I had an old Singer that is ailing, so I got a different machine for a reasonable price. The new one is a Kenmore, and I was wondering how/if I could install it into the cabinet since the shape of the machines is different?
It wouldn't have to be in the cabinet, but can a machine built for that be able to be used on just a flat surface? It looks like the bobbin area and such would get in the way.
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Re: Changing sewing machine in cabinet
Is it a flatbed or a free arm machine? Flatbeds have fixings on the back to attach them to a cabinet so they can drop down inside. A freearm doesn't. From what you say about it being a different shape I really doubt it. If your new machine is a freearm you need to use it on a flat surface-if its a flatbed and has a base you should be able to install it in a cabinet or use it on a flat surface.
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You probably can but not without doing some (maybe a lot of) retrofitting. Difference in machine footprint will make a big difference. Also, connecting the lifting hardware, etc. adds to the overall difficulty. You could always ask a handyman familiar with woodworking but chances are, the expense will be more than the machine is worth. But, then sometimes nostalgia wins!
1. Find two holes on the back side of the machine towards the very bottom of the machine. Small screws are inserted that need to be almost removed.
2. There are small pegs attached to two hinges (towards back of table where opening is). Stand them up towards the ceiling. (Possibly need help)
3. The sewing machine will face the front of the machine towards the floor and the bottom of the machine towards yourself. It must be held while doing this.
4. Aim the holes of the machine towards the holes and lower the machine. As the pegs go through the holes of the sewing machine the screws need to be tightened.
the singer site on the web has a page of photos of old sewing machines and the history. compare your machine with the photos .. to be 4 generations old I would expect it to be a treadle machine with leather belt drive
if it has a rod attached to the foot platform that would ,along with the cabinet or table , get a good price
the value in that case will be in the table that it would have come with as well as the machine it is possible to contact the singer customer service as well and they may have a value available for you.
I would expect it to be up in the $5000.00 to $10.000 bracket depending on the antique demand at the time
If it can be attached, there will be a set of screws/hinges on the back side of it.
I actually modified a sewing machine cabinet to be able to place my machine inside for storage, on its side. When sewing, I have the modified board on the hinge and the machine sets on top of that. When not is use, cabinet looks like a "table" cabinet.
There are these things called sewing machine hinges. They have a round fitting that slip in to the cabinet and a shaft that fits into the machine itself. I've seen other styles as well. Examine your singer cabinet for 2 circular holes near the back of the spot where the sewing machine hits. You'll need to measure those holes. then find the correstponding holes on the sewing machine casting. You'll likely need some set screws as well.
Here is an etsy listing for a sewing machine hinge that someone has made a steampunk necklace from. LOL Really. At least it's a good photo of what a hinge looks like. http://www.etsy.com/listing/88963367/necklace-steampunk-key-1937-singer-201?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=sewing+machine+mounting+hinges&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all
If you have a flatbed machine they are normally all 16 inches long and will fit into any sewing machine cabinet, if you have a free arm machine it will mean a tailor made cabinet for the model you have which is normally made by Horn Cabinets but they are vfery expensive, you have not said what is exactly happenning to your machine when you select the stitches.
Probably operator error. Make sure the machine is threaded right, make sure the bobbin is threaded properly, change the needle.... even though you think the needle is sharp. Make sure you are using the right thread. If you have bargain thread, throw it out. Use Coats & Clark, which is still reasonably priced. My friend has a lower end Singer that was acting up ... loose threads on the bottom of the fabric, which means upper tension .... we did the simple thing of changing the thread. It worked, and the machine is sewing beautifully.