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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yet more...

The 319W not only had the wrong needle, but it's bobbin case was replaced with a repro one, not original Singer....
I bought an Alphasew 221 clone from a guy who had that happen to his 222k when he brought it to be serviced, or so he said.
I was hesitant to believe him, but now......

Monday, April 25, 2011

Not what I'd expect....

Apparently, before the 319 was put into 'storage' it had been serviced at Montavilla....
the problem?

It's a 319W and it had a standard length leather needle in it.....
(319Ws use the same needles as 306s, which are shorter than the standard)
So there's no way they could have actually tested it and not noticed. Add to that the damage the owners could have done to the machine by sewing on it.

I've been to the Beaverton Montavilla fairly often, and they've always been nice and helpful.

So this sort of threw me.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The 201 needs a complete rewire and some finish repairs...


Two new machines to work on,
another 201-2 that needs....well, everything.

AND a 319W, so Fester will have a playmate for a little while at least!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Well then...

So here he is, in a partial state of disarray.
Now that I've taken the bobbin hook apart and pretty much removed all the necessary bits I have a better understanding of this machine.
It's not a BAD machine, and I'll hold off on any judgement until I've actually sewn on it!
If I can keep Pfester from killing him!

Picked up another machine...

This time, I stepped out of the Singer worlds, and picked up a Pfaff 130.

So far, it reminds me of the Singer 306W a lot... kinda clunky/chunky and missing the whimsy of the 319W.

I've heard a lot about the strength of these machines and how they are the ultimate workhorses, and my impression right now is...meh. I think it would depend on the motor,  because there's nothing all that special about them.

Pound for pound, I'll still take my 201-2 over this machine anyday, or if I NEED built in zigzag, my 319W or 401A.

Friday, April 15, 2011


The 201-2 is done, long live the 201-2!

More pics will follow, but there's a point where I hit a groove and I'm doing too many things to properly document....
wellllll, no one's perfect!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

T201-2 part 2

Inside the motor housing, this is what the wires looked like. The insulation was brittle enough that tapping it with a pair of pliers caused it to disintegrate the rest of the way.
And here we have the motor coils ready to have the new wiring soldered into place!

The armature and worm gear, the literal heart of the machine, removed from the motor casing so they could be thoroughly cleaned....
The apparent philosophy of the owner of this machine was 'add more grease'....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The T 201!

So, I am working on rewiring a machine for a Pattern Review pal.
The first thing I do is remove the flywheel to discover and lots of it!
So much goo that I need to remove the motor from the machine to get it all out!
(Just kidding, I'd have taken this off to rewire it anyway!)
Inside the motor housing? Bare wire.
This level of insulation degradation is actually unusual for a late model 201-2, which makes me think this machine was kept in a hot, dry space. All of the wiring insulation was a brittle as could be!
But the carbon brushes are in good shape, once I cleaned them off a bit!
They're not actually carbon, by the way. They are actually made of silicon carbide.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Working on a 201-2

So this friend of mine who I've never met.. how odd... from Pattern Review, asked me to look at refurbing her 201-2.
Well... of course I said yes, for a reasonable fee, and I've been monkeying with it ever since.

The wiring was sad for a late model 201..not sure if it was kept in a really hot space or what...
I will be adding pics soonish
Crap, forgot about the zigging and zagging....

Sunday, April 10, 2011


There's a guy making LED lights for the older Singer sewing machines...221,201, etc
They are 40$ and guaranteed to last 10 years.
But, most of my machines have their original bulbs, you know from the 40s and earlier?
So, I am not sure why the seller thinks that's a good deal.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The yardstick test....

Now, I realllllllyyyyy wouldn't recommend doing this unless you are a trained professional!
The yardstick I used is one of the 'super thick' types...
See? 36"!
Crappyish pic.. but that's stitching through wood!
Et voila! Flannel sewn to a yardstick!

Try that with your precious little grumble grumble mutter mutter.........

Friday, April 1, 2011

To zig, or to Zag!

I recently acquired one of each of the zig zag attachments for our lovely straight stitch machines.
What does this mean?
It means that I should have a review of which works the best up within a week or so.