Industrial Sewing Machine - help

I just bought an old industrial sewing machine (Singer 47W66) with the hope
of fixing it and learning to sew basic items. I found some information at
the Singer site but it seems to be written for people who know how to sew -
unfortunately that excludes me.
Do you know of any sources of information (books, videos, web sites etc.)
that explains how to use and maintain older industrial sewing machines and
is written for people who do not know how to sew?
Also, do you know of any places near Toronto, Ontario, where I can buy some
supplies (i.e. needles, bobbin) for my newly acquired machine but not have
to buy in bulk?
Thanks for you assistance.
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Amazing Sewing Machines 1080A St Calir Ave, West toronto, Ontario M6E 1A7 416 653 7775
Sales and repairs. Really good guy. Started as an industrial repair tech.
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Hanna's Mom
Complicating thing even more is that model is a cylinder arm machine made for heavy weight goods. Definitely not the best choice to learn with the roller foot.
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Ron Anderson
yes but if he master that then think how good he will be when he gets a little machine. I learned to sew on a Singer Post machine.....136W102. first project was a jumper. I got so I could do one or two stitches at a time. It was an experience. I say let him go for it and don't put him down for the choice, it might be ok.
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Hanna's Mom
I would have much preferred that to having to pick a thread out all the way across an unprintable adjective of a 45-inch wide piece of yardage to get it on the straight grain before being able to cut the pattern out.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
Thank you for your friendly advice. I should have explained that I just bought the machine at a flea market without a motor, and I bought a treadle and belt elsewhere. I checked the Singer sites previously and I was hoping to find a simpler manual or reference material for people who do not know how to sew at all (ie) what was the first book/manual you used when you learned to sew? Thanks Connor
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I'd add to this that when you're first sewing it's good to have a machine that can go s-l-o-w-l-y so that you can maintain control and not get that terrified feeling. We got my cousin sewing not too long ago by using a simple zig zag hand crank machine. He could easily control speed, stops and starts.
In fact, I'd suggest seeking someone who does hand crank conversions and getting a machine from them.
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