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Thread: Singer 319 in need of TLC

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    Quote 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.

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

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

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    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.

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

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    Quote 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...

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

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    Very nice!! :)

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    Quote 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...

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

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

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    Quote 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote 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. ;-)

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