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mtboze

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I got my second 101 just a few days ago. I found an old thread here from a month or so ago, that covered among other things knee levers, and related electrical connections, and it left me with some questions.

 

References were made in that thread that the earliest controllers were in the machine itself, later ones were mounted on the right side of the cabinet, and the latest machines had a Bakelite foot controller mounted on the right side with linkage to a knee lever. I have examples of the last two methods, in a model 66 in a #40, and a 15-91 in a Queen Anne.

 

But, now I’ve come across something different in the 101.

 

The machine is 1929 by serial number, and it is in a #40 cabinet. The light and motor wiring looks original, in that it is cloth-covered (with the braided, flexible wire shield tubes), the factory-crimped terminal wire ends are wrapped in thread to prevent unraveling,. The length of the wires reaches down to the bottom of the backside of the cabinet, where there is a double wire clamp, and below it a Singer 3-prong connector, screwed into the bottom edge of the cabinet back.

 

Here’s where I get confused, the controller wiring for my 101 leads from the 3-prong connector, using the same type wiring and wire protection tube and clamps as the motor and light. It runs over to the right side of the cabinet and terminates in a Mercury Electric #705 knee controller, which is actually just a foot controller with a knee lever riveted to the foot lever.

 

I can find no evidence of any other device ever having been attached to the right side of the cabinet. Is it possible that this is the original controller, and if not, what other controller might the machine have had?

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Your 101 in Style 40 cabinet may have had a knee controller originally, and if so there would be screw holes for the mountings, but the Mercury foot control is a later addition and not original to the machine or cabinet. Your 101 may have been in a different cabinet originally as well. If so, the machine that was in this cabinet may have had a foot control at one time. 

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WI Lori

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Whilst I am no expert on 101s, (paging Jim/SteelSewing), I am quite certain that Singer did not subcontract out their parts and pieces, or, if they did, the items carried the Singer name.

You say the wiring is original, but is the head original to the cabinet?

I have two oddball 101s, one without a light casting (pre 1924), the other with a cabinet mount controller and an empty controller casting under the head (1924). The 101 seems to be a machine of many transitional changes.

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Here is a knee controller for 101, in model 306 cabinet. The lever looks confusing it is in folded up position. The lever also adjustable. The controller has the Singer carbon pile resistor element. Later models used a slide-in hanger for singer foot control and lever assembly. We have 5 #40 cabinets with that feature, none without. I think the Mercury controller is an after market add-on. It may have been dealer installed. With the 3 pin Singer connector a standard feather weight controller with power cord, will plug' in and work.
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Kitcarlson, Yes, that's like what I have on my Model 66 from 1928. I've found both this and the bracket/lever assembly for using a Bakelite foot controller available on eBay. Do you have a guess as to which one would be more correct for my 1929 machine?
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Time to eat some crow. After what I can only describe as a "closer inspection", I have, in fact, found screw holes consistent with an older ceramic-type controller having been mounted in my cabinet. One hole got reused by the aftermarket controller, and another was covered up by it. Now, the other two screw holes, the ones on the top, well, I can only blame 71 year old eyes for missing those. 

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