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11-24-2020, 03:54 PM
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Posted By Gearandsuch

Rough hook race on Singer

Now that I've gotten my Singer 403A cleaned and all put back together, I'm adjusting some settings per AndyTube's videos.

The gap between the bobbin case and its position bracket is what I'm...
11-19-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

Cheshirepat Well, since I already had to buy a...

Cheshirepat Well, since I already had to buy a whole tension unit on eBay (this machine came with the unit missing a couple of parts and a bent center bolt), I'm not too keen on buying another whole...
11-19-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

janiebakes Thanks for the link! My numbers are...

janiebakes Thanks for the link! My numbers are raised vs. "lowered" as in that article but it still is good info on using paint to fix this kind of thing.
11-18-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

RoosterW — Good idea about taking pictures. If I...

RoosterW — Good idea about taking pictures. If I ever have a "next time" I'll be more careful.

"cat"astrophy — Thanks for chiming in. This machine doesn't have a screw in the end of the tension...
11-17-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

Thanks! Just to be clear, it's a 403A (not a...

Thanks! Just to be clear, it's a 403A (not a 401A). So no built-in camstack.

It's weird to have a screw left over when I had all the screws needed to put all the parts back on. I'll take a look at...
11-12-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

It's done!

OK, it took me a while, but Mission Accomplished!

Following along with AndyTube's videos on a Singer 403A (he calls Regina), I took off a ton of parts, cleaned them, cleaned the main body in the...
10-15-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Gearandsuch

Hey, I got it out! I sprayed WD-40 on it and let...

Hey, I got it out! I sprayed WD-40 on it and let it soak overnight. Then I grabbed the spool pin with Vise-grips and used a thin piece of wood on the bed to pry against. It came out a smidge, then I...
10-14-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Gearandsuch

leaha, Thanks for the suggestion. I guess I'll...

leaha, Thanks for the suggestion. I guess I'll try that though I don't know if there's any room for it to penetrate. Worth a try though!
10-14-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Gearandsuch

osewme, Thanks. Yes, I found that blog post too....

osewme, Thanks. Yes, I found that blog post too. He seems to be talking about pins you can access from the other end. The pin in the bed of the 403A can only be gotten to from the top. So, if I drill...
10-14-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Gearandsuch

How to remove spool pin

I appreciate the helpful answers to my other questions. Now I've run into another quandary. The spool pin on the bed of my Singer 403A for winding the bobbin is broken half off. It's very tight, I...
10-13-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By Gearandsuch

Success! I went to my local repair shop and the...

Success! I went to my local repair shop and the guy not only found the right screw, when I asked "How much?" he said "Nothing". Yay! Onward with the project.
10-12-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By Gearandsuch

My local SM repair shop is closed today, so I'm...

My local SM repair shop is closed today, so I'm going tomorrow. Fingers crossed I'll find the right screw and won't have to buy a new part.
10-11-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By Gearandsuch

Awesome idea, thanks!

Awesome idea, thanks!
10-11-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By Gearandsuch

Where to find tiny Singer screw

I know this is a long shot, but I hate to waste vintage parts. My 403A is missing a tiny screw. It's one of the two on the bobbin case positioning bracket. I haven't got the machine sewing yet...
10-11-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

Thank you!

Thank you!
10-10-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,221
Posted By Gearandsuch

My Singer 403A restoration project

I was working on sewing a backpack for myself and was getting close to done when I got the urge to buy an old SM. I've been using my 1985 Kenmore (bought new and seldom used).

I'd heard good...
10-06-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Gearandsuch

I've now watched the video and was relieved to...

I've now watched the video and was relieved to hear he's taking a break to take care of business, not that he has health issues. Last night I didn't watch it because I have a lock on YouTube in the...
10-05-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Gearandsuch

Wow, that's a shame he's in poor health. I...

Wow, that's a shame he's in poor health. I wouldn't have even started refurbishing the 403A I got recently (my first VSM) without his videos. I sure hope he doesn't take them down anytime soon!
10-02-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

Red face Turns out I'm an idiot!

I tried plugging it in again to see if the light worked. I guess I hadn't tried that after getting silence when I pushed the foot controller when I first got the machine. The light worked. So I tried...
10-02-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

The seller said, "Unit can power on..." It didn't...

The seller said, "Unit can power on..." It didn't "power on" for me. But it was only $31 and I don't want to pursue an eBay dispute.

I still think I can get it sorted out. I texted my cousin last...
10-01-2020, 03:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

I don't follow. What's "Correct"? I'm...

I don't follow. What's "Correct"?

I'm watching YouTube videos on electricity and using testing meters but I haven't gotten very far in understanding how to test a cord or the foot controller.
...
10-01-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

Fair enough. Don't want anyone to get fried! I...

Fair enough. Don't want anyone to get fried! I had looked for instructional videos and articles online. They're mostly about multimeters and mostly about testing wall receptacles. I'll dig into this...
09-30-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

Thanks for the 401 thread with the motor oiling...

Thanks for the 401 thread with the motor oiling info!
09-30-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

How to test wires?

OK, I borrowed a voltage tester. If it can do the job I won't have to buy any electrical testing equipment. Attached is a photo of it. I have no idea how to use it. I'd like to test the SM cord and...
09-30-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,138
Posted By Gearandsuch

I just hate the idea of buying a quart of oil to...

I just hate the idea of buying a quart of oil to use a drop or two! My car won't take 30w—only synthetic oil with a range. Well, maybe I could put a little at a time in with the good stuff to get rid...
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