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

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    So I decided that it took me weeks to get through the first 100 pages, that I'd have all my machines up and running before I "caught up".

    While I'm on this site all the time and certainly not reallynew to quilting, I am new to vintage machines.

    I inherited my mom's FW. I'm fairly certain it's a 221 and I don't know anything about it except it needs a bobbin casing and I recently found out that the safety of my husband's garage might save it from getting lost, but won't save it from the elements. I hope to have her out of the garage when we swap out all the winter/summer clothes here soon.

    I was recently in the market for a machine with a bigger throat. After looking at all the new machines and their horrid prices...I saw a Singer 66. But I don't know a THING about these old machines. I like that she doesn't have a computer and I can put the quilting attachments on her like a walking foot and darning foot. That is probably all I'd use her for. Once I have my FW up and running, I'll probably use the smaller one for piecing and the bigger one for quilting...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

    I haven't bought her yet, but have an appointment to get her on Tuesday along with some basic lessons on her use. Is there somewhere I can go to learn more about the 66? I see through threads on this site and trying to google a 66 that there is a dash and another number after the dash. Are these all different models? The 201 looks really similar to what I was originally looking for. Aren't the 201's a lot heavier than the 66?

    I am just a SUPER beginner when it comes to vintage machines. I've seen so many of Billy's posts, and now Charlee's too thanks to this thread....I'm looking forward to learning more about this...especially when I can get mom's up and running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    While I'm on this site all the time and certainly not reallynew to quilting, I am new to vintage machines.

    I am just a SUPER beginner when it comes to vintage machines.
    Well, since you have officially been bitten by the "vintage machine virus" (you only need one vintage machine to contract this very serious disease) you should be warned that your house will begin to fill up with lots of orphaned machines that are looking for a loving home. There is even one member, of this forum, that has vintage machines mysteriously show up on her porch. It's as though they know that they will get a good feeding (of oil) and a loving home....:mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200

    I am just a SUPER beginner when it comes to vintage machines. I've seen so many of Billy's posts, and now Charlee's too thanks to this thread....I'm looking forward to learning more about this...especially when I can get mom's up and running.
    I've been meaning to ask for a while--where is Charlee??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    So I decided that it took me weeks to get through the first 100 pages, that I'd have all my machines up and running before I "caught up".

    While I'm on this site all the time and certainly not reallynew to quilting, I am new to vintage machines.

    I inherited my mom's FW. I'm fairly certain it's a 221 and I don't know anything about it except it needs a bobbin casing and I recently found out that the safety of my husband's garage might save it from getting lost, but won't save it from the elements. I hope to have her out of the garage when we swap out all the winter/summer clothes here soon.

    I was recently in the market for a machine with a bigger throat. After looking at all the new machines and their horrid prices...I saw a Singer 66. But I don't know a THING about these old machines. I like that she doesn't have a computer and I can put the quilting attachments on her like a walking foot and darning foot. That is probably all I'd use her for. Once I have my FW up and running, I'll probably use the smaller one for piecing and the bigger one for quilting...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

    I haven't bought her yet, but have an appointment to get her on Tuesday along with some basic lessons on her use. Is there somewhere I can go to learn more about the 66? I see through threads on this site and trying to google a 66 that there is a dash and another number after the dash. Are these all different models? The 201 looks really similar to what I was originally looking for. Aren't the 201's a lot heavier than the 66?

    I am just a SUPER beginner when it comes to vintage machines. I've seen so many of Billy's posts, and now Charlee's too thanks to this thread....I'm looking forward to learning more about this...especially when I can get mom's up and running.
    The 66 is a wonderful machine and I love them. I have 3 or 4 of them in different forms, Treadle, Handcrank, Back clamp, and a "FrankenSinger" a seriously cobbled together 66 from several different models.

    The 66 is a lot lighter and a little less complicated to tear into but both machines are really smooth sewing and if you can find a 66 from the 30's they are sooooo smooth. The last 2 that I played with were super smooth running.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    I've been meaning to ask for a while--where is Charlee??
    She's still on this board, but I don't think she posts on the VSMS site anymore. I "talked" with her a few months ago by PM.
    Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Lou Who
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    I've been meaning to ask for a while--where is Charlee??
    She's still on this board, but I don't think she posts on the VSMS site anymore. I "talked" with her a few months ago by PM.
    Cindy
    Too bad--she knows a lot about the old machines and was interesting to "listen" to!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny

    Regarding that blog from the gal that did use all of her old attachments, did you happen to bookmark that site? I did recently buy the "Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook" by Charlene Phillips that I'm finding quite helpful, but just wondered if you had a link to the info that you read.

    Thanks, :D
    NO! :( That book sounds wonderful. I will need to look at that.
    Here's one place you can find it; good price, too. :thumbup:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Machine...3514641&sr=1-1

    HTH,[/quote]

    Thanks! I'm going to have to get this book. It looks very interesting.[/quote]

    You're quite welcome. Happy to help. :thumbup:

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    And she has some nice machines!


    Billy

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    Glen, I have a blackside 1952 128. I don't know much about her except she is a 3/4 size machine and will sew well after her spa treatment. I did sew with the her at the seller's house. It is a very heavy little machine. 29 pounds - I don't think that included the bentwood case. She will be sold after she's clean if I can part with her. 1) She's cute and 2) my son bought her for me and he likes her, so it's iffy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    The 66 is a wonderful machine and I love them. I have 3 or 4 of them in different forms, Treadle, Handcrank, Back clamp, and a "FrankenSinger" a seriously cobbled together 66 from several different models.

    The 66 is a lot lighter and a little less complicated to tear into but both machines are really smooth sewing and if you can find a 66 from the 30's they are sooooo smooth. The last 2 that I played with were super smooth running.

    Billy
    Are the different forms what the two digits after the dash mean? The one I'm getting is motor operated. Is that what a back clamp is called? What started my interest was the large throat plate....the fact that it's much simpler than some of the computerized ones available now, and it's inexpensive price is what sold me.

    Billy, you seriously saved me a lot a few weeks back. I pm'd you about my Janome misbehaving. Turns out it was the foot pedal and she's back up and running now. All I had to replace was the pedal. I really love her for small projects and can take her to club meetings and such. Hopefully, I'll have mom's FW out soon and can get her the part she needs. I won't know what to do with 3 working machines in my tiny apartment, but I'll have as many machines as I have children, so that'll be my cutoff---for now. I can't wait for the weather to get warm enough we can tackle that garage!

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