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

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    Beaniekins Beautiful machines,I have the White F rotary too.cleaned up great.I haven't been able to find a manual for it yet found ones for singer and pfaff.If you find one could you send me the link?I'm not real savvy on computer.Thanks Show pictures after get them spffed up!

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    on pp11 the 99-13 looks like it has a copper badge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
    Nancy, I think it is sew neat that you use all of your treadle-girls and boy for all phase if your quilting. And you have mention of the uneven feed dog before, and I was wondering if that can also take place in the 401A? I started to discuss that matter with my OSG and change my mind. Sometime those guy's like to act like (car mechanics), like you don't know what you are talking about. That's why I like lurking around the VMS. And once again your DH did a beautiful job on your cabinet for Ms Davis. It makes me think of 'Betty Davis' eyes.'
    Cherry, I always enjoy hearing from you!

    Your 401a has both feed dogs the same length, at least my 503a has both beed dogs the same length, so I assume the 401a has two even feed dogs too? You shouldn't have the problem of the fabric wanting to pull sideways if your machine has two even length feed dogs. Where there is a problem is the Free Sewing Machine Co treadle, the Singer 27, 127, 66, 28, 128, etc., have one feed dog shorter than the other one. This shorter feed dog has a tendency sometimes to want to pull your fabric sideways, especially if you are piecing long strips. This is not a problem if you are a good treadler. But, when I started to learn to treadle it was a real problem for me because I was not smooth and was going front, back, breaking thread so one hand was always on the hand wheel to start or stop my sewing! Very frustrating. Once you learn how to treadle the pulling sideways is not a problem as you have both hands on the project guiding it better.

    The Two Spools has very long even feed dogs - compared to the 66, 27, 127, 28, 128, etc. - so you can just sew without really having to guide the fabric so intensely. I think when I learned how to treadle that would of made the learning experience much easier.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
    Nancy, I think it is sew neat that you use all of your treadle-girls and boy for all phase if your quilting. And you have mention of the uneven feed dog before, and I was wondering if that can also take place in the 401A? I started to discuss that matter with my OSG and change my mind. Sometime those guy's like to act like (car mechanics), like you don't know what you are talking about. That's why I like lurking around the VMS. And once again your DH did a beautiful job on your cabinet for Ms Davis. It makes me think of 'Betty Davis' eyes.'
    Cherry, I always enjoy hearing from you!

    Your 401a has both feed dogs the same length, at least my 503a has both beed dogs the same length, so I assume the 401a has two even feed dogs too? You shouldn't have the problem of the fabric wanting to pull sideways if your machine has two even length feed dogs. Where there is a problem is the Free Sewing Machine Co treadle, the Singer 27, 127, 66, 28, 128, etc., have one feed dog shorter than the other one. This shorter feed dog has a tendency sometimes to want to pull your fabric sideways, especially if you are piecing long strips. This is not a problem if you are a good treadler. But, when I started to learn to treadle it was a real problem for me because I was not smooth and was going front, back, breaking thread so one hand was always on the hand wheel to start or stop my sewing! Very frustrating. Once you learn how to treadle the pulling sideways is not a problem as you have both hands on the project guiding it better.

    The Two Spools has very long even feed dogs - compared to the 66, 27, 127, 28, 128, etc. - so you can just sew without really having to guide the fabric so intensely. I think when I learned how to treadle that would of made the learning experience much easier.

    Nancy
    Singer 300, 400 & 500 series are a good series of machines. Never had any problems with stuff shifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    If anyone gets desperate for wooden spools, Casey's Wood Works in Maine sells new ones.....

    One of my friends used an electric drill to wind spools for her Two Spools--her hubby rigged it up for her. Cannot remember specifics--it has been 30 years!
    Okiepastor, thank you for the information about Casey's. One thing about getting these really old machines, is that some of them usually have some very old spools of thread hidden in a draw or two! I have quite a collection of wooden spools so I don't need any, but Casey's is good to know about for those of you who don't have the vintage spools.

    I am going to check out Casey's as it would be nice to get a couple spools with a larger thread capacity. The vintage wooden spools are really pretty shallow.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Okiepastor, thank you for the information about Casey's. One thing about getting these really old machines, is that some of them usually have some very old spools of thread hidden in a draw or two! I have quite a collection of wooden spools so I don't need any, but Casey's is good to know about for those of you who don't have the vintage spools.

    I am going to check out Casey's as it would be nice to get a couple spools with a larger thread capacity. The vintage wooden spools are really pretty shallow.Nancy
    It has been quite a while since I ordered them , so cannot reember depth--used them for crafting, as I HOARD my vintage spools! BUT they do custom work as well, or used to, so bet they could /would do what you want Also, anyone with a lathe and knowledge could lathe them out..... :D

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    This is a great page for info. Does anyone know anything about an Elmira treadle. I have done some search and I don't find anything. The machine is smaller than a redeye and the cabinet is a small parlor type.

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    OK, OK....so this weekend I found a Featherweight in great condition, and I put it on Layaway. I had already put a bid on a 1909 66-1, and this morning found I had won it. It's got the Lotus decals, and is real good looking, and comes with all cords and attachments!! WooHoo!!

    Huh oh!!! :shock: DH is gonna have a fit!! He doesn't know about either one!! LOL

    So for the 66, I want to put it back to treadle. It has a new style motor and is in a modern case. I found Singer irons complete made into a table at an antique mall here in town. Can we just cut holes in the top of the table for the belt and make an open frame platform for the machine to sit in? Advice please!! Thanks!!

    I am getting really excited about this now!! :thumbup:

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    I bought a Singer 15-91 at a yard sale Saturday - $22.00. It is in a cabinet with the foot pedal built into the bottom of the cabinet. will post pic eventually. Cabinet is scratched up but machine is really good.

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    I am going tonight after work to pick this up.
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