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Singer Futura 1000 Sewing Machine

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by chinagreen36, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. chinagreen36


    Apr 26, 2011
    After 40 years my wifes machine has packed up and she is devastated! The foot control is working and when the motor is out it runs fine and speed variation is good. Reconnect and replace and all I get is loudish 50 cycle rumble and the trip pops out. Any ideas please??
    There is, it seems to me a supply from the motor to a) the lamp and b) a transformer presumably to power the electronic board. If I disconnect them the machine runs perfectly but of course it will not change sewing design.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  2. LoL


    May 29, 2013
    This is kind of late answer but I think the solution might be helpful for somebody. My wifes Singer Futura 1000 had exactly the same problem.

    I figured out that the brumm was due 11V AC on top of 24V DC and thats why some solenoid was rocking. :) So after checking rectifiers decoupling capacitors I noticed that one of the large 5500uF/25V capacitors had short. It is quite a normal problem with old electronics that electrolyte capacitor gets shorted.

    (Rectifier: diode bridge. You can access it by removing the cover from top of the machine)
    (You can access the decoupling capacitors by removing the plastic cover from the bottom.)

    Confirm with your multimeter which capacitor is shorted and just replace it. I did not had 5500uF capacitor at hand so I used 3x1000uF's with no problem. Maybe better consider to replace both with polyester caps since they last way longer than electrolytes.

    After changing the broken capacitor the sewing machine is working again.. and wife is happy.
    Last edited: May 29, 2013
  3. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    Thanks for the information.

    I hope it can still help chinagreen36, but if it can't, perhaps it can help someone else.
  4. chinagreen36


    Apr 26, 2011
    Futura Sewing Machine

    Thanks so much for the "late" response. A very king wife's machine is still going strong after the previous is so long ago now I cannot remember the action I took except the machine being in 'bits' all over the kitchen table.

    Steve, will remember the fault on the Yamaha is still going strong and I am learning to play it now!!
  5. davenn

    davenn Moderator

    Sep 5, 2009
    wow ... knock me over with a feather ;)

    chinagreen36, welcome back and nice to know you are still around :)
    Steve and I didnt really expect to see you respond since you havent posted anything in over 2 years

  6. chinagreen36


    Apr 26, 2011
    Catching Up

    Aah...I was logged in as "dirtycontact" last year...corresponding with Steve on the Yamaha electronic piano.
    Best wishes.
  7. Vania


    Jun 14, 2019
    Hi there, I’m new to this forum and the question that I have is... is there a layout for the inside of my Futura 1000 and where can I find parts for my machine. I live in Amsterdam and I have been searching the Internet.
    My machine stopped working and I decided to fix it myself. When I opened it, I found a part, gear/cog completely chartered. I don’t know where it came from. The result is though that the bobbin doesn’t turn. Can anyone advise me?

    Thank you so much
  8. 73's de Edd

    73's de Edd

    Aug 21, 2015
    Sir or Madame Vania . . . . . . . ( . . . . . an unfamiliar names gender, to me ?)



    Logic deems that your fault certainly would seem to be, the plastic gear ITEM 35 having had its retaining clip (33) and compressioion spring (34) loosened and popped off the end of shaft (32) and thereby, letting the gear fall free, down inside.
    OR . . . . . its plastic having developed time related brittleness and having split, and the resultant two gear halves fall down inside.


    73's de Edd . . . . .

    Experience is what enables you to recognize a mistake . . . . . . every damn time you repeat it.

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019
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  9. nimiq


    Jun 30, 2019
    Hi Vania,
    I've two Futura 2000s that had the same problem. OP is correct, the hook gears have gone brittle and broken.
    Can your Futura 1000 wind the bobbin in situ - if yes then this may help:
    You can buy a replacement set on Ebay - search for "futura gear 382980". I purchased one set to try from the "Evernice" listing - it arrived and works fine in my futura 2000 (cost £9.60 but I see it's now £8.45 so I've purchased 2 more sets - note these are remanufactured gears, not original. I'd avoid originals in case they have been stored for years! Also be careful what you buy because one gear has a second hole for the bobbin winder function, some listings may say the gear set is compatible but they are not. Repairing is reasonably simple but do make sure you understand the needle / shuttle / foot timing before taking apart! Also you may need to replace the motor mount inserts, they crumble with age too. I made mine from high density foam.

    Hope that helps, good luck
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