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Thread: Phoenix Automatic 283F

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    There was a regular 130 needle in it when I got it, but it says very visibly on the needle plate "needle system 1738". I can always try a regular needle in the mean time. For the last few days I have searched for cams and accessories on ebay and various places but not much luck. It doesn't look like a very common brand. There's two drive belts under a cover, I need to find the right size for replacement; they are a bit crumbly but not terribly.

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    The round needle does fit better.
    You may have to search in Germany for your parts. There are a few Phoenix machines in the states.
    Mine take short shank attachments.
    The belts are nearly impossible to find.
    I've been fortunate to have good belts on both Phoenix machines I have found.
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    Hello,
    I have inherited my mum's jones 283f.
    Looks just like the photo of frudemoo.
    Does anyone have a manual?
    It runs, it stiches.
    But.
    It's making huge loops on the underside.
    I'm a novice but I think it's tension.
    Any bright ideas?

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    The tricky thing is threading with this one. It's easy when you know how, but the bobbin thread has to go in just right as well as the upper tension guide with three holes. This is the manual for the 282 and the 283, here is the second part. My machine needed a lot of oiling to run and shift again. There is a spring in the upper left corner behind the bobbin lid that releases the top of the freearm, it can be stuck too and need a bit of oil to move easily again.

    When threading is correct then you can adjust tension; with loops under the fabric you have to tighten the upper tension dial until you get balanced stitches.
    Last edited by Mickey2; 05-11-2017 at 02:03 AM.

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    Be sure the bobbin thread is correct. Does goes through a little loop. It will not sew right if Is incorrect.
    Last edited by miriam; 05-11-2017 at 02:08 AM.
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