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    I bought another clone yesterday. The lady had it on CL. It was priced right and I had time to go after it. She had moved to a condo and was getting rid of stuff. It was the very last thing she had in storage. She said she had a hard time bringing herself to part with it. She had hauled it all over the country over the years. She had gotten it to sew baby clothes when her daughter was born. I told her I planned to restore it and let someone learn to sew on it. She was thrilled. She said she thought it would have to be thrown away. She had no idea you could get a manual and parts for it or that anybody would want it. It looks like she barely used it. There is one place on the bobbin winder that needs touch up paint or something. The rest looks pretty good - nothing a good cleaning won't cure. So far it looks like baby clothes was all she ever did sew on it though. I'll shoot a pic tomorrow.
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    Karen,

    There is no egg on your face. This is how we all learn. And will continue to learn. There is no way anyone will ever know everything. I continue to be amazed how much I learn everyday.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    Sorry all, I was look at the foot mainly. A little knowledge can leave you with egg on your face.

    ~ Karen
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    Thank you everyone,
    I will just keep learning, for me that is half the fun! Busy mind and hands make for happy days.
    Kasey 1937 221-1 Featherweight, Red Eye Singer Treadle 66-1, 2 301's both long and short bed, 403, Free Number 5 Treadle, Jones hand crank Kenmore 158 19131, Viking Lilly 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    Thank you everyone,
    I will just keep learning, for me that is half the fun! Busy mind and hands make for happy days.
    If you hadn't asked you would have still been mistaken - at least now you know. Keep asking questions. We all learn that way.
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    This is my first sewing machine. I am the original owner of this Singer Sewhandy. Purchased as my Christmas gift in 1964. It was manufactured in Great Britain. EN5439
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    Very nice machine!
    I got my first one in Aug/Sept of 1964 as I started college. It was a model 327k if I remember correctly. Worked great for many years until I inadvertently shoved it against the wall with the buttonhole attachment still on it and bent the needle shaft slightly. Never was quite right after that!!!

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    How great that you kept it even it's box!
    Kasey 1937 221-1 Featherweight, Red Eye Singer Treadle 66-1, 2 301's both long and short bed, 403, Free Number 5 Treadle, Jones hand crank Kenmore 158 19131, Viking Lilly 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I bought another clone yesterday. The lady had it on CL. It was priced right and I had time to go after it. She had moved to a condo and was getting rid of stuff. It was the very last thing she had in storage. She said she had a hard time bringing herself to part with it. She had hauled it all over the country over the years. She had gotten it to sew baby clothes when her daughter was born. I told her I planned to restore it and let someone learn to sew on it. She was thrilled. She said she thought it would have to be thrown away. She had no idea you could get a manual and parts for it or that anybody would want it. It looks like she barely used it. There is one place on the bobbin winder that needs touch up paint or something. The rest looks pretty good - nothing a good cleaning won't cure. So far it looks like baby clothes was all she ever did sew on it though. I'll shoot a pic tomorrow.
    No pics I can't find my camera... bummer. I got that machine working - super nice. Then I fixed up a Singer 99 - sews nice, too. Lots of pin scratches and the finish is gone. Then I couldn't help myself. I got into the derelect Singer 15 that has been haunting my shop. When my sister was up she wanted me to show her how to take apart and fix a tension... so I dug that one out and we fixed it. I was pretty impressed how nice the rust and stuff cleaned off it so I thought I would tackle the rest of it. Plus Grant has been very encouraging. So far the foot lifts but nothing else does. I cleaned up the bobbin area - I'm impressed. It cleaned up nice - doesn't turn though. Then I got rust off the needle bar and the foot lifter - it goes but the needle doesn't. I'm fearing I will have to pull the needle bar out and clean it up and put it back. I'm lazy though - hopeful on the T-F. I also gave the whole thing a good Wilbur oiling. Maybe something will get through. The motor is off and could use a serious overhaul. I think that had the least rust if any. The stitch length lever travels but looks nasty. I got some rust off things like that but the damage is forever. The bobbin winder is a lost cause. I guess that's why side winders were invented... The decals are pretty faded - finish is long gone. All things considered - that machine was really exposed - open barn door - it is a wonder it isn't worse - it is a pity the cabinet is in such sad shape, too - it has good bones.
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    I need help! I have been working on my Singer 99-23 or 24. I got it sewing let it set or a couple of days then brought it into my sewing room and tried to sew with it....Some how the bar that the foot goes on has twisted to the right? I can't see the needle hole when the foot is down and the needle comes to rest on top of the foot. I have tried raping the end in a heavy towel and turning with pliers no go. then put Tri-oil on it over night and tried again nothing. I am totatly blown away about how this happened. the motor did run very fast and bounced a little before I got it slowed down.... Now I just want to get it sewing, my best machine is in getting a belt installed. 6 weeks now. And I need to get some blocks done for an exchange.
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    ~Karen
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    Karen,

