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miriam 10-22-2011 01:45 PM

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I've heard a lot about the Singer 319 and have been watching for one for a very long time. Well, I brought one home yesterday. I took her to my shop today and worked for a few hours. Let me introduce you.

Her home - very nice cabinet in excellent shape
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her back side
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down under
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miriam 10-22-2011 01:48 PM

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DH examined her electric system and decided to pull it all off. Wires are bare and dangling. Not safe by any means.

we took pictures here and there so we know how she should go back together - DH also drew a diagram of how it should look for re-assembly
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miriam 10-22-2011 01:51 PM

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The top of the machines insides - she changes stitch design by flipping these levers. Well, maybe some day she will...

these go around some internal black disks - the mechanism is actually outside the machine (behind the light) The lever on the front rides the disk in the front and can be changed if you have disks
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Candace 10-22-2011 01:53 PM

Mine was in the same shape and is happily sewing away now...actually yours may be in bit better condition than mine is. I have some paint chips on mine.

miriam 10-22-2011 01:54 PM

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I used Kerosene and some Dawn to clean

just cleaning up the throat plate with an eyelash brush - I bet a pipe cleaner would work - the foot and screw and needle are already cleaned. I cleaned goo off and saved the needle since it takes an odd size
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The bobbin area was VERY gummy - not a lot of lint though. I probably spent an hour cleaning this one. I was lucky this one has the bobbin case - right now for the life of me I can't remember where I put it...
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miriam 10-22-2011 01:59 PM

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I used a lot of paper towels and Dawn to clean and lots and lots of kerosene. I applied the kerosene with a brush. I kept going over and over it.

very dirty - it seems like someone must have sprayed something in there - it was coated but good. Nooks and crannies collected full of it. I losened the part that holds the shuttle in place but decided not to remove the shuttle. Since I loosened it I could clean pretty well. I turned it every direction - took a lot of time since it was VERY gunky.
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mtnative 10-22-2011 02:04 PM

I am looking forward to seeing her when you have her all cleaned up and back together.

miriam 10-22-2011 02:05 PM

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I cleaned up the bottom of the machine.

This took some time and I alternated with Dawn and kerosene - lost some bits of paint - bummer - this brown stuff was like a varnish on there
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I think it is as good as it gets short of some good oil - I had to get DH home quick due to wasp sting so the rest of the clean up will wait until another time
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miriam 10-22-2011 02:09 PM

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I also worked on the front and top insides a little bit

I'm not exactly sure how to clean the badge with out ruining it. I cleaned around it and the stitch length. I pulled off the bobbin winder guide - it was horrid
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She is clean but no motor. I should have left off the spool holder so you could see the zig zag - I think part of it is next to the foot lever. I haven't touched the top plate so it is still covered in gunk. The belt is shot.
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miriam 10-22-2011 02:14 PM

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Oops I should have shown these before I shot the front and back...

grease pots full of hardened grease
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looks a lot better cleaned out - I need to refill the pot soon
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miriam 10-22-2011 02:22 PM

I still have a lot to do. I didn't even look at the tension or the stitch knob thingy. The black disks on the top turn but they don't make it zig or zag. I'm thinking about using a bit of heat from the hair dryer to see if it will move. I'm reluctant to use any penetrating oil because everything is painted. I didn't take an old tooth brush along so couldn't scrub corners very well. The stitch length doesn't seem to budge. The motor will be torn down and cleaned. Then DH promises to rewire the whole mess. At least the cabinet is pretty...
DH is ok but sore from the wasp bite.

miriam 10-22-2011 02:24 PM


Originally Posted by Candace
Mine was in the same shape and is happily sewing away now...actually yours may be in bit better condition than mine is. I have some paint chips on mine.

She does have a nice body. No nicks or big scratches. I hope I don't inflict any on her.

sueisallaboutquilts 10-22-2011 02:42 PM

You did a really nice job!!!!! Pretty machine.
I use silver cleaner on my badges and they shine up really nicely.

ladypetite 10-22-2011 02:51 PM

Wow! Hope you will be thrilled with her for years to come.

