|Singer 347 - complete with zig-zag stitch|
I was given this sewing machine through the freecycle system ( you list things you no longer want, and someone collects it for free, or in my case, you ask for a sewing machine and someone realises they have gathering dust that belonged to their mother.).
I was told the machine was in perfect working order when it was put away. Unfortunately whilst that may have been true, its 10 years or so in a box had slightly stiffened up the joints. Also, the little toolbox had become seperated from it, and so it arrived with no bobbins.
With the wonder of the internet I found a site that sold bobbins for this model. They arrived in 3 days. I loaded one up, but boy was the tension miles out! It took some time to persuade the machine it wanted to behave.
However now that I had the machine up and sewing, I felt the motor was a bit sluggish, so I assumed the belt needed replacing. Once again I began searching the web to find out if it was possible to get a new belt. Not only did I find somewhere to buy the belt, but I even found a blog that showed me how to adjust it. I left a comment on the blog and by this morning the blogger had offered to e-mail me a copy of the manual, all the way from Indiana!
My machine was manufactured in 1965 I think, (obviously there is a website to type in your serial number to work out the age of the machine too).
So by the now my 2nd hand rather tired Singer Sewing Machine is like a brand new machine.
As thanks to the wonder of the internet and the generousity of fellow bloggers, I shall be arranging a small giveaway on Thursday if you wish to call by.
Foot note below
Footnote (pun intended), if you were wondering, this is the generic free motion embroidery foot above a piece of cardboard. I haven't found anyway of dropping the feed-dogs so I have covered them up!