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Vintage Machines / Re: fixing a belt
« on: January 17, 2018, 23:38:05 PM »
It may be the belt tension but I do not see how this can alter if left unused. A more likely scenario is the machine has "dried" through not beign used. Give it a clean and a lube and I would bet it runs just fine. The whine you hear is the motor, it is trying to overcome the friction caused by sticky gears, rods, armatures, bushings and basically anything that moves horizontally or vertically. Clean and lube, leave to rest for a few hours and then try again.


Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 17, 2018, 23:30:30 PM »
Thats fantastic news! Happy to hear it is now all sorted and running as it should. If I can help in the future please feel free to ask. Having said that the gears do look a little devoid of lubricant...

Barny  <3

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 17, 2018, 00:45:22 AM »
The black feed from the light on the machine end is in the middle. Light needs to be on pins 1 and 3. Sorry for my tardy response, today has bit a bit of a crud one.  :x


Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 15, 2018, 19:13:56 PM »
I shall take a pic of mine with the tray removed to give you a true digram of the wiring however it will have to wait till tomorrow im afraid.


Vintage Machines / Re: Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« on: January 15, 2018, 19:07:19 PM »
Hi all,
We get a fair few queries about cleaning up old, older, venerable and ancient sewing machines, treadles and cabinets...
So I thought I’d start a thread to collect everyone’s thoughts.

I’m looking for any hints or tips, strategies, links to blogs you find helpful or inspiring and your favourite tools and doodads or cleaning/polishing helpfuls. The goal is to give any aspiring sewing machine fancier a good place to start and give us all somewhere to refer queries to and exchange ideas.

I’ll go away and organise my thoughts....

For cleaning up the mechanical side of things Roger, Singer sewing machine oil, Q tips, White spirit and a very useful tool I made. It's a waxing stick with the barbed bit of velcro glued to it. I then can add cotton wool buds and get into those hard to reach places with ease and both lubricate and clean old fluff out. I could go on for hours! There is simply nothing better than getting a dog of machine and restoring it to a fully working one.  :D


Vintage Machines / Re: Bernina 530-2 ornamental stich lever not moving
« on: January 15, 2018, 18:28:38 PM »
Q tips, white spirit and patience. The white spirit will dissolve the dried up oil and allow the movement to break free. It may take several attempts and a day or two but it works. I had a Brother machine that was so gunked up that nothing moved. A few days cleaning and it eventually ran perfectly. The main thing is not to force anything. This could easily result on bent actuators , broken return springs or damaged cams. Take your time and treat it with love and it will reply in kind, treat it badly and it will just break.


Vintage Machines / Re: Brother motor
« on: January 15, 2018, 18:09:12 PM »
Both the mains and foot unit wiring are 2 core as arrow said they are double insulated. If you intend to replace them then you will need a soldering iron as the pins in the machine plug are soldered and not screw fittings as found in vintage Singers. It's not a difficult job for a half competent sparky to do and he will will also advise on suitable cable replacements.

Hope you have it up and running soon!


Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 15, 2018, 17:34:53 PM »
Hi Acorn. The slotted brass connectors are a right pain in the bum to remove on the machine side. Why Singer chose this option is a mystery? Anyhow. One question, has the pedal/mains side been rewired? Does the cable look quite new? The only reason I ask is that I have seen machines reverse wired. Whilst this doesnt really make any difference to the machine running it does pose a challenge in diagnosing. The correct wiring for 221k is, and this is looking at the machine with the from the rear (take the bottom cove off): Left to right 3 pin arrangement far left being pin 1. Motor  pins 1 and 2 (doesnt matter if these are either way round), Lamp, pins 1 and 3.

Hope this helps!!


Vintage Machines / Re: Vintage Wiring, Capacitors and Electrics.
« on: January 15, 2018, 17:20:42 PM »
Thank you for the well wishes. I'm on the mend now thankfully. I had a non malignent tumour that had attached itself to the vertabrae in my neck. Had it not been in such a sensitive area I would have been operated on a lot sooner. The problem was finding a surgeon who could give me better than 50/50 of not coming out of the operation being paralyzed  :S
Rather scary but now getting there.  :D

Barny X

Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 14, 2018, 23:27:17 PM »
The light going off is a simple miss wire. Be that pedal or machine side. It could be both or either. Look at 99k wiring on youtube. It has nothing to do with the capacitor removal though. I will have a scan of my notes tomorrow and give you the correct macine side wiring placements.


