New York USA
Member since 7/20/10
Date: 7/20/10 5:22 PM
I'm a novice sewer, really only making a couple outrageous costumes for eclectic parties. My expertise lies in tie-dyeing but I've wanted to branch out into making home-made perfectly fitting clothes.
I received a sewing machine for free from an old roommate and I've been unable to locate ANY information about the machine. I can tell it's missing a few parts (whatever would normally hold the spool of thread, and who knows what else). The machine is from a company called SO-FRO, as far as I can tell, and the model is 4707 according to the manual. On the manual there's a few handwritten notes and there's water damage, one note saying "Received from mom and dad christmas 1983" It runs and works to some degree but the thread consistently gets caught in the portion of the machine where the needle dips down to interact with the bobbin thread. I've tried adjusting the thread tension and haven't had much success, I doubt the thread tension dial works as it should to be honest. If anyone has some suggestions I'd love to make this free sewing machine into something usable!
Just to add a few more bits, the label says "SO-FRO Model 4707 made in Taiwan, Made in Republic of China. Listed Sewing Machine, (UL with a circle around it), 273C"
Hope something in there is useful.
-- Edited on 7/20/10 5:30 PM --
Member since 4/22/04
|In reply to Kevin Cook <<
Date: 7/20/10 5:57 PM
So-Fro machines used to be sold by either House of Fabrics or Cloth World..back when those fabric stores exited. I am unsure if Singer made all of the SoFro models but according to one website Singer made one model the 4314.
I hope you get the tension problem fixed with your machine. Do you have the correct bobbin in and is it facing the proper way in the machine?
Member since 8/24/02
|In reply to Kevin Cook <<
Date: 7/20/10 8:26 PM
Try removing the sole plate (the plate that covers the bobbin; it should either come unscrewed or it should snap out). There might be a fabric goober in there. Use a small bristle brush to clean out the junk. Also, I'd change the thread and the needle, as well. These are old(er) machines and chances are, they like 100% cotton thread.
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Member since 6/21/13
Date: 6/21/13 6:34 PM
I have a SO FRO model 100, that was one of the first computerized sewing machines out. It's so frustrating sometimes bc the threads get all tangled on top of the bobbin and then it jams up and won't sew. When trying to fix it I just now broke the needle so I'll be replacing that. It seems like there should be an adjustment to the bobbin but I can't figure out what.
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