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Light bulbs for vintage machines

LeilaMay

Light bulbs for vintage machines
« on: August 09, 2019, 09:51:15 AM »
Thought it might be worth having a thread about replacement light bulbs for our vintage machines.
Lillian mentioned she is having trouble fitting an LED bub in her new Singer Featherweigh, and it reminded me that even among my small herd I've had to buy a couple of different types.

There is a useful video here from the Singer Featherweight shop about the kinds of bulbs avaliable

https://singer-featherweight.com/blogs/schoolhouse/featherweight-led-bulb-comparison?_pos=1&_sid=b7486e07e&_ss=r

and I did have to buy a couple of the narrowest type from them to fit my white featherweight and an electric 99K in a cabinet - all the other types fouled the narrow fitting and wouldn't engage) - I haven't yet found that narrowest type in the UK but maybe someone has?

Anyway, hope this will proves helpful to some folks

LeilaMay

PERHAPS THIS THREAD COULD BE A STICKY _ AS A RESOURCE?
« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 10:05:29 AM by Acorn »
A happy herd of vintage machines - mostly Singers.

Acorn

Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 10:05:48 AM »
I have stickified it.   :)
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.

BrendaP

Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 10:12:33 AM »
I bought a couple of these
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XF325CG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
One is currently in my 221 Featherweight and the other is in the 201.  No particular problem getting them in.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

LeilaMay

Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 12:30:09 PM »
Yes I have those too - they fit in most of my machines. But the white 221 and one of my 99s needed a bulb that doesn't have that white ring around it, that stands proud just below the light-up section. In the narrowest fittings, that prevents the bulb from going far enough down to engage the lugs - who knew bulbs could be so complicated?  :)
A happy herd of vintage machines - mostly Singers.

jesster

Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 13:03:50 PM »
I have a white Featherweight and use one of these.  I'm in the US, but maybe the same type is available on your side of the pond?

LeilaMay

Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2019, 13:23:41 PM »
I have a white Featherweight and use one of these.  I'm in the US, but maybe the same type is available on your side of the pond?

Yes, that's exactly the type I'm talking about - it's necessary for a few types of light fitting, including the white 221s.
I haven't found a UK supplier for those, but perhaps someone will know of one  :)
A happy herd of vintage machines - mostly Singers.

Lilian

Re: Light bulbs for vintage machines
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2019, 18:15:49 PM »
Just had a look and found These  on ebay not sure if they will fit but look possible.

I managed to get the old bulb back in the machine by wrapping it in the finger of a rubber glove, pushing it in and the pulling out the glove and I felt it click into place.  :)  I have little dexterity in my fingers due to a biking accident years ago so couldn't do it any other way. I did see a short video showing how to do it with a piece of tubing which would be much better.

Thanks @LeilaMay for staring this thread  :) :vintage:
Willing but not always able :)