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Thread: Cams on an old Singer

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    I don't have a fancy schmancy new computerized machine. I still use my trusty little singer. I got it from my ex-MIL about 15 years ago. She had it reconditioned and gave me the manual. But I have moved 3 times since then and I can't find the manual.

    Last night I decided to try some of the different stitches. I must have been doing something wrong. But I would think that if you left the settings the same and changed the cam that it would be different. But with each of 5 cams, I pretty much only got a zigzag.

    Is anyone familiar with cams?

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    i think if you go to the singer site, you may be able to download the manuel.... orrrrrr if theres a CONTACT US area. email them......... good luck. let us know how it went

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    Some of the special stitches with the cams need different settings. Needle position, width, ect.

    Do a search for manuals for your exact machine and you should be able to find it online. I did for mine. I have a Singer 1030 and it uses cams also. Below is where I got mine from. I downloaded and printed it out. It is a good place to start. Had loads of other information also. I oil and clean my own machines instead of taking them in. I have an older Singer that has to be oiled.......my 1030 doesn't.

    http://www.sewconsult.com/singer_ins...on_manuals.htm

    Hope it helps,

    Linda D.

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    Thanks. I have kept trying to get into the Singer website, but it freezes up on me every time.

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    Can you locate the model number on the Singer?......I have one with cams and I do have a manual. If your machine and mine match up, maybe I can send you information from the manual .

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    I will check it when I get home.

    Thanks! :D

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    I couldn't find anything on the machine. The box that holds the presser feet and cams says Singer 600 series. I think it's a 630, but here is a pic with it in the background.
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    Ok......you have a Touch and Sew. I have a 648 Touch and Sew. Look right under the red Singer emblem on the front and it should give you the number of the machine. Once we get that we can find your manual for you online for anywhere between ten and 20dollars......but it is worth it. If it is the same number as mine I'll help you out.

    Linda D.

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    http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine...ion_Manual.htm

    That's the one, I do believe:

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    I love your heart squares.

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    Nope, I found it. It is a Singer 600. Mine doesn't have the knob on the bottom right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    I love your heart squares.
    Thanks. I ran out of fusible web, so I hadn't finished them at the time. I have done a little more work on them now. I have finished putting the rest of the unfinished heart on and stiched them down with gold thread. I will post a new pic when I finish it.

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    Yep you're right......sorry about that! I see Susan found the right manual link for you! That's great, now you can get what you need for it.

    Happy sewing! :D
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    Thanks for the link to sewing machine manuels. I lost mine in a move somewhere. Contacted Sears and they wanted $49.95 plus shipping for one. This is much better. Thank you again.

    Debbie

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    If it's like the Sears I had with cams, you need to tighten the stitch length to nearly nothing, and leave it fairly wide. I used to practice on the tearaway (you are using stabilizer, right?). Adjust width back down, til you get the look you want.

    Once I had the perfect setting, I would write the settings on the sample, and add it toa sheet I kept in the cam box.

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    Good gosh
    Those heart squares are
    absolutely beautiful.
    Were they hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009
    Good gosh
    Those heart squares are
    absolutely beautiful.
    Were they hard.
    Not at all. The squares are two pieces stitched up the middle, then two heart pieces ironed on with fusible web and then later (after this picture) stitched down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    If it's like the Sears I had with cams, you need to tighten the stitch length to nearly nothing, and leave it fairly wide. I used to practice on the tearaway (you are using stabilizer, right?). Adjust width back down, til you get the look you want.

    Once I had the perfect setting, I would write the settings on the sample, and add it toa sheet I kept in the cam box.
    I wasn't using stabilizer, just a piece of fabric folded in half. But I will play around some more with it. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    If it's like the Sears I had with cams, you need to tighten the stitch length to nearly nothing, and leave it fairly wide. I used to practice on the tearaway (you are using stabilizer, right?). Adjust width back down, til you get the look you want.

    Once I had the perfect setting, I would write the settings on the sample, and add it toa sheet I kept in the cam box.
    I haven't ordered a manual yet. I have thought of a couple more places to look first. But in the meantime, I tried what you suggested about the stitch length and it did make a difference. But I still am not seeing any difference when I change cams.. ??

    I am not familiar with stabilizer, since I have never tried any of these fancy stitches before. What is it for and does it go on the front and get torn off or on the back?

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    I have 2 of the Touch n Sew - one is the Golden, one is greyish. No problem using the cams. These are great machines - I am not sure if I will ever part with the. When I was in HIGHSCHOOL I bought the Golden - my Mom bought the other. Good Gried - it has been a looooooooooooong time!

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