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Thread: Singer 338 foot pedal

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    Junior Member beaniekins's Avatar
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    Singer 338 foot pedal

    I have a Singer 338 that I love, but I have a small issue with the foot pedal. It is one of those older two button pedals, and it is very stiff, which makes it hard to control the speed of the machine. Basically, it's either pedal to the metal fast, or it doesn't really go at all. I took the pedal apart to see if I could loosen it up a little, but it didn't help.

    So I want to get a replacement. Do I just get a pedal and rewire the existing cord to the new pedal or can I just get a whole new pedal for my machine? I took a pic of the end of the cord where it attaches to my machine, and the cord has four prong holes, but the machine only uses the bottom three.
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    Sew-Classic Parts { http://shop.sew-classic.com/ } has several types of foot controllers.
    They are inexpensive and you can simply unhook the original and attach the replacement one.

    I have the similar problems with our Singer controllers. Some work very well with gradual speed increases, and some are like yours, off or full speed. I've had them apart too and haven't figured out how to fix the problem.

    Joe

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    Go to the vintagesinger yahoo list, join up and read about how to adjust the foot control. It doesn't make sense to buy a new one if you can get yours adjusted properly. There are files there to read through that show you step by step how to do it. I've had to adjust most of my foot controls for one reason or another.

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    Speaking only for myself, but I find that yahoo list impossible to navigate. It was suggested I go join the vintage Japanese machine group. I did.
    I couldn't find anything in there. And being on a dial up nothing loads fast.

    Is there any way you can post a direct link to the page to adjust the foot controllers?

    I mean to say that an outsider can get a link straight to this thread and read it. They don't have to join the forum and do a three day search to find it.

    ANY help in this matter is appreciated.

    Thank You for your assistance.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Speaking only for myself, but I find that yahoo list impossible to navigate. It was suggested I go join the vintage Japanese machine group. I did.
    I couldn't find anything in there. And being on a dial up nothing loads fast.

    Is there any way you can post a direct link to the page to adjust the foot controllers?

    I mean to say that an outsider can get a link straight to this thread and read it. They don't have to join the forum and do a three day search to find it.

    ANY help in this matter is appreciated.

    Thank You for your assistance.

    Joe
    You have to be a member of the yahoo group to access the files. There is a wealth of information in the vintagesinger yahoo group. The files can't be directly linked to. I have no difficulty navigating the site at all. I don't have dial-up, however...

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    WOAH !!!! I am here to ask THE SAME question !!! My Singer 348..in my avatar !! SO hard to controll the speed !! If I find anything, Ill let ya know !!!

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    I think I'll get something like this and just get my husband to wire the old cord to the new foot. The wires are still in excellent shape, so that should work wonderfully!

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    When I went to buy a foot control, most have the newer repro's, but not the button-type vintage ones.
    Good Luck in your search.
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    I suggest looking on http://www.sew-classic.com/.

    I've bought several parts from Jenny on that site. She's VERY helpful & accommodating. They have many different parts available. If by chance they don't carry your foot, they might be able to special order it.

    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins View Post
    I have a Singer 338 that I love, but I have a small issue with the foot pedal. It is one of those older two button pedals, and it is very stiff, which makes it hard to control the speed of the machine. Basically, it's either pedal to the metal fast, or it doesn't really go at all. I took the pedal apart to see if I could loosen it up a little, but it didn't help.

    So I want to get a replacement. Do I just get a pedal and rewire the existing cord to the new pedal or can I just get a whole new pedal for my machine? I took a pic of the end of the cord where it attaches to my machine, and the cord has four prong holes, but the machine only uses the bottom three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomOf3 View Post
    I suggest looking on http://www.sew-classic.com/.

    I've bought several parts from Jenny on that site. She's VERY helpful & accommodating. They have many different parts available. If by chance they don't carry your foot, they might be able to special order it.
    I second that. I bought several of my old Singer sewing machines a new electronic foot pedals from Jenny. She is great. I never knew a couple of my old machines could ever be so steady at a slower speed. The old foot pedals will literally get hot if you go too slow, where the electronic pedals don't do that. Go to: shop sew-classic dot com, then click down to foot controls; she even pre-wires odd foot pedals. I have no affiliation with her, but a happy customer.

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    I have had one of Sew-Classics electronic foot controllers for several months but didn't hook it up. Then about 2 weeks ago the foot controller to my "test box" died. I put the electronic one on and it surprised me. Although it's a cheep plastic unit it works pretty good.

    Joe

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    Miz Mary'

    This link doesn't work. Can you post again.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by miz mary View Post
    Cathy

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