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Thread: Singer 185J ----Help

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    Singer 185J ----Help

    I just bought a pretty little singer 185J. She came missing a few parts and no manual. She runs but I can't test drive to not having a sewing plate. Any info is greatly appreciated..... plus I'm trying to find a sewing table for her and or my fw....

    thanks sammie
    sammie

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    Hi sammie, I just got a Singer 185J too. She also is missing a few parts, and needs a good cleaning. I found a free manual on the Singer website, http://www.singerco.com/ I hope this helps. Look under Customer support.
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    I purchased a pretty little green 185J just before Christmas, she has no plate and the spool post is bent so she hasn't had any attention yet, hoping to give her a little love next week. Some one here suggested I cut an old credit card down to fit over the bobbin and tape it on - fabulous suggestion as it works like a dream...I have seen a number of 185's missing the plate - wonder why????

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    You should be able to get the cover plate and a spool pin from a local sewing shop, if not they can be ordered online. I think I paid about $6 for my plate. It is the same plate used on 66, 99, 192 and the 185. The reason they get lost is people get them off, but don't know the trick to getting them back on. You have to put them on from back to front. Once you know how, it is easy. Hope you find all the parts you need to get sewing. It is a really fun little machine.

    Pat

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    I got a plate from sew-classic - she has class 66 bobbins too - you can test to see if the thread comes up from the bobbin before you invest any money in it - cute little buggers aren't they?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Thank ya'll for info. I tried the singer site for the manual. I think her serial # is JD816257. I found it engraded on the bottom. Is that where yours is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammie View Post
    Thank ya'll for info. I tried the singer site for the manual. I think her serial # is JD816257. I found it engraded on the bottom. Is that where yours is?
    should be right
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    I just looked again on the singer site where the number should be, my plate may be missing.... or possbiliy,,, which is a big one. is I just not sure what I'm looking for...... *LOL*
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    Sammie you already found the number
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    Did this machine get made to work???
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I just received a 185j about a week ago and absolutely adore her! My son saw it sitting on my cousin's porch and mentioned his Mom would like 'that'. She said it didn't work and told him to take it. He called me and I went over to get it. It was sitting in the base backwards and when we turned her around, she worked just fine! Her name is 'Amy' after my cousin, of course! Has her original cord and foot pedal which are in good shape. Just needs a slide plate, bobbin ring and spool pin, all of which I've just found online and will order tonight. I LOVE the 3/4 size of this machine and though she's heavy (I won't complain as I'm on the generous side too!) she would be my choice to take to a class IF I could come up with a decent case. She came with no cover, only her base which is in awful condition. Any ideas on cases that won't cost an arm and a leg?
    Oh yes, she was born in Canada in 1954.
    Last edited by AliceQ; 04-02-2012 at 04:26 PM.
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    I like the little heavy machines - they stay put when you sew. If you know anybody handy you might be able to build a wooden base for it. http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/index.html
    Sew-classic has the parts and the best bobbins she is some where in Ohio I think. You might find a cloth cooler or something it will fit into after that - needs one with wheels...
    Last edited by miriam; 04-02-2012 at 04:33 PM.
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    Love my little mean green machine too! Now why does every 185j come without the slide plate and the spool pin bent or missing??????

    I would think any type of top loading wheeled tote would carry her where you want to go, she is light enough to pop in and out with ease.

    Joann

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