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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    It appears that someone decided to replace the "tension spring and cap" (thank you for sharing the proper name) to make it look like it was complete. I scrounged around and found a replacement. Baffling to say the least. Also discovered about 100 yards of very old thread wrapped around the drive wheel. I was wondering if this was a way to keep the belt from slipping???

    Judy
    Judy beautiful cabinet! Yes, it is weird what happens to these old machines, but in over 100 years it is just amazing they can be fixed! I have found tons of thread wrapped around the hand wheel and around the hook/race. I always thought it was just an accident that the thread got there? Glad you solved the problem! Again that is a very pretty machine and cabinet.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    I just bought this little hand crank on E-bay. Any ideas about its age or origin?? The seller said a Brunswick, perhaps??? Didn't think I would win it, but I did.
    quiltdoctor, that is a pretty neat looking, very old machine! Congratulations on winning that machine! Show us more pictures when you get her and shine her up a bit, please!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Just got word that McKenna is closing down her "Grandmother's" and "Necchilady" sites today due to dealing with nastiness from ill-mannered folk. If you look quick, you can see my "new" Howe A, currently residing in my LR:

    http://www.grandmotherssewingmachine...treadle_2.html
    WOW and WOW and WOW! What an amazing looking machine and cabinet -- even the pedal with the Howe M C in the pedal! Geeze, Miz Johnny that is a show piece for sure!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    The stitch you're refering to is a cover stitch and its a separate machine, that's all it does. To do it with a serger,
    you need one that also has a cover stitch option, just a normal serger doesn't do a cover stitch. I used to sell Viking and Singer sergers and machines. You learn a lot that way.
    Sharon W. :-D
    Sharon, I am glad you are alright. Someone on here posted they were worried about you due to all the fires in Texas!

    Yes, I should have stated that it does take a pretty fancy serger - not just the 3 & 4 thread ones that most people have!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay I am a happy camper today, I finally got to work on some machines today!!! And I got to play with my 328K for a little bit and I found out why it can go into a treadle. The bed on the regular Singer machines ate 14 1/2" and the 328K is like the Slant Shank machines and the bed measures 16 1/2". You have to take out the plate that the belt goes through and helps support the machine when you raise and lower it into the treadle. I will have to make another plate for my bench to use it in my treadle but it will work beautifully. :D

    I removed all of the cords, pedal, the motor but kept the light so if I decide to put a cord on it I can and have a light on my machine. But I know I can not live with the blah grey color it is so I am going to paint it a Candy Brandywine ;)

    Billy
    Billy, you are so funny! Well, you must of got your place cleaned up if you are working on machines again! I hope all that tornado stuff has stopped!

    Yes, Sharon you could of had some of our rain too! But we just got tons of rain no tornados like a lot of you guys got!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    and I would be wrong!! Who knew I'd already taken it over the top??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Hey guys who do you think will make the post that takes the thread to 1000 pages? :-D :-D :-D

    Billy
    I'm betting on Nancy. She's our resident ambassador.
    Yep, Billy was the last one to post on 999 and Miz Johnny you took it over to 1000! Wow, it is so much fun here, but I have really tried to limit when I get in this shop - I need to work in my flowers and with the horses more now that it stopped raining! Tons of weeds to pull and flowers to replant! I am trying to get on early in the morning just to keep up, and stay off most of the day so I can get things done!

    We picked up a 66-6 yesterday for $5 at a yard sale. The machine is in great shape, but the cabinet we left behind - it was so rotten it was paper! The machine head looks amazing considering the shape of the cabinet, though, with just the plain Victorian decals -- and complete -- except for a bobbin winder tire!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    miriam, Is that Elna beige or gray? I'd say beige from the pic. If it is, it was made between 1959 and 1963. The grays were made in 63 and 64. It's a very nice looking machine. If it's half the machine my 1974 SU is, then you won't be disappointed. Mine is actually more beat up looking than yours, but it's done a lot in its years.

