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    Featherweight Rewiring

    Happy New Year!
    My featherweight smokes when being used. It's fairly new to me and I'm dying to use it, but not until its re-wired. I took off the bottom and noticed one of the wires is basically stripped and it appears this is what is smoking. Is this something that anyone has tried? I've noticed posts where people have rewired their foot controls, but not the machine. If you brought your machine to be re-wired by a pro did you go to a sewing machine repair shop? And how much did it cost?
    Thank you! Any suggestions will help me decide what to do!
    Everyone be safe tonight!

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    Omg! You better not use it..get it checked out!

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    I purchased a Singer 66 Redeye that I had completely rewired and serviced at my local sewing machine repair shop it cost me $250 and is worth every penny, I have an excellent machine ( I paid $25 for her when I bought her). Check out the Vintage sewing machine thread here on the board, Billy has given lots of tips and instructions on working on vintage machines.
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    The wiring is not so much the issue as the time vested. We rewire when needed. Our time is far more then what we ever get in return monitarily as we ensure the machines are in top condition before leaving us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerwomen View Post
    The wiring is not so much the issue as the time vested. We rewire when needed. Our time is far more then what we ever get in return monitarily as we ensure the machines are in top condition before leaving us.
    ????????????? Don't understand your response her post was inquiring about if anyone had their machine rewired and cost, as she thinks her featherweight needs to be rewired.
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    My husband bought a kit on line, and completely rewired my featherweight. He said it was not difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batik queen View Post
    My husband bought a kit on line, and completely rewired my featherweight. He said it was not difficult.
    Hi Batik queen...could you tell me where he got the kit? In my searches online I didn't come up with anything.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryl View Post
    ????????????? Don't understand your response her post was inquiring about if anyone had their machine rewired and cost, as she thinks her featherweight needs to be rewired.
    Hey! You have the same name as me....TerryL!!! Same spelling and everything!

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    Ditto Joann... Don't even plug it in again until it's been rewired. Electrical is not kids play. If you think you can rewire it or have a friend, you can save some money doing it at home with a kit - if you're not sure - ask around locally and see what kind of prices you can get. Just go to someone legit. I've seen some (not-so) handy men really mess these up, so be careful. Better to be safe than sorry.

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    I came across this website today and at the bottom of the page there is a area that you can bring up depending on what you need to know! Lots of information. Maybe this might help specially if you are going to rewire. I read they used the service manual for servicing the Featherweights when out in the field. If you do take it to someone make sure they have worked on Featherweights before. I have a person in my area that knows them inside and out. He cleaned and serviced my first one and did a great job. Maybe one of the wires just needs to be reconnected? Did you notify the person you bought it from? Maybe a little refund is in order to help with the other expense!! Hope you find some helpful info on this site.

    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...dard_main.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wine Woman View Post
    I came across this website today and at the bottom of the page there is a area that you can bring up depending on what you need to know! Lots of information. Maybe this might help specially if you are going to rewire. I read they used the service manual for servicing the Featherweights when out in the field. If you do take it to someone make sure they have worked on Featherweights before. I have a person in my area that knows them inside and out. He cleaned and serviced my first one and did a great job. Maybe one of the wires just needs to be reconnected? Did you notify the person you bought it from? Maybe a little refund is in order to help with the other expense!! Hope you find some helpful info on this site.

    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...dard_main.html
    This is great information thank you. The Service manual looks great, but I wish the pictures were larger.
    I may try to find a service manual now. I talked to a local service repair man today. I think I'll call around a little more as I didn't feel real confident after talking to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wine Woman View Post
    I came across this website today and at the bottom of the page there is a area that you can bring up depending on what you need to know! Lots of information. Maybe this might help specially if you are going to rewire. I read they used the service manual for servicing the Featherweights when out in the field. If you do take it to someone make sure they have worked on Featherweights before. I have a person in my area that knows them inside and out. He cleaned and serviced my first one and did a great job. Maybe one of the wires just needs to be reconnected? Did you notify the person you bought it from? Maybe a little refund is in order to help with the other expense!! Hope you find some helpful info on this site.

    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...dard_main.html
    This is great information thank you. The Service manual looks great, but I wish the pictures were larger.
    I may try to find a service manual now. I talked to a local service repair man today. I think I'll call around a little more as I didn't feel real confident after talking to him.

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    I just found a wiring diagram online. I'm going to print it out tomorrow and examine it to see if it looks like something I can do. I'll keep you posted.

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    I have a motor for a Universal at a service center right now. The quote was their usual bench fee of $35, but may be $25 of it goes easily. When I realized it meant working in a tiny space and soldering, I checked with my sewing repair guy. He recommended a small appliance repair. Works for me. I was dying to use the machine, but not willing to die to do it.

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    I pm you some information. Here is another web site that was shared with me. I haven't looked for your problem fix but I one that clicks a bit. This was shared with me and found it helpful. http://thefeatherweight221factory.com

    I'm glad that the other site was of help. It seems to be very informative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I have a motor for a Universal at a service center right now. The quote was their usual bench fee of $35, but may be $25 of it goes easily. When I realized it meant working in a tiny space and soldering, I checked with my sewing repair guy. He recommended a small appliance repair. Works for me. I was dying to use the machine, but not willing to die to do it.
    That's a good idea Irishrose...I'm not in a hurry to get this done, although I'd love to use it! I'm finding I don't mind the research and the sites everyone has been suggesting have great information and I'm learning alot about this little machine. Actually the fact that I knew more than one repair man I called was a little surprising, but also helped me decide I shouldn't use him for this repair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wine Woman View Post
    I pm you some information. Here is another web site that was shared with me. I haven't looked for your problem fix but I one that clicks a bit. This was shared with me and found it helpful. http://thefeatherweight221factory.com

    I'm glad that the other site was of help. It seems to be very informative.
    Wine Woman thanks for another great site. This one actually has the service manual that intriqued me in your last site suggestion. I'm going to take a good look at it! Thank you!

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