Manual for old Lemair sewing machine

Posted by jojcraft - Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 6:33 AM
Member since 2006
Both my Singer sewing machines need to be serviced, & not knowing how much it will cost
When I found a Lemair machine at YADA for $10 I grabbed it
It doesn't have a model no.  it just says Super Automatic
It has hardly been use, & I know it is quite old, maybe from the 50's or 60's
because the plug that goes into the foot pedal, is like the plug that was for a toaster before we had pop up toasters
If anyone has a manual for this machine, I'm willing to pay what ever you want for a photo copy of it

Thanks in advance


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    #1 by richbartim Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 7:15 PM
    If you can use a sewing machine then you don't need the manual.
    Two of my machines have manuals I have never looked them yet. my other two machines are very old and never came with manuals.
    by looking at the machine it is self explanatory.
    The top slide is for your fancy stitches and button holes, make sure you have the foot with the wide slot in place for these stitches same as you would if using zigzag.
    The side dial should be your stitch length for straight stitch.
    the bottom slide the lower number straight stitch the wider for zigzag.
    that is going by what I can see without reading what the dial have on it.
    top one i'm not sure.? it is not pressure as the pressure is the silver one to your left.
    top could be for other stitch designs? one of my other ones had a top dial for that.
    white knob right hand side should be to drop the dog feed ( metal teeth)
    so you can sew on buttons.
    I hope that helps if not just ask the bit you are not sure on.
    if I have told you the wrong thing..?.
    then I'm sure some one will correct me. I'm fine with that.
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    #2 by jojcraft Monday, 23 Jan 2012 12:00 AM
    Of cause your right   richbartim  shouldn't need a manual
    The bobbin winder was in the winding position, fixed that
    Stitch lenght, straight stitch, dog feed & pressure foot,  worked them out
    Still couldn't get the thing to sew, thought it might be the timeing
    This morning went to a neighbour's who has mosting industrail machines, she is tops at adjusting the timeing
    It turns out the neddle was in the wrong postition, I never thought to check that DOH
    Anyway you'd never beleive it, a little while back, she brought the same machine on a bentch with the manual for $50
    to teach her granddaughter how to sew
    The fancy stitch thing was set on zig zag for the bottom part of a button hole
    neither of us could move it, she'd never touched her's
    After reading your post, I had another go at it
    just needed to put a bit more pressure into turning it that white dial
    I've now got it set on the red bit, that's the manual setting for straight stitching
    So of cause your right, don't need a manual
    I should have put my poor old brain into working mode in the 1st place 

    Thanks again rich

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    #3 by ellencol Monday, 23 Jan 2012 2:04 AM
     jo I just knew you would work it all out without a manual lol

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    #4 by richbartim Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 1:17 AM
    Glad I was able to push you in the right direction.
    If you still have problems with the dials sticking..spray some WD40 on it.
    it loosens maybe wait about 24 hours for the WD40 to soak in. also well oil the machine later wipe off excess oil before using.
    yes the needle can cause these problems if not in the right position or blunt.
    I was having heaps of problems with my overlocker...even changed all 4 threads thinking it was the cotton as the needles were new... No it was the needles too old. must of been metal fatigue. thrown out a lot of pins and needles lately they had spots of rust on them. the newer stuff doesn't last like the old stuff did.
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    #5 by jojcraft Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 2:28 AM
    . the newer stuff doesn't last like the old stuff did.
    You are so right

    A few yrs back when I was making heaps of patchwork quilts
    I made my own pin cushions - a big hunk of steel wool covered in fabric, they never got rusty & were always sharp

    As for machine needles, maybe in a container sprayed with WD40

    Yes WD40 is great for all sorts of things, I spray some on a tissue & wipe the head of my vacuume over with it, it removes any gunk & makes the head glide better

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    #6 by nara120 Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 6:38 AM
    Jo, I found a place online and I emailed them enquiring about a manual. They think the Lemair 684 is the one you have and the manual costs $20. If you want a copy of the email and pictures, just let me know. Lee ;o)
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    #7 by jojcraft Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 7:54 AM
    Thanks Lee for going to all that trouble for me
    I really don't need a manual now,  that it has been worked out that the problem was,  the needle in the wrong way
    As said earlier in this thread,  I shouldn't need a manaul if I've used a machine before
    And thinking about it, I've used one machine or another for OMG  56 yrs
    Thanks again Lee for your thoughfulness


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    #8 by nara120 Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 8:25 AM
    No worries at all Jo, glad you worked it out.
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