Candace 10-22-2011 03:12 PM

Are you sure thats's a 206 x 13 needle, Miriam? Your photo is a bit blurry, but it may not be. Lots of people stuck regular needles in these. Check your bobbin case. If it's all nicked up, chances are that's not the correct needle. Or at least it's really dull probably needs replacing anyway. I order mine online.

mommessy 10-22-2011 03:14 PM

I recently sold a black one and now I regret it!

miriam 10-22-2011 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by Candace
Are you sure thats's a 206 x 13 needle, Miriam? Your photo is a bit blurry, but it may not be. Lots of people stuck regular needles in these. Check your bobbin case. If it's all nicked up, chances are that's not the correct needle. Or at least it's really dull probably needs replacing anyway. I order mine online.

I have no idea if it is the correct needle. I saved it anyway. I wish I knew where I put the bobbin case. DUH. I know it had one. I should probably buy a life time supply of the needles right now I think I'll wait to see if the zig zag thing ever moves...

vintagemotif 10-22-2011 03:30 PM

Very NICE! You did an excellent job cleaning. You should put this in a treadle.

Charlee 10-22-2011 03:31 PM

Very nice!! :)

miriam 10-22-2011 03:34 PM


Originally Posted by vintagemotif
Very NICE! You did an excellent job cleaning. You should put this in a treadle.

I might have to if DH doesn't have time to do the wiring. I just have to have a frame/table - I have an empty treadle base. I guess I could just hold a flash light up while I treadle away. Did you notice the belt on the inside??? It had a motor and a belt outside then the other belt inside. Very curious machine. The wonders of how zig zag evolved...

craftybear 10-22-2011 03:44 PM

wow, wow, will be great when you get the machine all cleaned up

Mona Lisa 2011 10-22-2011 04:01 PM

Did you get an owner manual? That would help a lot. Check "SINGER" on line and see if you can get one.

miriam 10-22-2011 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by Mona Lisa 2011
Did you get an owner manual? That would help a lot. Check "SINGER" on line and see if you can get one.

Yes I found one at Ismacs and I printed it on both sides. Stood there for an hour printing out over 100 pages. I found a service manual too but I haven't printed it out yet. http://parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/306W25.pdf
It is for Singer Swing needle includes several machines.

The nice thing about printing out a manual is you can photo copy and make all the notes you want on a project, then fix up your notes so you can read them later.

vintagemotif 10-22-2011 04:24 PM


Originally Posted by miriam

Originally Posted by vintagemotif
Very NICE! You did an excellent job cleaning. You should put this in a treadle.

I might have to if DH doesn't have time to do the wiring. I just have to have a frame/table - I have an empty treadle base. I guess I could just hold a flash light up while I treadle away. Did you notice the belt on the inside??? It had a motor and a belt outside then the other belt inside. Very curious machine. The wonders of how zig zag evolved...

Yes, I did notice that belt. Looks in good shape and will last a long time.

miriam 10-22-2011 04:28 PM


Originally Posted by vintagemotif

Originally Posted by miriam

Originally Posted by vintagemotif
Very NICE! You did an excellent job cleaning. You should put this in a treadle.

I might have to if DH doesn't have time to do the wiring. I just have to have a frame/table - I have an empty treadle base. I guess I could just hold a flash light up while I treadle away. Did you notice the belt on the inside??? It had a motor and a belt outside then the other belt inside. Very curious machine. The wonders of how zig zag evolved...

Yes, I did notice that belt. Looks in good shape and will last a long time.

The internal belt is in good shape so I was very careful not to get any Dawn or kerosene on it. I hope I NEVER have to do anything with that belt. ;-)

Candace 10-22-2011 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by miriam

Originally Posted by vintagemotif

Originally Posted by miriam

Originally Posted by vintagemotif
Very NICE! You did an excellent job cleaning. You should put this in a treadle.

I might have to if DH doesn't have time to do the wiring. I just have to have a frame/table - I have an empty treadle base. I guess I could just hold a flash light up while I treadle away. Did you notice the belt on the inside??? It had a motor and a belt outside then the other belt inside. Very curious machine. The wonders of how zig zag evolved...

Yes, I did notice that belt. Looks in good shape and will last a long time.

