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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Nancy~ Just in case no one has mentioned this lately :) You are an enable first class! I have never seen a RED one and have added this to my wish list. lol. Planning on going to an auction this weekend maybe I'll see one.

    Judy
    Judy I HAVE seen a red one - fire engine red to be exact -- I want one really bad! They were made in metallic blue, green, pink, yellow, and fire engine red! Yep, that red one is on my wish list for sure!

    Nancy
    Nancy - I hope you find that Fire Engine Red one so you can post a picture and I can live my SM treasure hunting life vicariously through you :) Maybe even a yellow one would be nice.

    I think I need rehab.... I just imagined how fun it would be for Spring to have multi-colored SM's setup in the sewing room.

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Garage saling today brought these pretties. I don't know how they could get any more chrome on the Dressmaker, lol. Paid $10 each. Very seldom do I get one with cams.
    NICE! find. You should keep that Dressmaker; I would. I would remove the motor, put it in a cabinet with treadle, and use those decorative cams in my quilting. My last quilt, I used a decorative stitch as a transition in the fabrics and the free motion quilting.
    Lucky you! Keep that machine with all those cams and used it!

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    just was wandering around ebay...this is very cool looking I don't have the room, but anyone, else??

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Bell-Portable-Se...=item20b879472

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    I have a question about my 1975 Bernina 830 (tons cheaper than the current Bernina 830!). Yesterday I was merrily quilting along and my machine stopped running. As usual I reached down to push the plug back into the foot pedal. When I picked it up I notice it was very hot. I mean really hot. Put the pedal on the floor again and went to sew... no dice! She ain't moving.

    The light on the machine remained on so I am pretty sure the problem lies with the foot pedal. But, what would cause it to heat up like that and why won't it move?

    Anyone, know what is going on here? To my recollection this has not happened before in the 36 years I have had her. Hopefully, someone knows what's going on. Thanks for any help you can give me. Nice chatting with y'all again. :-D :-D
    I have the same machine, and it's about my third one... When they get old and have that much use on the foot controller, those controllers go out. I have had to change mine before. I don't know why your pedal is getting so hot, but most likely it was the electrical problem in the controller that caused it. There is nothing wrong with your machine, that 's the good news-- it's all in the controller. Now for the bad news: a replacement controller is about $150. Outrageous. If you know someone who repairs machines you might could get them to order you one wholesale, but retail they are about $150.

    I bought them from sellers on Ebay before. I just looked and found this one:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Bernina-Foot-Con...item35b15beb20
    However, this one is not a new replacement, it's another old one. You would be investing a lot of money, and would be likely to have the problem again not too far down the road. There are NEW replacements you can get, but they are no longer made by Bernina. It will look just like the one you have now, and work fine, but it won't say "Bernina" at the top of the pedal like your old one.

    There don't seem to be any on Ebay currently (besides the old one, above) so I would Google "sewing machine parts" and find an online dealer, unless you know someone locally who can get it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
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    I inherited a Singer 15-91 the other day and I am a little baffled. Attached to the pressure relieving thumb screw is a "Revco" release button. Has anyone else seen one of these and do they know the purpose?
    Yep I have a bag full of them right now!! Revco was the aftermarket kings in the sewing industry. They had items like your "Quick Release" presserfoot tensioner to the "Reverse Switch" on the machines that did not have the back tack feature.

    I happen to love them because after I use a machine I just hit it take the tension off of the presserfoot and Store the machine. It keeps the spring from loosing any preload or strength while its sitting around doing nothing. In fact I always take the pressure off of the presserfoot no matter what.

    Billy
    Thanks Billy for the explanation. Makes perfect sense :) So when you store your SM's - how do you take the presser off the presser foot? I have always stored mine with the presser foot down and folded muslin underneth the foot.

    Judy
    I just loosen the tension knob up until there is no tension on the foot. Then put a piece of broadcloth under it and I am good to go.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    I inherited a Singer 15-91 the other day and I am a little baffled. Attached to the pressure relieving thumb screw is a "Revco" release button. Has anyone else seen one of these and do they know the purpose?
    Yep I have a bag full of them right now!! Revco was the aftermarket kings in the sewing industry. They had items like your "Quick Release" presserfoot tensioner to the "Reverse Switch" on the machines that did not have the back tack feature.

