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Old 05-05-2009, 07:09 AM
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i looked but i could not find what i needed any ideas
the singer web page is were i found out about the year
and the make of the machine i have
they told me it was a model #96-10
it was made in April 23 1930
but that is about all i could find about it
i do need more info like were i could find a belt for it
the one it has looks like a rope with a staple in it
were could i find one
Here is your instruction manual: CLICK HERE
As far as a belt, you will not find one of those old leather belts in the usual places. Search for "vintage sewing machine parts"

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can i use a belt off something else
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Those old leather belts were round and only about 1/4" in diameter. If I were you, I'd try to find a handwheel with a v-groove pulley that would replace the one on your machine. You really need to talk to a sewing machine mechanic.

Your other option is to buy the smallest "v" belt you can buy, which is a 3L or 3V which is 3/8" across the top and narrower on the bottom. You will have to determine how long of a belt you will need by measuring. To do that, you measure from the center of the top pulley to the center of the pulley on the motor. Write that length down, and then measure the diameter of the pulley on the sewing machine, and the diameter of the pulley on the motor. Now you have to multiply both pulley diameters by Pi, which is 3.1417. Divide those two numbers in half, double the measurement between the centers of the pulleys, add the three figures together, and that is the length belt you need. You can get a belt at most hardware stores, or order online.

Let's say it is 20" between the two pulleys, and one is 5" in diameter and the other is 4" in diameter. 5" times 3.1417 is 15.71". divide by 2 and it's 7.85". 4" times 3.1417 is 12.57". divide by 2 and it's 6.29". add those two numbers together and it's slightly more than 14". Double the distance between the two pulleys is 40". add 40 and 14 together to get 54" which is the length of belt you need. Go to the hardware store and get a 3V54 or 3L540 belt. You have some adjustment of the belt by tightening or loosening the motor mount attached to the machine table.
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thank you this helps out a lot
but one more thing were could i
find a new table top for the machine
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You'll pretty much have to buy the whole table. They have them at Harbor Freight. CLICK HERE
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My local industrial sewing machine shop has table tops and the raw materials to make the leather belts. So do several on line resellers. I plan to make my own table top in the future.
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Those old style leather belts were used more on home machines that were manually foot operated. By now, I'm sure the motor on his machine has been changed, and it would be better to try to upgrade from the leather belt to a rubber "V" belt.
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thanks for the links

I have 2 old singer machines and the local repairman does mostly household machines and said he hadn't worked on industrial machines. I have a machine like to local shoe repairman has . It has the long skinny under arm and the top feeder can rotate 360 degrees. I bought it about 40 years ago and the guy said bootmakers used then to do the designs on cowboyboot tops with them. the other old singer sewed on a piece of cardboard when I bought it but needs adjusting It skips stitches ,, I didn't know they had the manuals scanned. I wish I could find a manual for my tractor as easy thanks for all the info I find on your posts.
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I have a Singer 96 from 1935 that I bought recently. It had the original motor and clutch setup with the leather belt described above. In preparing it to sell after I got my Consew machine, I installed the new style clutch motor that came on the Consew machine. I had replaced it with a servo motor. I can't speak highly enough of the servo motor! The clutch motor was a noticeable change on the old Singer as well. It is now in an alterations shop.
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Interiors by Beginners

We did our first interior in our 37 Dodge Coupe. My wife did the sewing and measuring, I did the pulling, stretching, hog rings, etc. She did it all, from seats, headliner and door panels, and sun visors. She did one heck of a job for a first interior, matter of fact, she had people coming to her wanting her to do their interiors, which was a compliment to her hard work. I can recall hearing people giving the WOW and "that is beautiful", so YES, a beginner can do a fantastic job if you take your time, do it right, and know how to use a seam ripper, another of my jobs.

Unfortunately, we did not have room or a place to do interiors, she loved to sew and did a fantastic job. She did do a few toneau covers for a few street rod pickups.

She researched at upholstery shops, talked to persons in the business, she learned quite a bit and fortunately everyone would talk to her and often times show her how to do certain methods to acquire a nice look.

So, YES, a beginner CAN do a quality job.
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