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I have a 1939, 201 Singer machine head housed in a #48 cabinet. There is a knee control lever that when pressed hits what appears to also be a foot pedal. If I'm correct I would like to dismount it from the inside of the cabinet, but I can't quite figure out how it comes off, or if it comes off. I looked on the internet, but found nothing of any help.
I have serious vintage sewing machine envy! What a beauty of a machine you have there:) Try these links for the info you need, I know it's been done but although I have several antique and vintage Singers, this is not one of the models I have, and it's not one of the cabinets I'm familiar with. Someone at one of these following links should be able to help you find an answer. One is for a sewing forum based in the UK but they have international members, and are an absolutely fabulous bunch of sewers who are incredibly generous with their expertise!
http://www.thes .co.uk/index.php (The UK site, and you don't need to register to ask a question)
http://www.sing truction-manuals (Try this link to find the original owner manual scanned to the site, most are a free download, and the instructions re the knee lever should be in the scanned manual)
http://vssmb.blogspot.co.uk/ (this one may take a while to dig through to find the info you need, but then again, there is a ton of great info and history on this blog so it wouldn't be wasted time)
http://oldsinge machineblog.com/ (Another UK blog but Sid and Elsie have followers all over the world. If Sid can't help you, no-one can!)
http://www.isma ompany/home.html (A lot of vintage and antique Singer enthusiasts consider this the premiere info site!)
WARNING: info seeking re vintage Singers is an addictive activity:)
In looking at mine, I would slide the plastic box part, in the direction of the end where the cord exits. The foot control is held into the mounting bracket on the cabinet with clips and slides into these so that the power "button" gets pushed by a lever -- which is pushed by a lever connected to the bar that comes down to be pressed by your knee. I have two different cabinets with this knee mechanism in them and a spare, that are alike. I'm not familiar with how a pedal that is a whole flat piece that is pressed with the foot, if that is the type you have, would be held in similarly. Look for clips that would let the pedal base slide in. By the way, I love having the knee control to make my machine "go", so that I can have both hands to control and guide my fabric, and remove pins. It took a while learning, but I seldom need to use the hand-wheel to give it a boost to get going, just the knee control.