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    Sunday Morning Project

    I cleaned this up, and gave it a drink of oil. The zig-zag was skipping stitches, so I took the bobbin area apart and gave it a good clean. Also replaced the needle. This machine is one of the most quieted machines I have...if I were to compare...I think it sounds a lot like my singer 201-3.

    Feet can drop, but the button under the zig-zag width will not budge. I have tried oil but not heat...that will be next. I posted a pic the first day I picked it up but here is another after some TLC.

    It is model 764 and reminds me of a 50s car! A quirk, the needle is an extreme left position when in SS mode, thus my 1/4 inch green tape guide on the metal plate. Think I will get some trendy washi tape to replace it.

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    ​What a sweet machine! How much does she weight? It looks handy to move with the nice handle on top.

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    vanginney,

    Love the upside down pic.

    Tilt the machine back on it's hinges and follow the feed dog drop controls from the knob to the feed dogs. There will be a round pointy part that slides in a tube like affair. Oil it there. That is probably where it's gummed up.

    You can buy dedicated left side straight stitch feet for your machine, and there is the old fashioned fabric guides that screw onto the bed and ... and ... Dritz still sells the magnetic ones too. I've seen them at JoAnns. Lots better than tape.

    And again, I know you have trouble getting it up in Canada, but I do suggest Tri-Flow oil.

    Joe

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    Well the machine weighs a TON. I would guess 40 lbs. Joe, I had no idea about left dedicated feet, will do a search....she is worth it to me. The soft sound of the sewing was a surprise.

    Heat made the knob work, but I will have to find that place you talk about because even though the button moves freely its not dropping the feet.

    I will have to place an order into sew-classic but, I have a couple other things on order...my DH will start to make comments. My hobby is cheap compared to his....so I rarely listen to him but maybe next month I will place and order...I need a singer lite from them too.

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    Found that pointed part in the tube. It's oiled and freely moves...didn't do the trick. Also held heat to the underside - pointed at everything - its toasty warm now!!!! I have an extra flat plate from a buttonholer, I could always use to FMQ on it. Thanks for all the help.

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    I have the 763 straight stitch model http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=3SnodLNzGRx

    Otherwise called the Fair Lady, since it debuted at the World Fair.

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    Otherwise called the Fair Lady, since it debuted at the World Fair.
    Would you know what year that would be? I like the clean lines of your SS machine Candace! There kinda of heavy...take all my strength to lift her up. I just ran out of sewing desks....so this one is moved often. Maybe its a sign that I have enough now

    **Not sure why my pic ended upside down...I did have a glass of wine this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanginney View Post
    Would you know what year that would be? I like the clean lines of your SS machine Candace! There kinda of heavy...take all my strength to lift her up. I just ran out of sewing desks....so this one is moved often. Maybe its a sign that I have enough now

    **Not sure why my pic ended upside down...I did have a glass of wine this afternoon.
    I'm thinking you could google it to find out. They're very heavy. Mine is a nice machine and cool looking, but I don't find myself grabbing it to go anywhere because my 301's are so much lighter.

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    Wine helps everything I hear! A little spirit helped my first crack at FMQ today.
    Anyway, TriFlow in Canada can be found at MEC, do you have one there? As for the other SC parts, PM me before you send the order, for reasons I'm not supposed to discuss publicly on the board.

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    Joe, where can we buy feet for a left homing machine???????

    "You can buy dedicated left side straight stitch feet for your machine, and there is the old fashioned fabric guides that screw onto the bed and ... and ... "

    Joe[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    Joe, where can we buy feet for a left homing machine???????

    "You can buy dedicated left side straight stitch feet for your machine, and there is the old fashioned fabric guides that screw onto the bed and ... and ... "

    Joe
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    I did a search and found a high shank SS Left position foot on Sew-Classic...I haven't found a low shank one yet. I also tried two sewing guides...I had to dig out of the bottom of my sewing room fabric garbage can...because I threw them away thinking they were incomplete parts from some sort of elaborate foot Neither work - as the foot got in the way. Not sure the trick to using those guides - my green tape will have to do the job for now

    I know very little but I am learning - never throw a screw or anything away....even if you don't know what it is.

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    I just love that sewing machine. What a great find. Really like the handle on it. I wished all old sewing machines had that. Would make it so mach easier to move around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    Joe, where can we buy feet for a left homing machine???????

    "You can buy dedicated left side straight stitch feet for your machine, and there is the old fashioned fabric guides that screw onto the bed and ... and ... "

    Joe
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    I have seen the dedicated left SS foot at Sew-Classics, but as the previous poster says they are for the high shank machines. Both of the left parking machines I have use the high shank feet.

    Just about any of the screw on fabric guides will work on that machine. Notice the two holes to the right of the green tape in the pic of vanginney's machine above. Those are threaded for attachments. There are a bunch of styles and when properly used do not interfere with the foot. The one in the pic below is the one I use most often:

    It's held to the bed with a thumb screw and is quite adjustable.

    Here's another one, notice how it's cut out for the feed dogs:


    Here is magnetic one made by Dritz. It's stuck to the front of the pillar under the are:


    These can be had in various places. JoAnns and I'm sure other fabric shops carry the Dritz magnet ones, the one here in Springfield does, and the screw on ones are in original accessory kits by Singer, Greist, and others.

    All you need do is look.

    Joe

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    I was just wondering. I finally was able to get a machine just like my very first. (My mother did not own a machine or sew until I was grown up, and then it was all hand quilting). It is a Kenmore 1217, the next to cheapest model they made at the time. That was in 1972. I didn't recall that it was left homing, but it doesn't matter. I bought it to display, not use.

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    That is the coolest baby blue machine I have ever seen!

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    I've got a low shank left homing straight stitch foot...& a narrow hem foot. I got them in a box of attachments I bought at Goodwill. The straight stitch foot is easy to spot...The narrow toe is on the left rather than the right. The straight stitch foot is nice to have if you want to use the left needle position (on a machine that has L, C,& R) & need the control of a straight stitch foot for sheers, silkies, etc....even if your machine doesn't home to the left.

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    Here's a low shank one http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/straight-stitch-foot-low-left-narrow-55609.aspx

    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    Joe, where can we buy feet for a left homing machine???????

    "You can buy dedicated left side straight stitch feet for your machine, and there is the old fashioned fabric guides that screw onto the bed and ... and ... "

    Joe
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