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    genie singer sewing machine 353 ?

    I bought a genie singer sewing machine 353 year in the 1970's.
    I worked for a week. Then a sq. nut fell from the top of machine (very small part).
    I took it in sewing repair shop. They said the bobbin rewinder was the problem.
    They couyld not find the part. I could have it cleaned & serviced 80. (not a bad price)
    but it would not be able to work right on the bobbin rewinder.
    Do you know if there is a place the may have one, or should I maybe sale it for parts.
    Not being a person who works on them, need advice.
    Do you ever run into them, or is there a better choice. I wanted a light weight, and zig zag,
    stiches. Unable to light much weight. I do hope you are having a really good day, thank you.
    Bless you for the site.

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    Did you check the Sew Classic site to see if they carry the part?

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    Maybe Joe Miller will weigh in. He knows all about bobbin winders. I like the bobbin winders from Wal-Mart, $30 or less.. That saves a lot or wear and tear on your machine and you can wind bobbins ahead of time to save time when working on a quilt. That would give you time to hunt the appropriate part for your machine.
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    Actually I'm just learning as I go. When it comes to small parts I go to my local sewing machine guy and he "usually" has what I want.

    You can go to Singer at: { http://www.singerco.com/support/replacement-parts-chart } and download the .pdf parts list for your machine. Print it, then take that with your machine to your local Singer shop if there is one, or call the Singer fix it shops as listed in the boxes on the same page. Perhaps they will have it.

    I'd hate to see a decent machine sold for parts just because of one screw and some dufas salesman that didn't want to work on it. The 70s Singers were still mostly metal and most of them sewed quite well.

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    I did check several machine parts place and sears, did check sears and singer.
    I did not check sew Classic for parts, thanks. The repair place is a babylock place, I will have to hunt for a singer, I don't remember any. I have to go 45 min. to get to that one. Getting back to work on it, I don't se much for the genie singer sewing
    machine. thanks any more idea's let me know. Joe Miller is he a repair man you can go to,where is he located?
    Last edited by sherian; 05-21-2012 at 05:54 PM.

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    Joe Miller is me. I'm just a member who is mechanically inclined and like to help when I can. I'm in central IL.

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    thanks, for letting me know, kind of you to answer. I see IL is to far for me to take my Genie 353 singer sewing
    machine. I took it to the repair shop, but the bobbin rewinder stopper fell apart. I only had it sewing a week, the
    shop said they can't find that part. I looked, and can't find it. I only have a very small sq. nut that fell out.
    ? I need opion on clean & service or sell for parts. I had wanted a small lightweight sewing machine for quilt class.
    Do you sell vintage machines? thanks for any advice & do have a great day!

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    Sherian,

    I don't have a shop or sell machines. I accumulate them and fix them as needed. That part(s) that's needed can't be that hard to find for a real SM repairman. You just gotta find one of them.

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    If it's just a square nut that you need, why don't you take the the screw part or whatever you can carry to Home Depot or Lowes to see if you can find a nut that will work?? The threads on the Singer parts may be tricky to find a match for but you never know if you don't look.

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    Sherian,

    Did you go to the Singer site and download the 353 parts list?
    http://parts.singerco.com/CPpartChar...99/353_354.pdf
    If it's the right one, I don't know about your machine, it will give you an idea of what's inside. And Candace is right, a hardware store, or a sewing machine shop. Crimeny, don't give up on the machine due to one lil screw.

    Joe

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    LOL, Joe has it right!

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    I have the very small sq. nuts that fell out, I don't have what he called a bobbin rewinder stopper.
    On sears it is not listed for that part. I put in genie 353 and 354 singer sewing machine 1/2 the sites do not list the machine, they seem to skip over it. The repair man called today and said I could just have it cleaned and use it ok, I just would have to stop the bobbin when rewinding, because the sewing machine would not. So will have it cleaned. I decided to have it cleaned and oiled. When I got it there was alot of dust (dirt)on the bobbin parts, which I cleaned. I never saw. the part for this machine, but did see rings. I have come to believe they only made it 2 yrs. and may not be many parts for it. I did see a few other parts, I also have a copy of the manual.
    Thank you again, let me know any if there is anything thing else, I could do. I bought on e-bay used one week. You are so kind to help people, thank you! I paid 100. for machine and 80. to clean & oil. It is at a sew & vac repair.

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    Hmmm. There's one of these machines listed on ebay right now for 9.99. Of course what it closes at, I wouldn't know. My honest opinion is that you paid too much for the machine and servicing. But, what is life without lessons?

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    Wow, Your sears parts, is different then the one I looked at. I see on chart one- I have no .23 sq. olbong nut.
    I must need no. 24 & 25. I ask what I needed he said bobbin rewinder stop. I put that in all my sites.
    It not called that it seems on this chart. Bobbin rewinder stop & said nothing about a ring, but it was 2 parts.
    Therefore I have been on search for the wrong name. I am going over early in the morining and show him the chart, first
    I will go back to site to make sure they have it. Thank you! Will let you know, if you like. thanks! Reason to keep working on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hmmm. There's one of these machines listed on ebay right now for 9.99. Of course what it closes at, I wouldn't know. My honest opinion is that you paid too much for the machine and servicing. But, what is life without lessons?
    My husband said the same, but people who work on things have knowledge and time invested, but for machine yea,
    I maybe did. I have been through alot as of late and maybe went overboard to feel better. I guess I need a vacation,
    I going to save up for one.
    Sorry to much information, I enjoyed the talk. Do have a good day or night!
    Last edited by sherian; 05-22-2012 at 11:04 PM.

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    sherian,

    What do you have, a Sears or a Singer? You have used both names in the same line several times. They are not the same. Sears sold badged machines made by many companies. Singer made and sold Singer. If you have have a Singer 353 Genie, then it is a Singer, not a Sears. That could be causing a lot of confusion to the repair folks. It sure is me.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hmmm. There's one of these machines listed on ebay right now for 9.99. Of course what it closes at, I wouldn't know. My honest opinion is that you paid too much for the machine and servicing. But, what is life without lessons?
    Your looking at a very small wrong sewing machine look at 1970's Singer Genie 353 & 354 Sewing Machine,
    Mod 70's design, straight stitch and maybe first zigzag stitches without attachment. It has Orange and yellow flowers
    across th top front. It weight is 18 lbs. It is cute.

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    I did not know that this helps alot. I was looking at th sears parts. Thanks! Joe you have very goods
    information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian View Post
    I did not know that this helps alot. I was looking at th sears parts. Thanks! Joe you have very goods
    information.
    My is singer, printed and on way to richmond to repair shop - thanks

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    I have a parts book for the 353 and found the list of parts for it. If it is the bobbin rewinder, the part no. for the stop screw is 139982-451 and the no. for the winder stop is 319601-451. Hope this helps.

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    thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer View Post
    I have a parts book for the 353 and found the list of parts for it. If it is the bobbin rewinder, the part no. for the stop screw is 139982-451 and the no. for the winder stop is 319601-451. Hope this helps.
    Thank you so much, I was trying to decide between 4 parts, thanks again.

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    My mom has one of these. They are very cute but I didn't like how you can't adjust the presser foot tension. Anyway, it is a nice little lightweight zigzag machine. If you want another one she might sell it too you.

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    I just sold one of those - kind of a neat little light weight machine. The one I had was gummed up inside - after it was cleaned it had to be forced a bit to move the zz lever. I got a lot of info from: http://www.tandtrepair.com/Genie_Series.html
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    Good to know

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