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Thread: Singer Repair Manuals

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    Singer Repair Manuals

    Where can I find Singer repair manuals? Not the owners manuals, but the shop manuals to actually fix and adjust the innards of these things?

    I've tried a bunch of places but all I find is parts books and owners manuals.



    Joe

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    The following lists are incomplete and poorly organized, but there are some Adjuster's Manuals scattered throughout. (The problem is you have to download them first to see what they are....)

    http://parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/

    http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/
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    Hi Joe,

    Some are listed here. I've also emailed them and gotten additional not listed (301).

    http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/...e-manuals.html

    Jon

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    Rain,
    Those were two I've been searching for. The links are in my other hard drive that failed.

    Jon,
    Haven't communicated with Ed in a while. I guess I should read his blog more often.

    Thanks for the links.

    Joe

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    I've been to those places recommended above as well as doing a Google search and so far no luck. I'm specifically looking for a 413 and a 538 service / repair / adjusting manual.

    Any body know of any for these two?

    Joe

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    Hi Joe, I realize this won't help you with your current problem, but I'll throw this out there since it seems you repair, or are starting to repair, a pretty wide variety of machines. You may want to look into taking Ray White's sewing machine repair class if one is offered near you:

    http://www.whitesewingcenter.com/repairclass.php

    I've sung the class' praises on other forums as well. As you get into more and different kinds of machines, you'll find it's impossible to find Adjuster's Manuals for all of them, or even worse, sometimes you go to the trouble of tracking down the manual--and the part you need to fix isn't even mentioned! That's when I've found Ray's training handy, as he teaches you to "learn" a machine by looking at the parts. It helped me fix some problems on a Singer 111w155 industrial that I couldn't find any assistance for.

    As for a more short-term solution, one idea might be to do a little research and find out if there are other models that are similar to the 413 and 538, in the way that the 403 and 500a have a few things in common. Then, if you can acquire an Adjuster's Manual for the similar model, there might be enough overlap in it to help you.

    The other short-term solution is to jump on the Vintage Singers Yahoo Group and do a search of the archives to see if anyone's had, and fixed, the specific problems you're having. Failing that you can post a query in hopes that someone's got the fix.
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    I've found several manuals and adjusters manuals at Scribd. You can't download without a subscription or uploading your own content, but you can view them online for free.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Rain,

    I'd love to take Ray's course, but finances prohibit that for the forseeable future. I'll just tinker along till I find what I want.

    Bennett,
    Will check it out.

    Joe

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    I ordered one from April1930.com

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    Thank you everyone for the info, Just a newbe trying to get started.
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    Joe, you might try www.tias.com/stores/relics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana View Post
    Joe, you might try www.tias.com/stores/relics
    Relics is the first place I looked. I've bought several owners manuals from them and also recommended lots of folks to check them out. In this case they didn't have what I need.

    Joe

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    I have a repair manual pdf for Singer swing needles (like a 401). I would be happy to share it with anyone here.

    I would love to take Ray's course as well, but it's a little pricey for me right now.

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    janeite,

    I'd love to have it or a copy of it. We've got a 401 too.

    Joe

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    Have you tried the Vintage Singers Yahoo group? or the Vintage Sewing Machine group? I found one or two repair manuals in those groups.
    jlm5419-an Okie back in Oklahoma!
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    Nope I haven't gone to the Yahoo groups. I have one devil of a time navigating that site. If all else fails I suppose I could pop a hand full of Excedrin and try .... again.

    ............................................

    I do now have a 538 manual. Thanks grannysewer I really appreciate it.

    Joe

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