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Zorba, I consulted a few owners manuals about the oil hole for the race.  The 1910 manual for the 27-4 makes no mention of either oiling the shuttle race or oiling the hole under the slide plate.  The 1891 manual for the Vibrating Shuttle states to moisten muslin with oil and rub it over the face of the shuttle race, and to put a few drops of oil in the shuttle race oil hole under the front slide plate.  The third manual states the same as the 1891 manual.  No mention is made of a wick in the 1/4" oil hole.  A Form K1831 manual for machines 27 & 28, states only to rub a little oil on the face of the shuttle race.
     The 127 & 128 manual, with copyright dates from1915  to 1951, states..."Draw out the front bed-slide and remove the accumulated lint and dust, then apply a few drops of oil on the WICK A Fig. 2, which is under the slide."
     I use wool in the hole, either yarn, wool felt, or pieces of wool engine main bearing oil seals (new).  Genuine wool felt is hard to find as now days, felt  is made from recycled pop bottles.  A match will quickly tell you the difference.  Real wool felt smells like hair burning, the other stuff just melts.
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     I use wool in the hole, either yarn, wool felt, or pieces of wool engine main bearing oil seals (new).  Genuine wool felt is hard to find as now days, felt  is made from recycled pop bottles.  A match will quickly tell you the difference.  Real wool felt smells like hair burning, the other stuff just melts.Farmer John


The filter element from a cigarette, after removing the wrapping, works well.  I an not a smoker, never was, and hate them, but forced myself to buy a packet!

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Thanx guys - its pretty obvious that it needs something in there.
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For the record, my 1888 VS3 (precursor to the 28/128) doesn't have the hole there at all.
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My 27 has a hole there and when I cleaned it up there was part of a really dirty old wick that a previous owner had tried to clear out but hadn't gotten all of.  I cleaned everything out from both top and bottom and firmly repacked with part of a tightly wadded cotton pad as I didn't have anything else suitable to hand.  It seems to be working out okay so far as a substitute wick, but I'm not sure how well it will serve as a long-term solution.
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And the solution:
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A .22 caliber gun cleaning patch - another one shown on the bed of the machine, although its blown out to look white, its the same blue as what I worked into the hole. Works GREAT!

The head is essentially complete. One of the little screws holding on the face plate had a head that was broken off, so I ordered another one from sew classic. Then a second one broke with essentially zero torque so I figured I'd replace it as well, and the ones holding the needle plate and the front inspection cover while I was at it (same size) as the old screws are obviously inadequate (I understand why they're breaking, its how they're made). So I wanted 3 more of these screws, got over to sew classic, and they had exactly 3 left - so now they're on their way to me!

Other than that, the replacement motor Jim so graciously sent me is in place and working, a brand new SingerLight is on, all the wiring has been replaced, and the hinge mount "grub" screws arrived today. Machine runs great!

Next, on to the base - although medium/long term, I'd like to find a bentwood case for this one like it would have originally had.


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...and the hinge mount "grub" screws arrived today.


Good to hear.  :-)

As a public service, everyone should know that If you wrap a pair of grub screws in a small piece of paper, tape it shut, and put it in a regular letter envelope, it may not arrive at its destination intact.  Apparently my spare grub screws are in the bottom of a letter sorting machine somewhere between Massachusetts and Florida.  Oops.  Zorba received the torn empty envelope about 10 days after I mailed them.  :-/   I should packed them a little more substantially.  Glad you were able to get more, Zorba!

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Yep - eBay is da bomb!
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That's a happy sounding machine, and it looks good to. Nicely done. So what will be the first project sewn on the 127?
Curious minds wanna know...

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Holy cow! It flies. Great restoration, Zorba.
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Dunno what I'll sew on it - "Claudette" does need a storage/carrying bag, but I'll probably do that on the White 690 with its table since said bag is going to have to be large. But I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "restoration", just a good cleanup and parts replacement.

