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Thread: Sticking my toe in the waters of Vintage Sewing Machines

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    You are so funny! I hate to tell you this, but when you say you're done, you really aren't! My DH asks me to stop bringing home these orphan machines and doesn't understand the need to "help" the poor babies. We won't be done until they are all fixed and happy!!!!!

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    I actually denied myself the last one I saw. A pretty blue Mongomery Ward machine with attachments and cams...and I'm kicking myself. Wondering if I stopped at the house and left a note...maybe they might still have it. I really do just want to rescue them. I love making them work and I'm learning so much about the different machines.

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    You sure got a beauty!!

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    I finally moved my Franklin back into its parlor cabinet yesterday. I had needed some repairs after I brought it into the house. The cabinet has been in my living room, next to the couch for a while and I finally decided they needed to be reunited. It looks so charming sitting there next to the couch.

    The tension check spring (is that right?) was stretched out and I wasn't sure I could fix it, but with the help of a tutorial I found online, I took it apart and looked it over. I was told it couldn't be done, but I wrapped it around a pen and used pliers to bend it back into shape. Put it back together and it works!
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    I love the scarab designs! I have one, but not so pretty. Yours actually glows. How does it sew?

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    It sews very well, but its treadle is kinda clunky. I think someone tried to repair it and didn't do such a good job. I can tell some of the parts are newer than others and ball bearings have been removed and replaced with some sort of teflon "tape" or something. I could switch this one into the RedEye's cabinet and it would do much better. To get it so shiny, I just wiped it down with sewing machine oil and let it soak in before wiping it off.

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    Here's what I know about this one. It works great. Left needle. High shank. Button holes. Zig Zag. Able to lower feed dogs. DeLuxe Emporium Japanese made machine, DeLuxe 146B. Late 60s?.

    A friend needs a machine. I told her she could try this one out and see how it works for her. I don't have any accessories, but I think any high shank Kenmore parts should fit. Bobbins from my Kenmore fit this one. Sews a great stitch. I was surprised. I got it for free and I really had no hopes for it and it's turned out to be a great machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    It sews very well, but its treadle is kinda clunky....
    I just finished doing a complete Wirewheel to bare metal, repaint, and reassemble/adjust to a 1922 Singer treadle. I read the following link about 4 times and then ran with it...

    The base is now done and it moves silently and smoothly.

    http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...gtreadles.html

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    The Franklin sits in a parlor cabinet. The Pitman rod is the one that looks like it's newer than the rest of the mechanism and the ball bearings are gone from the lower end. It could be too long or just loose. It does work though, and I've had it set up in my living room off and on and have used it. I'd like to try the Franklin in the RedEye's cabinet, just to see how it works there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    I haven't paid more then $50 and that was for the Necchi, which is in perfect sewing condition for a 50+ year old machine.
    I think the Necchi was a great deal! I paid $10 in case for my Necchi Lelia 515 and I know I got a great machine. According to the yahoo Necchi site, a Necchi Supernova Julia is the "best" Necchi ever made. Congrats
    Six Elna Lotus/Stella sm [kid's sewing classes]
    Elna 33C SP sm, Pfaff 1473 CD sm, Viking 6030 sm, Singer Sphinx 127 sm, Singer Lotus 127 sm, Bernina 830 Record, Nelco J A-38 sm, Necchi Lelia 515 sm
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