How To Replace Typewriter Ribbon

Qwerty typewriters are able to print out documents without having to use ink cartridges for printers. For typewriters, ribbons are used. When the ribbon runs out of ink, all you have to do is to replace the ribbon with a new one so that you can continue using your typewriter. There are two types of typewriters that are available. There are electric typewriters and manual typewriters. For electric typewriters, cartridge ribbons are used and spool ribbons are used for manual typewriters.

Here are the steps on how you can replace the ribbon of your typewriter:

  1. Type of Typewriter. It is pretty easy to replace the ribbon of a typewriter. Some of the common brands for typewriter are Smith Corona or Underwood. You may also have an antique typewriter. Check whether you have a manual typewriter or an electric typewriter because you need to know what type of ribbon to purchase. When you go to the shop and buy a new ribbon, you can bring the old ribbon so that it will be easier for them to identify the kind of ribbon that you need.
  2. Typewriter Ribbon. Purchase a typewriter ribbon from a well-known source so that you know you are buying a good quality. One of the best manufacturers and sellers of typewriter ribbons is Swintec. You can visit the website at You will be able to find ribbons for Smith Corona or Underwood.  There are also other products you can purchase from the website, such as typewriters, ribbons, portable typewriters, word processors and more. You can see their selection of typewriter ribbons so that you will also be able to know for which kind of typewriter the ribbon is used for.
  3. Replacing the Ribbon. The first thing you have to do is to lift the top cover of the typewriter. Lift the spools off of the typewriter gently if you are dealing with a manual typewriter. For electric typewriters, all you have to do is to press the button or level that will release the ribbon cartridge from its place. Place the new cartridge from where you got the old ribbon. For a manual model, place the spools on their places and thread the new ribbon that you bought on the typewriter.
  4. Test. After putting in the new typewriter ribbon, close the lid and test to see if the new ribbon or cartridge works. If you are having trouble replacing the ribbon, you may want to consult your typewriter manual to see what you are doing. You can also research online or go to the website of your typewriter’s manufacturer so that you can see detailed instructions on how to replace your typewriter’s ribbon.

These are the steps on how you can replace the ribbon of your typewriter. Once you already know how to replace the ribbon, it will be easier for you to do the second time. You may need to replace the ribbon of a typewriter that has not been used for a long time because the ribbon tends to dry up. You can purchase ribbons from Swintec for less than $10.00.


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