My Singer 185 is really working well, the stitches are perfect, it runs fast, and my daughter is loving it. She finds it really easy to work with. Now, I am having a hard time trying to get an old light bulb stuck inside the lamp. To replace the lamp, first I have to remove the lens. Is an antique lens that you don’t see nowadays and it serves as a magnifying lens.
I read the manual, followed the instructions. First I unscrewed the lamp to have room to use my fingers. Supposedly, you just have to push in the lens, and the lens bounces and drops so you can proceed removing the light bulb. Simple right?. Well, since my sewing machine has been in storage in an auction estate a long long time with its previous owner, it seems the edge is a little rough to move. I see that the lens is really stuck around the edges, and I can see the old light bulb. But there is no way I can remove this with my hands and I am afraid I will break these antique parts. So I reached out to the online community of vintage sewing machine lovers and uploaded my question in the form of a video on YouTube with hopes to receive feedback from anybody who can give me ideas. I hope I can do this myself because, honestly, how hard can this be? If I take it to a dealer, they would charge me at least USD 100.00 to “check it out” and I need to fix this myself.
I searched YouTube and found Vince Arcuri’s channel, he owns a Singer 401 just like me. So I asked him if he knew how to solve my issue with my Singer 185. He kindly replied to me with a tip that I put in practice and it really helped! So I have updated this post and this video documenting the issue and how I solved this giving due credit, of course.
Hope it helps and this is shared. I have heard from two people who had the same issue with their Singer 185. It seems tricky to get the lens out of the lamp. So here it is!