    Take the face plate off. The screw marked in red will allow you to rotate your presser bar. Lower the presser bar, so that the foot is on the feetdogs. "Pop" the screw. This means turn it just enough so that you know it has moved (you will hear a 'pop'). The bar will still be tight at this point but can be rotated. Align the foot with the feeddogs and then tighten the screw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    I need help! I have been working on my Singer 99-23 or 24. I got it sewing let it set or a couple of days then brought it into my sewing room and tried to sew with it....Some how the bar that the foot goes on has twisted to the right? I can't see the needle hole when the foot is down and the needle comes to rest on top of the foot. I have tried raping the end in a heavy towel and turning with pliers no go. then put Tri-oil on it over night and tried again nothing. I am totatly blown away about how this happened. the motor did run very fast and bounced a little before I got it slowed down.... Now I just want to get it sewing, my best machine is in getting a belt installed. 6 weeks now. And I need to get some blocks done for an exchange.
    I posted some pics if anyone can help me.

    Thanks for any help
    ~Karen
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    Karen,

    Please ignore the second picture. That red arrow is for another issue. I should have deleted it. Sorry.

    Cathy
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    Karen,

    Take the face plate off. The screw marked in red will allow you to rotate your presser bar. Lower the presser bar, so that the foot is on the feetdogs. "Pop" the screw. This means turn it just enough so that you know it has moved (you will hear a 'pop'). The bar will still be tight at this point but can be rotated. Align the foot with the feeddogs and then tighten the screw.
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    Cathy

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    Thank You Cathy
    I will try this tomorrow.
    ~Karen
    Kasey 1937 221-1 Featherweight, Red Eye Singer Treadle 66-1, 2 301's both long and short bed, 403, Free Number 5 Treadle, Jones hand crank Kenmore 158 19131, Viking Lilly 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    I need help! I have been working on my Singer 99-23 or 24. I got it sewing let it set or a couple of days then brought it into my sewing room and tried to sew with it....Some how the bar that the foot goes on has twisted to the right? I can't see the needle hole when the foot is down and the needle comes to rest on top of the foot. I have tried raping the end in a heavy towel and turning with pliers no go. then put Tri-oil on it over night and tried again nothing. I am totatly blown away about how this happened. the motor did run very fast and bounced a little before I got it slowed down.... Now I just want to get it sewing, my best machine is in getting a belt installed. 6 weeks now. And I need to get some blocks done for an exchange.
    I posted some pics if anyone can help me.

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    Karen,

    Wow! That is the crookedest pressure foot I've seen to date. Cathy has given you perfect advice so I won't add to what she said, but I will elaborate on it just a wee bit. If your eyes sometimes do not line things up well, here is a tip. I have two small metal rulers. I lay one against the feed dogs then lower the presser foot. Lay the second ruler on top of the first but up against the side of the foot. The longer rulers will make seeing the misalignment much easier. I've done quite a few like this and it works pretty good.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Karen,

    Please ignore the second picture. That red arrow is for another issue. I should have deleted it. Sorry.

    Cathy
    Cathy,

    I ... AM ... JEALOUS! Well, maybe a wee bit envious. In all the sewing machines I have, not one has a gen - u - wine "THE SINGER COMPANY" marked light bulb. That is a shame.

    Joe

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    Billy I can't seem to bring the cleaning series's that you have posted. Could you email to me please. Just joined your group and I have a 221-1 and a 221 a 66 Red eye, a 99, and a 15-90. These all need tlc. Vonnie

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    The cleaning series has been deleted - better to use Muv's videos located in the sticky notes but in case you can't find them here is a link: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...v-t167789.html
    Muv does a great job of telling you how to clean up your machine with out ruining it or requiring it sent to someone for repairs after you mess it up...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Karen,

    Take the face plate off. The screw marked in red will allow you to rotate your presser bar. Lower the presser bar, so that the foot is on the feetdogs. "Pop" the screw. This means turn it just enough so that you know it has moved (you will hear a 'pop'). The bar will still be tight at this point but can be rotated. Align the foot with the feeddogs and then tighten the screw.
    Great advice. I would offer one thing first. Change the foot with another one of the same type first. Make sure that it is not a defective foot before starting the work. Especially if it was working fine and after a period of sitting time it is not. I would suspect something happened that I was not aware of. Like ones with small fingers and inquisitive minds.
    ~G~

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    Agree with Grant, and to add, aftermarket feet sometimes fit different than OEM feet. I always try to keep some OEM type feet on hand for checking machines with crooked feet, before I adjust them.

