Suckered into it May 16, 2010Posted by Judy in Sewing projects.
Remember how I mentioned that I looked at a sewing machine that was less-than-impressive? Well, I REALLY wanted the monogrammer that came with it, and the lady made a decent offer (monogrammer, machine and table), so I ended up getting the machine . .. . a Singer Golden Touch and Sew 750. Now, these machines have been not-so-affectionately named: Cuss and Sew, Touch and Swear, Don’t Touch cuz they Don’t Sew . . . you get the point. And if you’ll remember, the wise people on the Vintage Singer Yahoo group stated that it would be a pain to fix the needle hitting the hook problem. Yet, I still ended up with the machine. The plan was that DH was going to fix it so that I could do other things. Well, I couldn’t pass up another opportunity to fix up a machine, so I bought a repair manual online and got to work.
I was told that I would probably have to replace the timing belt, which would involve taking the machine almost completely apart. Wisely, I took before pics, just in case something went terribly wrong.
Since it was a big project, I had all of my tools laid out . . . noone wants to keep running to the garage to get a tool, ya know? Anyway, here are all of the pieces I took out, which seems like less than I removed from the 503A, EXCEPT that this time, I removed the main shaft. See that long, skinny thing in the lower right? Well, the machine absolutely won’t work without that, it’s what makes pretty much everything go.
Well, I got it all taken apart and took a gander at the timing belt . . .. it looked just fine. Sooo, I put it back together, did one other relatively easy timing fix and voila! It worked! But after taking it apart I realized that I really DIDN”T want to keep this machine . .. too many plastic parts and WAYYY too finicky for my purposes!
So I guess it wasn’t all a loss . . . .I learned more about how sewing machines work, I got the monogrammer, and I also got a very nice table. It didn’t look all that great until I hit it with some Pledge Orange Oil and put the black 201-2 in it . . . wowzers! I’ll have to post pics of that in a different post!