Sunday, December 14, 2014

Singer Genie 354 Revisited

Remember this sad relic I picked up over a year ago?

After suffering buyer's remorse for 14 months, I got tired of looking at it on the floor of the shop and decided I had to do something - either fix it up or part it out.  Besides being dirty and scuffed up, it had two things wrong - both cosmetic.  The trim piece beside the take-up lever was missing, as was the plastic disc covering the clutch release.  Miraculously, the 6620C I parted out about the same time as I acquired the Genie

 had a very similar clutch release setup and I was able to utilize the 6620 part to replace the missing Genie part.  It's a slightly different color, but close enough and certainly better than none at all!

That was the easy part.  I had no machine to borrow the trim piece from and had to get creative.

Fortunately, the trim piece has all straight sides and I was able to fashion a substitute from 1/8" clear lucite.  The clear part was not much better than none at all, so I rifled through Kathie's fabric stash looking for a small piece of fabric having some or all of the colors of the neighboring trim to place behind the clear part.  To my dismay, Kathie does not like to use orange or yellow fabrics in her quilts, so nothing in her stash even came close.  I also had the problem of how to attach the new piece and decided on transparent, double-sided duct tape. I would place the tape on the clear glass, then a piece of cream fabric to match the body of the Genie, then another piece of tape to fasten the trim piece to the machine.  When I installed the first piece of tape, I found that the color of the duct tape matched close enough that I didn't need to sandwich in a piece of cream fabric.

It's all together and sewing now, I no longer have to look at it sitting on the shop floor in pieces.

Ed's Vintage Sewing Machine Store


John Simpson said...

These machines are really superb and can be used for multipurpose use. Can you tell if there are Sewing Machine Stand available for these Over Lock Sewing Machine.
I ll be very thankful to you.

tran bao ngoc said...

Do you have a favorite straight stitch machine? I think mine would be my Singer 185k. It's heavy but I really like it.

Ed Lamoureux said...

for family machines, definitely a Singer 201. -Ed

Jonathan said...

I heard that the Singer Genie doesn't have metal gears. What's the internal set up like?

Ed Lamoureux said...

In the lower section there is no driveshaft - it uses a hook timing belt. The gear that drives that cogged belt appears to be metal. I didn't open the top section because it is a clamshell type case and a pain to open and close but, from the lower section, peering up through the vertical pillar, I see a gear on the main shaft that appears to be plastic but it is gray so it could possibly be metal. -Ed

Dmamsquared Morris said...

I adopted one on CL jersey shore. Wanted $50; accepted $40. In original box. Pristine. I learned on 393 back in the day. My mother convinced my father to buy her a new machine. She couldn't stand the Featherweight. How funny. She never did warm up to the Genie. I did! Now I have twins!