    Joe

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    Wow Cathy! that worked like perfection, it must have been in a bind because when I loosened the screw it turned back to almost the correct spot by itself. just a tiny nudge and it was perfect.
    Grant & Joe, I had gotten a foot with a 1/4" guide on it from sew-classic, when I put it on is when I noticed that something had changed greatly, I had the first foot (simanco) off for sometime as I was cleaning the SM.
    In the second photo I was trying to show the angle that the bar was twisted. I was able to gently turn the bar until it was lined up perfect with the old foot on it.
    I get such great advise on here, I feel truly blessed for having found this great place and the wonderful people on here.
    ~Karen
    Kasey 1937 221-1 Featherweight, Red Eye Singer Treadle 66-1, 2 301's both long and short bed, 403, Free Number 5 Treadle, Jones hand crank Kenmore 158 19131, Viking Lilly 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    Wow Cathy! that worked like perfection, it must have been in a bind because when I loosened the screw it turned back to almost the correct spot by itself. just a tiny nudge and it was perfect.
    Grant & Joe, I had gotten a foot with a 1/4" guide on it from sew-classic, when I put it on is when I noticed that something had changed greatly, I had the first foot (simanco) off for sometime as I was cleaning the SM.
    In the second photo I was trying to show the angle that the bar was twisted. I was able to gently turn the bar until it was lined up perfect with the old foot on it.
    I get such great advise on here, I feel truly blessed for having found this great place and the wonderful people on here.
    ~Karen
    Karen, you are welcome. The advice was not only for you but for others reading this now and in the future too looking for similar advice. It may have been something that might have saved you some time and effort but for others that just "lurk" here too and may want some advice on how to make this adjustment/repair as well. I am very glad that you were able to fix your machine but others can gain by your great example as well. I have done this repair myself and it can be intimidating to be able to get it right. Sometimes all we need is a little direction. We all can imagine the problems and the horror that could happen if that needle came down on the foot. Not pretty.
    ~G~

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    Karen,

    I'm really glad that we could help you. Most repairs are very simple, they just look complicated.
    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    Wow Cathy! that worked like perfection, it must have been in a bind because when I loosened the screw it turned back to almost the correct spot by itself. just a tiny nudge and it was perfect.
    Grant & Joe, I had gotten a foot with a 1/4" guide on it from sew-classic, when I put it on is when I noticed that something had changed greatly, I had the first foot (simanco) off for sometime as I was cleaning the SM.
    In the second photo I was trying to show the angle that the bar was twisted. I was able to gently turn the bar until it was lined up perfect with the old foot on it.
    I get such great advise on here, I feel truly blessed for having found this great place and the wonderful people on here.
    ~Karen
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    Hi Everyone. I spent most of the afternoon viewing the pics of GORGEOUS older machines & drooling. My first daughter came home & told me about a tag sale down the street so I promptly turned off the computer & bought a Singer 66 Red Eye treadle that acutally works! I'm so excited. The last treadle I bought was electrified & blew up when we tried to sew on it. Can't wait to test my new beauty. P.S. I'm sick. I have the addiction. I Have 2 FW (black & white of course), two 301's (black & tan), a 401, an industrial consew, two Bernina's, two BabyLocks & an electric 66 in the basement.

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    Oops! Forgot about the two Elna Grasshoppers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by franklindixie View Post
    Hi Everyone. I spent most of the afternoon viewing the pics of GORGEOUS older machines & drooling. My first daughter came home & told me about a tag sale down the street so I promptly turned off the computer & bought a Singer 66 Red Eye treadle that acutally works! I'm so excited. The last treadle I bought was electrified & blew up when we tried to sew on it. Can't wait to test my new beauty. P.S. I'm sick. I have the addiction. I Have 2 FW (black & white of course), two 301's (black & tan), a 401, an industrial consew, two Bernina's, two BabyLocks & an electric 66 in the basement.
    mild infection........
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    About my Adler: I got the selector knob to move accidentally. I cannot get most of the patterns to work - the zigzags are good as are 2 others but about 10 others don't work properly. It is like the reading arm (or whatever details the design) isn't catching the cam correctly. I have pictures to post but need the cord which is inaccessible right now.

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