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    what is this?

    I found this at a goodwill. What do I have? It has no gears. Help I know it is a 237, but it has a zig-zag stitch, but the foot and feed-dogs are for single.
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    I think I would google singer dealers and try to find one who can recognize the machine by your picture of it.
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    You just change the foot to a zigzag foot for the machine (probably a very standard screw-on foot that is widely available). Not sure what you mean about the feed dogs being for straight stitch? Maybe you mean the stitch plate is for straight stitching? Then you need to purchase the zigzag stitch plate for the machine.

    Chances are good that the zigzag foot and zigzag stitch plate got separated from the machine a long time before the machine was dropped off at Goodwill.

    Edit: Very clean-looking machine! The zigzag stitch selector is clearly visible in the photo. Also any machine that has different needle positions (this one has a center, left and right needle position selector) would have come standard with a zigzag stitch plate.

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    Thanks guys. I'm gonna delve further into this. I had to order the bobbin holder and bobbins and a belt before I can try to use it. I can hardly wait for the parts to arrive. Has not ever been oiled I think. The no gears part is funny looking. Barny Yes I mean the stitch plate.ha

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    Well it's barny again. I went upstairs to look at my ZZ Singer and the needle moves. On this 237 the whole bobbin holder and I guess "crankshaft" like on a car goes back and forth to make the ZZ stitch. Strange! The feed dogs are small and the needle hole is small. Prism it is clean. No oil or anything.

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    You will need a different foot (zigzag) and different feed dog plate for the machine. When new it came with the 2 plates...and a couple of different feet.
    I'm sure you can find them from a Singer Dealer, most of them ship.
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    I had a machine like that. I can't remember if it had a zig zag foot. Great machine.

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    Found this website that might be helpful:
    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/2011/07/do...7-tension.html

    Here's a Youtube video of the zigzag stitch in action. Looks normal to me:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxckBfLbyWs

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    I went to those websites and they are very, very good. Thanks a lot Prism. I need all the help I can get.ha.

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    Congratulations on your purchase.
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    I don't know, but it looks like a nice machine, in good condition!
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    Many things can be said about the Singer Sewing Machine Company but my experience is that they support their products way back to the first sewing machine Eve ever owned. Granted, parts for the really old ones get a little thin on the ground but.... So, I suggest you get on the Internet look up the sewing machine company and either give them a call or email them and find out where their parts and service centers are located. Give them a call or email; tell them the pieces you looking for and for what machine; and they will have your order in your hands in just about a work week.

    If you really get stuck, the ladies and gentlemen in the vintage area of this site are absolutely wizards at finding bits and pieces so you might try them. Good luck and please let us know how it turns out.

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    nice machine! congrats :-)
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    I have a 237, her name is "Mabel", she is a wonderful machine, makes beautiful stitches and purrs like a kitten! Never gives me any trouble, she is such a joy, always smiling at me when I go to my sewing room. She comes with a story. I paid $2.50 for her back in the early 90's. That was when you couldn't hardly give these machines away, actually she was givin to me. A man was asking $5.00 for two old machines at a yardsale, he was loading all the unsold junk to go to the dump. He insisted that I take the machines, then I forced him to take the $5.00. Since then I have divorced, remarried, moved at least ten times, all the while dragging these two machines with me as I go, sometimes cussing as I did so! All of these years I had never even taken the top covers off of these machines. Then about 4 years ago, I needed a motor for my serger. I took the cover from Mabel and it was love at first sight! I never did anything just put a piece of fabric under her to see if she would sew and she's been sewing ever since. Your 237 is truly worth saving and will make you a great backup machine.

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    Thanks mawluv. I already love her. I paid 25$ for her. Husband just looks at me. ha. I have a son that jumps on it to see what it needs and gets on the internet to find the parts.

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    Enjoy the hunt! She looks good and should make you or someone a good machine when you have finished with her.

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    I have this machine.. It is a workhorse. You will need to purchase the plates for the zig zag. Also - winding the bobbin is on the top of the machine, so make sure you wind quite a few before you get into any extended sewing.
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    I bought my 237 at a yard sale for $3 put in a sewing cabinet--I use it more than any of my other sewing machines. Great for sewing heavy duty and the stitch is perfect.

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    My DH says it is powered by CAMS; which is different from today. It should work fine.

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    I inherited an older kenmore. All I have to do is turn the plate for the feed dogs around. Look and see if there is a wider opening on the other end of it and see if you can change it. Plus there are a few sights that sell older machine manuals. That is what I did to know how best to care for my machine.K

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    I have that very machine. We bought it in 1968, the year married and moved to Germany with my hubby. He was in the Air Force. I still have it and love it. It still sewes like a charm. It does zz but you need a different foot. Mine came with a foot for zz that is always what I used. It has 2 plate covers, one for streight , I never have used it, and one for zz.It also has a zipper foot. I still sew on it when I have the brother 8200 and brother 150 doing embroidery. I still love my 237.

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    Thanks everyone, I can hardly wait to get it going. Waiting on a belt and bobbin holder and bobbins. Barny

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I found this at a goodwill. What do I have? It has no gears. Help I know it is a 237, but it has a zig-zag stitch, but the foot and feed-dogs are for single.
    If it sews a good straight stitch, you only need a new foot to accomadate the zig zag. You can get feet at the Singer web site or,like here in my town, at the singer sales and repair shop. That brand was so popular that replacement and add on parts are readily available. I have a 626 that was my first machine and still can get parts and feet. If you can, let your local repairman clean and oil. Some of those machines require a "grease like" stuff in the bottom that they need to put in. It is a good little machine and well worth the effort. Happy sewing!!!

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    That was a very good buy! I'm sure you will love sewing with her.
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    I love my 237, it is currently treadle powered. I use it for quite a bit of my sewing, sometimes I quilt with it too. I paid $20 for mine at a thrift shop.
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