The internal belt is in good shape so I was very careful not to get any Dawn or kerosene on it. I hope I NEVER have to do anything with that belt. ;-)

I've had to get that belt back on and it's a b*tch!

Janis 10-22-2011 07:43 PM

Thanks for the great before, during, and after pictures Miriam. They really tell a story of what a machine can look like when someone who cares gets a hold of it.

Bennett 10-22-2011 09:04 PM

This is great--I really like seeing the whole process. The difference between the underside before and after really shows the work you are putting in to it.

miriam 10-23-2011 04:08 AM


Originally Posted by Bennett
This is great--I really like seeing the whole process. The difference between the underside before and after really shows the work you are putting in to it.

Most old machine under sides are black so you can't really tell the difference.

Noiseynana 10-23-2011 04:11 AM

hehehe well , I've got to admit, my first thought was after taking it apart , the car wash was the next visit. You've done wonders. I'm sure she'll be just fine cause her momma is a stickler for gettin things done. hehehe Yall do realize that this was kiddin from Arkansas???

Limey 10-23-2011 04:46 AM

Really interesting thread! Thank you.

cherrybsixty 10-23-2011 05:18 AM

Miriam, good job, I thought Billy's tut were good, but, this is even more clearier. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for keeping is simple and plain to understand. Good luck with it.

zelda2 10-23-2011 06:15 AM

Hi, just thought I'd let you all know the little secret we use around here. We use GOOP hand cleaner to clean, oil and it leaves the machine very nice! To clean the heavy stuff, just slather on and let it sit for a bit. This also takes care of any rust. I use it on every machine and this is all I use.

cjaye44 10-23-2011 06:31 AM

She is in definite need of a full spa treatment but she will be a beauty when she is all cleaned up. Have fun with her and show pics after she's all dolled up!!!

kathieanderson 10-23-2011 06:36 AM

you can order needles they tae size 206x13 and also order an instruction book for them, sometime you can get the little discs on e bay I did, Its a truly wonderful machine too bad it did not take off with singer I think it may have imtimidated some sewers, but it sews like a dream and the little piano like bars on top create such sonderful stitches..I just love mine. I got it at a garage sale for 25.00 including very nice cabinet and storage stool

miriam 10-23-2011 07:58 AM


Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
Miriam, good job, I thought Billy's tut were good, but, this is even more clearier. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for keeping is simple and plain to understand. Good luck with it.

Thank you for your kind words. This machine has an internal belt so it would not be a good idea to submerge - I'm doing everything I can to keep that belt from getting any thing on it. I will make another post when I get some more done on this machine. It will be difficult to get the zig zag parts to move freely - I cleaned a LOT of gunk off the externals - I'm kind of thinking heat may loosen the internals of the zig zag. I'm doing kind a no-no by not reading the manual. I should get busy on that. How ever, just getting it clean doesn't require much information. Getting it to move will be another story.

miriam 10-23-2011 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by zelda2
Hi, just thought I'd let you all know the little secret we use around here. We use GOOP hand cleaner to clean, oil and it leaves the machine very nice! To clean the heavy stuff, just slather on and let it sit for a bit. This also takes care of any rust. I use it on every machine and this is all I use.

Goop is messy - I am working in a small area at a time. There are disks/cams in the top to protect and there is an internal belt. Some machines have plastic inside - be very careful using anything with a solvent - it doesn't take much to destroy one of those kind of fragile pieces. Most likely, they can not be replaced.

miriam 10-23-2011 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by Candace
Are you sure thats's a 206 x 13 needle, Miriam? Your photo is a bit blurry, but it may not be. Lots of people stuck regular needles in these. Check your bobbin case. If it's all nicked up, chances are that's not the correct needle. Or at least it's really dull probably needs replacing anyway. I order mine online.

I just found the needles!!! I'm doing the happy dance!
http://shop.sew-classic.com/206x13-S...eedles_c46.htm

annthreecats 10-23-2011 08:52 AM

What a great job you are doing getting her ready to use again. She looks like she will be a wonderful addition to your sewing room. Love the cabinet, too.

grandmajuki 10-23-2011 09:01 AM

What a job you have taken on... why are/were you attracted to this machine? I see lots wanting older machines and just wondering...
judy


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