    I happen to love them because after I use a machine I just hit it take the tension off of the presserfoot and Store the machine. It keeps the spring from loosing any preload or strength while its sitting around doing nothing. In fact I always take the pressure off of the presserfoot no matter what.

    Billy
    So when your not sewing on a machine you leave the presser foot up? I was taught in home ec that you leave the foot down especially when you are traveling w/a portable machine. It makes sense to leave it up though.
    No I leave it down but there is no tension on the presserfoot at all. you can slide fabric around the thing like your FMQ. I was taught to always take the tension of of my Torque Wrenches before I store them because they would loose their calibration, and you are not suppose to leave your air rifles cocked because you will loose the tension on the springs. So I just do the same thing to my machines out of habit.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Hey Billy I need your wisdom. Last night I bought a really pretty Minnesota treadle machine. I don't know anything about them but I have wanted one for over 20 years. Here are picutres of her. If you need more pictures let me know. Thanks so much :D

    What do you recommed I use for cleaning her? The black needs polishing and gunk removed but the decals are delicate and some what thin so I want to be careful. Thanks anyone and Billy too :thumbup:
    Go to my Tutorials and follow them, they will get you through the cleaning and polishing process.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45816-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45983-1.htm

    Billy

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    As my grandmother would say, "Vidi, vici, vinci." I came, I saw, I conquered - not really!! Lusted after sew many machines at the preview for the machine auction. I have 20 plus pics of the machines and would have more but the batteries died in the camera. DH just groaned when he saw all the machines - he knew I wasn't walking out without getting one. Bad news is that auction is on Sunday - Palm Sunday which is a Sunday service I will not miss despite the temptations only 20 mins from my house. So I wandered around and found 5 301s with attachments and looked to be in good shape. Went and talked to the folks running the auction. They gave me a bid card which I filled out with name and phone # and then listed the machines that I would bid on if I were to be there. OKay, there were more I would like but DH only puts up with so much tomfoolery from me with my sewing machine obsession. I then put down my maximum bid and will hope for the best. I did say I only wanted one and the auctioneer seemd reasonably confident that I would have the winning bid on one of them. I sure hope so. What he was worried about was that at the end, they be lots of 10 to 15 machines for maybe only $50 bucks for the lots. There were at least 4 FWs and two were white ones.

    How many photos do I post on here or should I open up a new topic? Don't want to hog too much space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    As my grandmother would say, "Vidi, vici, vinci." I came, I saw, I conquered - not really!! Lusted after sew many machines at the preview for the machine auction. I have 20 plus pics of the machines and would have more but the batteries died in the camera. DH just groaned when he saw all the machines - he knew I wasn't walking out without getting one. Bad news is that auction is on Sunday - Palm Sunday which is a Sunday service I will not miss despite the temptations only 20 mins from my house. So I wandered around and found 5 301s with attachments and looked to be in good shape. Went and talked to the folks running the auction. They gave me a bid card which I filled out with name and phone # and then listed the machines that I would bid on if I were to be there. OKay, there were more I would like but DH only puts up with so much tomfoolery from me with my sewing machine obsession. I then put down my maximum bid and will hope for the best. I did say I only wanted one and the auctioneer seemd reasonably confident that I would have the winning bid on one of them. I sure hope so. What he was worried about was that at the end, they be lots of 10 to 15 machines for maybe only $50 bucks for the lots. There were at least 4 FWs and two were white ones.

    How many photos do I post on here or should I open up a new topic? Don't want to hog too much space.
    Post away!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    As my grandmother would say, "Vidi, vici, vinci." I came, I saw, I conquered - not really!! Lusted after sew many machines at the preview for the machine auction.

    How many photos do I post on here or should I open up a new topic? Don't want to hog too much space.
    Sounds like fun even though you couldn't purchase any at the time. Please post pictures! looking forward to seeing what is there.

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