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From: TexasDeb
Date: 04-26-2007, 09:36 AM (1 of 4)
I found this Singer 513 at a garage sale $20. should I spend the money to have it repaired? I am new to quilting and didn't want to run out and spend the over $1000 for a Janome just yet.
User: TexasDeb
Member since: 04-26-2007
Total posts: 7
From: Anza54
Date: 04-26-2007, 10:32 AM (2 of 4)
You have already bought the machine right. The one place I take all my machines for tune ups or repair, he always gives me an idea as to the problem (or I should say I tell him what it is not doing) and the cost. That particular machine I am not familiar with. Did you ask the previous owner any questions about the machine before purchasing? I would just find a reputable dealer/repair place and check it out since you have already made the initial investment. I take all my machines to a small repair shop, he has always done right by me. That is just my opinion. good luck
User: Anza54
Member since: 03-13-2007
Total posts: 63
From: sewmuchfun
Date: 05-01-2007, 01:45 PM (3 of 4)
In my opinion any machine that only cost me $20 is worth the investment to have it fix unless it's the motor that's blown. All my machines except my Janome 6500P are machines that either my husband found in vacant apartments, he's a maintenance man, or ones that I either got from freecycle or

The last machine I bought off craigslist along with some 1940's and 50's patterns plus fabric and a rolling drawers for $40 the women said that the machine was pretty new but that it wouldn't stitch. I plug it in there and checked it out and sure enough it wouldn't stitch :sad: . Well I asked her a few questions then gave her the cash.. I took the machine home and my husband took it apart.. Aparently the thing that holds the clutch in was bent. Don't ask me how that happened. So rather than risk the bracket breaking my husband just turned it around and the machine works like a charm..

Have to tell you my DH can take anything apart and fix.. He's taken Our started motor out of Our car and cleaned the brushes thus saving Us aprox $100 on a new started..

What I'm trying to say is that it could be something really simple and if the sewing repair man is reputable he will tell you what's wrong before he fixes it giving you the chance to refuse the work..

Good luck


User: sewmuchfun
Member since: 07-22-2005
Total posts: 67
From: wghmch
Date: 05-01-2007, 05:07 PM (4 of 4)
Open the slide plate where you insert the bobbin. Rotate the hand wheel, and watch to see if the outer ring (hook) around the bobbin area is turning as you turn the wheel. If not, there is a broken gear down below the hook that must be replaced. The 513 is not the world's worst sewing machine, but I surely wouldn't put "big bucks" into it.

Bill Holman
User: wghmch
Member since: 03-04-2003
Total posts: 249
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