Vintage Singer parts needed

Old 10-20-2014, 01:49 PM
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Default Vintage Singer parts needed

A friend picked up a vintage Singer (model 99?) at a yard sale. Power cord needs to be replaced. It has 3 pins in a straight line HOWEVER the pins are not round they are rectangular slots in a triangular bakelite housing. Where is the best place to buy parts? I searched ebay, my local machine repair shop and even contacted singer.com. No luck.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:53 PM
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I would recommend Sew-Classic http://shop.sew-classic.com/Singer-Cords_c34.htm Jenny is very good about answering questions, charging fair prices and shipping fast.

I have no affiliation, I am just a satisfied customer.

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Originally Posted by kso View Post
the pins are not round they are rectangular slots in a triangular bakelite housing. Where is the best place to buy parts? I searched ebay, my local machine repair shop and even contacted singer.com. No luck.
These are the normal plug for Scottish built machines (almost all of my pre-1960s electrified machines are fitted with these) and I imagine you'd be able to find them on any non-US site that supplies vintage Singer parts.
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I'd like to see a photo of this connector. If Mike's right, and I'm sure he is, it's worth looking at the motor too. If it's a 220volt (or may be marked 240v) motor, you would want a converter before you run it too.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
I'd like to see a photo of this connector. If Mike's right, and I'm sure he is, it's worth looking at the motor too. If it's a 220volt (or may be marked 240v) motor, you would want a converter before you run it too.
Here's a few pics of mine (couldn't find a pic on the 'net so took my own).
The spade connection doesn't mean it's a higher voltage motor: The terminal blocks are just terminal blocks and aren't voltage related.

And with a ruler measuring the spade length:

I showed you mine, now show me yours kso
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
The spade connection doesn't mean it's a higher voltage motor: The terminal blocks are just terminal blocks and aren't voltage related.
True, I was thinking though that this connector is not common on this side of the ocean, so there's a chance it's an imported but not converted machine, so checking the motor would be an idea. That said, if I remember right, it would just run slowly, not like what would happen if you plugged a 120v motor into 240v...
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Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
True, I was thinking though that this connector is not common on this side of the ocean, so there's a chance it's an imported but not converted machine, so checking the motor would be an idea. That said, if I remember right, it would just run slowly, not like what would happen if you plugged a 120v motor into 240v...
Ha ha, yes totally true. I'd also check the voltage Tammi. I have a couple of converters in case I come across a 120V one.
Since they're just wires, you can also source a round pin set and swap it although it's probably cheaper to just source a plug in the UK and have it posted over. Forget Australia (postage is prohibitively expensive) but Royal mail is pretty reasonable.
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I'd be curious to see the connector too. From the description it sounds like a White/Kenmore type connector. Those would be available at Sew Classic too.
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Thanks for the input. She had so much trouble finding replacement parts that she had the machine rewired.
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Thanks for the input. She had so much trouble finding replacement parts that she had the machine rewired.
So... we'll never know?
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