Sunday, October 16, 2011

Singer Fashion Mate 252

I visited this ‘mate’ on three different occasions and the last time, I brought him home. (Don’t ask me WHY I call it a ‘him’. Just seems to fit.) Louie actually asked if they would take any less than the marked price because he was missing some pieces, and the fact that he had been sitting there for several weeks. They knocked 1/3 of the price off, which didn’t probably hurt them, since the next stop for this guy probably would have been the landfill. They only keep things so long, then they move them to the BIG BROWN metal box next to the building.  We actually only bought him because the foot control and cord looked very nice. I had no idea I would even be considering keeping the machine, but then Louie asked me if I tried it to see if it worked.

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He was cold, and dirty, and DRY. He had lost his pressure foot, and pressure foot screw. His spool pin was also broken off. I went to my handy dandy parts box and found replacements. He also lost his sliding needle plate. I ordered a replacement since I did not have one of those. While I worked on him, I taped a piece of a plastic cool whip lid over the bobbin.

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I had to play with the tensions for awhile before I got them where I was comfortable with them. He only has two stitches besides straight stitch….the zigzag and the blind stitch. He also  has ‘left’, ‘middle’ and ‘right’ needle positions. He has an adjustable pressure foot dial, which goes from DARN to NORM to MAX. As  you can see, I turned the dial to DARN, set the stitch length at zero, and tried some free motion stitching on my C-Fold towel! I wound a bobbin too.

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Here’s his backside.

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I think this machine dates from around 1971, but I will stand corrected if anyone has any more information than I do. The machine was built in Italy and the motor was built in France. I found a free pdf manual for it HERE.

Thank you Singer Co dot com! If YOU need a manual, check and see if Singer has one for you!

Be blessed and have a great Sunday!

Michelle

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What was new at Singer YESTERDAY, is at Michelle’s house TODAY!

17 comments:

Amy said...

The patience you have,I seen a new singer the other day at a Goodwill,and because it would zing but not stitch,when the peddle was pressed I told Joey NOPE,he was like" I am sure ya could figure it out"..I have little patience.and good for the machines to have you to fix them up!

Jules said...

Nice find! I think "he" is cute. My acquisition from last weekend is still sitting and not cleaned or tried. You are much faster than me. :)

Gwen, The Vintage Seamstress said...

I have had good many of these in and sold them but never a green one, I really like the color, sometimes on eBay they sell for around 50 to 60 dollars. Seems to make good stitches.

StitchinByTheLake said...

You just kill me! A plastic cool whip lid for the bobbin cover - I'm not smart enough to imagine that. :) I'm so glad we're friends - I learn so much from you! blessings, marlene

Renea said...

Such a pretty green machine. I love that you call it a "him". That's great that you rescued this cute, oh, handsome sewing machine.

Packrat said...

He's cute. Glad you rescued him.

Winona said...

Michelle, I am glad you saved him. Looks like he sews fine. Enjoy playing with him. Have a good week.

Jeanna said...

Michelle, you are amazing! Another machine saved from the landfill. You not only save them, you fix them and sew with them - one more for your collection!

chrissy said...

Looks like a great find! Putting a piece of a plastic container over the opening is genious! My Singer 401A was missing its slide plate, and I just sewed (very very carefully) with the gaping open space. Your idea is much better (and safer!).

Val said...

Seriously, you are amazing. I have internet on my little straight talk phone and I read this while heading back home from our little hilton but haven't figured out how to comment on my phone. But you really do amaze me with these sewing machines.

That corgi :) said...

That is neat how you could restore the sewing machine! Looks good for it being about 40 years old!! I'm sure it did take patience to get it up and running again!

thanks for your comments on my blog; I didn't realize you were blogging again; I thought when I had checked in with you a few months back that the blog was gone? Was it just my imagination or mistake? Anyway, glad to see you are here :)

betty

Elizabeth said...

HI Michelle
I like that machine. Perfect machine for someone starting out or who just needs zz and blind hem. Sound like a good one, too.....

Blessed Be

Judy D in WA said...

If I ever turn into an old sewing machine, I sure hope you find me! I love how you fix these with so much care. :)

amgspot said...

I'm SOOOO glad I found this! I just bought this same machine from a garage sale for my best friend who wants to start sewing! I have no experience with Singers (I have an elnita myself) but dropped this off at a machine shop to get a service for $55 (the machine with a bunch of fabric cost about $20) and I'm SOOOO glad I found your post with the free manual link! I almost paid $10 for it! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! :) And also glad it does free motion stitching and you spelled out the settings to do it! YOU ROCK!!!

Alicia said...

I just picked up one of these beauties at a thrift store for $15. A steal, I think. considering It looks brand new and has it's case and cover. Thank you for the manual!!!!

moxytocin said...

I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping to find someone who knows this machine well! It was just tuned up, but it's been out of commission so long that I've forgotten how to thread it. The images in the manual are so difficult for me to see clearly--I think I must be doing something wrong in threading the bobbin and trying to take it up. It's my only machine with a zigzag stitch at the moment. Can you help?

Michelle said...

http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Singer_Sewing_Machine_Threading/singer_252_threading_diagram.htm

Make sure your needle is inserted with the flat side to the back.

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