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Thread: Just unearthed my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758!

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    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
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    Talking Just unearthed my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758!

    I'm so excited. i knew where it was but hadnt had time to open her up and look at her closely. It's been a long time since i had seen it so i couldnt remember what the machine even looked like! she has everything for it! and im assuming the cams are perfect because she never ever used them. I'm hoping nothing is wrong with her and will be de-linting her, cleaning and oiling her tomorrow. This is the perfect solution for the fact that i was looking for a multipurpose machine... here it is!

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    She shall be cleaned and made to work! Hahaha!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Enjoy this machine! I hope it works great for you!
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    That is great!! Enjoy your machine!!!

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    thanks guys! im excited to give her a whirl tomorrow!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Let us know how it works. Great looking machine.
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    Wonderful, you already had a machine that will fill your needs. Best of all she has memories and you know her history.
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    Yes I can't wait to give her some love and see how she runs and team the manual and stuff. My love is still with the antiques. The aesthetic just pleases me. But the fact that my mother has had this machine for about 40 years makes her special. my mother however is not mechanically inclined and admitted to me to never even having switched out the cams and testing any other stitch on the machine! The machine has been other wise well kept and always indoors so I feel it's safe to assume with a good cleaning and oiling that she'll be running soon! The bobbin is a dirty little piece at the moment. Haha. She'll need a name at some point. Maybe she will tell me as I work on her.

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    that was how I felt when I got my granny's 201-2 restored. I am now quilting on the machine she used until she went blind. I also wish I had not given away my mom's pristine 403 with all books/attachments in 1995!

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    OH she's a beauty. And luckily you have all the goodies that go with her!!!
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    Thanks everyone. I had a small but of time today and cleaned and oiled her today. I think I have her threaded correctly and will have to wind a bobbin to test if she sews. Here's crossing our fingers!

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    My Mother had one just like yours, Oh my I hated that machine. It never worked right for me. Eventually the wind-in place bobbin thingy broke.

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    OOOHHHHH! I hope she works for you. Not only because you will enjoy her, but because she was your mom's. I'm sure you will get many hours of loving work done on her!

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    One thing to check. That model came by default with rubber feed dogs. They may need to be replaced by now.
    The part number is 181843, or 181843M if you want the metal dogs. Easy to change, 2 screws accessible from the top. The worst part is finding a screwdriver that will fit under there. They're not expensive either. I think I've seen them on the net for about $10.

    There's a needle plate screwdriver you can get that will likely do the trick, 357306 is the part #. Look for a good deal on it though, $8.99 and $5.99 at the site I saw the first hit on is ridiculous. My cost on it is $0.39.
    Last edited by ArchaicArcane; 10-10-2012 at 01:49 PM.

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    With attachments, cams, and manuals too! What a wonderful bonanza!

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    You'll enjoy sewing on it! I have one just like it and have been sewing on it since 1975! I have used some of the camsfor decorative stitching. I also used to use the stretch stitch cam to make swimming suits. Have fun!

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    The rubber feet seem fine to me. The thing I am most concerned with is in the bobbin case theres a latch/button something that is a cream plastic with red circles on it. I'm not sure if this is supoused to move or not? I tried (and it looks like my mother tried) to move it but it didn't budge. So if it's not supoused to then were good. If it is supoused to move then I have a problem and I'm not sure if it's big or small. Haha
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Yes, it should move. It's the "lever" you move to put the machine in bobbin winding mode. Pushes to the left if memory serves. You'll see the whole bobbin case move upward when you push it to the left. Then to engage it in sewing mode, just close the slide plate. There are probably some spots to oil on it,.. I'd have to look closer as the one I have here waiting for a tuneup and feed dogs.

    It should show an oil point in the manual, either from the top in the bobbin area, or from the bottom, I'd think. Either way, just oil anything where there's metal to metal contact, and don't get oil on those feed dogs! Oil is what ruins them the fastest.

    It's not the end of the world, as long as it's in "Sewing mode". If you simply couldn't get it working to wind the bobbin, you could use a side winder. I think they are supposed to do a better job of winding a bobbin than a lot of the self winding mechanisms anyway, especially when they get out of adjustment.

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    That's what I figured about the side winder. I might have to invest in one. Do the work with all sorts of bobbins?

    I oiled everywhere the manual told me to oil and in a few spots i thought needed it. The manual highlights surprisingly few places to oil. I believe I did oil all of the places you mentioned though there's no where near the plastic to oil if I remember correctly. So I think I will not try the bobbin winder then. Next I will try it to get it to do a straight stitch. Mom said she had troubled with the tension spring. The manual isn't too clear. I'm not sure if the spring on the left is supoused to pop back up or if it's generally loose?

    Those were the two noticeable points that I thought might be problematic.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Oh,.. wait,.. that machine takes the 2 part bobbins, right? The ones that don't have a hole in the middle?
    Argh,.. no, a side winder wouldn't work for those bobbins.

    You might have to get that bobbin winder working.

    The tension spring for the upper thread? It should sort of hold a little extra tension on the thread when threaded correctly. It does seem a little loose when it's just sitting there.

    If I manage to get into the sewing room tomorrow, I'll thread that one up and snap a pic for you.

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    Yes. Now that you mention it there is no hole. the bobbins twist apart. Nifty idea really. But not in a situation like this. Hmm that's a shame. Wonder if there's a bobbin wonder for that sort of thing. Or a way to get into the heart of the machine without messing anything else up. Hmm.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    I'll see if I have the bobbin mechanism around. I have a few machines here for parts, but I can't remember if any of them are self winding. If they are, I can either try a disassembly, with pictures, or send you the mechanism.

    I like the idea of the twist apart, as emptying a bobbin, but I wind more often than I manually empty. It was good though when my dad bought me a machine and I had 3 bobbins only.

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    I have two, one free arm and the other cab mod. I love them both. Everything is with both, all the attachments oil,cams, tools, i did have to get more bobbins, JoAnn's had some. Bobbins just don't hold much thread tho. Use FW most of the time for straight stitch. But i do love that auto bobbin refill. Just a neat thing.
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    Actually the free arm is a 771. Both has worked great for years.
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    Thank You arcehicarcane! Your input is proving invaluable!!!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    before you try to turn it, go through and oil any remtely moving part with nothing else but Triflow oil -you don"t want to take a chance on breaking plastic gears by forcing it to move - hopefully nobody used 3 in 1 oil on it
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