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I have a Sears Electronic Graduate typewriter Model 161 53509850. I don't have the user's manual. The margin is set way to the right and I don't know how to release the margins. Have tried everything!!

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Eddie Balen

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There are 3 margin keys on the keyboard of this typewriter. One is marked Mar Left, one is Mar Right, and the third is Mar Rel(ease) these are found on the left side of the keyboard, Have you tried either of these? Hope this helps

Posted on Jun 30, 2014


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SOURCE: margin release on a typewriter

Turn off hold down code key...turn on.

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try to set up the margin at about 3. If the tabs clear nor margin release did not work, check the alignment of the tabs clear from its button to its connector and contact Canon for check-up as well as the Margin Release button..

Posted on Jan 19, 2011

Korede Atunrase

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If the carrier jam hard at the print point, they're bent and are getting stuck in the print alignment fork. You'll have to VERY VERY CAREFULLY make slight adjustments -- and that means corrective bends -- in a type bar that always jams at the print point. You should check for burrs in the type bar itself that can cause this problem too, but most often they're bent if they jam tight. If they move back down sluggishly, either the segment in which they're mounted is dirty or else a spring is disconnected or missing. Make sure the type bars are clean all the way to the bottom; you can just scrape off gunk or use a volatile cleaner that will evaporate (NOT penetrating oil or WD40.) Also make sure there aren't eraser crumbs or grit in the segment.

If this is not the case, then a type-bar spring is a likely culprit. Each type bar normally has a spring associated with it, connected somewhere in the linkage to help return it quickly to the rest point. Look for a battery of springs all in a row inside the machine, and watch as you operate keys to see how they flex and provide 'return power' for the type bars. Look to see if the offending "slow returner" isn't missing a spring, or if it isn't disconnected.

If there's no tension whatsoever on the carriage it's certain that the drawband is either off or broken... or else that the mainspring has become unwound or is broken. Putting the drawband back on is usually easy so long as the original hook or eyelet mounted on the end of the drawband is still in place. Wind tension back onto the mainspring, and then you can pull the drawband under the carriage using a long hook, a wire, a bent coat hanger, a very long crochet hook, fishing line fed through, or just about anything you can think of to get the drawband from the left side of the machine under the carriage to the right side where it attaches. If it is broken, it should be replaced. Sometimes it's possible to use craft edging or heavy ribbon for this, or else fishing line. Look at craft stores long enough and you'll find a number of substitutes for drawband -- remember though that they CANNOT be elastic!

Crimp-type wire connector lugs can be used to replace missing drawband hooks in some cases as well. You'll be able to tell if the main spring is broken if the drawband is off and no matter how much you wind the spring drum backwards you can't get tension on it; note that on most machines a ratchet-style device is used to hold tension on the drum once wound. Make sure this is engaged properly so that tension remains. We will have a separate MAIN SPRING and DRAWBAND section on the site later on in the heavier repairs.

With the rate that machines are being shipped poorly packaged today, we often find that bent levers are a problem... in this case of carriage movement a bent carriage release lever might not move far enough to actually release the carriage. Sometimes, on machines with two levers only one is bent, limiting the other from moving far enough too if they're linked and move together. Examine the mechanism that is connected to the carriage release lever to see if the margin rack moves away from the escapement wheel; if it doesn't, there is likely an artificial limitation caused by misalignment or bending.

One frequent problem we've found on machines discovered in the field, believe it or not, is a stuck back-space mechanism. If the back space is stuck, the carriage won't move at all in most cases. Operate the back space and make sure the key returns all the way up when you release it. Pull the key back up if you have to. Free up the backspace and very often you'll "cure" a "totally stuck carriage."

Posted on Feb 04, 2011

Ray M.

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hit the carriage return key to put carriage at left margin. then hit your margin release key, then backspace key to put your carriage where you want it. then hit left margin key and that should set new left margin. good luck.


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