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Singer Stylist 477 Top Gear replacement problem - please help me?

Hello! I just recently got a vintage Singer Stylist 477. The machine is in great shape but I realized that the top gear needs to be replaced. I looked up online and read the manual to figure out how exactly to do it since this isn't a large problem and not that easy to screw up. Plus, project for the hubby and I! We ordered [this replacement part](http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Sewing-Machine-Vertical-155819/dp/B00CMGEIAS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417472576&sr=8-1&keywords=Top+Gear+%23155819). We pulled out the old, shredded top gear and oiled up the new one and are trying to pop it in. So that is where our problem is. We line up the gears and the hole that the shaft goes into with the center of the gear and every time we send the shaft up and attempt to send it through the gear to secure it, the gear catches and pushes to the side, not sliding onto the shaft. We have taken the shaft out and slid the gear on it and it fits, just not while both are in the machine....... Thoughts? My auto mechanic boyfriend seems to think that this is the wrong part though the part number matches. Neither of us have had prior sewing machine maintenance experience. him and I have both seen this part being sold on many other sites listed as compatible with the 477 as well as the part number for the part we have matches the part number in the part ID manual. I am at work right now and will snap some pictures of the gears and exactly what I'm talking about when I get home a bit later. Hope this makes sense.... ! I want to use my new pet! Please help! Further questions encouraged if you don't understand me.

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I sort of had the same problem. Then I realized that the screw that holds the gear in place hadn't been fully retracted, so when I went to slide the shaft back it, it would knock the gear out of the way. Once I figured that out (only took 15 - 30 minutes of frustration!), it was easy peasy. Hope that helps.

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The gears should always be replaced in pairs. Do not oil the plastic on the gears. only the metal. Use white lithium on the plastic.

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