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Old 11-02-2020, 08:17 AM
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We're doing ok, I think... She is *clean* now. I poked and wiped and oiled and she's feeling so much more sprightly. I got the right v-shaped belt, and now I'm down to the electric work.
When I gingerly plugged the old wires in (they are crackly with age) the lamp lit up, but nothing happened with the pedal/motor. The wires running to the pedal have been spliced and mended with black tape to a 'newer' wire which attaches at the pedal.
I took the pedal apart to dust, etc. It's reasonably clean...just not working.

So, I think I can get as far as putting new wires on everything, but I guess we'll see if that changes anything. I know there's a video out there on servicing the foot pedal - I'll probably take a look at that next.

If it still fails to engage the motor, I may consider buying a new/refurbished old one. I have someone who has offered to give a good price one of the ones she still has around (she refurbishes as well, she and her husband have done it for 20 years now!)
I'm also keeping my eyes open for another 99, maybe not running but one that has a decent base I can use.
I'll attach pics when I re-size them.
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Old 11-02-2020, 12:32 PM
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Pics Now: You can see the repair job on the wire. Also, I decided to keep the oil wick felt, I just cleaned the ugly bits that had accumulated on the top, and it is indeed, perfectly serviceable! It's now oiled and back in place.
1. Foot pedal and wire
2 Badge
3. Bobbin area finally back together
4. Arm
5. Supervisor is unimpressed
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Old 11-02-2020, 02:11 PM
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If I am allowed to be very fuzzy, you can twist the copper wire around a pencil, make a loop, then solder it. It looks neat, but I think your approach is acceptable. Don't take my criticism too seriously, you did a great job, the machine looks great. The cat looks like it's happy with the situation too lol ;- ) What did you polish with?
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Old 11-02-2020, 03:01 PM
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Yeah, that's the previous owner's job there...loose wires like this make me *jumpy*, ha! I would never have left them like this, I promise. I was figuring on changing the wire out due to the splice, but what I saw in the foot pedal...it does need help!

So far I have just used Singer sewing machine oil on the outside, which got rid of all the old oil/junk on it. The metal face plate I took off and gave an extra rub with metal polish, that's all. Everything else just came up shiny after a gentle rub with a white T-shirt. She really wasn't that bad under her coat of dirt and such!
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Old 11-09-2020, 10:42 AM
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Only time I had to 'play' this weekend was to disassemble, clean and reassemble the Bakelite button style foot pedal. Videos have been immensely valuable! I found out it has 150 disks in the carbon piles, heh. All have been rubbed clean, placed back in the sides of the ceramic block. Copper contacts as well polished clean from carbon buildup. The foot cushions just needed cleaning, thankfully they are not torn/broken. Next I need to get some insulated wire to re-wire it. I also need the neat little rubber stopper (or something) that sits in the hole in the pedal where the wire comes out...it fell off as chunks of dried electrical tape from the last repair. Although I'm dying to try the machine out, it's good for me to go through all these steps to restore the parts, one by one! I'm really loving it.
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Great progress on your rescue: I'm sure cat supervision has something to do with it!
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Old 11-10-2020, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Cheshirepat View Post
...I also need the neat little rubber stopper (or something) that sits in the hole in the pedal where the wire comes out...it fell off as chunks of dried electrical tape from the last repair. Although I'm dying to try the machine out, it's good for me to go through all these steps to restore the parts, one by one! I'm really loving it.
Good for you - to go through the steps to restore the parts. Sounds like you are progressing nicely.

I think what you want is called a Round Strain Relief.

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" I also need the neat little rubber stopper (or something) that sits in the hole in the pedal where the wire comes out...it fell off as chunks of dried electrical tape from the last repair."

Unless you want an original Singer replacement part, you can look for a rubber or plastic grommet at the hardware store.
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Old 11-10-2020, 08:22 AM
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Thanks JoeJr and Janey! Good to know the hardware store will have likely have something comparable! I'm writing a list of 'bits and bobs' I need to purchase. I also realized I forgot to pick up a replacement 'tire' for the bobbin winder...Doh! Another stop to the local sew & vac shop, darn. (It's also an amazing store for all things quilting!)

My feline supervisors have been *very* helpful, in a purely theoretical way.
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Old 11-10-2020, 09:24 PM
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I got a case bottom for 2 of my machines from EBay for $45 each.
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