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

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Ok, I now have so time to look at my machines.
    Looks like you have yours threaded correctly. Here are the steps in threading my machine. The top photo is the first and you thread through the groove in the top disc. Does yours have a similar groove? Then down and around the larger disk that is the upper tension pulley. Then down under the auxiliary hook, 3rd picture, and up to the take up, and back down at guide and then through needle left to right.
    Monica, is that your Graybar? I'd like to see a picture of the machine. I almost bought a Graybar a while back -- I didn't buy it. Anyway, I found a Graybar at an antique shop in a small town near here -- passed it up -- then saw it on Craigslist last week. The Graybar had been $50 in the Antique shop but only $20 on Craigslist! Did you buy it?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Ok, I now have so time to look at my machines.
    Looks like you have yours threaded correctly. Here are the steps in threading my machine. The top photo is the first and you thread through the groove in the top disc. Does yours have a similar groove? Then down and around the larger disk that is the upper tension pulley. Then down under the auxiliary hook, 3rd picture, and up to the take up, and back down at guide and then through needle left to right.
    Monica, is that your Graybar? I'd like to see a picture of the machine. I almost bought a Graybar a while back -- I didn't buy it. Anyway, I found a Graybar at an antique shop in a small town near here -- passed it up -- then saw it on Craigslist last week. The Graybar had been $50 in the Antique shop but only $20 on Craigslist! Did you buy it?

    Nancy
    No those series of photos are my National Two Spools. I have it always sitting out ready to use in my sewing area. Here is a picture of my Graybar that I picked up for free. The machine needs new wiring, which I will never get around to doing. It now sits on my shelf looking pretty, but its real job is a parts machine. I swapped out a couple of rusty parts from it to use on my Two Spools. The second photo is the Graybar plate with take up in the same location as Sew Wishful's machine. The bottom photo is my Two Spools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadlep
    I've been looking at all of the vintage machines and have been inspired to clean up and use an old treadle machine I inherited from my great grandmother. I'm interested in any information anyone can provide regarding the manufacturer and age of this machine. It works fine and seems to be in very good condition. The only information on the machine is the name "richmond", but paperwork with it indicates it was sold by the Charles William Store. The needles with the machine are stamped "B Eldredge", but I have no idea whether a currently manufactured needle might work (seems longer than the average needle). It has a metal spring belt that drives the treadle, a shuttle bobbin and came with a box of Griest attachments. I've checked out several pages of this forum and only seen a few machines that seem to be close. Thanks so much!
    Gorgeous machine and cabinet. Lucky you! You have a piece of your family; I bet your great grandmother would be extremely happy to see that her machine was still in the family. Get some sewing oil, give it a good oiling, and start sewing with this beauty. Do you have the manual? Sorry I can't tell you anything else, but someone else here should be able to help you.

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    treadlep, your Richmond machine is another National - yours has a Vindex top V tension, whatever that means. It looks a lot like my 1928 Leader, though yours could be a few years older. It is a very pretty machine with a lovely cabinet. It will take a slightly longer needle than what is currently available.

    I wonder why some manufacturer isn't retooling a machine a making those needles as so many machines are in use that need them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose

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    I wonder why some manufacturer isn't retooling a machine a making those needles as so many machines are in use that need them.
    Rose, would the Elx 705 needles be long enough? I use them in my Compulock and CoverPro which both need that tad extra length.

    Bronwyn ;-)

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    Billy, I know this question has nothing to do with your post, but since I don't know how to post a question, I am putting it here.
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    I have read the instructions but still don't know how to post a question. Can you help me? Thanks in advance.

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    Good morning, everyone. I have a question...I was given a 15-91 but it does not have the wooden (?) base or case. I don't necessarily want to put it in a cabinet. Is there someone who can make a base for me or where I can buy one? The sweet lady who gave it to me told me that the "coffin top" cases do not work with it.

    Any suggestions?

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    Goodmorning from the storm torn south!!! We are still having the severe weather but at least I have power, thats more than I can say for a lot of folks around me that have trees in their homes from last night. Yeah over 6" of rain in places here in the city and almost a foot total since this garbage started last week, so if you sneeze wrong a tree will fall over. :roll:

    First off there are some really nice machines that has popped up here lately and you guys are doing great at finding them. Secondly Thank You so much for helping me tend to the shop while I have all of this weather and weather related damage to deal with. You guys are the greatest!!!! After all this is a family owned and operated shop and the love here shows! :D

    While I have been absent I have added a few machines to the array I need to post about, but none of them are treadles. I know "How dare he.............." :mrgreen: These are a pair of Kenmores and they date somewhere in the 60's (havent taken the time to date them yet) and both use cams. One came fully loaded with everything including the accessories and the other had a few bits with it but both were in cabinets. Unfortunately both do not run and need a full service including replacement motors (see why I like treadles :lol: ) but should be two really nice machines.

    I have a soft spot for the Kenmores because it was the machine of choice for my mom. Funny how something so small can mean so much.

    I will try to check in ever so often today since we are having bad storms still. Hopefully I will have electricity...... But I have 30 something PM's to weed through and I have to get some limbs out of my yard when it stops raining.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I will try to check in ever so often today since we are having bad storms still. Hopefully I will have electricity...... But I have 30 something PM's to weed through and I have to get some limbs out of my yard when it stops raining.

    Billy
    Wow Billy, so glad you aren't dealing with a power outage nor a tree in your house! Geeze, these storms have to end soon! Hang in there!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Well, not only do I not have a pic (readily available, that is)...I also don't have the right make of machine...it's a Rotary machine not Kenmore. It is a krinkle finish. Sews a pretty stitch, but it keeps breaking thread after about 8-10- inches. I'm pretty sure it's a simple threading error. I'll keep hunting for pics.
    Randa, can you post a picture of the whole machine? It looks really cute from just the face plate.

    Nancy

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