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Katrene

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I picked up a #7 a few months ago.  I got started cleaning the machine head over the weekend and put a belt on yesterday.  What a nice machine to treadle!  Does anyone know where I might find a manual?
 
I have a New American #1 and a copy of its manual.  I'd hoped the #1's manual would give me enough info since my usual manual sources have come up dry for the #7 but I don't think it's going to cut it.   This model is really different from the #1 although the round bobbin and the shuttle are pretty close.
 
Grateful for any help!
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I have a manual but it isn't scanned. If nobody else has one ready to go, I could scan it this week and post it.

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Omigosh Kelly!  Could you really?  That would be awesome.  I've scoured the web and only found a tiny bit of info - the threading pattern from an advertisement and a little bit of the history.  This one has been cleaned and all, plus I fooled around with a couple of different 20 needles until I could get a few stitches.  It's still not right but it's much closer.  Bet once I can read the manual all will become clear😉  

Thank you!  Thank you!
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OK, I got the manual scanned, edited and in PDF form. I'm not sure what to do now. Do I have to email it to Steve to get in in the manual section? It says I don't have permission to create a new topic there.

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Hi Kelly.  Woohoo and thank you for doing all that work!  I've got the #7 running nicely and mostly making lovely stitches.  Have some tension tweaking left to do and there's one area I haven't opened to clean yet.  I'm hoping the manual will have info to help me out there.

Shoot, I'm not sure about the protocol for uploading to the manuals section either.  Although from what I see there, it looks like only moderators have added files so I'm guessing they are probably the only ones who can.  

We can add pdf, jpeg and such to our replies.  Maybe that's the easiest way.  And/or pm Steve a copy to upload?
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yes, pm it to me I'll post it for you


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posted here

https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/american-7-manual-10599849?pid=1312057565

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Big ,huge thank you to Kelly and Steve!  The manual is downloaded, copied and in its own binder next to the #7.  On my first glance through it I'm grinning ear to ear.  This machine is so different from any of the others I've worked on it'll be an adventure learning to sew together. And there'll be questions! Already wondering what fabric exactly 'the Cloth Washer at the bottom of the Shuttle-post' was made from, lol😉. Thanks again!
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You are quite welcome! I like to scan all of my manuals eventually, so you just spurred me into action. I have been waiting to get a vertical scanner and do a bunch, but I don't have it yet.

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Thanks for posting that #7 manual!  I didn't realize the #7 had switched to a more "traditional" VS mechanism.  That must have simplified the machine considerably -- the mechanism for that vertical arch shuttle seems very complex.
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