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Thread: Morse Zig Zag Machine

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    Question Morse Zig Zag Machine

    HI! I'm brand new here
    I came across this machine a few days ago, I was looking in a consignment store for a sewing machine and the lady said I could Have this one! It weighs a ton, but it's been well maintained and works perfectly!

    I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get a manual for this for free, a pdf download or something?

    Thanks!!!
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    xcynicalsinnerx,
    Welcome to the Quilting Board.

    You lucky person you. That type of Morse is quite liked here. You'll need to find the model number to get the proper manual, then go to Relics: http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/ and start your search. You might get lucky and find someone here that has an extra or a link to a download.

    Joe

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    Wow! How pretty!

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    Lucky lady!! I learned to sew on one similar only straight stitch but such a beautiful stitch but a heavy machine!!!
    Wish now I had my Mom keep it!!! Enjoy your machine!!!
    niftynickel

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    I think it is a Morse Model 4300. I agree with Joe, TIAS should have the manual for about $17.00 for a hard copy or $10.00 for a PDF download.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Also check sewingmanualsblogspot

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    Very pretty machine.
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    http://sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams...ng_Diagram.htm , has threading instructions as well as a manual. I love all the chrome on your pretty blue Morse. Kinda reminds me of the dash board on my 1963 Chevy Impala.

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    Our quilting guild is auctioning a Morse, turquoise and white, on Sept 4, in Franklin, TN. It was donated by a lady to help benefit the wounded soldiers. I described it to DD as a 1957 Chevrolet of sewing machines. All that chrome, color and flash. It is quite pretty and a little different model than yours, but the car description prompted me to comment.

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    It looks like one I saw at an estate sale in Tigard, Oregon recently. It was sitting at the end of a dark hallway (outside of a bedroom full of all kinds of fabric that they sold in bundles). They wanted $5 for it and I didn't buy it - I have been kicking myself since then. I even emailed them and asked if they still had it would they save it for me so I could come back for it - they never answered my email so I assume that someone else got lucky!

    I know that I learned my lesson ... the next time I see a machine I think I might want for that kind of price, I am going to buy it and decide later whether to keep it or not ...

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    Hello and welcome....You have got yourself a beauty there....looks to be in great condition.

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    Do you still need a manual for your Morse 4300?

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    Hi Susan. Iím new to sewing thanks to a gifted Morse 4300. Do you have a manual? Mine needs a bit of maintenance. Thanks.

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    I have that same model, it's a great machine, but unfortunately I can't help you with your question, but I'm sure someone will be able to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cole4800 View Post
    Hi Susan. Iím new to sewing thanks to a gifted Morse 4300. Do you have a manual? Mine needs a bit of maintenance. Thanks.
    You might try to PM Susan as the post is 3 years old.

    Joe is right about http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/ has the manual at http://www.tias.com/173/PictPage/3923916987.html

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    Morse 4300 Part Diagram

    Hi All,

    First time poster. I too have just received one of these machines recently, however it is in non-working condition as well. I was able to wrangle up one of the parts diagram which is included. I am on the hunt for part #166. It seems to be one of the only plastic parts of the machine.
    I was trying to diagnose why the bobbin assembly was remaining still when I was turning the flywheel only to find under a plate that half the part remained attached while the other half is missing despite their being fresh grease applied into the chamber.
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    TheThreadThatBinds, that part is called the "hook drive gear". If you search ebay or sewing parts stores online, you'll probably see a few gears that resemble yours, but it's unlikely that they're going to list compatibility for your specific model. You might be better off looking around for a "parts" machine, I have the feeling that a lot of Japanese front-loaders would probably use that same gear, and you might even find it in metal instead of plastic. Also look for a parts number on the part you have left, that might be listed for the ones sold online.

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    Rocsew is right but remember that this is the fatal flaw in not only your machine but thousands of others. You might find one that will work, or you might find a dozen different ones that look like they'll work but they don't. It all depends on how badly you want to resurrect this machine.

    Cari

    BTW, this is caused not only from age but from slamming the machine into reverse while it's running.

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    I love Morses. Their only issue in my experience is with fussy semi-automatic button making. You can fiddle with the mechanism (endlessly), or you can just make the holes manually, or you can drag out that butt-ugly plastic contraption you keep in the closet for fear of blinding yourself by staring too directly at its ugliness.

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