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Thread: Singer 503 in cabinet - help with foot pedal!

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    If any of you have a Singer 503 in a cabinet, I could use your help! I cannot figure out how to attach the knee lever to the cabinet. It looks like it may screw onto the hardware inside the cabinet but a screw was not included with the machine (I bought it used) and I don't see where it would screw in anyway. Any help would be appreciated!

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    Photos would help.

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    Until you find out how to attach the lever, (which may be broken beyond repair) you can just slide the foot control out of the bracket and use it on the floor as a foot control. It slides either straight up or straight down to get it out of the bracket.

    Replacing the entire bracket and knee lever is easy and relatively cheap, but until then, you don't have to be without a machine. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenS
    If any of you have a Singer 503 in a cabinet, I could use your help! I cannot figure out how to attach the knee lever to the cabinet. It looks like it may screw onto the hardware inside the cabinet but a screw was not included with the machine (I bought it used) and I don't see where it would screw in anyway. Any help would be appreciated!
    Is it the factory knee lever that has the foot control slipping into a cradle and the knee lever hitting the button on the controler?

    I have a complete setup for the knee lever sitting in my studio if you need parts of the whole thing.

    Billy

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    Billy, I am not even sure what it is supposed to look like. The pedal fits nicely in the bracket, and the lever hits the button on the pedal. My problem is figuring out how the KNEE LEVER

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    Sorry, I sent that last one by mistake. My problem is trying to attach the KNEE LEVER to the hardware inside the cabinet. I may be missing a part, I don't know. Do you have a photo of what it is supposed to look like?

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    Can you take pictures of the knee lever and the bracket that is attached inside the cabinet? Maybe we can draw on your photos and show you how one fits onto the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenS
    Sorry, I sent that last one by mistake. My problem is trying to attach the KNEE LEVER to the hardware inside the cabinet. I may be missing a part, I don't know. Do you have a photo of what it is supposed to look like?
    I think the the knee lever should SLIDE down into the hardware from the top of the hardware. Does that make sense?

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    Here are a couple pictures, one of the hardware inside the cabinet, and one of the knee lever. I hope someone can let me know if I am missing some parts, or how to attach the lever. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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    On my 503, the control slides into the bracket on the top picture. Hope this makes sense.. If you need me to, I can take a picture if it. I just had surgery on my right hand so I am down to one hand...

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    I'll try to get pictures of how these attach in my cabinets.

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    It should just slide in from the top. Love my knee control

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    The question is how does the knee lever attach to the bracket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    The question is how does the knee lever attach to the bracket?
    AH. I shot some pics.

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    I have 2 different knee controls - I crawled down there and shot a couple pics. maybe you can get some idea from that. DH saw me down there and got a good laugh

    this goes straight across the front - the L shape goes through a couple brackets and the knee control part is rivited on
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    older machine - the knee control is mounted on the front of the cabinet and the foot is on the side - I like this one a lot
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    The first picture looks like one of my knee control set-ups.

    If this is the same as the one she has, then she'll probably have to get the lever riveted back on, won't she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    The first picture looks like one of my knee control set-ups.

    If this is the same as the one she has, then she'll probably have to get the lever riveted back on, won't she?
    maybe a bolt and nut will hold it. Depends on how much it was damaged - it may have to get straightened out if it is bent.

    The second one I showed has really nice action.

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    Well, we can just hope for the best case. :)

    I don't think I've ever seen that second set-up you showed. What kind of cabinet is that in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Well, we can just hope for the best case. :)

    I don't think I've ever seen that second set-up you showed. What kind of cabinet is that in?
    It is an antique Singer 66 cabinet. I LOVE the cabinet and the foot control. The cabinet is made of real wood. The newer (ha) cabinets were particle board with veneer. The newer controls aren't as well made. That one is smooth - very responsive. I like a good knee control. The old nerve ending in my toe are farther from my brain... ahem he he....

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    Did you get it to working?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Did you get it to working?
    No, I have tried everything and it just won't go in. I may be missing a piece, I am not sure. I thought it would just slide in somehow, not have to be "bolted" on.

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