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    Old 05-02-2011, 09:24 AM
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    [quote=Mary M]Then is it a clone of a Singer? I have no instruction book for it so need to know how to thread it. Would any Singer manual help with this? I am anxious to try it but going to have it rewired first for the chord is very brittle. Mary

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    It is a Montgomery Ward machine made in Japan no. is H4810293
    I agree with Nancy, nice machine! Billy has said innumerable times that he really likes/even prefers his 15-91 Japanese clones over the Singer 15s. As I understand it, the threading is the same as for a Singer 15. At the very least, its a good start. You can get a free download of the Singer 15-91 manual here: http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/127_128.pdf
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    Old 05-02-2011, 09:30 AM
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    [quote=miriam]
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    Originally Posted by olebat
    Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness. I'm having rotten luck with key words in the search. I know I read about the insulation flaking off of the wires, and comments about lead - just don't eat it, but I can't locate that portion.

    I was thinking the same thing myself. Thinking about starting on page 1 and making notes of the topics in a database as there is sooooo much information and 500 pages later I remember reading something and have no clue where to find it.

    Lauren
    too many topic on this topic?
    Not really. I have read about a machine here, read the interesting comments, and move on. Later I find one to bring home and of course I then wish I had taken notes about it but at the time I didn't see it in my future. :lol:

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    Old 05-02-2011, 09:49 AM
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    I'm still in need of the little screw that is in the clutch nut of a Singer 99k. I've looked everywhere and to no avail. If anybody has one they will sell, plese PM me. TIA
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    Old 05-02-2011, 11:45 AM
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    Originally Posted by Mary M
    H, no I didn't post a picture just some info. Here are a couple pics. The machine is in great condition but the case I think may be shot. It is a Montgomery Ward machine made in Japan no. is H4810293


    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by Mary M
    Would like some help in getting more information on a pretty black lady that my daughter brought to me. It is a Montgomery Wards H4810293 made in Japan. Thasnk you, Mary
    Mary did you post a picture that I missed?

    Nancy
    Very cute machine. I'm also interested in hearing about it.
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    Originally Posted by miriam
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Well, I found out that the zipper/cording foot I bought online described as for my 301 doesn't work with it!! The needle hits the foot. What could be causing that?
    301 is a slant-o-matic foot - don't know what the other machine is but it isn't likely the feet interchange
    Yes, I know my 301 is a slant shank, and the foot was advertised as being for a 301. It's an adjustable (side to side) zipper/cording foot. When I lower it, it settles, and then it slides a little forward from the hinge pin in the back. I should take a picture. I will tonite if I remember. Anyway, it comes too far forward, and the needle hits the foot before it gets to the hole.
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    Old 05-02-2011, 11:54 AM
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    Originally Posted by kwendt
    Originally Posted by miriam
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Well, I found out that the zipper/cording foot I bought online described as for my 301 doesn't work with it!! The needle hits the foot. What could be causing that?
    301 is a slant-o-matic foot - don't know what the other machine is but it isn't likely the feet interchange
    I have both slant foot machines (301, 403) and low shank 'straight' foot machines (66, 15-91s) and the feet are not interchangable between the two types. (um and there are LOTS and lots of folks on this thread/board that have way more machines and experience than I do!) They'll tell you the same.

    Actually, there are at least 4 styles of basic machine feet that I know of (snap on, low shank, high shank, slant) but there are probably many more, especially with newer machines.

    But, in regards to the old style/vintage machines, there are readily available feet out there made to fit each style. Learn which style/type your machine calls for. Then it's a case of reading the ebay descriptions very carefully - some of those descriptions are vague!