I can't find my Tolex for the base - may just order some more, the guaranteed way to find what I already have!

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Nicely done.  Pretty machine.
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Working on the base now...
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The old Tolex was actually rotten. In addition, the Masonite bottom was cracked, barely visible in the middle of the bottom in this photo.
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Now all peeled off!
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Power sanded, holes from latch hardware filled, new divider piece as the holes in the original were unneeded.
Put a new Masonite bottom on it, as well as new plywood in the bottom of the accessory compartment. More nails and glue all around.
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Ready for Tolex! I couldn't find my red snakeskin stuff, so I bought a yard of a leatherette green stuff. Should be here on Thursday I think. Hinge side is sub-optimal - the screws for the hinges go exactly in the crack between the two pieces of wood!
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For those following along at home, Tolex work has begun:

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You're very meticulous in your work!  I enjoyed seeing all the detailing on the base and then on to your website to see your application of the hot hide glue.  I'll keep this thread in mind as a valuable resource for any of my future work.  Thanks so much for sharing and I can't wait to see your final result.
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Sounds like it's running great Zorba!
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Ok, its all done. Done-done. Done stamped. Last collection of pictures, and links to videos:

http://doubleveil.net/zssmp/sphinx.htm

It didn't want to lock reliably at first, but after sewing several inches, it seems to be fine now. The thread was getting wet from excess oil, I'm pretty sure that was what was causing the problem.

On to that oddball National!

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Looks great!!  I'd have had glue all over myself.  And the rest of the shop, too.

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Machine didn't want to pick up the bottom thread until I remembered to drop the needle about 3/16", then it didn't want to lock reliably at first. I'm pretty sure it was too much oil wicking into the thread, after several inches of sewing, it stopped being flakey and now seems to work just fine.


Why did you need to drop the needle 3/16"?  It's just a 15x1, no?

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I believe no packing required, but it is important to make sure the weep hole is actually open. (If memory serves me correctly on point A.)

BTW, the Sphynx is looking good!


I’ve used a small cut-off of a spool-pin felt, and stuffed it into the reservoir - AFTER ensuring the minute hole at the bottom of the reservoir is indeed open. Saturate the felt with oil, and it’ll release the oil slowly by gravity feed.

Nice-looking Sphinx!

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Great work and documentation.

About the 15 x 1 needle is correct. Perhaps needle bar height is off. Here is adjustments for VS. Most machines typically work, but when I had a problem, following guide worked.

https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/28timing/

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I'll check it out, I ASS-U-MEd that the machine didn't originally use the 15x1. But I had other problems going in, oil soaked thread for one...
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I think from the VS2 on, that series all uses the 15x1.
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Ok, its all done. Done-done. Done stamped. Last collection of pictures, and links to videos:

http://doubleveil.net/zssmp/sphinx.htm

It didn't want to lock reliably at first, but after sewing several inches, it seems to be fine now. The thread was getting wet from excess oil, I'm pretty sure that was what was causing the problem.

On to that oddball National!


What a successful project - beautiful machine and case.  I especially enjoyed the info on the case refurbishing.  I have a Singer 127 that is on my project list and I'm sure I'll consult this thread for reference - thanks so much for posting all this.
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What a successful project - beautiful machine and case.  I especially enjoyed the info on the case refurbishing.  I have a Singer 127 that is on my project list and I'm sure I'll consult this thread for reference - thanks so much for posting all this.

Thank you for your kind words, although I really don't think this was my best effort. But its certainly "ok", and far better than it was.

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Thanks for sharing the how-to of re-skinning the base. Neat to see, and is a great resource. Nice job, too. Patience, you have!
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I'll check it out, I ASS-U-MEd that the machine didn't originally use the 15x1. But I had other problems going in, oil soaked thread for one...

I got back to it again just tonite - used it for a repair of one of my granddaughter's skorts. With the needle in the correct position. It was simply the oil - I had over oiled the machine, once that worked out, it sews like a champ!

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