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

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    Thank you so much! I need all the help I can get!!...I am learning a little at a time with everyone's help! Thank you for taking the time to post!

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    Here are a few pictures from my trip. Picked up the Kenmore (really ugly machine IMHO) in a cabinet with a sewing chair, and a buttonholer for $30. The man said it was sitting around for a long time and I know why! :mrgreen: Model #117.580 Serial#18880

    Another Kenmore M#117.552 S#384593-Both of these machines are in the same kind of cabinet. When I called Kenmore, I was told they were at least 20 years old as there were no records for them.

    And then the Free machine.

    Minnesota machine-I really like this one.

    Lauren

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    Blinky- very nice machine...just like mine in my avatar..cabinet and all. Your decals on the bed are better, mine are worn. I was supprised to find the shiney gold paint on the irons when I cleaned them up.

    BoJangles- what grease should I have been using on the foot pedal and where? {the ball of the pitman and both sides of the pedal?} I just dripped oil into those spots.
    thank you! love to hear new things about my machine!! i had no idea what i was buying...just fell in love with it!

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    That Kenmore sure is ugly. I wonder how it sews? I wonder if cleaning it will improve it's looks... Looks like something to have around a farm. I wonder if you could paint it some wild color or something. The others look like they will clean up and be gorgeous though.

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    It is so special to think about Grandmother's sewing on these machines. I have a featherweight and love it but this treadle is so unique and I can actually use it as a beautiful piece of furniture!

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    Elizabeth that is a really nice Model 127 Sphinx decaled machine! I am using my Sphinx for piecing right now in my sewing room -- that machine will sew through a jean flat felt seam like butter! It won't skip a stitch! Very powerful machine. Just keep it well oiled and grease the foot pedal on the treadle occasionally!

    Irishrose AND Baysidegal, I can't bring myself to part out my new 66-6, I will just have to find a foot pedal to use with it! I wish it had reverse, not new enough, then I'd put it in a treadle to use! I have enough treadles without reverse now - I don't need another one! Nancy
    Elizabeth... love your machine. I have TWO 127s, both Eqyptian decals. One I'm going to keep electric, the other I'm going to treadle. (eventually!). I love them. Both were machines bought by friend's grandmothers... loved... sewed with lots... and both purr from being so well taken care of. Decals a little fuzzy... but they've seen lots of cloth under those needles!

    Nancy... you can get a foot pedal for the the 66-6 off ebay. I ended up rewiring the old one, but then also bought a 'new' foot pedal with the 66 cord set - so that I can use it with finer control. I love best the knee lever operation, so I leave the old foot pedal in the cabinet hooked into the knee operation. But when I have the need to change out machine heads, I'll just plug in that 66-6 on the regular 66 cord/pedal and use it on the table. Works fine. On that backtack... I learned to start my stitching on a scrap piece, then holding firmly, sew onto the real project fabric (this makes tiny stitches, almost like a backtack, without bunching up the fabric). It works, and is now second nature to me. I LOVE my granny's 66-6 machine. No, it doesn't have reverse, but man, can I sew boat canvas with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    I'm still in need of the little screw that is in the clutch nut of a Singer 99k. I've looked everywhere and to no avail. If anybody has one they will sell, plese PM me. TIA
    I thought I had a few out there but I dont. :( I will keep an eay out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandmother23
    Here are a few pictures from my trip. Picked up the Kenmore (really ugly machine IMHO) in a cabinet with a sewing chair, and a buttonholer for $30. The man said it was sitting around for a long time and I know why! :mrgreen: Model #117.580 Serial#18880

    Another Kenmore M#117.552 S#384593-Both of these machines are in the same kind of cabinet. When I called Kenmore, I was told they were at least 20 years old as there were no records for them.

    And then the Free machine.

    Minnesota machine-I really like this one.

    Lauren
    Great finds Lauren!! The Kenmore is not that ugly. It has an industrial look that is quite unique. I am sure it will look better once is has a spa treatment. Your Free and Minnesota look like they are in great condition and should be beauties to use. Can't wait until you post the before and after pictures.

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    That Kenmore sure is ugly. I wonder how it sews? I wonder if cleaning it will improve it's looks... Looks like something to have around a farm. I wonder if you could paint it some wild color or something. The others look like they will clean up and be gorgeous though.
    The only real gripe I have with the Kenmore is that it is friction drive. I have one a little older than that one but along the same lines and its a wrinkle brown color. It is near perfect but I will never do anything with it.

    Billy

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    I think it would be great if someone did a topic list here--especially since the search function no longer works on the board......
    Now that I am getting my old girls up and running, I cannot remember all the tips I have read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandmother23
    Here are a few pictures from my trip. Picked up the Kenmore (really ugly machine IMHO) in a cabinet with a sewing chair, and a buttonholer for $30. The man said it was sitting around for a long time and I know why! :mrgreen: Model #117.580 Serial#18880

    Another Kenmore M#117.552 S#384593-Both of these machines are in the same kind of cabinet. When I called Kenmore, I was told they were at least 20 years old as there were no records for them.

    And then the Free machine.

    Minnesota machine-I really like this one.

    Lauren
    I have the records for the Kenmores.

    The 117.552 is a 1954 Kenmore Rotary.

    The 117.580 is listed as a plain Kenmore from 1954.

    Billy

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