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Thread: Any info on an old 'Electro Hygiene' sewing machine?

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    Super Member MollieSue's Avatar
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    I just got one off freecycle today, and got it all threaded, ready to see if it works - and I do not see any on/power switch anywhere! lol!!!
    Anyone know where it might be?
    It looks like it's really old, is in a case and doesn't look like it can come out of the bottom part.
    I'm hoping I can have this for my grandkids to learn on - if I can get it turned on! lol!!!
    I'd post a picture, but my son has my camera, trying to get it working again.
    Thanks for any help! :D :D

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    If it's like the one on e-bay it probably doesn't have an on/off switch, you just put your pedal to the metal.....did you already try this?

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    Yes, I first plugged it in, and nothing. The bulb socket is bigger than my other two, so I couldn't check to see if the light worked, to see if it was getting power.
    I was able to lift the machine out of the bottom case, and there were two more short cords, with plugs, tucked under the machine! I have no idea where they're suppose to plug in.
    And I think I messed it up where the regular cord and the foot pedal cord go into the machine base. I undid it, and probably shouldn't have.
    I haven't found anything yet on the internet about this machine.

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    does it look like this

    check an see if nob on back is on an off
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    Thanks Dizzy, but no, I think mine looks older, although the belt thingy is inside, not out, like your's. There is one switch up high behind where the light is, but I assumed that was just for the light.
    But now that I've found the other two short unplugged cords tucked under the machine, maybe it's a lost cause, as I have no idea where they plug into.

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    if i'm not mistaken they plug into the back of the machine behind motor.
    an this isn't mine i found it on web sight.Under electric hygiene sewing machine.

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    Thank you Dizzy! I finally remembered my hubby's camera phone, and he took some pictures, and is trying to get them to my computer now... It looks like there's two plug in on the right hand side, but it had a piece of a cardboard type material over them. I pulled that off, and looked like connector thingys fell apart.
    I'll try to get pictures posted.
    Thanks again!

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    Ok, I have some pictures :D
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    From the looks of the plug in box i think it is a little older.Does your motor
    com off like the one in the picture i put on here or is it permanately attiched.

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    No, the motor appears to be all inside.

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    to bad i aint in indiana i'd run up an se if I could help you out but I'm in arkansas an aint got no plans in going that way for awhile.

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    I think that you have to plug those little plugs into a set of outlets that attach to the machine. Is there a foot or knee controller? One of the plugs controls that, the other is either power or the light. I used to run into these at work every now and then. Not the brand, but the type. If you are unable to locate the controller, you need to order one that has the outlets attached.

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    Oh Dizzy, I wish we were closer too!! lol!! I'm about one hour north of Indiana, should you ever get this way!

    Thanks Tink'sMom! That makes sense! But I don't know how the plugs (that were under the machine) could plug into the thingy on the right side, and have the machine still be able to sit in the bottom part of the case? And the thingys that fell apart (that were under the cardboard lid, on the right side) must have been what they were to plug in to. - that's where the plug wires that go to the outlet plug and the foot control wire are attached to. And the cardboard lid only had one plug in hole, in it.
    I am so wishing I had my camera! But I'm guessing this is a lost cause unless I win the Lotto to have it fixed.

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    I had one over twenty years ago that hooked up some what like that I wish i could remember how it was done.I know the foot an the machine plugs into the little outlet plug.then the outlet plug pluges into the wall.well i guess typing it out helped figure it out.Maybe you can figure it out by what I said there.

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    I think you're right, Dizzy.
    The only problem is the wires, or whatever, fell apart, in the little cubby there on the right side - where I think the two plugs plug in to.
    I think I'll have my oldest son see if he can figure out how to put them together again.
    Thanks again!
    :-)

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    ok dear i wish you lots of luck an hope he can fix it for you.

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    Thanks Dizzy! :D

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    Wow This machine I have had for over 43 years and when I go it was several years old. Still sewing on it..............Wonderful.

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    My friend has an Electro Hygiene just like the one you have pictured, but needs a manual, do you know where he can get one?

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    Manuel

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    My friend has an Electro Hygiene just like the one you have pictured, but needs a manual, do you know where he can get one?
    I have a manual. My mother purchased one in 1962, on the advice of my aunt, who was the best seamstress around. They were a popular brand in Ohio. The store that sold them in Youngstown still is in operation, on Market Street. I purchased a carrying case for what is now my machine. Mother had a plant on the cabinet, and as children, we watered it generously. Not that I'll take it anywhere. It weighs a ton. The man told me they are all steel, and I believe it. Even my husband struggles to lift it.

    The guy in Youngstown has all the parts, and can tell you EVERYTHING about them. He didn't have a manual though. Then, I found mine. I have to scan it to send to the guy in Youngstown, so he has a copy.

    Per him, it's better than the majority of things out there, because it is not all plastic. I've read a few things on line, none from people who have worked with them, which are rather condescending. Mine will do some embroidery, and has a variety of stitches. It uses Singer accessories, such as the button hole attachment, and I purchased some presser feet.

    I decided I wanted to learn to sew clothing, not just piecing quilts, so I'm taking it to my lesson on the 16th for the instructor to see. I have an inexpensive older one I picked up at a Mennonite Thrift shop in White Horse (Gap). A sewing machine person in the area goes over all the ones donated as his contribution. So, you can pick up an inexpensive one to learn on, to see if you like it, before investing in something really high end, like a Bernina. I use the inexpensive one to piece. After the man's rave reviews. I thought I might be too inexperienced for the Electro Hygiene and all its options, which, compared to today's machines are not excessive, but they are more than the cheap one I'm using.

    I'll be interested in seeing what the instructor thinks of it. The one I have was the top of the line model, and I know my aunt would not have recommended it had she thought it a poor machine.

    I can give you a copy after I scan it.

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    I have a manual. The shop in Youngstown, OH that sold them there is still in business, on Market Street. They can answer any questions, and they service them.

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    I would appreciate that. Thank you

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