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Thread: Question about an old Brother sewing machine

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    My mother gave my college daughter her old Brother Sewing Machine to take back to school with her. I decided we better get her some bobbins and extra accessories. I called Brother and this sewing machine is over 30 years old and they don't make the bobbin for it any more or any of the accessories. Does anyone have an older Brother Pacesetter XL711S and have any of the bobbins or accessories they aren't using? My daughter is a senior at BYU Idaho and is going to take her first fun class in four years--sewing. I hate to send her with only one bobbin.

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    You should be able to get bobbins at JoAnn's or another fabric store. Take the bobbin with you and compare it to what they have. A lot of them fit more than one machine.

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    Did they tell you what class of bobbin it was ? Usually class 15 or 66 ? are they metal or plastic ?

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    you can also go to the Brother site, follow the links and email them for info. You may even be able to download a manual for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Did they tell you what class of bobbin it was ? Usually class 15 or 66 ? are they metal or plastic ?
    That's what I think - they're 'kinda universal'.

    Post a picture of it - find out that class info.

    I have older Brother machines - let's see what you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom
    you can also go to the Brother site, follow the links and email them for info. You may even be able to download a manual for her.
    I did go to the Brother site, they don't have a manual for this machine--it is too old. I did email them and they were able to go through archives and send me a xerox copy of an old manual. The manual doesn't say what size bobbin the machien uses. Their customer service reps looked through all the old records and couldn't find anything else on the machine. If they are going to make machines last for 30 years, they ought to keep the records and parts for them, right? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom
    you can also go to the Brother site, follow the links and email them for info. You may even be able to download a manual for her.
    I did go to the Brother site, they don't have a manual for this machine--it is too old. I did email them and they were able to go through archives and send me a xerox copy of an old manual. The manual doesn't say what size bobbin the machien uses. Their customer service reps looked through all the old records and couldn't find anything else on the machine. If they are going to make machines last for 30 years, they ought to keep the records and parts for them, right? LOL

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    So, I like trying to track these kinds of things down...

    I believe that machine takes class 15 metal bobbins - here are 2 places (there are more) that confirm this and will also sell them to you - does your bobbin look like this?

    http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bob...l-10-pack.aspx

    http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Bobbins-Broth...item3f05e27860

    Can't locate a free manual anywhere..

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandish
    So, I like trying to track these kinds of things down...

    I believe that machine takes class 15 metal bobbins - here are 2 places (there are more) that confirm this and will also sell them to you - does your bobbin look like this?

    http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bob...l-10-pack.aspx

    http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Bobbins-Broth...item3f05e27860

    Can't locate a free manual anywhere..

    Hope this helps a bit.
    YES. THANK YOU!!! Now I just need to find the foot attachments like the zipper foot, etc.

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    Again, I could be mistaken, but I think if you can determine the "shank" (high/low) on the machine, you can buy attachments that will work with it. Then they should be relatively easy to find. :)

    http://thesewbox.com/f/How_to_Determ...Shank_Size.pdf

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    The old Brother that I had took the universal bobbins. It should tell on the package what machines they fit. They even list the vintage Singers on the packages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    You should be able to get bobbins at JoAnn's or another fabric store. Take the bobbin with you and compare it to what they have. A lot of them fit more than one machine.
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    I agree with MaggieLou. Take it in and compare it with others, even if you have to buy one to take the package apart. Check the size against yours, then the height against yours. Might be the easiest way. There are not that many different ones that have been made, from the metal ones to the plastic.

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    Thanks. I knew that this board could help me even though Brother itself couldn't or wouldn't. This board is the best.

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    try ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    Thanks. I knew that this board could help me even though Brother itself couldn't or wouldn't. This board is the best.
    I would like to see a photo of your machine to see if it is like the one I gave my g-grandson. I might be able to send you a zipper foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    Thanks. I knew that this board could help me even though Brother itself couldn't or wouldn't. This board is the best.
    I would like to see a photo of your machine to see if it is like the one I gave my g-grandson. I might be able to send you a zipper foot.
    Here is a picture of the sewing machine. Sorry it took so long, had problems with my computer and had to take pic with my phone and then go into town so I could email the picture back to me (I don't get cell service at my house.) LOL
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    It looks like an ordinary low-shank attachment - you can buy attachment sets pretty cheap on eBay. :)

    Here's a set that should work just fine with this machine:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280581925158

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    Thanks. I knew that this board could help me even though Brother itself couldn't or wouldn't. This board is the best.
    I would like to see a photo of your machine to see if it is like the one I gave my g-grandson. I might be able to send you a zipper foot.
    Here is a picture of the sewing machine. Sorry it took so long, had problems with my computer and had to take pic with my phone and then go into town so I could email the picture back to me (I don't get cell service at my house.) LOL
    Is the foot that is on the machine now a snap on foot? The old Brother that I had took the very common low shank. Any low shank from any machine worked on mine. Do you have an other older machines? They were usually pretty interchangable back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandish
    So, I like trying to track these kinds of things down...

    I believe that machine takes class 15 metal bobbins - here are 2 places (there are more) that confirm this and will also sell them to you - does your bobbin look like this?

    http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bob...l-10-pack.aspx

    http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Bobbins-Broth...item3f05e27860

    Can't locate a free manual anywhere..

    Hope this helps a bit.
    You can purchase the bobbins at JoAnns with your 40 or 50% off coupon. They aren't that expensive.

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    The machine is now packed in her car. She leaves tomorrow morning at 3 a.m. so she can get back to Idaho from California. I will have her check it when she unpacks it up at school. (I wish I could sneak in her car and go with her--but she has too much stuff!)

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    I am using the universal low shank attachments on my Featherweight. They actually came with a Universal Sewing Machine that I bought used in 1963. The walking foot came with a different machine that I had and it works on any low shank machine too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    I would like to see a photo of your machine to see if it is like the one I gave my g-grandson. I might be able to send you a zipper foot.
    Here is a picture of the sewing machine. Sorry it took so long, had problems with my computer and had to take pic with my phone and then go into town so I could email the picture back to me (I don't get cell service at my house.) LOL
    It look just like my old machinem I'll look and see what attachments I have left. I know a universal walking foot works on it, and some of the other attachment from my New Home work on it. I'll let you know what I have and I can send them to you at no cost.

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    scrapngmom, I have a manual in PDF format I can send to you.
    I found it on line but can't remember how I found it so can't give you a link so you can get it online. If you will PM me with an email address, I will send the file to you.

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    Forgot to mention that this manual covers Brothers XL711S, 471, 771, 461, 721
    M461,114,606,607
    Any others needing this manual please PM me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    Forgot to mention that this manual covers Brothers XL711S, 471, 771, 461, 721
    M461,114,606,607
    Any others needing this manual please PM me
    Barb, I don't need any of these things, but just want to say how nice and helpful you are. Happy New Year!!!

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