    Mornigstar, My 1952 128 has a large hole just to the right of the spool spindle. My book says it is an oil hole. I would guessed from the size that it was a grease port, but apparently not.

    Yes she is beige - the lighting for her glamor picture was horrible. She is not all beat up and yes it sews very nice. She fit in an old cabinet I had in the garage. She is very light weight - probably about 10 pounds or so. I had fits with the discs until I figured out there are two kinds of single discs. I have 4 other Elna machines. None of them work. Two are green and two SU machines from 70s or so. I loved my old SU machine. I beat her to pieces and wore out the motor so many times it isn't funny. Then the zigzag gear broke. Someone gave me a Viking so she set around a while. Two green ones need timing - both are seriously out of timing and the little drive wheels are both shot.
    I have just found info how to fix - just haven't had time. One is a transformer and the other is a super. The other SU one is in great cosmetic shape but has a broken gear somewhere. She was from CL with no parts or case but I have all the parts. I'm hoping to get her to work and then sell/part out the rest of them but not until I get one working.
    Miriam, I just won an Elna Supermatic made around 1955. Hope to get it on Monday but by looking at the pictures I can't tell if the cam in the machine is a flat cam or a top hat. Would you happen to know which it is? Also where I might be able to get more cams and a manual?

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    Wow! What a chatty bunch y'all are. I've been gone for a bit help out with my son who is very sick so I haven't been around much. That didn't stop me from adding to my collection. Actually my DH has been the one finding machines for me. I have added 2 from my wish list.Singer 500 and a 301. The 500 I purchased for $75.00 and the 301 for $50.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    miriam, Is that Elna beige or gray? I'd say beige from the pic. If it is, it was made between 1959 and 1963. The grays were made in 63 and 64. It's a very nice looking machine. If it's half the machine my 1974 SU is, then you won't be disappointed. Mine is actually more beat up looking than yours, but it's done a lot in its years.

    Mornigstar, My 1952 128 has a large hole just to the right of the spool spindle. My book says it is an oil hole. I would guessed from the size that it was a grease port, but apparently not.
    That disc is an "Elna single disc" There are other "Elna single" discs that don't have that little rim. They are flatter a hair shorter and fit my little beige Elna. Then there are "Elna double discs" They are like two of the singles stacked together and make fancier stitches than the singles. I'm thinking the green machine will 'read' both the single and the double discs. My little beige machine will only read the flat singles. The 'top hats' fit the Singer slant-o-matic machines.


    Yes she is beige - the lighting for her glamor picture was horrible. She is not all beat up and yes it sews very nice. She fit in an old cabinet I had in the garage. She is very light weight - probably about 10 pounds or so. I had fits with the discs until I figured out there are two kinds of single discs. I have 4 other Elna machines. None of them work. Two are green and two SU machines from 70s or so. I loved my old SU machine. I beat her to pieces and wore out the motor so many times it isn't funny. Then the zigzag gear broke. Someone gave me a Viking so she set around a while. Two green ones need timing - both are seriously out of timing and the little drive wheels are both shot.
    I have just found info how to fix - just haven't had time. One is a transformer and the other is a super. The other SU one is in great cosmetic shape but has a broken gear somewhere. She was from CL with no parts or case but I have all the parts. I'm hoping to get her to work and then sell/part out the rest of them but not until I get one working.
    Miriam, I just won an Elna Supermatic made around 1955. Hope to get it on Monday but by looking at the pictures I can't tell if the cam in the machine is a flat cam or a top hat. Would you happen to know which it is? Also where I might be able to get more cams and a manual?

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    Ok Crossstitcher,
    I really did write a reply... LOL lost it some how.
    The disc in that Elna is an 'Elna single discs' There are some that look like two discs stacked together and they do fancy stitches. They are called 'Elna double discs'. Both should fit your machine. I have some that are like the single disc but they don't have the rim around the top, they are about a hair shorter and are the only ones that work in that beige Elna. I wonder if some of that rim could be shaved off to make them fit her. The 'top hat' discs are for the Singer slant-o-matics and do not interchange.

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