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Is there a secret to getting the plastic cover to separate to adjust the belt for the Singer 7462?

I posted earlier if anyone knows how to change the belt on a Singer 7462 and I got one reply, but there must be a secret to getting the two halves of the plastic cover to come apart. I have taken all the screws out from the bottom, top, back, and face cover. I have slid the extension table off. I am trying to get the cover to separate to see if the belt is broken or the belt just needs to be adjusted. It seems like something is holding the case together by where the Hand Wheel is. The problem is when using the Foot control, the only thing that moves is the Bobbin winder shaft on top. To get the Needle to move you have to use the Hand Wheel. So if someone knows what it takes to get the plastic cover to separate, it would make my day! Once the cover is off I think I can figure out how to adjust or replace the belt. I would like to thank anyone in advance for any help!

Thank you,
Glenn

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These split cases are a right pain to put it mildly..........

Before we go further, you have got the handwheel in the sewing position, not for bobbin winding, haven't you ?!?!

OK, sorry, but it's like "turn the thing on at the wall guys"....often simple things are overlooked.

So here goes..

Although you may think you have undone all the screws, there are usually several that merely clamp a small lug, so a half turn to looses is all you need, not to undo completely, as they are not passing through a hole, merely a U shaped retaining lug attached to the casing.

They may be near the bobbin case/hook race area at the back of the machine, but undone from inside at the front.......around near the needle arm is another favourite spot to clamp front and rear sections.........some of these machines from various manufacturers have more than 12 retaining screws !!!!

There is also a tricky one that is a 2mm hex bolt (Allen Key) that is accessed through the air vent flutes under the handwheel near the power inlet !!

I hate them all, and I have service manuals (for Janome at least) to tell you where to look !!

Different makes and models have differing places to look.......design by committee to save manufacturing costs and keep technician stress at fever pitch.

The other loathesome thing, is to do with the small clips moulded to either side of the joint .....they seem designed to push together once only, in the factory before boxing and distribution........they are NOT friendly if anyone needs open it again to service the machine some time later and are easily broken off.

....a couple of small screwdrivers to lever and wedge an increasing section apart can work, but do not force anything that does not want to come easily, you may not have undone all those screws the first time............

My absolute best advice for these is to take it to a technician who has the service manual for your model or you will almost certainly have broken clips and an ill fitting case, plus the ensuing anguish and fury of the person whose machine you didn't fix.

By all means have a play at it, but if there is any danger of frustration and the temptation to force something, get up and put the kettle on immediately, then call for backup.

Posted on May 29, 2008

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