Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Singer Fashion Mate 257 Free Manual

This is the fun cover to the Fashion Mate 257 cover.

When I first wrote this post on my Fashion Mate 257, I would never have guess how popular this post has become. I'm amazed that I'm still getting comments, since posting the article way back in 2009.

I know I had the manual during my Fashion College days, in my twenties. Somewhere between that time and over twenty-five moves that brought me across Canada, it was lost. 

You can find this manual online for a price, but, why would you do that? When you can download it for FREE!

Here, directly from the Singer webpage is the Fashion Mate 257 manual...


I want to thank everyone for their comments and stories (don't stop it's so enjoyable to read the comments) and I'm so excited that you all are enjoying the Fashion Mate as much as I do!

Happy sewing!



37 comments:

  1. You posted this just in the nick of time! My 11 year old who is just learning how to sew has been begging and begging me to let her use my sewing machine. It is in poor condition and I can't get it fixed. I was at a garage sale today and bought her a Fashion Mate 257 for $20! It didn't have a manual and we were struggling with the bobbin. I goggled the manual and you popped up! My 11 and 12 year old are busy with material ready for their first project. Thanks so much :)

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  2. I remember when I was 11 and 12 and how much fun it was sewing on my own with my Fashion Mate 257. Thanks for sharing, keep on sewing!

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  3. I bought this machine in the early 70's while in High School. Just dug it out of storage and was so excited to find this instruction guide. I now own a Brother machine but will still use my trusty Fashion Mate after my husband gives it a tune up. Thanks so much! DCB in Knoxville TN

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  4. I'm excited you'll be using your FashionMate once again. In the weeks to come, I'll be posting a how to maintain your FashionMate article! Thanks for your sharing your story!

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  5. Thank you very much for the manual PDF link.
    I found an old Singer Fashion Mate 257 in its small wooden cabinet on the side of the street.
    The manual help me to dust, clean and oil it.
    It's now functioning perfectly.

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  6. Wonderful! Glad that I can help. And to give another life to this wonderful Machine makes me feel so good!

    Thanks enjoy your Fashion Mate!

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  7. Thank you so much for posting this! I also have one in a small wooden cabinet and have been struggling with threading. I finally have it threaded and my bottom tension thread keeps bunching up even though the loop comes and the first couple of stitches are just fine. Any ideas?

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  8. T H A N K YOU. I had an old "Dressmaker" and a 1941 Singer15-91. The dressmaker was my mom's and the singer was a yard sale find - $15 well spent. But to my dismay I lost them in the divorce. (he doesn't know or want to - AAGGRRHHH) Then, I decided to borrow my mom's Janome (mom passed 4 years ago - :o{) Dad's girlfriend wanted to borrow it (HAHA) she stole it.. . . left the case- but took machine, attachments and book, disks . . . . but left the CASE.
    Anyway, in the back of the closet is the HEAVY Singer Fashion Mate 257. . . Yahoo!! No book or bobbin- BOOO. It worked for about a month and now it is breaking threads - and yes ma'am I have cleaned and oiled it. But I am trying my hand at knit fabric. To be honest I am not even sure what style bobbin that is recommended and that wheel thing on top - MAX norm darn . . .no clue what that durn thing really does.
    So thanks again.

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  9. I am just learning how to sew and my mother-in-law just gave me her Singer Fashion Mate 257 this afternoon. Her mother gave it to her so I feel pretty special. I'm kind of teaching myself and got the thread and bobbin would myself. Although the bobbin was already done. My question is do you have to use the bobbin winder? The machine i was learning on we just hand wound the bobbin which I found WAY easier!

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  10. I'm so excited you receive a nice 257! You will make many great projects with this great machine.

    If you download the PDF manual, on page 9 let's you know how to wind a bobbin. It'a very easy and quick to do.

    Have fun!

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  11. Thanks so much for the manual! I was just given a 257 from my mother in law:) I have learned a lot of stuff from the manual, but still keep having one problem. When I sew the stitch on top looks great, but the bottom is super loose and all bunched up. I tried tightening the thread tension and doesnt make much difference. I checked my bobbin thread and it looks correct as well. Any ideas?? Thanks again!

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  12. I have a Fashion Mate 257 that belonged to my Mom and it is working just great, I gave it a little oil this morning. I do have the manual but looked up this site for additional information.

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  13. I've received many questions regarding how to adjust tension, so I'm working on a post that will include pictures... coming soon!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Looking forward to you post :)

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  14. Well, if you followed the Manual but still have tension problems... check out my latest post...

    http://gal-studio.blogspot.ca/2012/08/tension-attention.html

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  15. My husband is trying to hem my son's pant for school. It's so funny because he remembers sewing at age eight with the help of his grandma. Thank God for her. We needed help with the tension too, but thanks so much for the manual.

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  16. Thank you for the link for the free manual. I have one I have cleaned and oiled to donate to The Sewing Machine Project. I like to print the manuals to go with the machine. Some I have to buy, but I love it when I can find one for free. Bless you, and Thank you!

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  17. Thanks so much! I was given a Singer Fashion Mate 257 by a gentleman cleaning one of his properties! I was so excited because I've always wanted to own a Singer and now I can repair a blanket my mom gave me:D Unfortunately the cord is not with it. Where can I get one? Thanks again you're a blessing!

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  18. Now you have to get your baby to work. The power cord is attached directly to the motor. I suggest you bring it to a Singer dealer and while you're at it you may want to change your pedal for an electronic pedal. This is the only piece I changed on my 257. It's quite affordable and makes a world of difference...

    Happy sewing!

