|Athena 1200 - 2000 - 2005 & Touch Tronic 1200 - 2000 - 2005
Some Items in repairing may also apply to: 2001 - 2010 models
|The Athena made its debut in 1975, and in my opinion, was an instant success. Singer had set the standard in Electronics, and open the door to a whole new world. Later the machine would be relabeled as a "Touch
Tronic". Why, I don't know right off.
No letter should precede any digits, if it does, and this refers to when they debuted in 1975, then it was a factory refurbished machine. Meaning it was return to the factory, mainly due to electronic problems that could
not be solved in the field just yet. If I recall, the serial may start with an X or F, or perhaps both XF...plus, keep in mind, serial numbers were normally stamped in the frame before they were painted. So if the number is
stamped in a non-painted area, that would provide some clue, or a display of what appears to be a double stamping before the serial number. (updated 10/20/10)
Ok, it goes like this: example serial is 5123321 (5 - 123 - 321)
The 5 is the year made, 1975 - The 123 was the number of machine off the line that day - The 321 was the day of the year it came off the line. One could determine if it was built on a Monday, or perhaps a Wednesday.
Now I may have the last 3 digits backwards, and will update this when confirmed If you know for a fact, do let me know.
As of October 6, 2013 - I will no longer host or respond to repair questions pertaining to these models - sadly enough - it is best now to just consider retiring them. Electronic parts are not available, and
there are very few, if any, qualified repair folks that can still work on them. Consult with your local Singer Dealer for repair options. If I have any circuit boards at all, they will be listed below.
February 5, 2014: Clarification to Oct. 6, 2013 statement above. Today I received a post from the moderator of the Yahoo Singer Athena group that help shed some light on that statement.
Many of the email's I receive ask questions about why my Athena, or Touch Tronic, has stop: no zig zag, only does straight stitch, only goes in reverse, buzzes a lot, loud noise.
During my years with Singer 72 - 82, and my own shop from 82 - 92, my experience was normally a failed "servo" or "logic" board, and normally the Quad Amp chip, replaced with NTE 997.
I did replace those chips, but that was not taught to me by Singer, I discovered that on my own. I had a SAM's catalog, or better described as a chip cross reference catalog back then, and found the factory chip and
suggested equals. Anyway, my post below on Oct. 6, all boils down to - without a full scan of the machine, you cannot just guess where the problem is. As mentioned, normally the Quad Amp chip was at fault, but this
is not always is the case. Back then, I was unable to cross reference chips on the "override" board, or other chips on the "servo" or "logic" board, just the Quad Amp chip.
I'd like to get my hands on a new chip cross reference book to see if today there may be other chips available to repair boards with. It is difficult and very precise work to remove multi pin chips, and one has to have the
right equipment to do it. Plus you need a digital meter to really check the machine to locate the board at fault. As such, I posted the Oct. 6th item below. I cannot host questions when it simply comes down to one thing:
Scan the Machine to locate the fault. I merely cannot second guess anymore. Should I be able to repair boards again, you'll see it posted here for sure. Other parts, and items will continue to be available...I am not
dropping it completely :) Hope this helps those in the Yahoo groups that were under the impression I was dropping support for them completely.
Thank you Sandy for bringing to my attention. (To do a full scan of the machine, you will need one of the service manuals below that applies to your specific model)
|The Free Stuff - Tips & Schematics
|Winding the bobbin
|Load Wound bobbin
|Getting to know the 2000
|Removing the bobbin case
|Remove Slide Plate (all)
|2000 What it came with
|Bobbin Case Inspect
|Check the Futura page for guides on:
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|2000 Panel Removal
|Repair guides on the Futura page will apply to these models, however, differences to: Panel Removal, Bobbin Case Settings,
Timing Marks & Parts Removal will vary from model to model. The theory of operation & adjustment is fairly standard.
If you are handy with a screwdriver, the guides should be of great help.
It should be noted that one does need a little mechanical imagination.
Please feel free to check out the Yahoo Athena group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/singer_athena/
|2010 Panel Removal
|Serial # Location 2000 / 1200
|Circuit Breaker & Fuse Location
|Repair Guides & Manuals - Specific to the Athena 2000 & Touch Tronic 2000 - 2001 & 2010 - in PDF Format
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|1200 & 2000 Schematic
|Basic Electronic Test Point Guide
This guide applies mainly to the Athena 1200 & 2000, but does apply to the Touch Tronic 2005
The guide shows basic test points of the Servo Board only, normally has been the root to most problems in the Athena & Touch Tronic series
This is not a complete guide, it is the Servo Board only, for a complete scan & repair guide - reference the SM-2005A below