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Today I came in possession of a Singer 16-188 and would like to sew leather and canvas bags, small leather goods such as wallets, etc. What can you experts provide with regard to thread sizes, feet, etc for this etc. According to the Serial number it was made about June 1950 and looks pretty good other than very dirty. everything looks pretty tight etc.
So I acquired a singer 16-188 recently and I figured out how to thread it and I am pretty sure that I've got the top thread done correctly, the bobbin I'm not so sure about. I think I have got it correct but when I go to sew, it just tries and tries and tries but the bobbin thread just sits there and never gets picked up by the needle. Also the (I'm new to machine sewing so forgive me for my more than likely incorrect terminology.) feeder, the little guy with teeth that pulls the material along, isn't doing its job correctly and it's almost like the material wants to feed backwards from back to front?? Also I'm sure I don't have the correct needle or thread so I'd take any advice ya got for me on getting this old machine running. oh and for the time being I am using this machine without a motor, and just turning it to hand. Thanks in advance