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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.
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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.
On the front of the metal frame holding the classic sewing machine pedal in place for the knee controller to work, there is a little wire tucked behind a teeny weenie bit of metal that's been cut out of the metal frame. Loosen this wire (my honey broke off the bit of metal; oh well) Loosen this wire. It has a half-moon curve that sticks into the pedal, keeping it in the frame. Once you've loosened that wire, it's a matter of wiggling and pressure to get the pedal out of the frame.
The foot pedal on my vintage Singer sewing machine is seated in a cradle under the cabinet, so that the knee pedal works the foot pedal. I need to free the foot pedal and power cord from the cabinet.
I would send an email to the Singer company, with the model number. If you can download the manual online, you may be able to figure it out yourself.
I have compiled a list of contact information, so that you can call or send them your questions.
Singer Customer Support Contact Information
Phone Number of Customer Support 1-800-474-6437
Mon - Fri: 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 8 am to 2 pm
Singer Sewing Company
1714 Heil Quaker Blvd, Ste 130
LaVergne, TN 37086
When I had my first knee sewer (I loved that thing literally to death I used it so much) it could not be converted to foot. It just wasn't build to be converted. It had short wires, and it was, like you said, affixed firmly to the stand.
You had me curious about this, so I went to YouTube videos and there are videos, like this one, that talk about how you can take it off and rewire it to be a foot pedal.
Here is one of them:
If this one isn't helpful there are a lot more of them. Just put convert foot to knee pedal in YouTube's search.
My singer knee machine may not be the same one you had (I have no memory of the model number it was so old), so maybe yours really was designed to be convertible. Mine was not.
Best wishes for happy stitching!!!