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i just picked up an OLD Singer at an estate sale. it probably needs a new motor. The light works and it turns fine by hand. it also has an "ornate" foot pedal. the cabinet could use some refinishing. Can anyone tell me what to do next (and why) to get it back into working order.

thanks,
Sewbusy

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Comment by Jennifer Reed on April 30, 2010 at 8:24am
yes he does but he also see that when you open the cabinet or take the case lid off they all have their different thread i hate to stop to rethread and the sidewinder bobbin winder is the greatest invention it sets on the desk/cabinet of my singer 403 plugged up ready to go I admitt i do have my fav machines but they are all great
Comment by Sewbusy on April 29, 2010 at 11:45pm
thanks so much for your encouragement! 30 machines?!?!? does your husband ask how you can use more than one at a time :)
Comment by Jennifer Reed on April 29, 2010 at 8:34am
take the feed dog of clean all the lint out of that area the front face plate off clean that area underneath it clean dust and lint get sewing machine oil where the faceplate it is while you have it off oil that area in the bobbin area oil a small amout the holes on the top drop some in there on the bottom side put oil everywhere metal meetsand moves over by the balance wheel there is a screw that you take off and check to see if it needs lube let it set for 5 -10 minutes then let it run asfast as possible till it kicks in. check the wiring for fray do you have a serial number . the refinishing is very easy where i live its 87.50 with taxes to just get it cleaned and adjusted with out major repair so i have learned to do it myself although with 30 plus machines its not cheap to take them to him
Comment by Sewbusy on April 29, 2010 at 8:01am
thanks. my search of its numbers shows that it was made in 1932. it has a few extra feet with it. I think it is probably a motor problem or its wiring. I haven't seen a $39.99 service special in my area. I just haven't had the time either to call my "sewing guy" to see how much it might cost.
Comment by Mary Ellen Edwards on April 29, 2010 at 5:45am
I would take it to a reputable sewing repair shop. Many run specials on full service for $39.99. Ask them to look it over and give you an estimate. Find model numbers or such other identifying marks. There is a guy on the internet that knows everything about every Singer machine. I just googled and found his name. He was able to take my machine's identifying information. He informed me that a machine my son had give to me was manufactured at about the end of the Civil War. The motor had been added later! I have a treasure that was found in a junk shop. I hope you do too.

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