Sunday, April 22, 2012
Singer 301 LBOW
This machine is on display in the "museum." For some reason I turned the hand wheel on it last Wednesday. Oh my it was "gritty." I was sure I had serviced it last year. I could not stand that gritty feeling so this morning I took it out to the shop.
Turns out I had not serviced the motor. I thought that I had. I think I pulled the motor and cleaned the worm. The motor was not in terrible shape. But I think the bearings might be dry. I did drop some motor oil strategically as indicated by Bill Holman ( my hero on Vintage Singers). It is a bit better. I did clean the motor and commutator. This baby hauls ass; figuratively, of course.
I could not believe that the stitch is so even without any adjusting. I did have to take the tension assembly out but not apart. The release pin was stuck a bit. It did free up with Tri flow. When I put the assembly back in I did not put it in quite right. The +/- indicator is at 9 oclock, not 12 oclock. I will fix it tomorrow.