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Manufacture Dates and Locations
Where was my Singer sewing machine made?
How to identify where your machine was made.
Centennial or Not Centennial?
How to identify Singer models specially produced to mark Singer's 100th anniversary.
The times they were a changing...
How Singer 401A changed in appearance over the years.
Buying & Selling Tips
Kicked to the Curb: Packaging for Shipping
How to protect a sewing machine during shipment.
Sewing Retro - Why buy a vintage sewing machine?
Top 5 reasons to buy a vintage sewing machine.
How to buy the 401 of your dreams
Buying guide for purchasing a Singer 401A sewing machine.
What's It Worth To You?
Vintage sewing machine values & appraisals.
Sewing Tips & Tricks
Thread Control? What the heck is Thread Control?
How to use (or bypass) the thread control feature on Singer 500 (and others).
Leather sewing tips
How to sew leather on a vintage sewing machine.
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah...Upholstery cording with the zipper foot
How to sew upholstery cording with the zipper foot attachment.
Just for Kids? Chain Stitch Basting Basics
What is a chain stitch? Which Singer models have this feature?
Repair & Adjustment
Under Pressure - Adjusting Presser Foot Pressure
Adjusting the pressure on the presser foot.
Feed-Dog Days of Summer
Locating the drop-feed on various Singer models.
Lever Alone - the wandering stitch-length selector
How to tighten the stitch-length selector on Singer 401A (and others).
Removing & reassemling the stitch-length selector knob on Singer 500A & 503A.
Spring into Action
How to replace the slide plate spring on Singer Slant-o-Matics.
Amped Up - When bigger is not necessarily better...
Comparison of Singer motor sizes with other vintage sewing machine model
Bobbins & Bobbin Cases
Bobbin case basics
How to thread a Singer Class 15 bobbin case.
Class 66 bobbin loading
Threading a class 66 bobbin.
How to thread a Japanese Class 15 bobbin
Threading a Japanese Class 15 bobbin.
Discs & Cams
Disc-o-mania! Special Discs and Fashion Discs
What are Special Discs and Fashion Discs?
Do I need Special Discs for my 401 or 500?
How to get the most out of your top of the line Slant-o-Matic.
Which Disc is Which?
How to identify the appropriate Fashion or Special Disc for your machine.
How to use a Singer Special Disc
How to insert and remove a Fashion/Special Disc from a Singer Slant-o-Matic.
Cadillac of Zigzaggers
Review of Greist Automatic Decorator.
Attachments & Accessories
"Must have" Sewing Machine Accessories
Building the perfect accessory kit for your machine.
To Greist or not to Greist?
History of Greist sewing machine attachments.
You Zig, I'll Zag
Comparison of Singer zigzag attachments through the years.
Zigzaggin' Along - Singer Automatic Zigzagger
Review of Singer Automatic Zigzagger attachment.
Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things
Singer walking foot attachment review.
March of the Penguin
Video of the Singer walking foot attachment in action.
The Pink of Perfection - Singer Pinking Attachment
Review of Singer Ball-Bearing Pinking attachment.
Shanks for the Memories
How to tell the difference between low-shank and slant-shank presser feet.
Hide and seek - Singer Sewing Machine Cabinet
Installing a Singer 301A in a sewing machine cabinet.
Rock-a-bye Baby: Singer 301 Cabinet Cradle
Review of Singer 301 cabinet cradle.
Now I've Seen Everything...Maybe...
The weirdest things turn up in sewing machine cases and cabinets.
Ruffles have Ridges
How to use ruffler attachment.
This & That
Don't Treadle on Me
Craigslist ad goofs and gotchas.
Singer 401A's Dirty Little Secret
Psssttt...did you know the 401A isn't "all steel"....?
What's so great about a Slant Needle?
What is a slant needle? Why is it special?
"Industrial Strength" What does that mean?
Discussion of one of the most controversial terms in the vintage sewing machine world.
Kid Stuff - Singer Toy Sewing Machines
Tiny sewing machines by Singer.
The machine that started it all...
How OldSewinGear got started buying and selling vintage sewing machines.
And now for something completely different...
Barbara's other writing adventure.
Excuse Our Dust!
Updates and changes to OldSewinGear's website.