Thank you hppfngy. Fairly new to this forum stuff. Will give it a go.
This machine has grease on the end of the shaft that hardens after a time. Remove the top cover (2 screws) and the end/belt cover can't remember the#of screws remove the stop motion screw in the hand wheel lock knob unscrew lock knob, remove stop motion washer noting how its positioned. Use a hair dryer to heat the shaft end to soften grease don't melt plastic parts, oil rest of machine have fun but only use gentle force
Last edited by DemostiX; 01-14-2013 at 21:03.
Big Jeff and DemostiX, I will give that a try this evening. Thanks a bunch!
Just got mine today! 1959 Sears Kenmore 117.583. All metal and could use a cleaning I'm sure. Runs good and cabinet in great shape. Worklight is still functional. Even came with the original stool with drawer underneath still full of sewing goodies.
I had been wanting a Singer 401A and one showed up on craigslist an hour away. I asked for photos and got very small cell phone pics. I asked what accessories came with it and what condition it was in....no accessories, just the speed control and case and "it's in good working condition".
I get there and it looks good and all the controls work while turning the machine by hand. "It was his mothers, she hasn't used it for ~3 years and it was serviced 5 years back". I can see it badly needs oiled.
We plug it in and with the speed control wide open, it barely turns over. I buy it figuring the problem is probably an easy fix.
Oil alone did not do it. I open the speed control to make sure it's hitting the "full power" contacts...it is.
Crap...have to pull the motor. It turns out the motor is incredibly easy to remove from a 401A. Pull two wire connectors and one screw and the motor pulls right out. Even better, the brushes and holders are very easy to get out.
Oily brushes and a dirty commutator...right thar's your problem son. Clean it up, put it back together and it still runs slow....hold the control wide open and over a few minutes it burns a little oil off, seats the brushes and runs up to full speed.
Now to finish cleaning it up. I didn't get to hang today, but I'm a happy camper.
Nice machine! Lookibg for a 501 and hope one day to hit the jackpot!
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This was my moms, I remember using this as a kid. No gear, just play with scraps. The tag on the right is a repair tag dated 12/31/1963 ..... I was 2
Ok, here is the one that I have really been using. This is also a hand me down from my mom.
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