Betsy Ross sewing machine

Old 06-22-2015, 01:53 PM
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Unhappy Betsy Ross sewing machine

Hi all,
I am hoping you can help me. I just received a Betsy Ross that was supposed to be in Excellent Condition! It looks great, but doesn't move a smidge. It almost feels like it is locked. Any hints/tips to try and "un-freeze" this lovely little sewing machine?
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:02 PM
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Photos? Condition, cost, age. Excellent to me means should be in well maintained working order and clean. I'm not one to tell you what to do since I just sew and maintain my own 401 and 2662. Those members on the QB will be more qualified to help and suggest but I know it would help to have multiple photos. Anxious to see this 'lovely little sewing machine"
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oil the machine and give it time out
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:34 AM
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I'm not familiar with these - are they chainstitch or does it have a bobbin? If it has a bobbin, take out the bobbin case and check around and behind that area for thread while you're oiling. Sometimes there's a hidden thread jam that can make a machine feel locked up.

Does it look rusty? If it's not rusty, it might be old oil/grease gunking up the works - someone may have used the wrong type of lube and it could have hardened. Fresh oil will help dissolve the old stuff; or you can use some kerosene to cut through it.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:49 AM
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They are a chain stitch machine. I have a manual and electric Betsy Ross in my collection. I don't sew on them but i do collect. I have a photo album on my profile with my little machines. VERY fun to collect, hope you get it moving!
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Originally Posted by ppquilter View Post
They are a chain stitch machine. I have a manual and electric Betsy Ross in my collection. I don't sew on them but i do collect. I have a photo album on my profile with my little machines. VERY fun to collect, hope you get it moving!
Wow quite a collection. You need a Countess or a Cinderella.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:42 PM
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Hi,

There's a Betsy Ross Toy machine and an "Adult" machine made by National and perhaps others. The toy would be the chainstitch model. Need pics or additional "clues"

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Old 06-23-2015, 06:48 PM
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Time outs are good. I oiled and worked nearly 2 weeks on my sisters kenmore she found. Sewed a great straight stitch but could not get the cam "arm?" to move. Stuck it in the closet till I got time to deal with it again. A few months later, got it out for a lark and it works great! Guess it just needed to set a spell, over oiled.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:45 PM
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does anyone know how I could get a manual for the Betsy Ross Electric - I would like to know how to oil it.
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Old 05-23-2020, 02:38 PM
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Here's some information about it: https://mermaidsden.com/blog/2017/01...sewing-machine

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