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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Question time (again!) For you e machine owners: I bought a Universal in a very pretty turquiose and white that looks like my mother's cherished White from the 50s. I am dying to sew on it, figueratively, but do not want to die to sew on it. The cord from the motor to the cabinet is two bare wires with shreds of black covering. When I replace that cord (the light cord looks okay), do I need to save the plug? It is not polarized like modern plugs. Will the cabinet accept a new polarized plug? I do not want to do this, I hate working with electricity, but I have to do it, so I want to do it right.
    Irishrose, I wish I could help you but my DH does the wiring. I am answering you in the hopes that someone else on here will see this post and answer it! Miriam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    This is a tailor's machine like the 1200 except post WWII, no electric??????
    Jon I agree it looks like an industrial machine - tailor's machine/sweat shop machine? It is similar to the industrial Singer's, but different too. No this is a treadle, and from looking at the treadle it is made similar to Singer's straight leg treadle so I'd guess this machine from the 1930 to maybe late 40's? I have a Singer 15-88 with the straight leg treadle similar, but much smaller than this treadle. The treadle is much larger than your normal treadle - it takes a 75" belt and you know that with most treadle you buy the standard 72" belt and have to cut it down! It is a very interesting machine - has the knee pressure foot lift so who ever was using the machine didn't have to move their hands to turn something - very efficient! It also has reverse which means it pretty much had to be made later than 1930! I send an e-mail the Hitachi asking what years they made sewing machines so I could date this machine and got back an answer that they never made sewing machines! The needles I just mentioned because they are from Japan not here, which means a Japanese family sent them to someone here or the machine came over from Japan! There is absolutely no information on this machine that I can find anywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Irishrose, I wish I could help you but my DH does the wiring. I am answering you in the hopes that someone else on here will see this post and answer it! Miriam?

    Nancy
    I got DH to reply and the computer ate the reply. Basically those old ones were set up for either prong but if you put it on the polorized put it with the load on the fat end.
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    Tried to send pics of the 201 and the danged things won't load, maybe later. ugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jon I agree it looks like an industrial machine - tailor's machine/sweat shop machine? It is similar to the industrial Singer's, but different too. No this is a treadle, and from looking at the treadle it is made similar to Singer's straight leg treadle so I'd guess this machine from the 1930 to maybe late 40's? I have a Singer 15-88 with the straight leg treadle similar, but much smaller than this treadle. The treadle is much larger than your normal treadle - it takes a 75" belt and you know that with most treadle you buy the standard 72" belt and have to cut it down! It is a very interesting machine - has the knee pressure foot lift so who ever was using the machine didn't have to move their hands to turn something - very efficient! It also has reverse which means it pretty much had to be made later than 1930! I send an e-mail the Hitachi asking what years they made sewing machines so I could date this machine and got back an answer that they never made sewing machines! The needles I just mentioned because they are from Japan not here, which means a Japanese family sent them to someone here or the machine came over from Japan! There is absolutely no information on this machine that I can find anywhere!

    Nancy
    Finding the maker of this machine would be similar to finding the maker of a "Japanese Clone" I would imagine. Great machine, this is too nice and a little light for factory work, probably used by skilled pro without AC or just preferred treddlin. Jon
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jon I agree it looks like an industrial machine - tailor's machine/sweat shop machine? It is similar to the industrial Singer's, but different too. No this is a treadle, and from looking at the treadle it is made similar to Singer's straight leg treadle so I'd guess this machine from the 1930 to maybe late 40's? I have a Singer 15-88 with the straight leg treadle similar, but much smaller than this treadle. The treadle is much larger than your normal treadle - it takes a 75" belt and you know that with most treadle you buy the standard 72" belt and have to cut it down! It is a very interesting machine - has the knee pressure foot lift so who ever was using the machine didn't have to move their hands to turn something - very efficient! It also has reverse which means it pretty much had to be made later than 1930! I send an e-mail the Hitachi asking what years they made sewing machines so I could date this machine and got back an answer that they never made sewing machines! The needles I just mentioned because they are from Japan not here, which means a Japanese family sent them to someone here or the machine came over from Japan! There is absolutely no information on this machine that I can find anywhere!

    Nancy
    Finding the maker of this machine would be similar to finding the maker of a "Japanese Clone" I would imagine. Great machine, this is too nice and a little light for factory work, probably used by skilled pro without AC or just preferred treddlin. Jon
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    my machine has gone wonky on this board - I wonder if it is the board
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Glad to have you around! Just be careful not to get any sewing machine oil on your hands, it gets in your blood and then you will want to start fixing sewing machines. The next thing you know you won't have any room to move around in your house.
    That's my problem, then. Thank you for the diagnosis!

