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    I have a major hiccup with a Minnnesota New Model A, August, 1920. While I've been cleaning it I've noticed it has a "clunk" whenever I rotate the handwheel. Since this is the first Minnesota I've had I wasn't overly concerned thinking maybe it was just unique to the brand. It turns out it's missing a piece which connects the stitch length regulating rod to a second rod. I'm sorry I'm not sure what either piece is correctly named. To maybe explain it simply, one rod has a rounded end with a hole in it which "should" have a pin, or similar thingie, to ride in a space down the length of the rod that runs parallel.
    Does anyone have a suggestion for a solution? I can reach my hand up into the column so I'm pretty sure I can fit something in there. I'm attaching pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. I hope. Thank you so much for any ideas.

    Jan

    I'm sorry the pictures are sideways, I don't know how to rotate them.
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    Nancy, I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. My heartfelt sympathy is sent to you and your family.

    Jan

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    Oh Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your FIL. Peace to you and our family at this time.

    Nanna (Jean)

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I just bought a new foot control about 2 years ago, it was about $170; only have the 1 foot control for this machine. If it was a Singer....I have lots of those.
    The original foot control was cracked and the machine was doing the same thing it is now. This is a mechanical machine that's about about 37 yrs old.
    Sharon
    If you have an electrical tester you could use that to see if it is the foot controller too. I would test it first. If it is the foot controller itself, there are replacement foot controllers that would work. If the wiring is still good, you can replace just that part. I think they would be a reasonably priced solution. If it were me, I would look into that. Sew Classics would be a good place to ask about this.
    Good Luck.
    ~G~

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    So sorry to hear of the loss of your FIL, please accept our sympathies.
    Skip
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    Nancy, so sorry to hear of your loss... prayers for you and your family.
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Hi Jan,

    From your description it sounds like you have a Domestic Minnesota A with the stitch length on the pillar (2 types of Domestic A's) and missing a part. I'd give Thayer Rags an email:

    http://www.cdthayer.com/ThayerRagsMachines.htm

    Here's a Domestic ID to verify your model:

    http://www.kelsew.info/Domestic/dome...lsnolinks.html

    Good Luck
    Jon



    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    I have a major hiccup with a Minnnesota New Model A, August, 1920. While I've been cleaning it I've noticed it has a "clunk" whenever I rotate the handwheel. Since this is the first Minnesota I've had I wasn't overly concerned thinking maybe it was just unique to the brand. It turns out it's missing a piece which connects the stitch length regulating rod to a second rod. I'm sorry I'm not sure what either piece is correctly named. To maybe explain it simply, one rod has a rounded end with a hole in it which "should" have a pin, or similar thingie, to ride in a space down the length of the rod that runs parallel.
    Does anyone have a suggestion for a solution? I can reach my hand up into the column so I'm pretty sure I can fit something in there. I'm attaching pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. I hope. Thank you so much for any ideas.

    Jan

    I'm sorry the pictures are sideways, I don't know how to rotate them.
    Last edited by jlhmnj; 05-23-2013 at 04:12 PM.

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    Nancy,
    I'm sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    Sharon

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    Glad to be back again after a work/illness related absence of over a month.
    Worked on Viking 6000 series this morning and got it running for my girlfriend - that was good. What was not good is she wants me to give her granddaughters sewing lessons when she herself sews. Ain't gonna happen.
    She's also like me to give them one from my herd so they have a portable in their house - that may happen because my younger daughter has a 237 that she uses but hates so mostly she uses my 301. DD just has to find the manual for her machine. This will happen so I can move one out which only leaves way to many to figure out what to do with them.
    The Singer 457 has plastic or nylon gears/thingies inside because I have one sitting in my house that was gifted to me because of the broken piece. Don't know if this is a parts machine or not yet. Have to have breathing room from work related stuff before I get a chance to play with the machines.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Chris,

    The Singer 457s are easy to fix. The only thing to watch out for is the nylon thrust washer on the left end of the main shaft. If it's bad you can replace it with the snap in one. But you might have to adjust the metal bushing that controls the end shake of the main shaft. You have to crank the set screws down TIGHT or they will vibrate loose the first time you do a ZZ with it.

