The foot controller is the easiest part to re-wire. Most are easy to open up and replacing the old wire is straight forward. I use wire ties here also to lock the wire inside the controller.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I need to re-wire this old sewing machine
On so many occasions, I have found myself having to re-wire an entire sewing machine just so I could work on it. The 50+ year old machines usually have at least 1 cord that needs replaced. That old wire insulation breaks down after time. The even older machines had cloth insulation on the electric cords which is even more dangerous. The wire to the light is the least likely to need replaced but still check it out carefully. The foot controller and power cord usually need to be replaced for safty purposes. The good news is that these older machines can be re-wired fairly easily. Some are easier than others. The light fixtures are the most difficult. It will require some soldering in most cases. This 1940, Singer model 66 had the splices for the power cord, the light and the foot controller inside the motor mount. Starting with the light on this machine, You have to remove the wire retaining rings to get the fixture open. The glass lens was missing on this fixture.