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  19. Yeah!!!! I was given a machine like this with no cord and found one on e-bay. There wasn't a bobbin in it, so I didn't know which kind and decided to Google it and found this. Thanks so much. Now on to sewing!!!!!

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  20. A million thanks, Galstudio! Was just about pulling my hair out trying to get my machine to work. Would like to learn to make muumuus for a trip to Maui coming up, and want to save money and make some instead of buying them. My friend gave me this sewing machine years ago. Have been trying to get it to work... turns out after looking at the manual that I've been threading the bobbin wrong all this time! Thanks so much for the free manual.
    Kiwi

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  21. Hello Kiwi,

    I'm so glad I can help. You will now get a lot of enjoyment with your machine... Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Hi there! A few days ago an elderly neighbor gave me his Singer 257, including the small table... YAY!!! It belonged to his wife who passed away several years ago and has apparently been sitting on the table where she left it all those years ago. Needless to say it needs a good cleaning and oiling. I'm redecorating my bedroom and have so many exciting ideas and can't wait to get to it! I was so happy to find your link for the manual but have been unsuccessful in downloading it. I get 48 blank pages. Just wondering if you are now getting the same thing, or if it's just me. I tried Singer's website but get the same result. I've also verfied my Adobe is up to date and error free. Thank you so much for any help you can provide. : )

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  23. Hi Alana,

    I'm so happy you found a 257 in working order... lucky for you! My beloved 257 is in the ER on life support. I'm awaiting news soon whether it can be repaired... I'm hoping for a miracle.

    I don't have any problems to view the PDF file directly in my Safari browser. I save it on my desktop for further reference. Could it be your browser? If it doesn't work you can contact me: galstudio@me.com and I can send you the PDF file direct!

    Happy Sewing!

    Carolle

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    1. Hi Carolle,

      Thanks so much for responding! You know, I never thought to use a different browser. I currently use Firefox but just tried Explorer and it worked. I can see the manual now! YAY!!!!

      I sure do hope your 257 can be repaired... I'll be sending positive vibes, and I'll check back here in a bit to see if it could be saved. :) I just gave mine a thorough cleaning and oiling but have a problem too... seems the needle wants to stagger to the sides even when straight stitch is selected. I'm going to fiddle around and hopefully find the culprit. =0 Thanks so much for being so helpful! :)

      Good luck!

      Alana... from Canada

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  24. Thank You so much Carolle
    Just got this Singer from my mum who found it in the freebies section of the local recycling centre some years ago and took it home with her, stashed it somewhere, moved it once and was only reminded of when I complained about my late gran`s old Singer 157 whose needle thread tension dial has broken down just once too often....
    Imagine my joy to find a Singer 257 Fashion Mate as good as new, clearly hardly used (no fluff or stray threads to be found anywhere).
    Now thanks to you I`ll even be able to use it properly &;)
    Springtime Greetings from Luxembourg,
    Michèle

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  25. I own 2 Singer 257. I recently bought the second one w/cabinet at a Thrift Store for five dollars. While testing it ... when the needle goes down, it hits metal. I can take it apart if needs be but it would help to know what to look for. All suggestions will be appreciated.

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  26. Does it hit on the bobbin case or metal plate? It could be as simple as changing needles, and making sure the needle is pushed all the way when inserted. Difficult to comment without seeing it!

    I bought a second 257 for parts but now I have two machines that are both beyond repair.

    Best of luck!
    Carolle

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  27. need a bit of help...was working fine but lately it started to go a little haywire.
    It still goes but now when I sew it makes a terrible mess on the underside of whatever I'm sewing... It's a jumbled mess with about 3 times the amount of thread all messed up... Any help on that anyone?? Thanks rick

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  28. Hi Rick,

    Sounds like a tension problem to me. Most likely the bobbing tension... here's the link to the manual....

    http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/1315_257.pdf

    Make sure it's perfectly threaded and play with the tension until it is solved.

    Hope this helps!
    Carolle

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  29. need help, no power when i press black pedal, but the machine starts running full pelt when i switch the light on..is this correct?

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  30. Hi,

    This looks like a wire issue, the best way is to have it looked at by a professional. It should be a quick fix.

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  31. Thanks so much for your site. I had been online searching for details about the Fashion Mate 257, just when I was about to give up I searched for images of the machine, and that's when I found your link. I got the machine yesterday from one of my older sisters, she wanted to trash it but I came to the rescue (I have a singer-model 3103) but why trash her's- she claims the problem is with the bobbin case and she has taken it in for repair, but still not sewing right. I hope your manual download comes to the rescue. Thanks so much, I will be back soon.

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  32. Well, after careful inspection I found that small adjustment screw(?) behind the tension knob. The tension is now perfect for the time being at 5-6 giving me the perfect pull into the fabric without being too harsh on the thread... I hope that was the right adjustment to make I also saw in the manual that since the face plate could be removed that it is possible to access what appears to be a retaining screw for the upper tension mechanism is that it down near the shaft area? Since the whole thing seems to be about to wear out I might need to tighten it by getting it completely apart and turning the knob nut in just a bit, but I would like to see that schematic before I try that it makes it a smidge easier if I have an idea of what it looks like broke down before I try it...

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  33. Hi^^ Thanks for posting this. I was lost trying to find the right maual. Even when I went on the Singer Website.
    Now I can figure out how to properly use it.

    Cheers

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  34. does anyone know how to remove the arm shaft gear. I need to replace it, thank you

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  35. This is very difficult to do. I tried it and was not successful. You have to have a schematic of the machine, it's like rebuilding an engine. Good luck

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