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From: Jeke
Date: 03-26-2007, 12:53 PM (1 of 5)
Last week I had to take my machine in as it was not playing well with others - mainly me!! I decided to get out the machine my husband was given about five years ago. It is in a cabinet and I had never looked at it. I had no idea that is was an old Singer looking somewhat like a Featherweight. His boss had told me it was a good machine. Anyway, I googled the serial number and found it was produced in 1951. I plugged it in and did not thread it, but ran it and it sounds oh so wonderful. After threading it though it didn't do as well. I think the bobbin case may need to be replaced as the thread is really tight coming out. I'm hoping that is all it is. Will have to find a manual for it. Of course, my DH certainly let me know that he knew it was a Singer. Sheesh! Guess I won't bother looking for a Featherweight now as I think this one will work like a charm for me.

User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
Total posts: 232
From: Judi
Date: 03-26-2007, 01:06 PM (2 of 5)
It may not need a new bobbin case. It may just need to be oiled, cleaned, and oiled again. If it's been sitting for quite awhile, the oil may have congealed or dried up. The machines made in the 50's were workhorses. You probably have a treasure.

Sewing is almost better than Chocolate.
User: Judi
Member since: 06-22-2000
Total posts: 85
From: plrlegal
Date: 03-26-2007, 01:22 PM (3 of 5)
Jay you can also adjust the tension on the bobbin case by turning the set screw on the front of the bobbin case 1/4 turn with a tiny screw driver until you get the bobbin tension right. Also, check to see that the thread is winding off in the right direction on the bobbin before putting it into the bobbin case and then thread the bobbin case making sure the thread is pulled all the way under the little metal piece on the side of the bobbin.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: pinecone
Date: 03-26-2007, 07:04 PM (4 of 5)
Don't you just love it when you find a treasure? And to think, it has been right under your nose. :wink: Enjoy.
User: pinecone
Member since: 03-10-2007
Total posts: 59
From: luv2sew
Date: 03-26-2007, 08:17 PM (5 of 5)

I have my mother's featherweight which she bought in 1952. had everything I needed for this machine including a manual. It is serving me well. I took it to my quilting group tonight and stitched squares for quilts for the children at the Shrine Hospital. I hope you will enjoy yours as much as I do mine.
An act of kindness is never wasted!!
User: luv2sew
Member since: 05-21-2004
Total posts: 174
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