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    Old 07-06-2015, 11:31 AM
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    I found this on line at ShopGoodwill.com ........spent about $30.00 getting it..............is it worth that $$$$$ I spent???? it is missing a couple of things.........the spool pin (holder) and the slide plate (one off my 1907 Singer fits it)..its the bullet bobbin, says Vibrate on the machine...I thought it was pretty...decals look pretty decent....it runs when plugged in, but very slowly........I need the directions to know how to thread it.........any help is really appreciated, and I know some of you are so knowledgeable about these old Iron Ladies......thanks for looking !
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    I'd say it was worth at least that. It's in nice condition.
    We like to brag about low priced machines but the price isn't as important as the enjoyment we get from them.
    Don't worry too much about the price as long as you're not hurting yourself by buying it. Instead ask yourself if you love the machine and if you are going to kick yourself if you let it go.
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    thanks Rodney....If I give it a good oiling, will that help the slow speed? it probably needs a really good cleaning, but I really don't feel I am adequate in knowledge to attempt that... it has a light blue foot pedal with it, so it probably needs a good replacement for that too....the wiring looks ok, I don't see any bear spots showing wires or anything..i haven't tried to thread it yet, kinda think the "how to" book would be good to have, when I try sewing on it..don't want to break anything........
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    That is neat!

    I did not know that Domestic made this model under their own name. They made the Franklin for Sears, as Sears required a machine that looked like Singer -which is why the Singer plate fits (as will the shuttle and needles). The exception is the belt being on the outside of the flywheel.

    You should be able to find manuals and info under the Franklin badge - Sears sold a lot of them.

    Make sure to ID the machine in any manual - as Sears used the name "Franklin" for more than one model machine.
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    Old 07-06-2015, 01:31 PM
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    I love the decals on this machine, very cool! I like the big "D" on the bed.

    Nice find!
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    Originally Posted by 4dogs
    thanks Rodney....If I give it a good oiling, will that help the slow speed?
    There are two things that slow a motor down in my experience. Lack of oil in the machine and tight motor belt.

    Don't oil it until it's been cleaned or you'll end up with grunge.
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    Originally Posted by Rodney
    I'd say it was worth at least that. It's in nice condition.
    We like to brag about low priced machines but the price isn't as important as the enjoyment we get from them.
    Don't worry too much about the price as long as you're not hurting yourself by buying it. Instead ask yourself if you love the machine and if you are going to kick yourself if you let it go.
    Rodney
    Well put. There should be a button for this reply. I paid twice that for a machine because I had not seen one like it before and I wanted to play with it.
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    Originally Posted by 4dogs
    thanks Rodney....If I give it a good oiling, will that help the slow speed? it probably needs a really good cleaning, but I really don't feel I am adequate in knowledge to attempt that... it has a light blue foot pedal with it, so it probably needs a good replacement for that too....the wiring looks ok, I don't see any bear spots showing wires or anything..i haven't tried to thread it yet, kinda think the "how to" book would be good to have, when I try sewing on it..don't want to break anything........
    Be sure to read the sticky on cleaning these old beauties. It's really easy, just takes some time. Muv's videos are excellent and worth watching. To be safe, only use sewing machine oil. Modern cleaners can wreck your decals in a hurry.
    A good cleaning and oiling probably will free it up. Be patient. It didn't get gummed up overnight, it will probably take a little time for oil to get in everywhere and free things up.
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    Originally Posted by manicmike
    There are two things that slow a motor down in my experience. Lack of oil in the machine and tight motor belt.

    Don't oil it until it's been cleaned or you'll end up with grunge.
    Could the motor need to be greased also?
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    She is gorgeous. Get ready for a little elbow grease and have fun.
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