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

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955

    One question. Does anyone have a bobbin winder that they sell now...would that work for these vintage singer bobbins we are using in these machines
    I have the Sidewinder bobbin winder, and I did get my 301's bobbins on it, although it was a tight fit. I had to push them on, and I was kind of afraid I would damage my Sidewinder. But I got the bobbin winder on the 301 to work really well now, so I won't have to do that again! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by sewgram1
    Hi BoJangles I just found my MIL's Willcox. Jimmy needs someclean-up work and I have yet to find his moter.
    He was born July 4, 1871. Paula
    Wow, I didn't think machines were powered that old! Please post a picture when you can!

    Nancy
    Uhhhhh....when did electricity become available to homes? Not that early, I don't think. Probably can't find the motor because there never was one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by dirty1mom
    Very nice machine!
    Thank you. I think Hank will be a fun machine to use once I get him in a treadle. To me he looks like a battleship. My husband likes the color, but I don't. Way too ugly a color for my liking. So, I decided it was a boy machine and named it Hank.
    Seems appropriate to me!! Gray definately is a man color! :-) I like the look of Hank!!

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    I was having trouble with my Singer 66 redeye not winding
    bobbins properly...so I put a new tire on it and now it winds the bobbins just fine. Yippee!!!

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    Boy am I slow on the draw! Of course you are so right.
    The WB is before electricity. Now I'll try to find out how to put it into it's cabinet.

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    What is Scott's Liquid Gold?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Patsy's "Mom"
    Excuse me for interrupting, but I have a vintage featherweight question. I bought a 1936 model yesterday, and took the bottom cover off to look. One of the wires (?) is covered with some sort of cream colored insulation which is flaking off. Does anyone know what this stuff is and why only one wire is covered? Is the flaking a sign that it should be replaced? Thanks in advance for any info you can give me!
    Marylin,
    My FW is newer (60's) and I didn't run into that w/mine. Hopefully Billy (lostin51) will have an answer for you. Have you plugged it in yet (gone for "test drive" )? I'd be careful until you get an answer before doing too much sewing on her. She may need to be re-wired, shouldn't be too expensive. Good luck and keep us posted w/what you found.
    Thanks for the reply, Marie. I have plugged her in and she seems to run fine. I have only done a few lines of stitching and do not intend to use her until she at least gets a good cleaning and lube job. I am just really curious as to what the white stuff is, and why only one of the wires would have this coating. Maybe the rest already flaked off the others? It really doesn't look like that was the case though.
    Marilyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Patsy's "Mom"
    Excuse me for interrupting, but I have a vintage featherweight question. I bought a 1936 model yesterday, and took the bottom cover off to look. One of the wires (?) is covered with some sort of cream colored insulation which is flaking off. Does anyone know what this stuff is and why only one wire is covered? Is the flaking a sign that it should be replaced? Thanks in advance for any info you can give me!
    Its not uncommon for the stuff to flake off, just brush it off. Your machine is 75 years old, stuff is bound to come off. I would check the wiring to make sure that its all intact.
    Take a look at this webpage and you'll see what I mean.

    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...tdisaster.html

    Sharon W.
    Thanks for the link, Sharon. The wiring seems to be intact, just all this white stuff flaking off. I wonder what it is?
    Marilyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by sewgram1
    Hi BoJangles I just found my MIL's Willcox. Jimmy needs someclean-up work and I have yet to find his moter.
    He was born July 4, 1871. Paula
    Wow, I didn't think machines were powered that old! Please post a picture when you can!

    Nancy
    Uhhhhh....when did electricity become available to homes? Not that early, I don't think. Probably can't find the motor because there never was one?
    Actually, I bet your Wilcox and Gibbs was a treadle as most homes didn't get power until the 1920's and later.

    Nancy

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    Marilyn,
    I've heard that its lead coating, it won't hurt you.
    Sharon

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