What is it?
A Singer sewing machine. Model 322. Compact Free-Arm Sewing Machine. Yes, it’s a feather-weight (could it get any better?). It was manufactured in approximately Jan. 1989.
Without having to say it, “I love this machine”. He found it on a shopping spree. One of our ‘hunts’.
It came tucked in a nice all-black vinyl carrying case, equipped with a shoulder strap for carrying. He said he would have walked right by it-had it not been for curiosity and the need to find “something”.
To our delight she looked unused! A good sign.
Barely able to contain the smile on my face and growing excitement (I get like that when I find “something good”), I lifted her out of the carrying case and gave her a glance over.
At this particular little “haunt” there are outlets customers can use for testing appliances requiring electricity. I inserted the cord socket and foot pedal-Blah! Hard plastic-I prefer metal.
She worked! All my sewing machines are female.
Next, I started my “quick regimen” of looking:
1. for an instruction manual.
It’s always nice if the original sewing manual is present because they’ll be no need to hunt for and sometimes pay for it from the original manufacturer or Internet source. The manual for this machine was still in its original plastic wrapper lying underneath the machine-along with a plastic machine cover.
2. for parts and accessories included.
After opening the accessory box I found an unused mother load of accessories: spool stand, spool pin cap, bobbin, needle set, zipper foot, cloth guide, feed cover plate, screw drivers and a lint brush. Nice.
3. at the bobbin case for rust and any other obvious concerns. Okay.
4. at knobs, dials and any levers to see if there are visible concerns like loose, tight or stuck components.
Everything appeared to work.
Honestly, if I would have found any issues I wouldn’t have necessarily NOT purchased the machine. I would have considered the cost of the machine, the cost of getting repairs (if I couldn’t do them myself).
I rarely turn down an opportunity to purchase an older sewing machine because they’re beautiful, work horses, useful, functional and (in most cases) worth repairing.
How to Oil Singer a Singer Model 322: Drop of sewing machine oil in on the center pin of the shuttle and shuttle race.
Parts Manual: Singer 322 Parts Manual