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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Manuals on: January 05, 2013 08:41:59 PM
The 117 prefix indicates that it was made by White Sewing Machine Co for Sears. Surely it doesn't have a built in buttonhole. White hasn't made machines for Sears for decades. I didn't think they made anything except straight stitch machines while they were manufacturing for Sears.

You might check out sewusa.com for a reprint of the manual. I didn't see one for the 117.720, but there may be something close enough for it to be really helpful.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Singer Futura 900 Value Question on: January 05, 2013 08:34:11 PM
Not an expert, but it's not a machine I would buy.  It has nylon gears which are past their life expectancy, and it had some early electronics in the machine that could fritz out at any point.  It's probably nearly 40 years old at this point. If it's working for you, and you enjoy using it, that's fantastic, but it's probably worth comparatively little.

On the other hand, I have a friend who has one and loves it so much that she bought another one just to make sure she has a backup or a parts machine if she needs it. She was horrified to hear that I thought so little of that particular machine.

Like the earlier poster said, it's worth what you and a prospective buyer agree it's worth.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer Touch & Sew Deluxe Zig-Zag 628 on: January 05, 2013 07:10:18 AM
Did you put the needle in correctly?  Flat side to the back of the machine.

I don't know of a free copy of the manual, but you can get one from any number of sites for $10.00 or so.  Google it, and you'll get a bunch of hits.

Another thing that I hate to mention, is that this machine has plastic gears which are past the end of their life expectancy.  If you can spin the hook in the bobbin area with your finger, that'll be your problem.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why does this keep happening to my serger? on: January 05, 2013 06:18:49 AM
Do you notice it more with black thread? There's something about the dyeing process for black thread that makes it notorious for causing tension issues.  If the thread is irregular (thick, then thin, then back), it's not going to keep a consistent tension.

I never test my tension with black thread because of this.
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