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Cari-in-Oly

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Welcome back CD! Yes we have missed you. I'm kinda surprised to see you with that Brother. I have a couple of them, flat bed and free arm. It's actually an early 80s Korean made machine.

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Good to see you back CD. Wondered what you have been up to.
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Fantastic to see you back!  I hope we do not have to go that long without hearing from you again.

Now I am going to have to look up the 78-3... too cool!

Steve

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Thank you everyone for welcoming me back.  It’s nice to be back.
Zorba, looking at your avatar, you haven’t changed a bit over the years.
Hi Mrs. D
OurWorkbench, I use old plastic-coated motorcycle cargo net S-hooks to hang my coffee cans (leather hole-puncher in the rim of the plastic can).  They make good cold beer can holders sneakily disguised as thread-catchers.
Hi WI Lori
Cari-in-Oly, My Korean Brother machine is a left-homing needle design that I’m not overly fond of, but with a hopping foot on it and used as a darning machine, that’s a non-issue and it mends small denim holes in good shape.  I can drop the belt off and carry the machine to another surface to operate by handcrank with the work still under the needle if I want to.  I don’t know where I came up with “1970s”.  I’ll have to research it again, or just be lazy and take your word for it.  You know your machines.  I understand that Brother made two different model 1681 machines (plus the 681 that is the flatbed version of mine), so we might get into a learning discussion on another thread.
Skipper, I see from your avatar that you’ve aged quite nicely.
SteveH-VSS, thank you for allowing me to return.  I was sort of surprised that my log-in still worked.  While you’re looking up the Singer 78-3, check out the Singer 78-2 mattress machine.  The needle is right at the edge of the machine bed, which would be great for mending.

Hello to everyone else here.  Maybe we can visit sometime.

CD in Oklahoma

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"--- thank you for allowing me to return."  HA!  I considered it that you never left and were just really quiet...  welcome back again.  I will appreciate having your perspective on things again!
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Good to see you are in here to CD. I have noticed you in other places around the net.

  John Stuart Ottawa Canada
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CD is back at last
I thought I’d make up a poem fast
Don’t go away
Promise you’ll stay
We’ve missed you cause you are a blast.

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johnstuart, yes I have posted some around the net in the past 2 1/2 years, but nothing like I used to do before that.  I’ve been around for a long while, but I got quiet for a couple of years.  Thanks for your welcome.

Ah Miriam, thank you so much for posting. It’s so nice to hear from you!  I’m still promoting the “Miriam Handcrank” of using an automotive spinner knob on a sewing machine.  And, I’m still using three of them on my industrial machines.  I won’t be caught without them.

How nice of you to write a poem for me!  Didn’t we have fun with our sewing poems in the past! I’m so glad that you’re still cranking them out! Which reminds me:

When thinking of friends that I’ve met,
The one that I’ll never forget,
Is Miriam so grand,
That gave me a hand,
With a crank that I’m still using yet.

CD in Oklahoma


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You made me laugh, CD. Yes those spinner knobs work when all else is more work. A friend in Florida welded a crank to his clutch knob. It worked well sewing alligator skins. I don’t have any commercial machines left. I’m thinning things out here so we can knock out the walls inside and out and rebuilt. CL will be busy very soon.
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Thank you everyone for welcoming me back.  It’s nice to be back.
Zorba, looking at your avatar, you haven’t changed a bit over the years.

Its amazing what a little bit of makeup and some Henna in the hair will do for a guy!

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Hi, You can call me zombay.  I found this forum while searching for a manual for a sewing machine that my grandfather gave me(Sew Gem model 215) and I just wanted to say thank you for uploading manuals. I would have no idea where to begin without it. Once I figure everything out I hope to start some projects on it.
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Hi zombay.  Welcome to VSS.  I just recently "re-joined" myself (after being away for 2 years, and no, I wasn't incarcerated......yet).

Steve-VSS runs a nice group here.  It's great that you can get some good from it!

CD in Oklahoma

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Welcome Zombay!
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Welcome Zombay.

Hope you share some pictures of your machine and your projects. As the saying goes --- "We like pictures." :) :)

Janey

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Thanks for the welcome!
Yeah I hope to get this machine working, so far the manual has been informative. I've never restored or at least got a old machine like this working. I'm not even sure where to begin. I'm scouring the forum for sources.
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Welcome Zombay
(attempts to extricate Cranberries earworm)

Where to begin: since I don't see a belt on your machine, and you have the manual... I would see if the hand wheel will complete a full 360 degree turn without much resistance. If it's stiff, or it doesn't really want to go... or it does go, but only so far... then I'd remove the bobbin case and check for any errant thread, and see if that was the issue.  If, on the other hand the hand wheel will complete a full turn without issue, and the needle bar is going up and down as you turn... that's a pretty good sign.

My cardinal rule for vintage sewing machines is to never ever plug it in before checking the condition of the extant wires. The outside coating in particular should still be intact on all wires. Check carefully where the wires turn into the motor for breaks or cracks or bare wire or ugly wrappings of electrical tape before you ever attempt to plug it in.

From the photos, I would be very gentle with the light assembly. It appears to be all there, just slightly ajar. Usually... sewing machines have a separate wire going to the light, and another wire going to the motor. I'd bet you might find the junction of all these under the panel on the box bottom under the hand wheel? Check all those wires as well.


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Welcome to the group Zombay!!! Hope you get that machine figured out. Great forum here and lots of info help.

Best help i can do for now is always have a good set of screw drivers. The flatheads should be flat and should fit snug in the slots. The last 2 machines i have worked on have torqued out screws from improper size screw drivers. The needle bar clamp on my Gardner sewing machine is a good example. Tri- flow for un sticking mechanisms and ample sewing oil and pure kerosene for cleaning. I always use the kerosene outside and have outside storage for flammables like that . I didn't even know there was a manual for your machine here lol. Learn something every day here in the forum!!!

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Hello Zombay, and welcome. I hope that you get your machine working, and you will get lots of help - if stuck - on this forum


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