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    How to use my Antique Singer 112W139
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    Trying to solve problems with my sewing machine
  1. When winding bobbins the thread off the cone results in a tangled twisted mess, even if I force the cone to unwind from the side like a spool. I made a separate bobbin winder powered with a sewing machine motor, but it works just like the stock winder. The thread is Nylon - Size 138 - Beige #2 (Fil-Tec #111) - Monocord - Nominal 16 Oz Spool - 2950 Yards
  2. No, I did find it at AAA, but a strange glitch in there ordering system made me add another product, because the washer had no weight and the shipping was by UPS, it couldn't come up with a shipping charge????, so I added a can of gasket cement. Still a whole lot less than $53.
  3. Whew! Nether Toledo Sewing Machines or Keysew had the part, and the Abel thread co. did have it for only $4.50, but with their $35 minimum and shipping it is costing me $53.02. But it seams like it is the only place I can get it.
  4. I desperately need a Hook Driving Pinion Thrust Washer #224022 in a hurry
  5. Great, at least I know what it looks like. Do you know where I can buy two Table Hinge Hooks?
  6. My machine doesn't use pins. They are bolted on, and form wide hooks. I don't have any cut outs because I am install the machine on a bench in my Office, so I will have to router them out after I have the parts. I have searched on ebay for tables to try and find a picture of my kind on hinge with no luck.
  7. I have not been able to find the female half of the hinges for a Singer 112w139. These are the part of the hinge that mounts on the table to allow the machine to be tilted back. Ebay has a few of the male half that mount to the machine itself, but not the female. The male part uses a curved tab that appears to mount in a slot, but it isn't even shown in the parts book, so I can't even find a picture. The machine is so heavy that it is extremely difficult to lift strait up for access to the underside for adjusting and oiling. I have searched for any source of these parts and have been unable to find any.
  8. Mine only releases at the "second" lifting position.
  9. OK, I started over, setting my bobbin tensions very light and trying to get them even. Then I backed off the upper thread tension and went back to threading like the manual directed (trying to thread them over the little posts was very difficult anyway). My stitches look much better and more even now. I think I am there now. The only problem left is getting the threads to release from the hooks at the end of a stitch (I have to rock the hand wheel back and forth sometimes), but that might be just the nature of the beast.
  10. Still having trouble getting enough tension on the upper thread. Has anybody used the "threading a double needle walking foot sewing machine the right way" by Moose Trading in witch he threads the two tension disks by going around the little posts (not what my manual says). Here is what I am getting now on two layers of vinyl using the Moose Trading upper threading and I have the tension screws pretty tight.
  11. Strangely enough, the large amount of slack below the thread controller seems to have gone away, so I locked down the controller setting. I made a video, but I can't seem to make it small enough to attach it, but it just shows everything working right. Thank god for this forum and for you, Uwe and Brmax.
  12. Brmax, I live in a small Oklahoma town and we had sew machine repair shop a few years ago, but I guess he retired. Uwe, actually I have the threading right as far as your video shows, but I still have more slack even with the large movement of the thread controller. I will post a better picture below. The trick of holding tension of the upper threads seems to have solved the binding up the rats nest down below. Now, I can work on the tensions of the upper threads. Later today, I'll try to get my son to make a video of the slack left by the thread controller.
  13. First of all there are no sewing machine mechanics in the area (I wish there were). I also realized that the hook gear set screws were not in the groove on the shaft, and have corrected that. Here are a couple pictures of the timing control: As I turn over the hand wheel to make a couple of stitches, I get about 2 turns and the machine locks up with a tangled mess. Here is a shot of the mess.
  14. I'll try to do that (but I don't know how to attach a picture or video to a post), but something even more weird just happened. When double checking my timing, I found the right hand hook assembly was almost 180 degrees off. Thinking I had made a mistake, I corrected it and made sure the two hooks were in sync. I then tried a couple of stitches which resulted in a rats nest under the stitch and a tangle of threads caught down in the machine. I just got it untangled and unbelievably the right hook assembly is again 180 degrees off. How can that happen?
  15. Thank you for the reply, but unfortunately or fortunately, I was doing it correctly. So my original problems still stand. I have moved the lower stop as far down as it will go, and turned the tension back and forth and as I said, too much tension and it won't reach high enough and too little and it won't return to the lower stop. I have felt the spring movement and it seems to move freely. I was unsure if the outer part of the spring belonged on the outside of the "disc" since I had taken all apart, but your excellent video clearly shows that I had reassembled it correctly. In trying to get this machine working correctly I had to readjust the stitch length to match the numbers, which somehow, screwed my original timing, so I had to re time it again and now I think I have it just a little early but again, I want to solve this loose thread controller problem. In all the videos I have watched of similar machine running, none of them seem to exhibit as much loose thread as I have. Maybe that is not my problem. I don't have enough strength to lift the machine straight up out of the hole in the table, as I don't yet have the female parts of the hinges so I have to keep calling my son every time I need to work on the underside of the machine. I can't believe this thing is so heavy. No wonder Singer called my old 306K a "featherweight".