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Wondergramma wrote at 2014-01-06 09:28:58
I have been  doing a lot of research on Wards Signature sewing machines over the past few months. The manual, cams and special presser feet for my machine were lost in a move. As I searched for replacements,  these are some of the things I learned. The URR designates a portable machine (not sure what those letters specifically stand for) .  The UHT is for a table model ("universal housed table" I think). It does not designate a specific table design though. . That varied a lot by retail location and cabinet provider company. The main sewing machine model is the same.  National Mfg. Co. Stopped making sewing machines in 1954 and Wards outsourced to others after that year. The J stands for Japanese made.  As an example, my model uht j277d was manufactured in Japan by the Happy Mfg. Co. and is stamped underneath the machine.  The letter after the model number refers to the machine looks.  As they would alter it's appearance slightly , usually a minor look change like chrome trim lines, knob looks or something,  this letter would change a,b,c,d,e for newer looks of the same model. So in short, both model numbers 285 indicate it as mechanically the same machine other than what company was subcontracted manufacturer,  housed in a table or portable, and possibly a slight cosmetic difference. Mechanically the same and parts interchange. I also learned that many of my machine's parts can interchange with Singer parts including needles and low shank presser feet. I now have a ruffler and a Walking Foot attachment in addition to the replacement items I was seeking. I have gotten the sewing bug again and now I plan to start teaching my granddaughters to sew.  


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Norman Roy


Depending on the mechanical knowledge off owner, I can answer just about any question they ask. One lady asked about her feed dogs not going back up, some machines will not go back up unless you turn the wheel over, (start sewing). It sounds simple but sometimes you never think of it.


I've been servicing sewing machines since 1989, I still service machines for Northwestern Ontario Canada. It is a large area with little or no service people and I can usually tell on the phone if it can be fixed by the owner.

I took a 2 year apprentice course with a dealer who was looking to teach and hire. I worked for him for 8 years before moving up to the Northwest, Red Lake area of Ontario.

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