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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Feeling like a rock star! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Feeling like a rock star!
Tension assembly crisis averted!
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Date: 1/3/13 1:00 AM

I was playing around with my Singer 237 now that I have a treadle table (the Singer 27 is in the midst of an extensive cleaning and restoration at the moment) and noticed that the tension assembly seemed a little loose, or was not engaging properly. As I fiddled with it, the entire thing popped off the machine and all the pieces fell apart! After my initial gasp and clutching of pearls reaction, I took a deep breath and said to myself that learning to fix a tension assembly is inevitable, might as well start now. I was completely at a loss after about an hour and was about to come on here and ask for help, when lo and behold, I found the repair and service manual (not just the regular manual) online for the machine. Within about ten minutes I was able to get it reassembled and back on the machine, and adjusted to perfection! I think it made up for my idiot moment with my Bernina a few days ago Tension assemblies aren't so scary anymore! (Although I prefer they stay on the machine where they belong!)

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Date: 1/3/13 1:17 AM

You've got my respect! If the tension assembly fell off one of my machines, I'd cry and pack it up to go to the tech.

The other day I had the manual out, looking for the pattern end button on the 820, which was cleverly hidden.....right in front above the needle.

You ARE a rock star!

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Date: 1/3/13 9:03 AM

That's great! Aren't these online manuals wonderful? I was able to refurbish a 15-90 because of them.

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Date: 1/3/13 9:33 AM

Yay for you! I can relate. It was very intimidating the first time, now I do it regularly with every machine I bring home.

I don't know about your model, but with all my Singers the instructions for reassembling the tension are in the regular user's manual. They also explain how to re-calibrate the tension.

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Jim (Singer 301), Margaret (Singer 201-2), Betty (Singer 15-91), Bud (Singer 503), Kathy (Singer 221), Liz (Singer 221 Centennial Edition)
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Date: 1/3/13 10:03 AM

Good for you! I can relate to this as well. I had a Singer Rocketeer with wonky tensions, that a tech didn't even fix! I took it all apart, and put it back together, calibrated correctly. Yes indeed I felt like a rock star rocket scientist. Very appropriate that it was the Rocketeer!

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Date: 1/3/13 10:44 AM

I didn't get a manual when I bought my machine last year, but the regular manual I found online (66 pages!) only goes over tension adjustment. I was able to find a couple of blogs that showed various aspects of reassembly, but I still wasn't able to get it right. The service manual was exactly what I needed. This machine is kind of my "learn about machines" machine. I bought it with the motor already removed with the intent to put it in a treadle table, which happily I now have. It's been fun figuring it all out

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Date: 1/3/13 11:12 AM

Great job!

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Date: 1/3/13 12:33 PM

Amateur sewing machine tinkering is a very addictive hobby... Ask me how I know! I am actually a little disappointed when I buy a machine that doesn't need a little TLC.

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Jim (Singer 301), Margaret (Singer 201-2), Betty (Singer 15-91), Bud (Singer 503), Kathy (Singer 221), Liz (Singer 221 Centennial Edition)
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Date: 1/3/13 12:50 PM

I am still new to vintage machines but already I agree with lisalu.... I want one that needs some tinkering!

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My Singer crew:
Sergei - Serger 14T968DC (set up as coverstitch)
Stella - Serger Stylist II 14J250 (set up as main overlock)
Quincy - Quantum 9960 (my main SM)
Newest addition: Stevie, my very first Featherweight! (221 Centennial)

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Date: 1/5/13 9:21 PM

Congratulations! You are a rock star! I had a similar experience one day when my Featherweight literally completely locked up. I couldn't move the needle AT all. After alot of searching online, I found a similar problem, with directions to take the bobbin assembly off looking for a single thread that was lodged in there. Sure enough.....one single strand of thread 'caused it to lock up. I removed it and it runs like a charm now :)

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