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I need help with a Hermes 3000 typewriter.....Please

Need help with a Hermes 3000 1962 typewriter....please? I have a 1962 Hermes 3000 typewriter that is in excellent to almost pristine condition by the looks of it and I am looking to sell it soon on Ebay. The problem is the keys are not striking the paper. They go almost all the way but not quite. Also the carriage seems to slide across without stopping or locking. I am going to sell this for an elderly women now in a nursing home who can really use the money so I would like to get it working as great as it looks. I think I am just missing something here. I have checked the original instruction booklet that came with it but to no avail. I know it was never abused she was a nun and no kids every touched it. Her mind is gone so she won't even remember it so I can't ask her for help. The machine is super super clean with no scratches from the case or anything. If someone could assist me I would really appreciate any and all help. Thank you in advance.

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G'day mate, most likely cause is that the drawband is broken/disconnected. Look under the right-hand side of the carriage,you would have to tilt the typewriter on it's back. There you will see a small hook where the drawband should be attached to. If not, set the typewriter on it's feet again and move the carriage to the extreme right then looking down past the left thumb wheel you will notice a drum with the drawband attached. Rotate it until the drawband hook come into view. Get a piece of strong wire about 12 inches long,fashion one end into a hook,thread it through the machine under the carriage,from the right-hand side until it appears just over the drum. Ayyach the drawband hook to it and pull your piece of wire out to the right. You will notice the drum rotating and the increasing tension on the drawband , this good,nothing is going to snap, break etc. Hook the drawband on to it's latch and try the typing. If the typewriter's carriage moves slowly it means that there is not enough tension on the main-spring located inside that drum. Do not depair, because by removing both side plates you will see a large screw on each side of the back cover plate remove these and then you will see the mainspring drum in it's entirety. There will be a winding gear central to the drum,loosen the locking pawl and begin winding in aclock-wise direction to increase the main-spring tension. Test the carriage occasionally for tension.
When all is OK reverse all what you did before.  Cheers and goo luck from Australia....

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Hi..sewing machine is ok, a little too light but ok. Move your margins all the way out so that you carriage can move its full length.
If you look at the underside of the carriage you will see what they call Rails. These are tracks in which the ball bearings reside. 4 or 5 drops of oil on these and the bearings will be lubed. I use a little heavier grease not oil, but light oil. Too much oil is worse than none.
I think you problem is in the carriage return clutch..something that should be handled by a Pro.. Too many parts, springs and broken adjustments for the layman. Some times you can spray 1..I repeat 1 small shot of degreaser on the carriage return clutch (located on the right side, middle of the typewriter. Usually has a fabric band winding around it.
If not a Pro can help you..
Hope this helps.

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There might be a little tab below the carriage wheel on the left of the machine. You should be able to move it up or down, and release the mechanism.

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There is a plastic cap on the print solenoid plunger that is probably broken, they are available but a little tricky to install.


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Try going to for a manual for your Smith Corona typewriter. Or, you can go to Google and type in "Will Repair Service", go to the first link displayed in the results. Best of luck to you!

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