    Perhaps you can contact the seller and offer an exchange? You'll send back the foot that doesn't fit, if s/he will send you the slant version? Was it a special type of zipper foot? I have several sets of 301 feet, and some extras... if I have a z foot you can use, I'll gladly send it to you...
    Thanks for your very generous offer!!! The foot I ordered is for my 301, and advertised as being specifically for a 301. I am puzzled why it is not fitting correctly. I only fiddled with it for a few minutes...my Grandaughter was over and wanted to sew a zipper into some shorts she is making. We couldn't get the foot to work properly, so just stopped fussing with it. I'll try to figure out if I put it on wrong, or if it can be adjusted differently. It does adjust from side to side, so I wonder if I can fine-adjust it so the needle won't hit the foot. I'll keep trying. I'll also take a pic tonite (if I remember!) and put it up if I can't get it to work. Maybe one of you can help, or maybe I need to send it back...it could be he sent the wrong foot!
    I appreciate everyone's comments...
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    Old 05-02-2011, 12:14 PM
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    Originally Posted by jljack
    Originally Posted by kwendt
    Originally Posted by miriam
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Well, I found out that the zipper/cording foot I bought online described as for my 301 doesn't work with it!! The needle hits the foot. What could be causing that?
    301 is a slant-o-matic foot - don't know what the other machine is but it isn't likely the feet interchange
    I have both slant foot machines (301, 403) and low shank 'straight' foot machines (66, 15-91s) and the feet are not interchangable between the two types. (um and there are LOTS and lots of folks on this thread/board that have way more machines and experience than I do!) They'll tell you the same.

    Actually, there are at least 4 styles of basic machine feet that I know of (snap on, low shank, high shank, slant) but there are probably many more, especially with newer machines.

    But, in regards to the old style/vintage machines, there are readily available feet out there made to fit each style. Learn which style/type your machine calls for. Then it's a case of reading the ebay descriptions very carefully - some of those descriptions are vague!

    Perhaps you can contact the seller and offer an exchange? You'll send back the foot that doesn't fit, if s/he will send you the slant version? Was it a special type of zipper foot? I have several sets of 301 feet, and some extras... if I have a z foot you can use, I'll gladly send it to you...
    Thanks for your very generous offer!!! The foot I ordered is for my 301, and advertised as being specifically for a 301. I am puzzled why it is not fitting correctly. I only fiddled with it for a few minutes...my Grandaughter was over and wanted to sew a zipper into some shorts she is making. We couldn't get the foot to work properly, so just stopped fussing with it. I'll try to figure out if I put it on wrong, or if it can be adjusted differently. It does adjust from side to side, so I wonder if I can fine-adjust it so the needle won't hit the foot. I'll keep trying. I'll also take a pic tonite (if I remember!) and put it up if I can't get it to work. Maybe one of you can help, or maybe I need to send it back...it could be he sent the wrong foot!
    I appreciate everyone's comments...
    I wonder if someone sent you the wrong foot. Does it go down all the way?
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    Old 05-02-2011, 12:46 PM
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    It is amazing to try and keep up on this thread if one drops out for just a few days. Jljack, I think you said a few pages back that you were embarrassed that you have had a vintage machine for a year and haven't done anything with it.

    GUILTY here :oops: :oops: :oops: ...many times over. Sew much to do and sew little time to sew...
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    Old 05-02-2011, 01:33 PM
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    Originally Posted by olebat
    Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness. I'm having rotten luck with key words in the search. I know I read about the insulation flaking off of the wires, and comments about lead - just don't eat it, but I can't locate that portion.

    While servicing my FW this weekend, the flakes were falling into the gears. I was camping, so didn't have everything I needed for the job at hand. I just picked the flakes out with a pin, and carried on with the lube job. At the time I read the thread, I was unaware of the flakes, now I have a need to know.

    Should I rewire the machine? Is that something which can be done by a good handyman, or do I need to pay a sewing machine specialist more than I paid for the machine to do the job? It's a great little machine and I like to keep it up, but that stitch in time thing is nagging me.
    It started with a post by Lucky Patsys Mom on page 970. I own a 1948 Featherweight and mine was doing this also when I first got mine. Don't know what year yours was made but on mine the "insulation" is actually a metal tube that the wire goes up thru to protect the wire from the gears. Just clean the flaking off the metal tube with a soft brush and wipe up with a damp paper towel. I didn't rewire my machine but the wires weren't brittle or cracked or the copper wire exposed either and all the connections were tight. I've had mine over a year and used it a lot and have had no problem.
    It's your call but the flaking on the metal tube is just lead paint.
    There is a Featherweight Yahoo group you can join and learn all about your Featherweight.
    Hope this helps, Judy

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    Old 05-02-2011, 01:44 PM
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    Originally Posted by Mary M
    Then is it a clone of a Singer? I have no instruction book for it so need to know how to thread it. Would any Singer manual help with this? Thank you so very much for the info. I am anxious to try it but going to have it rewired first for the chord is very brittle. Mary
    Yes, it is a Singer Model 15 clone, and will thread the same way a Singer 15 threads!

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