My older Singer sewing machine needs a new power cord - how can I know if this cord is the right one?
Singer used the same basic cord configurations on most of their machines for decades. This is true until the 1960's, when the 500-series machines were introduced.
So, most older Singer power cords have the same type of oblong, 3-holed plug (with the holes in a slightly crescent configuration), and the wiring block on the machine had a 3-pronged connector. The same double-lead cord fits on my Singer 221 as on my portable Singer 15-91, and the plug configuration is identical to that used for the Singer 201 & 301 -- and other models of that vintage.
The confusion enters in determining if a given model will use a double-lead or a single cord. Depending on how the machine was to be used (cabinet or portable), the wires could be connected from the foot control to the wiring block separately, in which case a single lead cord could be used. Alternatively, with a little bit different configuration of the wiring, the foot control was attached to one end of a 'double-lead' cord.
If your machine is set up with the foot control attached to a 'double-lead' cord, with one cord extending to the old foot control and the other cord wired to a wall plug, the 221-style cord is the one. If your machine has the foot controller cord wired separately into the wiring/plug block, then the single lead cord I have (shown as the cord for 401, 15-91, etc.) would be appropriate.
Double Lead Cord:
Single Lead Cord:
I test every cord I ship out for both fit and function.
Do you sell more items than shown in your store? Can you get a special-order item for me?
Yes! I have have accounts with several sewing machine parts wholesalers, and can obtain many, many special-order items. I also have many items on hand used for repairs that may be too 'small-ticket' to create a store listing for (like spool pins, spool felts, bobbin winder tires, etc.)
In addition, I collect and repair older sewing machines, so I may be able to find an authentic vintage part for you. PLEASE ASK!
I would like to order several items, but would like to save on shipping costs. How can I do this?
I am happy to combine shipping and reduce your cost whenever possible. In many cases, if multiple items are ordered and the amount calculated for shipping is too high, I refund the difference to the customer. If you are paying through Google Checkout, I only charge your credit card for the net amount (after a shipping discount), and notify you by email of the revised total. If you pay by Paypal, I will refund an overage of more than $2.00 to your Paypal account.
If you have any questions about shipping costs before ordering, please send an email and ask!
I am not in the US or Canada. How can I order the items I would like, and how does shipping work?
I have shipped items to customers in Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.
All customs or duties are the responsibility of the purchaser. I try to offer a choice between 'normal' shipment (usually US Postal Service International First Class Parcel service) and an expedited option, such as US Postal Service Priority Mail services. Once the purchase quantities and shipment method are agreed upon, I can create an invoice through Paypal or Google Checkout (your preference), and the order can be sent the next business day.
What kind of lubricant is best for my sewing machine?
Instead of traditional sewing machine oil, I recommend Tri-Flow Lubricant for lubricating metal-on-metal moving parts and standard oil points - http://vintagesewing.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=6591349
For lubricating metal (and some nylon/plastic) gears - Tri Flow Grease
For filling grease ports or motor grease tubes on certain sewing machine motors - Singer Lubricant
Note: Singer Lubricant can also be used on gears, but Tri Flow Grease provides superior lubrication and adhesion, and is safe on plastics/nylons
Why are shipping costs to Canada so high?
USPS First Class International Parcel rates have increased - sorry! I do travel to Canada once or twice a month, and am happy to ship from Ontario to your destination via Canadian Post. Please contact me for details.