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Thread: Look what I got!

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    Senior Member MrsBoats's Avatar
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    Look what I got!

    My cousin's son (he 10, I think) thinks it's funny that I collect ugly sewing machines. (It's true-I tend to like the big brutes, and the crinkle finish, which not everyone likes.) He and his mom were coming home from hockey practice one evening and he saw a "snot green" sewing machine on a curb with some garbage cans, decided it was ugly, and thought I'd like it. My cousin got it out of the table while he emptied the drawers. Then he packed it up and sent it to me, and paid for it with his savings. (Don't worry, I've already paypaled his mom so he'll get it back.)

    It's a 319w! Clever boy, he snagged the manual, a packet of needles and about 30 cams, although he left the bobbins. (He said, "I figured you already had a lot of them, so I left them there." Not bad logic for a 10yo boy, even if it was wrong. Frankly, I'd rather have the cams-I can always order bobbins!)

    I've got it cleaned up (it wasn't bad to start) and sewing nicely. The manual has 'recipes' for decorative stitches using various combinations of the stitch levers and cams, so this weekend I'll play with it, see what I can get it to do. The table came from the Habitat ReStore, and will probably be my summer refinishing project. For now, I busted down the finish, smoothed out the rough spots and waxed the heck out of it.

    Since I was taking pictures, I took some of the rest of the gang too. From left to right, there's Greenie, Ludwig, and to the right of Ludwig is the table that I use for the serger (you can see the case under Ludwig's right leaf. You can see the case for the Nelco under the left leaf.) or the Featherweight. The Necchi treadle is across the room, since it doesn't have to be near a plug.
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    -Karen
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    When that lad grows up he is going to be a keeper for some lucky young lady! Love all your machines, you have a great collection of excellent machines!

    Joann

    ...and I really like that cabinet the Pfaff is in!

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    What a great kid, you have to love him. The machine is a beauty even in green.

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    Tell the boy he's a HERO!! Nice save, lucky you!!
    I love that cabinet btw!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    My black 319w was my first vintage machine and made me a lover of all vintage-----I would love an "ugly" green one and since I know they exist, I am on the prowl for one! Thank you for sharing the pictures of yours.

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    You are so lucky, enjoy!

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    The hole in the front of the Pfaff would be nice for the 319 - you can reach in and change the bobbin with out having to move the slide plate. Those 319s are a pain to change the bobbin otherwise. Don't forget that machine takes special needles. Here is a link to one I cleaned up: Singer 319 in need of TLC - lots of useful information from other QB members on there.

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    Love your machines and great story. Thanks for sharing.
    Anna Quilts

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The hole in the front of the Pfaff would be nice for the 319 - you can reach in and change the bobbin with out having to move the slide plate. Those 319s are a pain to change the bobbin otherwise. Don't forget that machine takes special needles.
    Wouldn't it just though? When I redo it this summer, I think I'll ask my neighbor if he can rout a hole for me. That would make things easier, and wouldn't look out of place on the table, either.

    Yes, I already knew about the needles, and one of the things O saved for me was a couple packets of the right kind of needles. Somebody used the wrong kind at some point-the bobbin case has a few doinks in it, but it isn't all chewed up like they made a habit out of it.
    -Karen
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    Great story! I love your cabinet as well. I searched for several month to find an identical one to replace my mom's old cabinet. Found one finally on Craig's list and I've got it nearly ready to go.

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