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Singer 348 Style Mate Sewing Machine
by Admin on November 25th, 2014

Singer 348 Style Mate Sewing Machine
Yesterday my husband brought home this pretty blue Singer 348 Style Mate Sewing Machine. This model was made in 1967.

This model is a zig zag machine and has cams that enable you to sew decorative stitches.

It was quite clear at first sight that this machine had not been touched in decades. After I removed the layers of dust, lint and grime, lubricated the machine, a beauty emerged. The presser foot lever and zig zag function were frozen, but after I performed a thorough servicing, this machine now purrs.

The best thing about this machine? It's blue, my favorite color. Okay, it's more like turquoise, but it's still nice.

The original case is in rough condition, is discolored and the handle is broken. I have a brand new white hard case that I will use. I was lucky to find a combo listing for the manual and accessories on ebay for this machine too! This machine will be in my personal collection, which now makes 11 machines.

It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I revive an old sewing machine, it's been rescued from the trash heap and given a second chance. These beautiful pieces of history do not belong in the garbage.


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2 Comments

Brenda - March 28th, 2015 at 11:07 PM
I also rescue old machines. I have one of these and think that something broke off that adjusts the belt on the wheel. Would you have pictures of what the right side looks like so that I can see what this part might have looked like? What happens is when I tighten the silver knob on the wheel nothing works, but when I loosen it, the big wheel will go around but the needle will not go up and down.
Connie - March 29th, 2015 at 4:39 AM
Hi Brenda,

I think that maybe the stop motion screw (silver knob) might be on incorrectly. Is the little screw there? If the screw is missing you can’t use the machine, otherwise you can't properly engage the sewing machine for sewing.

About this knob: This silver knob disengages the sewing machine so you can wind bobbins. When you loosen it (turning left towards you) only the hand wheel moves, and when you tighten it (turning right away from you), the machine re-engages so you can sew. If the wheel spins but the machine doesn’t sew, that tells me that the stop motion screw is not engaged.
If you want to check the belt, there is a metal cover plate under the balance wheel area. If you remove that plate you'll have access to the belt, but I don't know it that would be causing your issue. Do you have a manual for this machine with instructions on using the stop motion knob? If you remove the silver knob and screw, pull the balance wheel off, you'll see a metal washer. This washer has 2 'nubs' that slightly stick out. These nubs must be facing out when installed on machine, or else machine will never properly engage for sewing.

Emailing you a diagram for reference. Let me know if this helps.
I recently wrote a book on vintage sewing machine repair. It's available in both eBook & print http://www.thriftyfarmgirl.com/how-to-repair-service-and-maintain-a-vintage-sewing-machine



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