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    I am looking for an instruction manual for this machine. I just got it and it is now semi apart for a deep cleaning. It has a thick coating of brown goo - perhaps nicotine.

   I made a Goggle search for a manual [ or copy of one ] and ended up with nothing. I would like to see what the manual says about lubricating the metal chain inside. The motor has real limited adjustment and the other machines I have seen in photos have stretch belts and I am interested to see what is in the manual about that.

The Sew-Gem was made by the Gellman Manufacturing Co of Rock Island, Illinois.

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The machine has been thoroughly cleaned and is back together. The wiring to the motor [ not re-installed ] is stiff and must be replaced and I will replace the wiring to the light when I do the motor. In the mean time I shot a couple photos of the machine cleaned up. It has the largest harp area of any post WW2 home machine that I know of.

The Kenmore sewing machines made by the New Process Gear Corporation have a metal chain inside and they are noisy. The Sew-Gem is reported to be silent running and by hand it is quiet.

The Sew-Gem uses a unique bobbin. Dimensions are equal to a class 66 but the center hole is larger. Class 66 bobbins work in the machine but do not fit the bobbin winder.

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I'm almost positive I have one - but I'm in the office today so won't be able to check until I get home.


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Don't know if will help or not, but maybe check out this thread - http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/gellman-sew-queen-t266783.html

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I'm almost positive I have one - but I'm in the office today so won't be able to check until I get home.

That would be awesome. Thank you.

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I do have the manual.   My husband is going to scan it and then I'll post it to the Manuals section on this board.  Hopefully he'll get that done today while I'm at work.


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It's posted in the Manuals section.
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It's posted in the Manuals section.


Magnificent. Thank you !

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It's posted in the Manuals section.

I am new to the site and can not find the manual that you posted? My machine is a Sew Gem 215 but it seems to be very similar to the one posted and that you have a manual for. 




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http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/sewgem-8424293?pid=1294912493
I think this is the right one.
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I'm coming two years later to this discussion of the Sew Gem machines, but have my two cents to offer.

I have two of these machines. One is a head that I had to fit a motor to (more about that in a later submission) and made a replica belt guard for, and the other is a compete portable outfit with original manual, case and accessories. Both were obtained on Shopgoodwill.com. 

It was mentioned that the bobbins look like class 66 but will not fit the bobbin winder. This is what I found too - both the 66 metal and plastic bobbins fit the bobbin case and work well. However, the bobbin winder will not accept them. The hole is too small in the metal bobbin, plus the drive pin hole on the Sew Gem bobbin is bigger and not aligned with the 66 bobbin. However, the plastic class 66 bobbins fit the shaft on the bobbin winder, and the drive pin hole is easy to drill out on the plastic bobbins. Therefore, by just drilling driver pin holes on a class 66 plastic bobbin, you can have all the bobbins you want for the Sew Gem. I doubt those would show up much on auction sites as they would be confused with the 66 bobbins, but someone with a good eye might spot one. 

I think of the Sew Gem as a poor man's Singer 201. It sure looks to me like the 201 was the inspiration for it. It's a pleasant machine to use and has a lot of harp space. Very late 1940s styling, too. The decals from the late 40s version are different than the early 1950s machines. They used the same SEW GEM decal on the bed and pillar hump on the 50s version, instead of the SEW GEM banner on the arm and SEW GEM circle on the bed of the 1940s issue. 

- Bruce, 
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Ok, so if it uses round bobbins, what's up with the additional long bobbin style slide plate? That's "different"...
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The long slide plate on the Sew Gem is actually the bobbin slide plate. Instead of having the bobbin and shuttle on the outside, like the Singer 201, the Sew Gem has it on the right side. The large cover plate on the left actually covers...(wait for it!)...NOTHING. I thought it was strange when I got my first Sew Gem. But, it's there. Here are some photos that will help explain the Sew Gem layout. 

-Bruce, 
Bremerton, Wa 9. Sew-Gem shuttle and bobbin.jpg  14. Sew-Gem rotary drive gears and feed dog cam.jpg  377950529154040pW.jpg 

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Well, ain't *that* different! Ya gotta wonder the how/why of something like that - but that's a cool machine. I might need one!

Thanx for the post and pix!

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Yeah, you just might need one. Not me - I have two! What gets me is A, how cool these machines are, and B, how little we hear or see of them! It's like this is one of the coolest machines to come out of the late 1940s and early 1950s, but hardly anyone knows about them! These are solid, good performers with lots of room and a good rotary hook action. The timing chain is one of the coolest parts. I suppose it's the bobbin thing, but if you don't want to use plastic bobbins or drill drive pin holes in them for the bobbin winder, you can use plain metal class 66 bobbins in the machine if you wind them on a Sidewinder or on any 66, 99 or 185 Singer. Or, find original bobbins. The Sew Gem is just too cool to pass up. 

One thing about the first one I got - just the head. It had a motor someone got for it (original motor and belt guard were gone) but the screw holes for the motor did not match the machine mount. I fixed that by making an "adapter" plate. The plate mounted on the motor with one screw counter set into the adapter, then the other screw and a new screw was mounted to the other motor hole and the adapter plate. Almost unnoticeable and works like a champ. Then I copied the belt guard, modifying it to fit the new motor and texturing it and painting it brown. 

1. Replacement motor with adapter plate and screw.jpg  2. Replacement motor installed via adapter.jpg  3. Replacement motor with new belt- missing belt guard.jpg  18. Home made motor belt cover.jpg  -Bruce, 
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That's a GREAT job on that motor mount!
Another possibility for the bobbins would be to turn down the winder?

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Turning down the winder would be a bit difficult as it's a riveted piece, like a lot of head-mounted winders are. It could be done, but would change the originality of the machine. In this case, since the original motor and belt guard are gone, it's a possibility, though. However, since I have more than enough class 66 bobbin machines it's just as easy to wind a few in advance and let the future owners deal with it after I'm gone or sell it. I am open to selling this one since I have another one (later decals) complete with case and accessories. 

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Don't need to take it off - turn it in place! Holding the tool on it would be a challenge though.
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Yes, It could be done that way. Holding the tool - which would be a piece of wood with emery paper glued on - could turn it down while running the winder under machine power. I make small parts and screws and stuff on my drill press using files. It's the only way to get some of the parts old sewing machines need. 

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There is a Sew Gem on Ebay right now, but also just an original Sew Gem motor, if you're interested in an original for your machine.....
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Thanks for the info. I already have two Sew Gem machines and the motor is priced high, more than I am willing to pay. Besides, the motor that came with the machine is a good one. I'm going to strip and texture and paint it like I did the belt guard, which is also my home made work. The price asked for the machine is about top dollar too. I got my machines cheap - both from Shopgoodwill.com. 

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Ouch! I don't know the market for these, but for a relatively unknown machine, that eBay price is obscene - at least to me! Then again, most eBay prices for sewing machines are obscene in my opinion!
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