    I just did one earlier this week.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Call sew-classic and see what Jenny knows.
    I emailed Jenny
    Sharon

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    Nancy, I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Chris,

    The Singer 457s are easy to fix. The only thing to watch out for is the nylon thrust washer on the left end of the main shaft. If it's bad you can replace it with the snap in one. But you might have to adjust the metal bushing that controls the end shake of the main shaft. You have to crank the set screws down TIGHT or they will vibrate loose the first time you do a ZZ with it.

    I just did one earlier this week.

    Joe
    Joe, Nice to know but I have work overload and time underload with my "real" job and the sewing machines, too. I guess it can sit and take up space like some of the other problem children.

    Chris
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Well, it looks like I won that singer crinkle 99, born 1941. If someone cold tell me how do you tell if it is a K or what other number it colud be. i know my other singer is a red eye 66-1, and I just would like to now how to tell with this one? Thanks for any help I love to learn about these as much as sew on them.
    I don't know what kind of repair it will need yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    ...Thanks for any help I love to learn about these as much as sew on them.
    I don't know what kind of repair it will need yet
    This is a fun place to start..
    http://www.sandman-collectibles.com/...r-machines.htm

    Then you can go here for more details
    http://www.ismacs.net/sewing_machine_gallery.html

    Occasionally silly, occasionally wrong, very "British" style...fun reads
    http://www.sewalot.com/sewalot_index.htm

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    Nancy, sorry to hear about your FIL. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Need help removing the gear collar from the balance wheel. It's seized on. I've tried the following: twisting, prying (gently as I didn't want to damage the collar or the textolite gear), heat with a blow dryer, re-inserting the screws part way to use as a pry to twist off. All no-go.

    Freeze it??
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    I found a Dressmaker vibrating shuttle machine in excellent condition for less than $15.00. I am not familiar with this machine but it is simple enough to operate and sews a beautiful stitich. It is very much like the Singer 28. I will post pics later any info would be appreciated.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Good Housekeeper

    I went back and looked and it is not a Dressmaker it is a Good Housekeeper. Here are the pics.
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    The Good House Keeper is made in Japan and is MDL LS. It is a very close copy of a singer down to the motor boss the only diff is the stitch regulator is under the handwheel adjusted by a lever like a Jones. I want this to be HC if all things line up well. I really like the older treadles and HC but just could not resist this little thing sitting on the floor in the shop getting stepped on. It will be fun to play with anyway.
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    Hi Everyone, I am curious...what type of machine is this?
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/tls/3827709953.html
    "A change of feeling is a change of destiny."
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    Looks like my Compac. Which was made by National. It is a straight stitch. A cute machine.
    It has been found labeled with several other names.

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Hi Everyone, I am curious...what type of machine is this?
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/tls/3827709953.html
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Thank you, Cathy
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Hi Jan,

    From your description it sounds like you have a Domestic Minnesota A with the stitch length on the pillar (2 types of Domestic A's) and missing a part. I'd give Thayer Rags an email:

    http://www.cdthayer.com/ThayerRagsMachines.htm

    Here's a Domestic ID to verify your model:

    http://www.kelsew.info/Domestic/dome...lsnolinks.html

    Good Luck
    Jon
    Hi Jon,

    Thank you for your help. It is a Domestic Minnesota A, looks just like the second picture. I went to our local mom and pop hardware and found a stainless steel pin that works perfectly. I hadn't realize the screw in the collar of the one rod is actually a set screw. Slide the pin in and tightened down the screw and it's good to go. Now to find a spring for the thread tensioner. I'll be checking with Jennie after the holidays.

    Thanks again,
    Jan

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    Always nice when the local hardware store has the fix. The Domestic "A" resembles the Singer 27, uses the same shuttle and bobbin, and hopefully your needed spring will be the same and easily available.

    Jon

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