Vintage Machines / Vintage Wiring, Capacitors and Electrics.
« on: January 14, 2018, 23:01:55 PM »
I have been away for a while (poorly) and have only just caught up with some of the posts on the Vintage thread. A good number of posts are about 221k and or electrics on other vintage machines. Firstly there is one rule of thumb. Never trust electricity, it will always find it's closest way to ground and this may well be by it travelling through you! The wiring you are trusting on a 221k etc may be 50, 60 or 70 years old. The mains cable and foot control cable was rubberised and will most likely be rotted by now. The insulation on the machine side will be brittle and if you combine the two together you may well end up with a machine that is just live and when you touch it.. well you will know about it!  |O

I have rewired, capacitor removed and restored more vintage machines than I can remember, into the hundreds now and now I am on the mend I shall be back doing more. I am not plugging myself, not at all. I just wish to make you aware of the potential risks. Where electricity, metal and people meet there will be only one that gets hurt.


Vintage Machines / Re: Featherweights for Dummies
« on: January 14, 2018, 22:36:56 PM »
I have come across 3 types of capacitors in 221k's The main culprit is the best known one within the foot pedal and the easiest to fix. The only reason this was fitted was to eradicate interference with radio and TV broadcasts and is no longer required.The second is the large one within the base of the machine. This was used was primarily fitted as a way to even out poor electicity supplies and is rated 110-230v thus universal. The third set can be found in the motor, one on the positive and one on the negative side of the windings, once again these were fitted to avoid interference.

I have rewired many an old Singer and is in fact one of the many things I undertake before passing it on to a new owner. Old rotted cable,bodge job repairs and whole machines that were live with 230 volts and would give you a nasty blast, I have had them all!
If you are unsure at all, don't plug it in. I never ever plug an old machine into the mains before I visually inspect the cable both internal and from the foot control to the mains and back to the machine. I made the mistake once. Never again!!  :S :S :S

If any of you need advice on sorting the electrics on these vintage machines then please just ask.


Happy new year BTW!!

Vintage Machines / Re: Charity shop find 2 : Bernina 830 Record
« on: October 24, 2017, 20:24:49 PM »
Thank you for the heads up Sewbee. I actually got one today. It came with a Toyota 6800 that I got once again from the charity shop. As yet I have not tried it as I spent most of the day cleaning and servicing the Toyota.

Alas the Bernina is destined for a new home  :( My car failed it's MOT and the cost of new disks and pads on every wheel is quite shocking! So reluctant to part with it but transport right now has a higher priority. :(

I also got the low shank adaptor to play with as I have a plethora of Singer attachments and was looking forward to trying some of them.

Gutted to let her go but needs must  :'(


Vintage Machines / Re: Charity shop find 2 : Bernina 830 Record
« on: October 18, 2017, 23:18:29 PM »
Confused yet? lol  :S

Yup! Well I was, that is until you so eloquently explained the situation. I have ditched the idea of snap on and low shank feet and instead will over time gather together genuine Bernina feet and as Elninia said add to them for presents, if not for my daughter then for me!

Whilst tonight reading all the posts several times over I have had a moment of clarity. My daughter, love her as much as I do, is only just beginning with her sewing. The Brother "Westminster" I restored for now will suffice for her needs. Should she develop and blossom and really enjoy her sewing then I will offer her this stunning piece of Swiss engineering. I see no real advantage of her taking it right now and would rather keep it safe and let her make her mistakes on something that is easier to replace.
This machine is for many, a machine of a lifetime. I would agree. I enjoyed my Nova 900 and did regret selling it. This however is as Carsberg would say Probably the best sewing machine in the world. It seems that everything is just right. Nothing sticks (clutch), blows (mobo /capacitor) or breaks. In this machine they got it 100% right.

It is a keeper to go alongside my 15k and my 221k.

Madame. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to help me. Truly it is appreciated  <3

It is good helpful people like all of you that take time to reply and help that makes life so much better and I thank each and every one of you.

PM Incoming!


Vintage Machines / Re: Charity shop find 2 : Bernina 830 Record
« on: October 18, 2017, 17:11:36 PM »
Madame. That is exactly the one I was looking at so thank you for the info. I shall save my pennies and will not be getting one now.
Please don't go out of your way but any help would be greatly appreciated.  <3

Now to find something to sew  :P


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