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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Singer 327 Pedal question ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/13/13 1:20 AM

So I found this great Singer 327 at the local thrift shop for my sister to learn to sew on. I cleaned and oiled it (although it was in really great condition to start with), put a new needle clamp on it and replaced the bobbin tire. Everything works and its one great little machine. Only one problem, my sister thinks it goes too fast! She doesn't feel like the pedal responds to a lighter touch, just goes too fast.

So, is there a way to make it slower without ruining it. I know if she would work with it, she'd get used to the machine, but she's afraid of it, so that makes it kind of useless for learning on. I really don't want to be out the $75 I've got in it. (And with 3 machines and a serger, I really have no space for it.) Any suggestions?

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Date: 1/13/13 3:19 AM

Yes, have it checked by a sewing machine mechanic, they should be able to clean or replace parts in it to allow you to access all the slow speeds the machine has. Just thinking a vintage machine I had, not a Singer, but another brand, had a capacitor in the foot control that cracks with age and begins to ooze out its fluid, basically losing efficiency, and when that happened the machine would stutter to begin with then take off at speed. It is difficult for beginners to learn like this and all that needed doing was that small capacitor replacing with a new one, and it works just as it should. There are many times when having the full range of speeds is beneficial even for more advanced sewers so its worth having it repaired as I believe they are nice machines? It may be something minor or even just dirt inside that needs cleaning out to return it to proper working order.

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Date: 1/14/13 5:35 AM

What does the foot pedal look like? I grew up on a Singer 301. It had a small square button on the upper corner. It was designed to fit into a cabinet and be activated with knee pressure. If I did place it in the floor to use with my foot it would zoom off at top speed- I loved it for straight seams! But if I needed more control on the floor I would use only my big toe which gave me great control over slowing down around corners- that toe got so good I could even control to stop the needle up or down as I preferred!
I must have really loved sewing fast, usually Mom was yelling at me , *slow that thing down, you'ld think you were driving a car!* Of course that was back when normal speed limits were 110 mph. ;)

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Date: 1/25/13 5:18 PM

Well, thank you both for the help. I passed it along, but she doesn't want to keep it. I think she's just doesn't have any patience for sewing machines enough to deal with it (and she is a bit of lead foot, so that makes it worse)

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Date: 1/26/13 6:39 AM

My DIL is the same. She says she wants to learn to sew but in 8 yrs of giving machines and offering to teach or pay for lesson- well nothing! My GS is now 10 and his mom laughs because he sews stuff for her and can mend things.

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