hasn't a clue as to what it needs other than he thinks it needs timed. How do we do that? I found a service manual on line but the pics are so dark it's hard to understand what they are saying. I love to sew on this machine but I guess that's over.
    What size needle are you using? The 306 takes a 206 x 13 needle; not the standard 15 x 1.
    I'm using the 206x13, had to order them special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azgal
    Thanks so much for creating this link! Love looking at the old machines. Here's my dilemma: I finally opened the case and looked at a sewing machine that my mother gave me years ago. It's a brother coronado princess-pretty light green color. Know it is not as special as a featherweight but has sentimental value. (Parents owned a Gambles store years ago so that's where it came from.)Oiled it and let it set for 24 hours and dusted it. Read that is what you're supposed to do. Tried it out but it wouldn't "move the material." What can I do? Would the company send me information?
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Check to see if the feed dogs are moving. If they are, are they coming above the needle plate? Is it possible the feed dogs are in the down position? Many Japanese class 15 machines had a knob on the front of the bed for dropping the feed dogs. Then check the pressure on the presser foot to make sure it has enough pressure to hold the fabric down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman

    What size needle are you using? The 306 takes a 206 x 13 needle; not the standard 15 x 1.
    I'm using the 206x13, had to order them special.[/quote]

    Check to make sure the needle is all the way up in the needle bar. It's also possible that the knicks on your bobbin case were put there before you got it--by someone trying to use the 15 x 1 needles. Have you tried to sew on it again since the Unfortunate Event??

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    Does anyone know much bout a Singer 66-? I looked up the serial number and it ssays it was made in 1949. It has all of its parts except for the power cord. I have pm'ed Billy about that. I also need a manual since I have no idea on how to operate it.

    I saw it at a second hand store, and it looked at me and "asked" me to take it home with me, so I did. I hope I have not done something stupid.

    Also what is an average price on thise 301s that everyone keeps talking about? I take it that they are ideal for quilting. Gosh - this is SO contagious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman

    What size needle are you using? The 306 takes a 206 x 13 needle; not the standard 15 x 1.
    I'm using the 206x13, had to order them special.
    Check to make sure the needle is all the way up in the needle bar. It's also possible that the knicks on your bobbin case were put there before you got it--by someone trying to use the 15 x 1 needles. Have you tried to sew on it again since the Unfortunate Event??[/quote]

    Haven't had a chance cause DH is still in there trying to figure out how the hook works. lol I went in just now and looked and when you turn the handwheel, the needle is hitting the bobbin race. I'm wondering if the needle bar has slipped. Actually, at a total loss of what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merle
    I recently purchased a Singer 500a on Ebay. The owner said it has a tension problem that needs to be addressed. Is this easy to do and can I do it myself?
    The upper tension assembly is a cinch to work on and you can do it yourself. Sounds like it is all user error from the former owner, but the disc could be dirty and creating the problem.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    HELP, I was sewing along on my 306k as I had done for two days with no problems and all of a sudden it just won't move. The needle is down and I can't get it back up and the bobbin case isn't turning and it's a mess. We finally got the thing to move after taking the foot off, needle out. It looks like the needle was hitting the bobbin case but it was fine for two days, what happened? My DH has worked on it but hasn't a clue as to what it needs other than he thinks it needs timed. How do we do that? I found a service manual on line but the pics are so dark it's hard to understand what they are saying. I love to sew on this machine but I guess that's over.
    Does it have a cam in it right now?

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by azgal
    Thanks so much for creating this link! Love looking at the old machines. Here's my dilemma: I finally opened the case and looked at a sewing machine that my mother gave me years ago. It's a brother coronado princess-pretty light green color. Know it is not as special as a featherweight but has sentimental value. (Parents owned a Gambles store years ago so that's where it came from.)Oiled it and let it set for 24 hours and dusted it. Read that is what you're supposed to do. Tried it out but it wouldn't "move the material." What can I do? Would the company send me information?
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Is there anyway to lower feed dogs? They might be in the down position or there might be lint under the needle plate keeping it from doing its thing. That is a really nice machine to own and will give you years of service!!

    Billy

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    Yes, it says to use the number 1 cam even when sewing a straight stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty

    should have stuck with the 15 for piecing too ! can't beat those vintage ladies for dependable stitching.
    LOL! This forum is extremely contagious! I have plenty of the 'vintage ladies' and two 'vintage guys' to sew on. I am just afraid to piece on a treadle; but I am going to give it a go! Not with my Mystery Quilt, but with a simple Turning 20 Again patern!

    Nancy

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