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    Quote Originally Posted by PharmGeek View Post
    No idea - I plan on putting singer stuff in there...
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    ...Don't use the currently sold Singer grease for the grease pots/wicks as the melting point is now too high and it will not wick properly....
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    What do you think of this stuff? ...
    Interesting...I hadn't heard of it before.

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    What grease are people using?


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    I use that lubricant that I just sent you a link to. It works amazingly.
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    I have the exact same machine. If you call Singer with the serial number, they will tell you the day that it was manufactured (mine was 1936). It runs well and can handle heavy fabric and webbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doheir View Post
    I have the exact same machine. If you call Singer with the serial number, they will tell you the day that it was manufactured (mine was 1936). It runs well and can handle heavy fabric and webbing.
    Thanks! Mine per a website is a 1942 model

    Excellent to hear it can handle webbing and such

    I hope to use it for a few backpack DIY projects I want to expand into - I’m still not totally clear that it can handle this but I’ll find out


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    Got it rewired and back together - sounding much better. The inside of the motor looked very bad - all insulation gone pretty much - black gritty sticky residue

    New wires put in, new brushes, cleaned commutator, new grease wicks.








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    https://youtu.be/8nHJuDAmGUw

    I’m amazed how quiet at Low and moderate speeds this.




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    That sounds great!!!
    I sew things on youtube.
    I don’t sew on commission, so please don’t ask. Thanks.

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    Almost all standard home sewing machines will be able to sew the materials that are commonly used for making tarps, hammocks, backpacks, etc. They can also usually deal with sewing a couple of layers of webbing without much fuss.

    I think you only need to have a machine that can sew straight stitches (they ALL do that) and zig-zag stitches to begin with.

    Many people swear by older machines that were built in the 1950's and 60's, other people like the extra functionality of new machines. Jellyfish Report (who post above) has a Hsqvana Viking (which has variable speed, needle up/down settings and more!) see her DIY videos on YouTube!!
    I have a Singer Heavy Duty which is 'supposed' to be able to deal with heavier projects... but I have my doubts about that claim.

    Check which types of presser feet are available for the machine you are thinking of buying, e.g. Zipper foot, walking foot, rolled hem foot, etc. If very few are available (and if other brand's feet won't attach), you may wish to reconsider and buy a different machine which has more feet available.

    Bottom line: almost any machine will do, and just like your first ever crappy car: you'll get to know and love YOUR machine

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    This is my latest upgrade - I started with a Brothers machine I inherited from family - it worked but I was always messing with it - tension was near impossible to set correctly - from my research this is common issue on your "starter units" - made a tarp and complete hammock set up with it.
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    Then I bought a vintage Necchii - but not vintage enough - $100 got me a Chinese made unit that did well but again due to its age I began having tensioning issues and now timing issues. Just to have the unit worked on cost $100 and the technician said the motor was starting to go.
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    So this is my latest and greatest. It is light years better than the first two but I would never have known unless I had worked with the other 2 units. Perhaps put differently - the first time you have to rip out 10+ feet of stitching cause the bobbin tension is off and the stitching has "birdnested" every 6" or so - you will appreciate equipment that works.
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