Mizzy

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  1. Mizzy

    Help with very dirty Singer 111w155

    You’ve really done a top job there, and I love the slide show. Talented! When you took the needlebar assembly out did you only remove the bracket at the bottom in order to free it? I’m following the military handbook on disassembly instructions for needlebar removal and according to this booklet once that bracket is removed the unit just slides out. Mine doesn’t. Can you please tell me, did you have to do anything else to get it out? I really appreciate the advice I get on this forum, I couldn’t work on my machines otherwise. Thank you
  2. Mizzy

    Help with very dirty Singer 111w155

    That’s beautiful! Can you post a few more pictures of the cleaned internals please?
  3. Thank you for your help, much appreciated! My husband tig welded that broken piece back together, just have to drill a hole now. But first, I’m trying to remove the needle bar assembly which is the first step in replacing the take-up lever. Picture 1 shows the bracket screw and positioning bracket, which I removed, but apparently the needle bar assembly just slides out. It doesn’t. Picture 2 shows a screw that isn’t mentioned in the military handbook disassembly instructions for a similar machine. Maybe that’s keeping the bracket from sliding out? Anyone please? Picture 3 shows the bobbin case opener tig weld job. I think this is a good option when replacing broken parts that are near impossible to find.
  4. Hi Uwe, thank you for putting that page up. I’m going to attempt replacing a take-up lever in a Singer 112g141 and I’m wondering if those instructions might be applicable for my machine?
  5. Mizzy

    Help with very dirty Singer 111w155

    Apart from antihistamines and an epi pen on standby (for when my throat is affected), the very best solution is prevention with protective gear as you have all wisely noted. Thank you. I hope others take heed, seeing is believing, as they say. The reaction lasts for about two weeks; imagine the looks my poor husband gets when we walk around our small country town together with this face?
  6. Oh Simanco hahaha damn blonde hair I got the take-up lever from Sewing Parts Online, and I’ve already purchased the opener. But yeah, guess what, it’s wrong too. I queried it and the seller says you have to “adjust” it to fit. Really? The new one shown here with the old are totally different lengths. Thanks for the info Constabulary, you’re always so helpful.
  7. That’s right Dikman. The aluminium one looks out of place to me, and it has Simanco on it rather than Singer. The end flywheel screw is missing too but the wheel doesn’t seem to need it in order to stay in place. Should I be worried? Thanks Mikesc, I’ll have a go at that once I can set a needle. See, that’s another problem right there. The 1/2 inch spaced dual needle holder was welded onto the needle bar, but I hacksawed the weld off carefully and removed the holder only to discover my newly purchased 1/4 inch double needle holder is a tad too small when screwing it up into the needle bar. It falls out! So I won’t be getting another one off eBay ... maybe someone on here sells one? I have multiple challenges ahead that I know of. A broken bobbin case opener, changing the 1/2 inch spacing to 1/4 inch for the rotary hooks, and replacing a broken take-up lever (which just cost me $120 with shipping). So I’m committed seeing the machine head and parts have already set me back $260. Changing that take-up lever is going to be hard!
  8. Can you please advise me? If I wanted to change the flywheel from the current aluminium to an older steel one that fits, can I? This flywheel that I prefer isn’t symmetrical though, and I can’t find out why it would be so. I have several and they’re all the same. Does anyone know the significance of it being different?
  9. Mizzy

    Singer Machine With Table and Motor

    Thanks Wiz. My Singer 107w1 managed sewing bike vest patches on quite well, but for multiple overlapped layers of suede, as in the pink eagle on my own bike vest (in my cover pic), I had to take it easy. I upgraded to a 111g156, which is excellent so far, but when I come across a patcher I’ll give it a try.
  10. Mizzy

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Thank you for that link, great job!
  11. Mizzy

    Help with very dirty Singer 111w155

    I should have added this before. Something in the old Singer paint (dust when you sand), the cleaning chemicals, or the paint/resin applications causes severe allergies if contact with my skin occurs. So gloves, mask, and complete coverall clothing is a must. Check out my face when this happens.
  12. Mizzy

    Help with very dirty Singer 111w155

    After removing all bits externally that can be removed, I use a wire brush and kerosene to degrease and remove rust if heavily affected, otherwise turps and stiff brush. I “rinse” internal parts with WD40, wipe clean, then use Singer oil to lubricate again and bearing grease where applicable. I also slip a very thin tool (knife, screwdriver) behind the model and Singer badge on the body and gently, evenly, prise them off along with the pins. Take your time, you don’t want to kink them or rip the plates off without the pins. The pins CAN be removed from the inside with magical hands and tools, none of which I have. The machine looks so much nicer when repainted with everything removed first. Once cleaned, primed, repainted and with new decals in place (Keelers USA, approximately $20 Australian) I use a two-pack polyethylene clear coat, very sparsely, to keep the decals intact and provide a hard wearing barrier. It doesn’t yellow with age, unlike two-pack epoxy resin. But resin is tougher, so if yellowing isn’t going to be noticeable use that.
  13. Mizzy

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Mikesc thank you. I also have some in the living room on individual tables - 5 actually. There’s several in the garage and about 10 loose heads floating around. My poor dear husband. He puts up with all this and still treats me like a queen.
  14. Mizzy

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Thank you Chrisash, I’ll add another picture when she’s done. I’m currently resining the table top with lots of pink glitter.