Singer Fashion Mate Model 237

Old 06-21-2020, 07:50 AM
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Default Singer Fashion Mate Model 237

Hi all... I got this from my mother in law. She may have used it once and itís been sitting around since 1968. All original, all parts. Iíve tried using it, but the belt has deteriorated and it probably needs a new one and a good tune up... but where do I take this? Are there even parts available for this machine? Iíd love to be able to use it.


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Old 06-21-2020, 08:41 AM
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Sewingpartsonline.com has belts.

I have several of this model - I am very fond of it. It is very straight-forward to operate and hard to mess up. ((I also own Pfaffs and Berninas. 1980s era. - so I do have something to compare them to.)

You will probably need a new bobbin winder "tire", too. That is under the top"lid" That tends to deteriorate and then the bobbin winder thing won't turn. The bobbin winder "tire" is very inexpensive. That can be changed "at home".

Sorry - don't have any suggestions on where to take it.

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Old 06-21-2020, 09:02 AM
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Thank you. I am moving to Charlotte NC area and after some googling, I found a few repair shops that I can reach out to. I donít have any repair shops in my current local area, so Iím thankful Iíll have some options. Iím happy that I can bring this machine with me and thereís hope I can get it fixed up.

My mother actually used the machine for an hour or 2 a couple years ago and it was as if it just came off the assembly line, but that didnít last. Started skipping, belts slipping...
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I would get an estimate for the repair cost before committing to getting it fixed.

I managed to get all of mine (inexpensively) - and I was just thinking about how much I would be willing to spend to get one of them "fixed" if that was the only machine I had available to me.

When one can buy "new" for around $100 or so - it becomes sort of a hard decision to make on whether to spend the money on an old machine (that will probably run "forever" if one can get parts for it) or a new one that might have a one year warranty on it.

The 237 weighs quite a bit - so it was "portable" when I was younger and stronger.
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Yes, Iím going to call around to the repair places this week and dig deeper into these repair costs. And for sure, this machine is crazy stupid heavy.
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Welcome. I have heard that this is a very good machine, especially for satin stitching. You said that you got all the parts, with the machine - did that include a manual? If not you can get one at https://res.cloudinary.com/singer-se...ng_Machine.pdf Was there an oil and grease tube with the machine? The manual shows how to partially clean, lube & oil the machine near the end of the manual.

The notes I have for one of my 237's says that the belt number is 193066. When I googled that number, I found https://www.amazon.com/Motor-V-Belt-.../dp/B01DZG7TXQ

Frequently if it is messing up while sewing, it is something simple to get these machines back in tip-top shape.

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OK I took pics, lets see if I can upload them. I have tried to upload 1 image, with everything the machine came with.

There was no oil with the machine, and to be honest, I think the oil might be all it needs! That, and a tune up - whatever a tune up is for sewing machines. :-)
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The belt looks to be in good shape to the naked eye, but, seeing it in a pic on my computer, it looks to be fraying a bit?
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Personally, I'd get the 237 serviced, because in my opinion it's better than most of today's modern machines.
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Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
Personally, I'd get the 237 serviced, because in my opinion it's better than most of today's modern machines.
I agree. That was my first machine when I got married. Sewed great and never gave me any trouble. Wish I still had it.
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