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10-26-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 547
Posted By Mickey2

You don't need to fully disasseble anything on...

You don't need to fully disasseble anything on this machine, maybe in exceptional cases with lots of rust and grime. Your machine doesn't look too bad at all. Slide the bobbin cover completely off,...
10-24-2020, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Mickey2

Nice to hear you sorted it out. It's relatively...

Nice to hear you sorted it out. It's relatively common for a machine to have the bobbin tension out of place, even the need to have it appart, clean and get it back in correct order. I have had...
10-20-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By Mickey2

There is quite a bit of help to find on rewiring,...

There is quite a bit of help to find on rewiring, diagrams, detailed tutorials. A 66 might have slightly different plugs, depending on year of production, but the most common is a three pin plug. You...
10-19-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Mickey2

Sorry, for some reason I jumped to the conclusion...

Sorry, for some reason I jumped to the conclusion it was about a 301, and I can't correct it by now, but the groups.io is still a good place to find advanced technical advice, and I personally still...
10-19-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By Mickey2

You could join the groups.io for more technical...

You could join the groups.io for more technical advice. There is a few repair guys there that know this model well. You can get lucky with info on this site to though. I have never done extensive...
10-18-2020, 03:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By Mickey2

I lean towards keeping the motor, even if it is a...

I lean towards keeping the motor, even if it is a bit of work to rewire and find a pedal. I use electrical machines for most projects, I like having both hands free to handle the fabric, and I am not...
10-11-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By Mickey2

It's one of the best vintage models, many's...

It's one of the best vintage models, many's favorite. The reason for not running the machine with presser foot down and no fabric is the excess wear. The presserfoot gets these deep scratches, the...
10-11-2020, 03:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By Mickey2

I have seen a few Berninas in original treadle...

I have seen a few Berninas in original treadle cabinets, mostly flatbeds, I'm not sure about the freearm models. They have slighly different hand wheels to work with the leather belt, some are combo...
10-07-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Mickey2

It looks like you have it sorted out. Don't give...

It looks like you have it sorted out. Don't give up on fine tuning, I am sure any trouble is caused by minor issues of maintanance. A 15 is as close to bullit proof as it gets, it takes any thread...
10-07-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Mickey2

Another common reason for this trouble is needle...

Another common reason for this trouble is needle in the wrong way. Cleaning out hook, race, bobbin and feed dog area is important too. You probably already have had these parts out, but if you...
10-01-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 568
Posted By Mickey2

Bkay, he probably knows all about it. I don't...

Bkay, he probably knows all about it. I don't know much at all, I was just given the advice to clean with spirit, a brush and compressed air on an old Remington porotable I had for a while. I was...
10-01-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 568
Posted By Mickey2

I somehow ended up describing Triflow as a pure...

I somehow ended up describing Triflow as a pure sewing machine oil, I meant to write, "you could get something like Triflowr, or a pure sewing machine oil", In other words, two good alternatives....
09-30-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 568
Posted By Mickey2

Clock oil is generally a bit too thin and light,...

Clock oil is generally a bit too thin and light, but I guess works. Sewing machine parts are much more sturdy and see different wear and use and can benefit from slightly heavier oil. It last longer...
09-30-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By Mickey2

I start with getting the top off and open the...

I start with getting the top off and open the face plate. Clean, turn the hand wheel by hand, poke around, detect all oil points, apply oil to all moving joinst and gears. Check if the swing arm...
09-30-2020, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By Mickey2

With these old machines it usually pays off to...

With these old machines it usually pays off to keep on oiling. It takes time for oil to seep into inners of gears, hinges and joints, especially those vertical and horizontal turning rods can need...
09-27-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By Mickey2

I have bought packages of faulty production, both...

I have bought packages of faulty production, both thread and needles. It took me time to realize it was the needles. A low price brand out there makes needles less polished than the common brands,...
09-26-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By Mickey2

LOL You are spot on, a bent needle, a burr...

LOL

You are spot on, a bent needle, a burr in the tip, general wear, etc. can cause issues, usually hickups with dragging fibers up from the fabric, uneven stitching, etc. Another strangly common...
09-26-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By Mickey2

Which foot is it? I think #160689 was the...

Which foot is it? I think #160689 was the original in the accessory box, #161166 is the foot we stil can buy new. I guess there are one or two additional types. I have had the odd case where the...
09-20-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By Mickey2

I have used baking paper too, parchment, it...

I have used baking paper too, parchment, it worked well. There are teflon sheets to make the machine bed smooth, and there are teflon feet available. The right needle stitches through faux leather...
09-20-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,052
Posted By Mickey2

Is that a replacement part? These models were so...

Is that a replacement part? These models were so tried and tested, there should in theory be no reason for alterations like this. 401s usually behave well, but often in desparate need of thorough...
09-14-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,500
Posted By Mickey2

I have only done a little bit of treadling, but I...

I have only done a little bit of treadling, but I dare say it is within doable. You can go full speed, with zigzag patterns you do that some times. the tricky thing is the large wheel on the treadle...
09-14-2020, 04:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,500
Posted By Mickey2

Polishes vary a lot, I have had metal polishes...

Polishes vary a lot, I have had metal polishes starting to dissolve paints (like on Elnas), you can't go by random choice, you have to get the right stuff for the job. I lean towards furniture...
09-13-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,500
Posted By Mickey2

Never steel wool on anything, exception would be...

Never steel wool on anything, exception would be bare rusted metal. Chromed parts don't need it. You could try gentle polishing on the oval badge, I would not use anything more abrasive than liquid...
09-13-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,500
Posted By Mickey2

Personally I have used paper towels, strips of...

Personally I have used paper towels, strips of old rags twisted around a wooden skewers. I have sometimes come across extra large cotton swabs, those are good. I tend to use heaps of cotton swabs on...
09-13-2020, 04:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,500
Posted By Mickey2

Great job!, it looks perfect. The treadle irons...

Great job!, it looks perfect. The treadle irons looks like they are in very nice condition too.

The knob is notorious for needing exasperating repetitions of oiling, ...daily, for weeks on end in...
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