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From: MaryW
Date: 01-09-2007, 10:23 AM (1 of 5)
I was sent this last evening. Anyone who can help please post here. Thanks

I have a Singer Scholastic Model #717 which was given to my by my aunt. The machine has not been used for several years - my problem is I do not know how to replace the light. Any help you can give me will be much appreciated. Thanks
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-10-2007, 12:08 AM (2 of 5)
I think they have the kind of bulbs that if you push in on the bulb and turn it at the same time, it will pop out of the socket. I have a Singer Fashion Mate with the light mounted on the back of the machine head and that's the type of bulb I think it uses. However, Ed or Tom or one of the guys that have been in the machine service industry would probably have a better idea about it than I do so maybe one of the them will drop by sooner or later and give us the exact information.

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From: lamx
Date: 01-10-2007, 07:25 AM (3 of 5)
I believe on the 717, you pull down on the light assembly and it swivels down to provide access to the bulb. However, I don't have one of those machines available to verify that procedure and the parts diagram is so fuzzy I can't tell for sure.

User: lamx
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From: dmoses
Date: 01-10-2007, 08:13 AM (4 of 5)
Perhaps she can buy a manual(which is always a useful thing to have)...I did a quick search, and it appears that they are available. A Singer 717 manual is available at SewUSA for $10. Here is the link, if she would like to check it out. Of course, she would want to verify that it is the correct manual for her machine.

I only mention that particular site because it was the first one to show up in my search, and I have ordered from that company before with no problems.

It is also available at the Singer website.

Hope this helps.
Take care,
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From: Tom Land
Date: 01-10-2007, 11:41 PM (5 of 5)
The light assembly does pull down like Ed descibed and then the bulb is removed like Patsy said. It can sometimes act like it doesn't want to come out but it will. Just push in and turn counterclockwise. to install the new one you must again push in and turn it clockwise.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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