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Thread: Musings from the Miller ...... antique machines are better.

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    Oh boy, I had a 66 VW bug and you are so right about them. I am a firm believer in the KISS principle.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    Yeah!! Someone else finally said it! While reading this thread, my '65 Bug kept coming to mind. It is simple, basic and easy to work on. In many ways, it is like my treadle without the whole Fred Flintstone thing going on.
    I like this.
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    With vintage machines, people actually looked at what they were doing when assembling them. Recently, my friend's Brother machine stopped working at a very bad time. She was making costumes for the school play which was 3 days away. In passing, she mentioned the fact she had to go sewing machine shopping after work!

    20 minutes later (thankfully I keep a good toolbox at work) I had cleaned out the feed dog area, reconnected a spring, and shifted 80% of the grease on to the gears. That's right. Most of what had been applied had not even been placed correctly. Now it runs better than it ever has! Workmanship...
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    I used to have a 66 VW. That's when you could still do the work on them yourselves!

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    Joe,

    A term that I have used for years to describe a heavy machine this is in a case is..... lug-able. (Snicker)

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    There are two trains of thought I guess about "portable" machines.
    First, the original definition of "portable" means it's not in a cabinet, but still weighs the same as a full size 57 Chevy.
    Second, the modern definition of "portable" means it's light as breeze and you can carry it around in your back pack or purse.

    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Oh boy, I had a 66 VW bug and you are so right about them. I am a firm believer in the KISS principle.

    Joe
    my old VW bug got better mileage than my new Honda. Go figure.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Joe,

    A term that I have used for years to describe a heavy machine this is in a case is..... lug-able. (Snicker)

    Cathy
    Cathy,
    That is so true. You don't carry 'em, you lug 'em around.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    my old VW bug got better mileage than my new Honda. Go figure.
    It's been sooooooo many summers since I had my 66 I've forgotten if I even took a gas milage test. Back then gas wasn't so expensive so you filled up and drove.
    The old bugs had no emissions, no electronics, no computers, no catalytic converters, nothing but simplicity.

    I'm thinking maybe I should sell all my stuff, buy a bug and go on a road trip. Beep beep.

    Joe

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    Joe,

    Beep! Beep! (that's me passing you on my road trip.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    It's been sooooooo many summers since I had my 66 I've forgotten if I even took a gas milage test. Back then gas wasn't so expensive so you filled up and drove.
    The old bugs had no emissions, no electronics, no computers, no catalytic converters, nothing but simplicity.

    I'm thinking maybe I should sell all my stuff, buy a bug and go on a road trip. Beep beep.

    Joe
    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Ha, ha, make mine one of those old camper vans and I'm ready for a road trip with camping in the Walmart parking lot. All except the one we stopped at in TN one time - too many shoot outs - way too close...
    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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