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Thread: 40 plus year old unsolved crime

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    [QUOTE=J Miller;5674094]Oh yeah, in Phoenix, AZ it was called "Operation Identification". Just call the Phx PD at 602-262-6151 (still a current Phx PD non emergency number) and they'd loan you an engraver.
    I had my own engraver and put my drivers license number; D-111X1X all over my tools. They got stolen and I've never seen a one.
    It was a waste of time then and still is.

    I can tell you the other side of this story. I didn't engrave my stuff and it was stolen. The police recovered some things and I couldn't prove it was mine. Sometimes you just can't win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    NOPE it was not stolen - I purchased the Singer 404s and 401s from Shelbyville High School in a round about way - loaded them all on our truck directly from the school building. I kind of doubt if the Keith Fowler I think is the guy would have been taking home ec - I just don't think with his age they would have opened it up for guys quite yet. I wonder about the first names on the other machine.... Last week, I saw a sewing machine advertised for sale - it said there were words on the machine but no porn. I guess I should be thankful...
    Okay, now you've got me laughing out loud for real. No porn, I should hope not!

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    LOL. I've never seen a "custom engraved" Singer. Back in the '70s when my mom taught home ec, the guidance department scheduled some of the delinquent guys for home ec, if they were considered too dangerous for the shop classes, haha. Seam rippers were pretty substantial, so that's probably the tool that was used.

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    Lyncat, I believe that is called karma!! That story is SO fun!! May I share that?! =))

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    That is funny. Keith had gone down in history or immortality. I learned to sew on one of those machines in 1964 in Illinois. They sure took a licking and kept on ticking. My home economics teacher was a saint. I sure miss her.

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    I ran across that machine on the shelf the other day. I never did work up the nerve to get a hold of Keith Fowler... or his wife.......
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    You haven't run out of time. You can still try to reach him. I bet he would get a kick out of it.

    I have a 201 that was heavily graffitied. I don't see any last names so I guess the perpetrators will never be caught! *I wonder if a french polish would take these out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Maybe there was a fad for awhile... maybe someone was tired of those 404s and thought they wanted Touch & Sew machines like we got in my home ec class... When we got the Touch and Sew machines everybody was MAD. MAD. MAD. we spent all our time trying to wind a bobbin. Then had to sew at home because we all ran out of class time to use the stupid Touch and Sew. Those 404 and 401 machines would at least teach you to sew - I LOVED the one I had and asked my mom to get one of those - nope she had a FW and that was that... I gave up on Singer sewing machines for years after that. Then I found a 401G in the trash - it was easy to love and no going back. I'm a fan of the 403 especially. That one is very simple and it does what I tell it to do. Bobbins wind just fine - no lost time. I screwed up though - I should have invested money in the thread company - with the T & S you waste so much of it...
    this is too funny Miriam!
    my SIL was a home ex teacher and she figured out a way to solve that bobbin winding problem... I'll have to ask her to make sure, but I think the transition was between the same two machines and they liked the old ones better too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. SewNSew View Post
    You haven't run out of time. You can still try to reach him. I bet he would get a kick out of it.

    I have a 201 that was heavily graffitied. I don't see any last names so I guess the perpetrators will never be caught! *I wonder if a french polish would take these out?
    Well I do see Brian... JM Paul and I'm sure there are more. If you hit CONTROL + a couple times it blows the pic up. To get it small hit CONTROL - as many times.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well I do see Brian... JM Paul and I'm sure there are more. If you hit CONTROL + a couple times it blows the pic up. To get it small hit CONTROL - as many times.
    Haha! I have a Larry, a Lee, a Barbara, and an Oscar.
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