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From: czmicdancr
Date: 06-21-2007, 09:28 AM (1 of 8)
I have a Singer 237, it's very old but still a very good machine. I just got it out yesterday and learned how to use it all over again, it's been about 10 years since I've touched it. Anyway, I don't know what this thing is called but it's the thing that the spool of thread sits on, on the top of the machine. Well, it's gone. It's not broke off, it looks like one will just fit inside the hole. I live in a very remote town and any specialty store is going to be an hour away and long distance to call. Sooo, my questions is: Will a sewing shop likely carry one of those OR can I just use a lollipop stick or something?

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From: paroper
Date: 06-21-2007, 10:44 AM (2 of 8)
It is a spindle and you should be able to get one pretty reasonable from a Singer dealer, although many people who work on Singers might have them. I'd just call around. Be sure it isn't in your kit with your attachments. Many times there were at least two for duel thread feeding in the machine, so there is most often a second spindle in the case some place.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: wghmch
Date: 06-21-2007, 11:20 AM (3 of 8)
In the trade it is referred to as a "spool pin." I believe yours was the plastic push in version. If you can't find one locally, contact Cindy Peters, and ask her to include a "spool pin felt" as well, so the spool won't scratch your machine.

Cindy Peters <email address removed for privacy>

Bill Holman
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From: CarolWI
Date: 06-21-2007, 12:51 PM (4 of 8)
Does Cindy carry any Pfaff parts? I need a new thread spool holder for mine (the flat circle thing).
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Member since: 04-03-2003
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From: wghmch
Date: 06-21-2007, 01:28 PM (5 of 8)
Cindy carries a lot of different things, Carol, but primarily for older and vintage machines. You'll have to ask her about specifics. Cindy is always honest, more than reasonable in price, and a great gal to deal with. She is also the focal point for a group of "MN-WI Sewing Machine Junkies" and is the one who puts on the "River Rat TOGA" (Treadle On Gathering & Academy) in Lake City, MN every Sept. Links to these two groups are:

Bill Holman
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From: Tom Land
Date: 06-21-2007, 11:20 PM (6 of 8)
I think the Pfaff part you are describing is the "spool holder" or "lead-off". This holds the spool on on horizontal spool pins. The Singer part number you need is 172007 (or 172008 will work). I don't know the number for the lead-off off the top of my head but it shouldn't be hard to find. Make sure to include your model number when ordering as a few models had a different sized spool pin.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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From: momquilts
Date: 06-22-2007, 06:47 PM (7 of 8)
Do you really need to replace the spool pin? I use neutral thread on all my projects. I buy the spools that are made for sergers and they won't fit on my regular sewing machine. Instead of buying the gadget that sits on the table and has the metal arm to guide the thread, I use a quart mason jar and my machine's thread guides. This works fine for me. I tried to use something plastic and the cone moved around too much. The glass jar is just the right weight to stay still on the table while I'm sewing.
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From: wghmch
Date: 06-22-2007, 09:08 PM (8 of 8)
"I buy the spools that are made for sergers and they won't fit on my regular sewing machine."

You are using 2 ply thread on a machine that is designed for 3 ply, and probably has about half the strength.

Bill Holman
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Total posts: 249
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