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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumbols
    sewbizgirl, What does it usually mean when an electric machine starts running the moment you plug it in? I've seen a few of those lately. What's the fix for that? Total re-wiring

    That is what is going on with the one I just posted a link to above!

    Billy worked on a Brothers 1961 for me and when I got it back and pugged it in, mine did the same. I found out that I had the plug reversed between the electric and the foot pedal. Try reversing the plugs.
    I also have the complication of NO pedal. We plugged in direct to see if the motor worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumbols
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    What does it usually mean when an electric machine starts running the moment you plug it in? I've seen a few of those lately. What's the fix for that? Total re-wiring?
    Billy worked on a Brothers 1961 for me and when I got it back and pugged it in, mine did the same. I found out that I had the plug reversed between the electric and the foot pedal. Try reversing the plugs.
    Thanks, that's interesting. I don't have the machine yet. Just wondering how bad it's problem may be.

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    I also have the complication of NO pedal. We plugged in direct to see if the motor worked.

    Sorry to hear that, may be Billy will have an answer. Good luck.

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    [quote=qltndog]I have a question about cleaning my featherweight. I have been reading all the posts for a couple weeks and have read Billys tute on cleaning VSM. My machine is in good condition and I don't know if I want to take it completely apart to clean. I just want to remove the old grease and oil and put new grease and oil in it. Can I use a toothbrush and Kerosene to clean it without taking it apart? [ quote]

    Qltndog, first no I would not take the bed off or completely take that FW apart. Yes, you can use kerosene or WD-40 or just oil to clean the machine. Yes, you can use a tooth brush, pipe cleaners, tulle, anything to get in and get the hardened grease out. Just be sure to clean all the WD-40 out if you use it, it will harden eventually. Take off the face plate and oil all the oil holes - about 11, and joints. Open the top little plate under the spool pin and oil, grease the gears. Open the bottom cover - under the machine - and oil the joints, grease the gears, grease the grease holes in the motor. You can remove the clutch and handwheel to clean that, but be sure to put it all back together exactly as it was. Also, use a flashlight to make sure there is no thread, lint in the bobbin area -- look from the top after you remove the slide plate and the bottom. Now oil all the oil places and she should purr like a kitten.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    I think every vintage machine I've bought must have come from a non-sewing family member who inherited it... Is sewing becoming a lost art :?:
    Sewbizgirl, I think sewing is making a come back because of all us quilters! It seems more and more young people want to learn to quilt. Sewing garments, I think, is becoming a lost art, though.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    What does it usually mean when an electric machine starts running the moment you plug it in? I've seen a few of those lately. What's the fix for that? Total re-wiring?
    Sewbizgirl, aren't you the one that doesn't have the foot pedal? If you do have a foot pedal, the same thing has happened to me twice. Once with a Janome, (new machine) and once with a 1960's New Home. The foot pedal was the culprit both times. My DH took the foot pedal apart to fix something in there that had gotten stuck!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    Hey I need y'alls expert help/advice on what constitutes a "working" machine. Post is here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-110256-1.htm

    And also help with how to make her a working machine :-)

    Uh - we just plugged her in and she blew sparks - YIKES.

    Is she worth the trouble now?
    Yikes is right! Billy and a couple people here have experienced the flying sparks -- I wouldn't plug that machine in again until you get it figured out!

    I can't help you with the 201 or Brother problem. I don't have either machine! Love your whole set up, though! It looks like your cat does too!

    Nancy

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    Because I'm new to the 'electric' scene, I wondered if anyone could tell me if when I press my foot pedal the machine is supposed to continue on a consistent speed or is it OK if it seems to slow down a bit? Sorry for the dumb question, but all the machines I sew on are people-powered.

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    Bojangles, thank you for the reply to qultndog. I was wondering the same thing about my 301. I really don't want to take her totally apart, but she does a little discoloration on the bar the needle attaches to.

    Tomilu, I tried Yahoo again. The addresses that were bounced back last night went through today. I have messages sent about 1 Davis and 2 Singers. All treadles.

    Wow, that was fast. I got a response already. The Davis is a 1910 vertical shuttle with no belt and she wants $300. I will keep her #, but I don't think that one is a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Well since I am being such an enabler tonight I thought that anyone living in or around Frederick OK might be interested or know something about this place.

    http://www.thayerrags.com/ThayerRagsMachines.htm

    They have a number of sewing machines that could be cleaned, polished and put back into production. Or if you need parts it might be a good option. Please let us know if this is not a good resource.

    Judy

    I received a very nice response from them in regard to the Pfaff 230 spool pin. They are restoring theirs, so also looking for another spool pin. I asked them about their no shipping policy, so we'll see.[/quote]
    Here is their answer to my question:
    I probably should clarify my shipping policy on my website, but I haven’t figured out any better way to state it. Too many folks think that I don’t ship anything, when in fact, I ship all kinds of parts. I just don’t ship complete machines or cabinets. People tend to think that I have a “no shipping” policy because of that.

    Many of my machines are what I call “parts” or “donor” machines, and they’re as hard to get shipped in one piece safely as a pristine collectable machine. Trouble is, folks usually don’t want to pay the expense of proper packaging for a parts machine, so I just don’t ship any of them.

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