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Thread: MW 7 Jewel is now complete w/ cams

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    MW 7 Jewel is now complete w/ cams

    A couple weeks a go I put an add in the Looking For section looking for a needle in a haystack. Well thanks to forum member Glory we have them.
    I wanted a set of cams for our 50s or 60s vintage Montgomery Ward 7 Jewel machine.

    We got the cams this morning and checked them for fit. They fit perfectly. We didn't have time to test any of the cams but I took this pic of our now complete machine:


    Once home from our road trip today we tested this machine as well as a Singer 338 we also bought. But that is for a different thread.

    The 7 Jewel lived up to it's name. Quietly and smoothly making pretty stitches.
    Here's a pic my wife took of me testing one of the cams:


    And here we are, all done. All cams tested and all worked perfectly:


    Now other than a few special presser feet and accessories our machine is complete.

    Glory, thanks very much.

    Joe

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    Congrats on finding the cams! Happy sewing!
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    My father worked 2-3 jobs, including Montgomery Wards. I think one of my sisters has the sewing machine he bought Mom to make our clothes- a necessity with 6 children. I don't recall any cams. Your machine is lovely, and brings back memories for me.

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    Nice!! Glad you found them!
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    Neat. I've never seen cams that sit on the top like that.

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    Neither had I until we got this machine. We kept looking at the drive gear on top and it finally dawned on us it couldn't be anything but cams that go there.

    Simple, very simple.

    Joe

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    Joe, That looks just like my old machine. So glad that you can use them. Now I know why I could never get rid of the cams, even though my machine had bitten the dust. Beautiful stitching. They live on !!!!!!!!!!
    Gloria

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    Gloria,

    Me, my wife, and Jewel ( That's my shortened name for her ) thank you profusely for those cams. I enjoyed playing with them and seeing what patterns they made.

    I just have one question. In the pictures it looks as if there was a chromed disk that might have been a decorative cover for the machine when not using the cams. And in the little box you sent, there was room for one more.
    Do you remember if there was another cam or cover?


    Joe

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    any ideas appreciated

    I just received this sewing machine as a gift and have no idea how to use it. Does anyone know where I can get a manual for it. Also I need to purchase a foot pedal and I guess cams now too.. Sorry to be a pain, I'm new to this...

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    Tinny,

    Welcome to the forum.


    We've had our 7 Jewel about 3 months now. Until Glory sent us the cams we'd not seen a single one anywhere.
    They've got to be out there, but I doubt they will be easy to find. Our local sewing machine guy said he had a set, but never came up with them.

    You can get a manual at Relics: http://www.sewing-machine-manuals.com/
    They can be had in a download for $10.00 or a very nicely done book type for $17.00.
    We got the book style. Here is the direct link to that:
    http://pages.sewing-machine-manuals....923945554.html

    You can get a foot controller at Sew-Classic: http://shop.sew-classic.com/Foot-Con...TAL-SCE507.htm
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    if needed a replacement cord block set: http://shop.sew-classic.com/Cord-Set...143-SCE143.htm
    can also be purchased.
    If you want Sew-Classics will wire them together for you.
    If you look at my photos above you can see the compartment to the right of the machine where the cord block is screwed to the box bottom. If you buy a new one you'll need to drill one small hole in the middle of the bottom of the cord block for the screw. No big deal. The cord block is marked for the motor and light plugs.

    It uses class 15 bobbins, 15X1 needles, and both are very common. They can be purchased just about anywhere.
    The vertical lever is the stitch length, the horizontal is the stitch width. The machine will do zigzag stitches with the horizontal lever anywhere to the left of zero. The two little tabs are locks to hold the lever in position. To set and release the tabs turn the knurled knob to the loosen the lever. The same applies to the stitch length. The big round knob to the left of the serial number or by the arch is for raising and lowering the feed dogs. When it is in the dropped position you can do free motion sewing.

    Joe and Elaine

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    Congratulations, Joe on your completed Jewel.
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    Joe and Elaine, Thank you so very much for all the information.

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    Thanks for posting this with pictures. I know it is an older thread but I too was wondering about the thingamajig on the top as I purchased one today for $8. Now I know and know exactly what to look for to complete my machine.
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    Pictures or it didn't happen Miss Sunflower!
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    LOL Here she is. No foot pedal, a horrible broken plastic case, a good paint chip on the front bed, no manual, no cams, but she's mine! She's setting on top a horribly painted cabinet that us scheduled for a new paint job. He he
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    I love blue machines. :sigh:
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    that blue is very pretty! Now you get to join the ranks for those searching for elusive attachments!

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    Joe, great for you. feel like a BIG YES sould be shouted! that is similar to the first machine I bought myself while in highschool. used my babysitting money. I have been looking for one for my small collection. mine was tan though. I have a couple of pics, one is blurry and the other is from a manual (I think). my whole point is to point out that it uses the same cams. I paid $35 then with all the cams, lots of assesories and in a cabinet. sold it at a garage sale for $15 about 20 years later. tension was all goofed up on it. now I wish I still had it. hind sight is 20/20!
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    wilburness,

    Keep your eyes on shopgoodwill.com. They've had a couple of that model up for auction in recent months.

    Joe

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    Oh my goodness! I have this exact machine and have been looking for the cams for years! Today, decided to check Google and look what I found! Good for You!! On a side note, I have been advised to NEVER part with this machine, it's a keeper! The fellow that was servicing it took off his heavy leather belt and proceeded to stitch right through it! I was just told two days ago that I can use a twin needle with it as well (thought I had to have two bobbins to do that...). It's like looking at my machine's long lost twin sibling in these pictures!

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    Chardema,

    Although that machine might be capable of sewing through a leather belt, it's not designed to do that and can be damaged by that.

    I agree about not parting with it. They are really nice machines.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    that blue is very pretty! Now you get to join the ranks for those searching for elusive attachments!
    Still looking..sigh
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    7 Jewel

    Hi all! Newbie. Found this post about the 7 Jewel sewing machine. I bought one a couple weeks ago. No cam on top. My basic question is do I need the cam to do regular sewing? Thanks

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    Good to hear that you got cams Have fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbie5659 View Post
    Hi all! Newbie. Found this post about the 7 Jewel sewing machine. I bought one a couple weeks ago. No cam on top. My basic question is do I need the cam to do regular sewing? Thanks
    No, you can do regular sewing and ZZ without the cam on top. But it won't do any fancy stitches.
    To do the ZZ stitches run the stitch width to any setting wider than SS and and lock the lever down.

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