Thursday, August 29, 2013

Useful Tool for Servicing Vintage Sewing Machines

I learned of these curve-tip syringes on an internet sewing machine forum. Folks there were using them to hold oil and grease to service their old, all-metal machines.

If you service your own machines, you know that there are places you just can't reach by ordinary means.  For instance, there is a gear under the camstack on Singer 401/403/500/503/600/603 machines that NEVER gets greased because it involves removing the camstack.

Removing is not the hard part, it's re-timing the camstack after installation that's the time-consumer. For 20 years, I have been removing the camstack, now I learn that the gear can be greased in seconds using one of these curve-tip syringes!

The tip comes with a very small hole, you just snip off a little at a time until you get the size opening for the task at hand - small hole for oil, larger hole for grease.

I got so excited, I went out and bought 50 of them!  Because, at my age, I will never wear out 50 syringes, I am packaging them in lots of four syringes and listing them in our Etsy Shop for $5.00 per package.

The shop is brand new, so at this point we are shipping only to the U.S. but might expand that later, if business is good.  I also intend to list other new and used vintage sewing machine items in the future.


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've never bought anything off Etsy before. I didn't realize that you have to be on facebook to buy on Etsy. I'm not on fb. Oh well.

Ed Lamoureux said...

I went to Etsy and don't see a requirement to have a Facebook account. To buy off Etsy, they want you to have an account, you have the option of establishing an Etsy account by providing your name, email and selecting a password and user name OR you can avoid all that by just logging in under your Facebook account.

If you see something in our Etsy shop and don't, or can't, log in to Etsy, you can email me and we can work it out. -Ed

kevyn said...

Mr Lamoureux I found a red and white bel air 600 in the garage and had never seen a two tone machine how would I price it on craigs list. Any info would be appreciated thanks Kevyn