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Problems with Singer 513

MistyRose

Re: Problems with Singer 513
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2017, 17:57:59 PM »
Thank you all for your help.   It's made me think.   
The one place I didn't oil is the tension parts.   I'm thinking now that I perhaps should have put the floss through as a piece of cotton which I did not do and will try next.  Apart from the cotton problem the machine sounds good.

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Re: Problems with Singer 513
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2017, 19:20:54 PM »
I have never oiled the tensioners, but I have been guilty of over oiling machines, especially old machines taken out of long term storage. When the  machine fold into the table or cabinet it lays stored front side down and excess oil easily dribbles into the tensioner.  I guess that's a common reason for sticky tensioners.

MistyRose

Re: Problems with Singer 513
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2017, 21:01:37 PM »
Yes it is stored in a cabinet.
I've never used a cloth on it but what do you suggest soft cotton?

SkoutSews

Re: Problems with Singer 513
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2017, 21:23:36 PM »
Tension discs are a type of brake. It's never a good idea to oil brakes  :o

MistyRose

Re: Problems with Singer 513
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2017, 18:11:19 PM »
I've been having a go every now and then (have been suffering from a horrble cold) and haven't really got any further.
Looking down between the discs I was wondering if, when it feels tight to pull it is touching the 'spindle' and when it's loose the discs aren't close enough causing it to be tight or loose on any number.   Whatever the cause it must be there somewhere.
Having checked and rechecked threading etc...