Singer Fashion Mate’s pedal fix!

Singer sewing machine pedal contact springs, fixed

Do you ever wonder what’s the average age of sewing machines of all serious sewists out there? Maybe when you’re trying to justify that Husqvarna Super Automated sewing machine, the one with the built-in kitchen sink and waste disposal?

My Singer Fashion Mate Model 248 is almost 40 years old. It weights like it’s 40 years old as well, about thirty pounds worth of metal and plastic. As expected, some parts in it are beginning to show wear and tear. It’s not so different from its owner. The difference is that the broken or worn parts on the Singer can be fixed for about $24. On me, $24 would only fix my eyebrows.

A few years ago, I begun to notice the pedal behaving differently. It seems to have develop an intermittent on/off behavior where it’d either not do anything at all or it’d make the machine scream at full throttle. A quick disassembly revealed worn and burnt contact springs. Contact springs are thin flexible copper leaves, the pressure on which would result in varying levels of electrical power to the machine’s motor.

Years of duty left the contact springs either charred or broken. Being the thrifty resourceful type, I decided that, copper is copper, and I would use a few copper pennies to fix the broken contact springs:
Singer sewing machine foot pedal, lower springs, making contact

Singer sewing machine foot pedal, lower springs, before

Singer sewing machine foot pedal, before, close-up

The result was actually very serviceable and lasted for several more years:
Singer sewing machine foot pedal, before

Then I found a place on the Web that sells replacement contact springs. Alleluia! (That’s religious-speak for “About damn time!”) One of the new contact springs is a precise drop-in replacement:
Singer sewing machine pedal upper contact spring Singer sewing machine pedal upper contact spring

But, one of them has a hole in the wrong place (a problem I’m happy to say I don’t have). A little time and some judicious application electric drill and round rat tail file and all was good:
Singer sewing machine pedal lower contact spring

And voilà, good as new:
Singer sewing machine pedal contact springs, fixed