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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    I have been borrowing things, such as foot controllers, light/motor cords and such between machines, but have a fun project planned, I hope. Some of my nieces are coming in June and I want to have a sewing party, so I am getting all the missing pieces back together so all the machines can work at once. Thought we would make tote bags, or boxer shorts, or sleep shirts, or something. May have a variety of choices and let all choose their own. My mom will be here to help, so it will be fun.
    Pillowcases too! You should make some pillowcases for those sweet dreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    I am no expert, but I do own 5 15 clones, and they all sew great. They purr so nicely, and also will sew about anything you throw at them. Fast too. All of mine also drop the feed dogs for darning and FMQ. I also like the different colors they come in, and badged with the different names. Hard to date and track, but still neat all the same.

    Melinda

    Also I have a 1954 66 that has reverse, but actually says backtack on the stitch regulator.
    Thank you, Melinda! I'll add you to the list of enablers...:lol: Now to go back and check that machine out further. I'm thinking if it has it's power cord I'll get it. If not... I don't know. It may be hard to replace.

    I'm pretty sure the 66s only got that backtack feature (a few sts in place) and not a true reverse. Mine doesn't even have a backtack, so I just sort of hang onto the fabric if I want more sts to backtack with. It works fine.

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    Hello every one l am so excited today l bought a 319K in a second hand shop and it has the original receipt and all the camms and feet it had been checked out electricaly and is ok and in find condition but dirty l am stoked l cannot send a picture till l charge up my camera also original book. l had been to quilting so l thought to go into
    victor Harbor and did a search befor l came home hubby is still ok up to now with my collection my daughter thinks l have gone mad?????and laughs l said she better watch out l might dye my hair purple next?? Happy collecting every one picture to follow tomorrow
    Elsie from Australia
    ps has any one heard of a Bristol sewing machine a very nice blue colour

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    Although I am the Happy Treadler, I also do love any and all vintage machines. My SIL's dad called me last week to say he's got an old machine that he would really like to give me, and that if I don't take it will go to the curb. Of course I couldn't let that happen, so we had a rendezvous at the bus stop to meet (no, I didn't tell DH I was getting yet ANOTHER machine, allbeit free).

    This is a picture of the machine, and I have to say I SO fell in love with it! I LOVE the color, LOVE the vertical bobbin that inserts from the FRONT (unlike the other vertical bobbins that go in on the side), and even though my intentions were to pass this one along, I have to say she's now home where she belongs. I really did need a machine with a "ZZ" capability & fancy stitches set up in my sewing room. She adds color to my sewing room, and is one of very few electric machines that are included in my 'herd'. She's a Japanese repo of the Singer 15 (called a Universal, and I just can't get over how well-built this machine is. AND she weighs a ton! Just needed to clean her up and give her a good drink (geez, she was so thirsty she squeaked!). Happy happy me. :)

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    Happy Treadler what a great curb save. Love the Retro look and dials. Can't wiat to see her clean and shinny. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    I have been borrowing things, such as foot controllers, light/motor cords and such between machines, but have a fun project planned, I hope. Some of my nieces are coming in June and I want to have a sewing party, so I am getting all the missing pieces back together so all the machines can work at once. Thought we would make tote bags, or boxer shorts, or sleep shirts, or something. May have a variety of choices and let all choose their own. My mom will be here to help, so it will be fun.
    Melinda, I have had quilt camps here several times for my granddaughters. I started when the youngest one was 5. We laugh and sew, and Grandpa had to learn how to thread the machines with broken thread when they forgot to hold the tail threads. Grandma was so busy going from one to the other to help -- besides, I had to do all the cutting and measuring. I've also had sewing days with the boys too making placemats, totes, book covers etc. The kids love it. Everyone of my grandkids can sew.

    Nancy

    And yes, Monica, we have made several pillow cases and done reverse applique' pillows!

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    Geez all the new machines everyone has gotten are fantastic, congratulations to all.


    Yesterday was Hubby's b-day so he bought this little jem on e-bay. He oiled her up and cleaned her and now I am piecing a quilt with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Geez all the new machines everyone has gotten are fantastic, congratulations to all.

    Yesterday was Hubby's b-day so he bought this little jem on e-bay. He oiled her up and cleaned her and now I am piecing a quilt with her.
    The 301 is one machine I don't have! Congratulations!

    I think I am going to hold out for a messed up FW so Billy can paint her, and some Japanese 15 clones in bright colors!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I really did need a machine with a "ZZ" capability & fancy stitches set up in my sewing room. She adds color to my sewing room, and is one of very few electric machines that are included in my 'herd'. She's a Japanese repo of the Singer 15 (called a Universal, and I just can't get over how well-built this machine is. AND she weighs a ton! Just needed to clean her up and give her a good drink (geez, she was so thirsty she squeaked!). Happy happy me. :)
    Happy Treadler, that is a very nice looking machine. Looks like a Morse I had, but it is not a class 15 machine. Here is a link to a site that features a Universal made by White. It looks more like your machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aNIFWXWhzU

    I think Brother also made a machine they called a Universal. And you are right, there is a 15 clone made in Japan that they called the Universal too, but remember the class 15 machines had the tension on the face plate.
    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    I really did need a machine with a "ZZ" capability & fancy stitches set up in my sewing room. She adds color to my sewing room, and is one of very few electric machines that are included in my 'herd'. She's a Japanese repo of the Singer 15 (called a Universal, and I just can't get over how well-built this machine is. AND she weighs a ton! Just needed to clean her up and give her a good drink (geez, she was so thirsty she squeaked!). Happy happy me. :)
    Happy Treadler, that is a very nice looking machine. Looks like a Morse I had, but it is not a class 15 machine. Here is a link to a site that features a Universal made by White. It looks more like your machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aNIFWXWhzU

    I think Brother also made a machine they called a Universal. And you are right, there is a 15 clone made in Japan that they called the Universal too, but remember the class 15 machines had the tension on the face plate.
    Nancy
    Hummmm, one thing I did notice right off in the video was that the slide plate is on the side and not the front. The one I have also has a potted motor, and spool pin & bobbin winder pin difference.

    I also joined the vintagejapanese yahoo group, and there's a few on there that really resemble mine. Oh, and then there's the "Made in Japan" stamp.

    Now I don't know what I have, but I like it! ha ha

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