|Rosie from Cicero|
When removing a screw it is so important not to bugger up the head. You need these screws again. Singer screws have unique threads so just any old screw will not do. The best way is to apply downward pressure toward the screw hole FIRMLY as you turn your driver. If it doesn’t go readily, don’t force it. Chapman bits will break before they break the head off of the screw. Brownell bits won’t. If you cannot get the screw loose with firm pressure and firm turning, wait. Apply more solvent and try later. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
I will take responsibility for that nasty looking screw. But not for all of it. It started out looking a bit sorry, that should have been a clue.
When I take apart a machine for cleaning I like to have several different containers to keep parts organized. That way I can keep the corresponding screws with each part. I use old yogurt containers for larger parts and ice cube trays for small, tiny parts. I also like to have containers for the cleaned parts. I have been baffled when a screw doesn’t fit even though it looks like it should. So now I keep all the screws a pieces together. I also like to put screws BACK in their homes on the machine to decrease the chance that I will lose them. Of course, it helps to remember that I have done this. Last week I spent a lot of time looking for a screw which was right where it belonged.
I recommend working in a well ventilated area. Some of the solvents are stinky.
|The only two screws in this picture are the set screw and the motor mount screw.|
Remove the set screw in the clamp stop motion clamp screw in the handwheel. Remove the clamp stop motion clamp screw and take note of which way the clamp stop motion clamp washer washer is BEFORE you remove it. If it falls off as you are removing the clamp screw , when you put this back together you will figure out the right way by trial and error. Sometimes its best, however, to note the original position of parts. That tiny little set screw can be screwed right back into its home in the clamp screw for safe keeping.
Loosen the motor mount screw and lift the motor upward to loosen the belt. This will enable you to remove the belt and the handwheel aka balance wheel.
Remove the motor mount screw and remove the motor. I put the screw right back into the machine, then I know right where it is and I won't lose it or confuse it with another screw.
If your light and motor are attached to each other, you will need to remove the light from the machine as well. Rosie did not have a light.
Place all of these parts where you can find them later. This is where a tidy workspace helps.
Remove the bobbin winder. It is easy to do . Remove the screw that attaches the bobbin winder to the handwheel shaft ( I might be making up names, here.) At least I did not call it a whatchmacallit)
|I altered this photo to highlight the screw that you should remove. The bobbin winder has been edited out.|
Remove the face plate, back plate, slide plate and needle plate.
|Remove the thumb screw and lift up and off.|
|You can figure this one out|
I have already removed the slide plate in the photo below. To remove the slide plate, slide it out a little ways and then as you gently lift it, slide it BACK toward the feed dogs. This will release it from the spring, seen at the bottom of the photo below.
|Slide plate removed.|
Now I oil each oil port and every place that there is metal touching metal. I turn the machine on its side to oil all those underneath connections and I oil each oil port on the top of the machine as well. I oil the parts through the back hole too. I like to use Liquid Wrench if the machine is particularly dirty and old. It stinks but it does the job. I suppose kerosene could do the same but that really stinks. I have tried kerosene because I have read so much about its virtues. I am not a fan.
I also dabble LW on each screw that I can see. Today I had the brilliant, if I say so myself, idea of putting some LW in a long spout oiler. That enables me to be more precise and less wasteful, a feeble attempt at being GREEN as I recondition these old machines.
I find that my angled ratchet works the best. Be sure that you select the correct bit size for the screw to be able to apply as much torque as possible and reduce slippage which will strip the head, aka bugger it up. Remove this screw and remove the feed dogs. The feed dogs should lift right out if there isn't too much grit and lint holding them tight. If they don’t lift right out, jostle and jiggle and gently try to pry them up and out. They usually drop down or fall out.
With the feed dogs removed we can now remove the bobbin case and assembly. Turn the machine upright and lift the finger of the bobbin case assembly up and toward the front of the machine.
|Under no circumstance should you mess with that screw that someone tried to mess with in this photo.|
|set screw. lefty loosey righty tighty|
Can you believe that this machine was stitching? Clear testimony to the fine engineering of early Singer sewing machines.
It is raining again and I am about to lose internet. The satellite always goes down in heavy rain. We have had flooding here today and could have more. Our road was closed going south and going north. The water receded some during the respite, but it can go up again.
|This stream is directly behind the garage. No cars in the garage tonight!|
Next time: Removing the presser bar and the buggered up screw story.