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

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    Quote Originally Posted by alissa
    Here is a 1951 Singer 301 that I purchased at an estate sale for $35, it has the manuels and attachments plus a student fabric kit. It runs great just had to oil it and away it went. The wiring was in great shape. The lady said that her grandmother could not get around very good any more so they where selling it.
    LOVE your 301!! Looks just like mine, but I ended up paying about $125 after replacing some parts that were kinda frozen up. I just love mine...we are having so much fun together at quilt guild and classes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    kwendt, I had forgotten that I had heard that, too. Mine is in such perfect shape cosmetically- not a blemish anywhere. I will satidfied with Miss AnnieRose because she does sew so well, tan or not. I like the $61 I paid for her, too.

    Hummmm...never heard about the black 301s being prone to aluminum rot. Mine is nearly in perfect shape, including underside, so I was not aware that they could suffer "rot". What causes that?

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    Billy so glad you are okay I was worried about the flooding. Between the floods and the tornados we have had it all this year. We had to call in a crane to remove the 175 year old trees from the yard. I have enough fire wood for several years now. Hope your daughter's house is okay. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    What did I buy??? I won the bid on E-bay and this little hand crank made it home today. Sadly the metal base broke in shipping. I'm waiting to hear from the seller. It is locked tight, so she got a good oiling and will let her rest a day or so. I never saw a metal base like that.

    Anyone have any info on her?? I knew she was in rough shape, and the bobbin winder is missing. There is a shuttle and a bobbin though.
    The broken piece can be fixed, I really like the old machine. I would not have passed it up either. Glenn

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    The broken piece can be fixed, I really like the old machine. I would not have passed it up either. Glenn

    What product would you recommend to fix it??

    Thanks,

    Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    The broken piece can be fixed, I really like the old machine. I would not have passed it up either. Glenn

    What product would you recommend to fix it??

    Thanks,

    Jan
    Since the piece is not structural I would use a good grade of epoxy such as a metal epoxy it is gray in color when mixed. JB weld is a good one, then sand smooth to match the surrounding area then paint black to to match the machine. Of course the machine needs to cleaned first using Billy's tute's. Just a thin coat on both surfaces to be mated hold in place for about 5 min. then let cure over night. If very carefull you will not see the repair. Glenn

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    be sure to clean the area good with alcohol or acetone before glueing with epoxy.

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    Billy, sorry to hear that the flooding is close to your daughter. Our DD & DSIL flew home to NC from CA yesterday, and they flew over the Memphis area. She said they could see the flooding from 30,000 ft. Wow!! I don't know if I could go through that and have the threat of it hanging over me year after year. It's just amazing to me that we have such great technology in this country, yet we cannot control the flow of our rivers. Just beyond my comprehension....we could be digging canals to other states that need the water, or some other way to divert it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg
    I have a question for you. I recently bought a featherweight singer 1952 from an owner in the UK. When I got it it has the large plug that they use over there. While I know that i can buy an adapter I'm much rather use a normal (for US states) plug on it. The cord and plug are in great shape. Do I need to change out the plug and cord or can I safely just have the plug changed. Thank you
    changing the plug will not solve the problem. In the UK they use 240 50Htz in the US we use 120 60 Htz. You will need to have a step down transformer or change the motor out. Glenn

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    I am looking at a Bantam machine that needs the bobbin slide cover. Are those hard to find? The machine looks in good shape.

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