kevinkay

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  1. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    My machine is forming stitches. Not to undervalue everyones contributions but Uwe's instructional videos are FANTASTIC
  2. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Went to do the initial hook timing of the belt and the hook ended up 180 degrees away when the needle was in the lowest position. Found this EXCELLENT timing diagram and took out the lower rod, realigned everything using the "positioning screw" as the one that sits in the groove (Its confusing in the manuals/parts list which is "set" and which is "positioning" screw). I still have a long way to go but got the hook to pick up the thread! http://mytripleone.blogspot.com
  3. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    should we start a new group "Singer/sewing machine Hoarding" The domestic machines are so much easier to blend in, unless you go with Mizzy's route and make your machines works of art!. I always want to keep my machines "original" but did change this domestic Singer 223 cabinet to black and was "allowed" to keep it in the living room. THANKS for jumping in - "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together".
  4. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Yeah, I took most of it apart, cleaned and painted and about 95% back together. The tension release slide that I bought (was missing when came to me) is not the right part (or is just so poorly made - from China) its not bent correctly and not pushing the pin to release the tension disks. I am going to assume my machine is a 103 and look for #260141 or 264527. AND figured out why my stitch length knob was not working/spinning correctly - the threads were bent (see photo). I bent them back with a hammer and punch and smoothed them the best I could with a file it spins down to 7. VERY impressed with this machine, every part numbered, very logical design, all iron. I am using rolled felt as oil wicks in the pivots (I read that tip on this forum) instead of buying multi sized Singer wicks. I am still going to need a table and motor I think you all might have given up on me....but figure I should post for the next person that might benefit
  5. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Took the dissemble route. Like everyone has said the US Military instructions are the best. Now that I have the 2 parts separated I am going to sandblast and paint. The inner parts (needle bar area) that have probably have never been re-painted are gloss black so thats what I will restore to. I could use some help on where oil wicks need to be replaced - hard to tell whats an oil wick or a bunch of dust/fuzz built up. It does not look painted on the bed where the 2 parts meet so i am assuming it was painted together at the factory?? THANKS!
  6. GREAT WORK! Assuming the wallet fits US paper currency unfolded (hard to tell from the photos), my critique of store bought wallets is money always comes out way too easy, but I hate when its hard get to your change back in- without enough "wiggle room". Assuming its a guys wallet, are you dropping it in your back pocket fold down or sideways? I am Speaking only as an amateur spectator
  7. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    I got Bamboozled..........! (I got it free so no harm) there was no bent pin behind the tag/inside the machine. A utility knife eased it out - pins came straight out. Behind does not look like factory paint, and no engraving on the back of the tag Last coat of paint was gloss black, at least 2 other coats of flat back below.
  8. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    From everything I am reading and looking at - it sure does seem like my machine has the wrong plate, why do you think someone would do that?? Cowboybob suggested the backs having the true model number - I can't imagine someone would go through the trouble of re-engraving a tag but maybe sticking a newer model tag that they had laying around (or should it be lying )! How would you suggest I pull off that plate, grind down the top rivets or just pull it out? Are there any destinations or clue to make it a 101vs 103? THANKS!
  9. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    I guess I was thinking like most products when a new model comes out they stop making/selling the old..... it shows 150, 151, 152, 154, 155 on the chart - just struck me that 153 was skipped. Are the "oil" decals available? - I LOVE seeing them on the machines in the brochure.
  10. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    FANTASTIC! thanks for sharing the brochure! Hay- 111w153 is missing from the brochure,
  11. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    How do I know if i have a "vibrating presser bar" the change between W100, W101 and W104 As 111W101 but with vibrating presser bar and pressure spring for high speed. For materials with no bulky seams to cross.
  12. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Found a 103 on Ebay - sure does look like mine. Hum....and My Singer Medallion is missing, and they don't look like they fall off with out intentionally removing them. AND this Ebay one also has the Medallion missing....... So now one more piece to hunt for - the correct model plate, THANKS for the dial diagram, now I understand it. (Photos of 103 on Ebay)
  13. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    Duh........The "pretty" machine photo that I posted shows "oil" at the same "button" I thought was used for stitch length AND I even commented on the "oil" decals - I missed that one!! How should that stitch length dial work, should it pull out completely? AND weird that I have that sight hole but no dial down there - whats the purpose of the hole if Singer hasn't yet developed the "newer" stop button and dial?? Can a walking foot machine be tested, actual stitches without a motor and just turning the wheel?? I can't find a Singer industrial serial number date chart, # is W616927 I have to degrease this machine, my hands are filthy every time I touch it. I know of these 3 oil wick's ( the third photo-puff of felt under the fork). Am I missing any others? THANKS for all input!
  14. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    If I am understanding you - Yes, 3 rods. i have a copy of that WWII Parachute repair manual THANKS!
  15. kevinkay

    I want to restore a Singer 111W153

    not disagreeing with your logic, but I think playing golf is a waste of time . I am the guy cutting his own grass - pulling weeds without poison, rotating tires every 5000 miles, draining the hot water tank once a year, sealing the driveway every 3 years, and my 16yo Weber grill still looks like it was bought yesterday. I want my machine to look like this and hope the "oil" decals are original to my machine