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Christy

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Missing slide plates are the bane of my existence.  I seem to constantly be missing one and they can be difficult and expensive to replace.  I am cleaning up a cute little Singer 99 and of course it's missing the slide plate grrrr.  There are repros everywhere on eBay, on etsy and several of the sewing parts stores, so I sorta figured they must be decent.  I can't tell if they are all made in China or Taiwan or Hong Kong, but the ones I ordered say made in Taiwan.

I'm not thrilled.  They are significantly higher than the bed of the machine and do not match to the needle plate. (I say "they" because I foolishly bought two of them)  I couldn't care less about the brushed finish.  I didn't expect it to match like an original but I'd like it to set low enough to present a level sewing surface.  

Is there anything I can do to fix it?  

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Thanks for showing that.  Short of machining or surface grinding the back to the correct thickness the only practical fix I can think of would be to shop for a used one.
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In addition to the issue that Christy brings up in her post, the couple of reproduction slide plates I’ve tried wouldn’t stay on the retaining spring. I’ve given up on trying to make them work, and just pay the money for original vintage when I need one.
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Thanks for showing that.  Short of machining or surface grinding the back to the correct thickness the only practical fix I can think of would be to shop for a used one.


You're welcome!  They seem to be for sale everywhere so I was surprised when I wasn't able to find any reviews on them.  That might have saved me from wasting my money!


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In addition to the issue that Christy brings up in her post, the couple of reproduction slide plates I’ve tried wouldn’t stay on the retaining spring. I’ve given up on trying to make them work, and just pay the money for original vintage when I need one.


Thank you for sharing. It's nice to hear from someone else who has tried buying them.  If I had known in advance they'd be like this, I would've gone straight to buying an original.

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Years ago I had to buy a slide plate for my 201-2. I think it sits a little higher than the needle plate but nowhere near like yours.I would have returned it if it had been. I always try to buy parts and stuff like this from Sew Classic so I can return it if it doesn't work out.

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Years ago I had to buy a slide plate for my 201-2. I think it sits a little higher than the needle plate but nowhere near like yours.I would have returned it if it had been. I always try to buy parts and stuff like this from Sew Classic so I can return it if it doesn't work out.

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Cari,  that's actually who I bought it from.  I've never returned anything to them, I guess I could contact them and see if it would be worth it.  Do you know if I would have to pay the shipping back to them?  If so, it may not be worth dealing with.

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I've never had to return anything so I don't know. Email her and ask, her name is Jenny Gable.

I know a few people who have returned items to her but don't know the details.

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Could the slide plate be shipped back in a regular envelope with thin cardboard to protect it?
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Could the slide plate be shipped back in a regular envelope with thin cardboard to protect it?


There are two of them.  I'm not sure if I could do that or not.

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Could the slide plate be shipped back in a regular envelope with thin cardboard to protect it?


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I emailed Jenny and got an RMA# to return the plates.  I put them in an envelope like you said.  [wink]  The original cost of them was 11.98 and the cost of postage to return them was 4.20, but I am happy to be able to minimize my loss even if I can't recoup the full amount.  It's way better than having them sit in a bin in my garage and me being unable to use them. Thank you!

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