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Some machines are deceptive.   They look like normal weight machines in the pics.   But when they get to you it takes a gorilla and two elephants to carry them into the house.  

Beings that I collect SEWMOR machines I saw one a couple weeks ago that was close with cheap shipping, and nobody else seemed to be interested in it.    I was, I bid, I won.  
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SEWMOR 414 a.JPG SEWMOR 414 b.JPG SEWMOR 414 c.JPG SEWMOR 414 d.JPG SEWMOR 414 f.JPG Click image for larger version - Name: SEWMOR_414_e.JPG, Views: 0, Size: 26.00 KB

It got here today. 
The FED EX guy kind of struggled to get it out of the truck, then couldn't get it set on the steps fast enough.   Fighting to keep the cats inside and work that box through the door was a job.   Took both of us.

Then I thought I was gonna pop a gasket when I picked it to put it on a cabinet so we could unbox it.
Who ever boxed it  used two boxes, one slid over the other.    The machine was pretty well wrapped in bubble wrap and then the boxes were filled with Styrofoam debris.   I pack them better than that.
We carefully cut the tape holding the bubble wrap off the machine so we could use it later, the debris went into the boxes and will go to the trash barrel.

The machine, henceforth named Tankus Gigantus, was thankfully undamaged.   This machine is 95% CAST IRON.  The rest is steel with a few parts made of aluminum.   All heavy castings.  Not one stamped part on it.   Seriously the head must weigh close to 40 pounds by itself.
No wonder this machine was originally in a cabinet.  My wife said we need to put it back in a cabinet.
I agree with her.   Now to find a nice one.

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The motor and light wiring is rough but safely fixable.   The light is a pathetic 7w appliance blub.  I do so need to find a source of small base SM blubs.   For this one I do believe I'll try one of the LED bulbs if I can find one.
The cord block wiring is so-so, insulation is bad at the plug, and it's also the short version set up for cabinet machines.   The controller has the rotating part for cabinet machine as well.
Since that is unsafe to use as is until the plug is replaced, I used one of my spare controller / cord block sets to test it.

It  runs very nicely.  It's dry inside but not too dirty.   I've oiled and cleaned it a bit with a brief test run.   It will soak for a while.

Inside it's a Singer 66 clone.   Under the bed even more so.   Nothing exotic or fragile there, just good old heavy duty parts and pieces.  A pretty much bullet proof straight stitch machine.
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The only  thing that might take some ingenuity is the spool pin on the top.  It's a spring loaded deal that someone replaced the pivot pin with a cotter pin.
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It's the kind with the big base so I can't just replace it with a regular screw in pin.   I'm thinking of taking it to a hardware store and seeing if they might have a microscopic roll pin that would work.  

I now have 9 SEWMORs in my collection.      Sigh ........... I'm doomed.  [frown]

Joe

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Nice looking machine Joe!
I was wondering if the Japanese copied the 66 or the 201 on horizontal bobbin machines.
Now I know.
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Rodney yes they did.   The SEWMOR 404 is a combo copy of the 66 /15.   I really like them because I like the 66 better than the 15, but I like the 15 stitch length adjusted better than the 66.
Here's a pic for you:
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They also use the Class 66 bobbins and a Singer repro slide plate will work on them.

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Hey, here's another question.    Notice in the pics how the sewing machine sticker under the stitch length adjuster is pealing off?   Because it's part of the machine's history I want to restick it.   Any ideas on what kind of sticky to use on a label like that?

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OK, looks like I'm gonna hog my own thread [biggrin].    I found a source of sewing machine blubs.     Here's the link.  I'll be traipsing up there next week to see just what I can find.

http://www.sears.com/search=sewing%20machine%20light%20bulb%2015w

Yep, good old Sears.  

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Well, Joe it looks like you got a really nice SEWMOR.   So let me ask you, how does it sew?


It sews really great, quiet and smooth.   I cleaned it, oiled it, adjusted the motor and pulley a bit then threaded up a bobbin and put in a piece of scrap fabric.    Beautiful stitches.   Tension is good.   Not much for me to do other than put a new belt on it and fix the top thread spool pin.

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that is one butch looking Sewmore!!!  woof!
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Hey, here's another question.    Notice in the pics how the sewing machine sticker under the stitch length adjuster is pealing off?   Because it's part of the machine's history I want to restick it.   Any ideas on what kind of sticky to use on a label like that?

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Hi, Joe! I like the looks of that machine!! I have a Morse that is a similar shape and color - haven't gotten it up on the bench yet, but I hope it works as well as yours appears to do!


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Patricia,
That might work.   Yesterday as I was cleaning it the sticker just pealed off without any damage.   And it didn't leave any sticky residue behind.   So I suspect all I need to do is just glue it back on.


Margaret.
I have another machine that shaped similarly but is no where near the machine this one is.   It doesn't weigh as much, doesn't sew as good (it's really had a lot of use so that might be the why on that).  Its an American Home Deluxe.
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Nice machine, but so very different.
One similarity is there is no makers marks on either the American Home or the SEWMOR.

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I know I've seen the chrome bezel on other machines.  I'm thinking Brother, but Brother machines tended to be high quality and you're saying the American Home isn't that great.
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The American Home "might" be a Brother made machine, I don't know for sure.   What I do know is that there are no markings on it to indicate who made it.   
The only reason I said it wasn't really a great machine is because it's got a lot of miles on it.

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That chrome bezel on the stitch length lever is definitely Brother. I've seen it many times and all are Brother made machines.
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Tom,

Thanks for the info.   I'll note this in my records.

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Hi Joe!  
I'm pretty late to this thread, but there's not a lot of info out there about the Sewmor!  It's a beautiful machine.  Which is why i bought the first one i saw!  I'm having real trouble finding some things though.  Two questions are pressing, i think i can experiment my way to the solutions for the others. 

1. Can i replace the rotting cord with standard lamp cord?  Does it need something beefier? 
2. How can i find out what size belt i should put on it?  It came without one! 

Did you ever find a worthy cabinet for it?  Mine came with a cabinet and a knee pedal!  

I'll post a pic as soon as it is working and clean!
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Sew Mor is just a Japanese badge name, you can find the same machines with several other names on them.

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Sew Classic is a good resource for parts. You'll want, I believe, spt2 wire for the pedal, as the cord could be subject to more abrasion than a lamp cord.

If the power cord is rotting, be aware that the wire inside the motor could be rotting, too. Insulation falling off a wire is never a good thing.

Sew Classic had cords, and belts.

You'll want to determine if your original belt was round, or v shaped, by looking at the belt pulley. You can use a length of string, or cord, to approximate the length. Avoid the stretch belts, they are hard on the motor.

We like before and after photos!

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