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    Does anybody in the Indianapolis area (or you can drive) need a Singer Featherweight or Singer 301 tune up/clean up? I am offering to do it for free so I can make a tutorial. PM if you are interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    That's my problem, then. Thank you for the diagnosis!
    I fear that it is highly contagious... it may be possible to get it just from reading this post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I fear that it is highly contagious... it may be possible to get it just from reading this post.
    Yes, that is what happened to me!

    Stopped in to ask a simple question, 10+ machines later. I asked my question in June or July....
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    Pics of Singer 201 (hopefully)
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    It is nice to get a good one isn't it - I still like to go over them, then use them for a project - that's when I find stuff I missed.
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    Vaccination might work at least for a while - you just put your finger over that little hole where the needle goes in the machine and then run the machine..... it can easily be done by accident....
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    Very nice and the sewing table/box is interesting.
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2688634644.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Very nice and the sewing table/box is interesting.
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2688634644.html
    I wonder what model this is? Very nice!

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    Singer 301 Tension Shaft

    I am hoping that someone will be able to help with a Singer 301 tension shaft issue. I should first start off with the machine is stitching fine! The main tension shaft opening is facing up and down versus right to left. All the tension parts that fit into the slot on the shaft have to be installed differently (the + and - signs are on the side versus at the top). Is there any easy fix to move the shaft to the correct position? I am attaching a pic of how the shaft should look (right to left for the opening). My opening is straight up and down! Any help is always appreciated!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711 View Post
    I am hoping that someone will be able to help with a Singer 301 tension shaft issue. I should first start off with the machine is stitching fine! The main tension shaft opening is facing up and down versus right to left. All the tension parts that fit into the slot on the shaft have to be installed differently (the + and - signs are on the side versus at the top). Is there any easy fix to move the shaft to the correct position? I am attaching a pic of how the shaft should look (right to left for the opening). My opening is straight up and down! Any help is always appreciated!!
    I just had to do that on 2 machines and my 319 needs it. There is a set screw somewhere - I don't have a 301 but it is likely to the right in the body of the head. You can turn loose and then move the tension. I found helpful info here - nice to have expert help to refer to.... http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ then look at tension mechanism. There are only a few ways those can go... You may have info in your user's manual... http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf but it is only the owners manual...
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711 View Post
    I am hoping that someone will be able to help with a Singer 301 tension shaft issue. I should first start off with the machine is stitching fine! The main tension shaft opening is facing up and down versus right to left. All the tension parts that fit into the slot on the shaft have to be installed differently (the + and - signs are on the side versus at the top). Is there any easy fix to move the shaft to the correct position? I am attaching a pic of how the shaft should look (right to left for the opening). My opening is straight up and down! Any help is always appreciated!!
    I just had to do that on 2 machines and my 319 needs it. There is a set screw somewhere - I don't have a 301 but it is likely to the right in the body of the head. You can turn loose and then move the tension. I found helpful info here - nice to have expert help to refer to.... http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ then look at tension mechanism. There are only a few ways those can go... You may have info in your user's manual... http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf but it is only the owners manual...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    That is a real pretty 201! Nice machine - sews about anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I wonder what model this is? Very nice!
    Candace that is a Singer 9W or a replica of a Wheeler and Wilson. When Singer took over the Wheeler and Wilson factory in 1906 they continued to make the Wheeler and Wilson machines under the Singer name until all the parts for the old Wheeler and Wilson machines were used up. The serial numbers on those machines really throw you. They appear to be pre 1900 serial numbers, but they are in fact serial number from 1906 to about 1913, when the parts were used up, so the numbers are not part of the Singer numbering system. That is a great machine. The Wheeler and Wilson's in my opinion are the aristocrates of the sewing machine industry. Oh and that machine takes a special 127x1 needle or a Boye 18 just like a Wheeler and Wilson machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I just had to do that on 2 machines and my 319 needs it. There is a set screw somewhere - I don't have a 301 but it is likely to the right in the body of the head. You can turn loose and then move the tension. I found helpful info here - nice to have expert help to refer to.... http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ then look at tension mechanism. There are only a few ways those can go... You may have info in your user's manual... http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf but it is only the owners manual...
    Well, you already have the tension off. Just turn the set screw loose in the side of the machine with the harp. Put the tension where you want it and set the screw back the way you want it. You'll have to make sure the spring is right in the whole process. Do look at that tfsr publication. It helps me to have it in my face when I'm re-assembling.
    Iris and I ran into fun when we did the 319 on Friday - the dumb 319 manual was not matching up with the order we took the thing apart or the logical way it should go. It had the flat disk between the two curved disks. It came off last so we put it back on first. We had a dickens of a time with the spring. You have to hold it just so and hold your mouth just so and have an extra hand or two and try it 5 times and it will go back together. Some times they go back together on the first try - mostly when you aren't trying to teach somebody... Oh well, Iris needed the practice. I bet she can do it in her sleep.
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