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Thread: Lets gather our Sewing Machine Manuals!

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    Glad to here that there is support for this. The problem is I don't know how to do it...maybe we could have a flicker account or something like that. I guess the administrator would have to help us.

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    I would love to have a copy of that Supernova repair manual, I just received a Necchi automatic Supernova Ultra from a friend who wasn't using it and it needs a little bit more cleaning than I can do following the normal manual. I have paper manuals for the Necchi Supernova Ultra (both primary manual and supplemental) Sears Kenmore 1750 and 1751 models that are in fairly good shape that I can scan for anyone who needs them, and I have the manual for an Athena 2000. That manual has been a little chewed, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    The problem is I don't know how to do it.
    I had an idea: Put them on your Google drive (assuming you have an account) and post a share URL on a dedicated thread. When someone scans a manual, put it up, set to shared, post the URL to the thread.
    If people don't know how to do this, I have quite a bit of teaching experience and could do a tutorial and/or flash movie to explain it.

    EDIT: For example, sewing machine tension guide
    Last edited by manicmike; 09-11-2013 at 06:17 PM.
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I had an idea: Put them on your Google drive (assuming you have an account) and post a share URL on a dedicated thread. When someone scans a manual, put it up, set to shared, post the URL to the thread.
    If people don't know how to do this, I have quite a bit of teaching experience and could do a tutorial and/or flash movie to explain it.

    EDIT: For example, sewing machine tension guide
    your example brought up the excellent article on adjusting the foot pedal action. Isn't there a limit to the amount of Google Drive that is free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsewnsew View Post
    Isn't there a limit to the amount of Google Drive that is free?
    Yes, I think it's 1GB. That'd take a while to fill up with sewing manuals!

    Edit: Heavens above, Gromit! It's 15GB.
    Last edited by manicmike; 09-11-2013 at 07:06 PM. Reason: Added information
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    I've used http://www.mediafire.com/ for file sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I had an idea: Put them on your Google drive (assuming you have an account) and post a share URL on a dedicated thread. When someone scans a manual, put it up, set to shared, post the URL to the thread.
    If people don't know how to do this, I have quite a bit of teaching experience and could do a tutorial and/or flash movie to explain it.

    EDIT: For example, sewing machine tension guide
    LOL! Thanks mike oldsewnsew is right, that one is my pedal adjustment. You might have meant this one if you saved it to your google drive? http://www.archaicarcane.com/fragile...-equal-stress/ or the bobbin one: http://www.archaicarcane.com/bobbin-...obbin-tension/

    I prefer to have the links listed, but to have the docs saved for backup. The main reason for that is sometimes the original will disappear, but if you save it and only refer to the saved copy, you might not get the updates if an error is found in the original. For Instance, I'm very guilty of making changes months down the road if I learn something new.

    I did put all of my manuals (service / repair / owners) up on drop box, but I don't know the legality of making them public,.. anyone know?
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
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    Hey quite right. Try this one: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1hliI...it?usp=sharing
    (the real adjuster's manual has now stood up).
    Tammi, your foot adjustment info is awesome. Not sure if I mentioned it but I've used it at least twice, and have it (obviously) on my Google drive
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I did put all of my manuals (service / repair / owners) up on drop box, but I don't know the legality of making them public,.. anyone know?
    I'm not a lawyer, but I've researched this, and here is what I've found. If the manual is in the public domain, then it's legal to publicize it. The copyright rules are a little complicated because they've changed over the years, and new rules were not "grandfathered", but here is an overview of how to determine copyright status:

    If the article was copyrighted in the U.S.A. prior to 1923, it is in the public domain (there may be exceptions for some foreign publications).
    If the article was copyrighted between 1923 and 1963 and the copyright was not renewed 28 years (or in some cases 27 years) after the initial publication* (see note below), it is in the public domain. If the copyright WAS renewed, then it is under copyright for 95 years after the initial publication.

    Here is a chart that outlines it better than I can:
    http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

    Now, to find out if the copyright was renewed, you have to search the Catalog of Copyright Entries. This is mostly do-able online. Here is a good resource with links and info: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/cce/

    Other links:
    US Copyright Office (1978 to present)http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwe...cal&PAGE=First

    Internet archives (1891 thru 1977)http://archive.org/details/copyrightrecords/.

    * Many publications have been copyrighted one or more times after the initial publication. These are called derivative copyrights (re-published with new information). In these cases, only the new information gets the new copyright date, but knowing what is new and what is old would require comparing all the publications. I haven't been able to find out exactly what to do in these situations, so I search the Catalog of Copyrights 27 and 28 years after the initial publication and the last publication. My reasoning is that if the first and last copyrights weren't renewed, it's unlikely that the intermediate ones were. But I think to be thorough one would have to search 27 and 28 years after EACH copyright date.

    From my personal research, I have found that most of the older Singer educational materials are in the public domain. Some of their older manuals may still be under copyright.

    As an aside, I posted a thread on QB that was deleted because it had an image from a Singer book (not a manual). It was in the public domain and legal to publicize it, but QB said they needed written proof. Of course I can't expect QB to look through Copyright Catalogs every time someone posts an image or to trust that board members have done their research, so this is understandable. (If anyone wants a copy of the parts list that I posted, PM me.)
    Sheila

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    I have manuals but I sure don't know how to make files of them.
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