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    Singer 328 k manual?

    Ifound this machine at the thrift store for $15. I am looking for a machine to do straight stitch for mending while my other machine is setup for making a quilt. However there isn't a manual with it. Does anyone know where I can get one. As you can see there is a couple of covers missing on the front but I plugged it in and ran it before I bought it so the parts must not be essential. But I do need to know how to oil, thread and do the other things that need to be done to keep it up.
    Thanks for any help you can give me.
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    Oh please ignore the mess on the table. I am not a neat sewer and I use the room for too many things. Oh for a very large sewing room!!!
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    There are free manuals if you google and on the yahoo vintage singer group.

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    http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals
    That is a link - just type in 328 and you should be able to get a manual.
    Looks like it does zig zag and takes disks!!!! Wow you did good! I bet once you get it up and running that machine will rock. I bet you can treadle it too. Some old Singers have knock out on the side of the base. Check the needle size.
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    I had the 327k, predecessor to this machine, for many years. Got it in 1964 as a HS graduation gift. It was very easy to use and take care of. Mine did not have the capability of taking the cams, but did a nice zigzag stitch as well as a good straight stitch. Looks like the main thing you are missing is the 'hood' over the light. Not sure if that went all the way to the 'gold' cover or if there is another piece that should be there. I think you will enjoy this machine.
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    Thank you all. I had wondered if I could treadle it too. I would love to have that ability. It does seem to be missing the light cover but I don't know if there is something else to turn the light on and off. I have tried it out with a piece of fabric with a straight stitch and it is so quiet and sews beautifully. I did find a manual and now I will oil and clean it. I am pleased with it. Man it is heavy though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbuchholz View Post
    Thank you all. I had wondered if I could treadle it too. I would love to have that ability. It does seem to be missing the light cover but I don't know if there is something else to turn the light on and off. I have tried it out with a piece of fabric with a straight stitch and it is so quiet and sews beautifully. I did find a manual and now I will oil and clean it. I am pleased with it. Man it is heavy though.
    Lynda
    To treadle you have to have room for the belt. I've seen some machines with knock out plugs - take the plug out and set the machine in a treadle. I don't know if that one does or not. Heavy isn't a bad thing - it won't bounce off your table while you are sewing.
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    Lynda, I treadle a Singer 328k. This machine is rather light compared to some other machines.
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    that is a beauty! You did good! My Wards Signature was made at about the same time as this machine I bet. Similar features. And Wilma (Wards machine) sews very quietly. I can sew at night and not keep anyone awake.
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    I see the knock outs are on the front - I was looking on the side - it will be a nice one to treadle.
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    PM me - I think I have two manuals for my 328K. You can have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl View Post
    PM me - I think I have two manuals for my 328K. You can have one.
    I don't know how to PM. I will have to figure it out. I did download a manual from the net. It is 82 pages long so if that is the right pages I won't need yours although it would be nice as I bet it is compact.
    I am so pleased with this machine! A blessing. Now if I can find a treadle cabinet. I am tickled that it can be treadled.
    Thank you for your offer.
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    Did you get any cams with it? I have two or three duplicate cams if you want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Lynda, I treadle a Singer 328k. This machine is rather light compared to some other machines.
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    How did you treadle your machine? I can see where the belt would go but not how to get the other off. There is a treadle machine at the same thrift store I got this machine at but the machine in the desk looks pretty bad but the table is in good shape. I will have to look at the price. I know I could buy a new table but the old would be so nice.
    Lynda

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl View Post
    Did you get any cams with it? I have two or three duplicate cams if you want them.
    There was only one cam with the machine. I would love to have more. Let me know how much you want. I sent you a PM with my email address.
    Thanks so much. I had wondered if I could get parts for it. I cleaned it today and I am in love with it already!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbuchholz View Post
    How did you treadle your machine? I can see where the belt would go but not how to get the other off. There is a treadle machine at the same thrift store I got this machine at but the machine in the desk looks pretty bad but the table is in good shape. I will have to look at the price. I know I could buy a new table but the old would be so nice.
    Lynda
    You take the side plate off(which is done in that photo), loosen the hand wheel to slide it and stretch the belt enough to take it off the motor (at least I think that is how I did it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbuchholz View Post
    There was only one cam with the machine. I would love to have more. Let me know how much you want. I sent you a PM with my email address.
    Thanks so much. I had wondered if I could get parts for it. I cleaned it today and I am in love with it already!!
    Thanks
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    I love mine, too! I did the applique on my table runner with it, and it did a great job! My future plan is to find a treadle base for it. I will go through my cams and see what duplicates I have and send them to you, no charge. It may take me a couple of days -tomorrow is really busy and my quilt guild meets tomorrow night. I will go through them on Tues. Which cam did it come with? There should be a number on one side of the cam. Not the part number, but one of the numbers 1 - 35. It is probably cam #1 - I think most people left that cam in the machine most of the time.
    Linda
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    singer sewing machine 328 manual.

    DEAR LINDA: AS I WAS STROLLING AND SEARCHING THE WEB I CAME ACROSS THE QUILTING BOARD
    AND SIGNED UP WITH THEM. I NOTICE THAT YOU HAVE POSTED OR NOTED THAT YOU MAY HAVE TWO SINGER SEWING MACHINE MANUALS FOR THE SINGER SEWING MACHINE 328. IF YOU DO WILL YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW. SINCERELY, MRS. SARAH HALL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faithquilter5811 View Post
    DEAR LINDA: AS I WAS STROLLING AND SEARCHING THE WEB I CAME ACROSS THE QUILTING BOARD
    AND SIGNED UP WITH THEM. I NOTICE THAT YOU HAVE POSTED OR NOTED THAT YOU MAY HAVE TWO SINGER SEWING MACHINE MANUALS FOR THE SINGER SEWING MACHINE 328. IF YOU DO WILL YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW. SINCERELY, MRS. SARAH HALL.
    Welcome to the Quilting Board! After I checked on my 328 manuals, I realized that only one was for the 328, so I don't have an extra. I am so sorry! But if you scroll up to near the beginning of this thread, there is a link where you can download a manual.
    Linda
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