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Thread: Singer 306M questions

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    Nice looking machine Caroline.

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    I am printing out a couple manuals, too. I took the top off a Singer cabinet and put it on a treadle base that was missing the cabinet - nope it doesn't quite fold up but it works fine. Not a huge sewing area but enough.
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    Thanks CD. Today I will be bringing in the treadle irons and the wood top. I have a friend who can route out larger mounting holes for the 306 to mount her on the top. Once I receive the 206x13 needles I hope to be off and treadling.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Thanks CD. Today I will be bringing in the treadle irons and the wood top. I have a friend who can route out larger mounting holes for the 306 to mount her on the top. Once I receive the 206x13 needles I hope to be off and treadling.
    Caroline,

    Where are you getting your 206-13 needles?

    Joe

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    The nice thing about that type of rig - you can change out the bobbin without using the slide plate
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Caroline,

    Where are you getting your 206-13 needles?

    Joe
    Sew Classic. Schmetz needles which I prefer.

    http://shop.sew-classic.com/206x13-S...eedles_c46.htm
    Sweet Caroline

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    Joe, you mentioned you have a jewelers glass. I think that is what you called it. Where did you buy yours? How much? In the "old days" I could read the numbers on sewing machine needles. No longer even with my glasses on and a magnifying glass, AAAARRRGH!
    Sweet Caroline

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    Carloline,

    I bought one from a artists / fountain pen store in Phoenix, and the other here in Springfield at a jewelery shop as far as I can remember. Both of mine are 10 power. You might try Hobby Lobby if there's one near you.

    I know what you mean about not being able to read small stuff any more. Being near sighted I used to be able to read really tiny stuff, now I can hardly see it.

    Joe

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    Thanks Joe. That jeweler glass is added to my shopping list.
    Sweet Caroline

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    You're welcome. Also for the 206-13 needles try All Brands { http://www.allbrands.com/productsear...r_by=relevance }. They have a better selection than Sew-Classic. We bought our first package from S-C then bought about 200 or so from All Brands.

    Joe

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    Thanks again Joe. You are becoming the supreme oracle of all sewing machine information. So, I have another question. I posted a picture of the 306 motor. I do not see grease ports on the motor. Is it safe to assume that it does not need grease? It sounds OK when I briefly ran it.
    Sweet Caroline

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    It's probably the same general vintage as our 319K. The owners manual for it says the motor is a non lube motor. So if there's no lube ports I'd just run it. We don't use ours too much right now, but my wife used the heck out of it last year when we got it and we had no troubles with the motor at all.

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    Another 306m Update

    I received my S-C order with the 206x13 needles for "Sofia". I was really praying that she had not been modified to take 15x1 needles. Thanks Nancy for the 306 manual. Without it I would have spent a whole lot of time figuring out how this machine works. I mounted the new needle, threaded her, wound her one and only bobbin and VOILA, she sews the most awesome stitches. I guess I am going to have to break down and purchase a router to add to my tool collection. I really want to mount this sewing machine on the treadle cabinet and the hinge holes need to be routed out to fit Sofia's hinges. One more thing to add to the shopping list.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Another 306m Update

    Yes, I have finally determined that the 306m was made in Monza, Italy. I found this website this afternoon. Mystery solved. So, Sophia will remain her name.

    http://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/monza/
    Sweet Caroline

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    Were the Singer 319s made there, too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Were the Singer 319s made there, too?
    I guess it is possible. I received an Email reply from Judy at the above link. The Singer plant was closed down in 1968 and all records were destroyed. She also mentioned that the foot controller is not original, which I knew, but the 306 machines originally came with style B1 foot controllers.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Here is Sophia mounted in the "Purple Passion" Singer 66 cabinet. I have not found a thing I do not love about this sewing machine. I thought you might like to see a pic of her stitch plate and presser foot also. I can sew a PERFECT 1/4 inch seam with that foot and I can swing the needle to do a scant 1/4 inch.

    Sorry for the poor picture, poor lighting conditions equal poor pictures. See that piece of paper on the sewing machine's bed? That is a piece of 1/4 inch graph paper I sew on to check the seam allowance width.
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    Last edited by Caroline S; 01-09-2013 at 06:21 AM.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Did you know that arrow on the throat plate shows which way to thread it? I saw it on a 293 and figured out it threads like a FW. Other Singer machines have that arrow - just not all.
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    Thanks Miriam. I knew it was a visual aid, didn't figure out what kind.
    Sweet Caroline

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