|Singer 12 "New Family" Handcrank 1884|
|Rusted and frozen.|
The slide plates are in poor shape with one not removable. I was able to get one free so as to be able to get the bobbin and shuttle in order. The shuttle moves side to side!
|Horizontal orientation for the shuttle.|
|Bobbin and Shuttle. Note the holes and spring in the shuttle.|
People who like these old machines will eventually come across this issue at one time or another. Old iron is heavy and fragile. That's a terrible combination. This Singer 12 had a broken piece that made it unstable. I resorted to this method, and it worked perfectly. It was glued with JB Weld.
|Repaired with JB Weld|
I found a Singer 12 needle set and new rubber winder tire. If you find you need one, the rubber tire for the winder is the same size as the ones for the Singer 29-4. That is a fairly easy to find part. I am still searching for a good source for needles but Ebay does have them.
|After some cleaning.|
The Singer 12 has a system for setting in the needle that can be a problem. You must set the needle by sight, not by setting it in a slot. It is not too hard, just takes some attention. The needles go in with the groove and eye facing you. Here is a photo of the placement.
|Needle placement. Note the tiny part at the top of the clamp.|
Now to the sewing. Would this even work? It was not looking good. It took a while to get it right as this machine is so different that the model 27. Even putting it together after cleaning was a little tense. Thankfully I did take photos of where everything was before I removed the parts so as to put it back correctly. So many issues!