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How to Install an IBM Selectric Typewriter Ribbon Cartridge

I remember when I first started using an IBM Selectric typewriter, I had trouble installing a new ribbon in the machine. I figured if I had trouble installing the ribbon (and correction tape), I’m probably not alone! So, we decided to put together a short video highlighting the steps it takes for a user to install a new Selectric typewriter ribbon. A few key things to remember: Go slow.  Don’t rush – take your time and follow the video. Make sure the ribbon goes around the left guidepost. Confirm that the correction ribbon lever is closed.  If it’s open, you cannot press the red ribbon load lever to raise the ribbon guides which is vital for installing the new ribbon.

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How to Fix Sticky Typewriter Keys

Over the last few years, I’ve had quite a few people ask me about how to fix sticky typewriter keys.  It’s a common problem on vintage typewriters.  Dust and dirt have settled into the machine over the years and before you know it, several of the typebars seem stuck in place.  I can’t count the hours I’ve spent getting sticky typebars unstuck.  Here’s what you’ll need: Alcohol.  I recommend picking up a can of denatured alcohol although rubbing alcohol will work in a pinch.  Denatured alcohol can be found at most any home improvement store (Lowe’s, Home Depot) and some retailers like Wal-Mart and Michael’s.  Look for it near the turpentine and mineral spirits. A Sturdy Brush.  You’ll probably want...

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How to Use a Manual Typewriter

 Many people today have never had the opportunity to use a vintage typewriter until they purchase one. I thought it might be helpful to provide some videos like this one to educate and support new typewriter enthusiasts! I often get questions on how to load paper into a typewriter or how to set margins. I made a short overview video on how to use a typewriter. I hope it’s helpful! Video Topics How to Load Paper How to Set Margins How to Adjust Line Spacing How to Use the Ribbon Color Selector How to Reverse the Direction of the Ribbon

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