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    [quote=BoJangles]
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    Im hoping someone can give me some information about this Kenmore. I looked on the internet and I got years from the 30's to the 50's. The seriel # is 270003, and the model # is 117-552. An old neighbor gave this to me. Any information would be appriciated. Also I have no attachments or the book for it, only the foot that is on it. Any ideas where I can get them?
    Snowquilt, that machine is a White as you already know, but what a tank of a machine! It looks like it could go through a war and survive just fine!



    I haven't tried it yet. My DD and DGD's are here from TX. Im going to try it out after they leave. I can't wait. Maybe I'll do it this week-end.

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    [quote=SnowQuilt]Im hoping someone can give me some information about this Kenmore. I looked on the internet and I got years from the 30's to the 50's. The seriel # is 270003, and the model # is 117-552. An old neighbor gave this to me. Any information would be appriciated. Also I have no attachments or the book for it, only the foot that is on it. Any ideas where I can get them?

    Thank you all for your information. I really appriceate it. I have never seen a sewing machine that doesn't use a belt. Pretty anxious to play with her.

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    Here's a new question:

    I keep going back and forth over if I'm going to sell, part out or keep this treadle cabinet I have. It's got a solid wood plateform base with rounded edges/corners. Two sides, with deep drawers. Doors cover the drawers. No irons in the cabinet when I got it.

    Have you ever heard of an "Improved White" treadle machine? Has anyone ever heard or seen of one of these? I have pieces and parts to the parlor cabinet. See picture. Ignore the singer machine sitting in it. There are two doors, one for each side, that hide the drawers. The drawers are long/deep and the pulls are black painted, turned wood, shaped like tops. The brass parts say "Improved White" on them. Anyone seen this cabinet before? What machine goes in it? Googles for 'improved white' don't come up with much.

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    great looking machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    I recently got a sweet deal on a 99K handcrank machine. $12! The only issue it has is that the handcrank is on backwards. If you crank it away from you, then the machine stitches in reverse. You need to crank it towards you to get it to stitch properly. This would normally not bother me, but of course the handcrank handle will loosen off if you crank it towards yourself for an extended period of time. Is there a way to take off the crank and fix it? Or do I need to get a new crank and install that instead?

    Also, when the bobbin winder is pushed up against the wheel to wind, the rubber doesn't catch quite right and it won't wind. Do I need to get new rubber for the winder? It turns perfectly freely on its own.

    Here's a photo of my gorgeous machine.
    wow... gorgeous is right. LOTS of great machines on here in the last week! $12? Heck, a steal. Billy will know about the crank, actually there's quite a few HC afficianado's on here. I'm not one of them. So I'll just say, "wow, goooorgeous machine!"

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    Years ago I gave up on leather belts, after clamping “new leather belting” that was rotten. I went down and bought fan belts, they come in different widths and legends. You can cut a slit in your table top from hole to hole and use a fan belt. It is fast to take off and on and I have never had to replace one on my commercial machines in 20 years. However on my boot machine I had to "hunt" a belt long and narrow enough to fit, and still split it to get it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    I recently got a sweet deal on a 99K handcrank machine. $12! The only issue it has is that the handcrank is on backwards. If you crank it away from you, then the machine stitches in reverse. You need to crank it towards you to get it to stitch properly. This would normally not bother me, but of course the handcrank handle will loosen off if you crank it towards yourself for an extended period of time. Is there a way to take off the crank and fix it? Or do I need to get a new crank and install that instead?

    Also, when the bobbin winder is pushed up against the wheel to wind, the rubber doesn't catch quite right and it won't wind. Do I need to get new rubber for the winder? It turns perfectly freely on its own.

    Here's a photo of my gorgeous machine.
    Beautiful machine and box that it sits in! Nice hand-crank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    So you are willing to pay $3000, when the owner paid $2500? Am I reading this wrong? The machine - I think - you are talking about is not a true Long Arm if the machine is an industrial machine. A true quilting long arm is a machine that sits on a table, usually 10' or bigger - that you stand at to quilt your quilt. The table has poles to roll your quilt so you can quilt it. An industrial machine is a big machine that sits on a table you sit at and you'd have to free motion quilt. There is nothing to roll the quilt on to in order to quilt it. So it just depends on what you really want to do with your quilts. I love free motion and I also have a long arm. Personally, I wouldn't spend that much for an industrial machine, unless you are going to use it as an industrial machine. If you just want to free motion quilt, there are several machines out there that were intended for that purpose for less money. If you want a true long arm machine, then don't get an industrial model, get a long arm, i.e., HQ 16, Tin Lizzy, Gammel, etc. Those are true long arm machines. For free motion quilting, a Singer Model 15 is great - or a 15 clone!

    Nancy
    This is an Industrial Singer attached to a rail that moves in all directions, freely, and there are 3 poles to roll the quilt onto. All 3 poles have a flap of very thick material attached. That is how the quilt attaches, right? The head rides a rail and goes forward and back and side to side. You stand behind the head to do the quilting. There are handles on each side of the base the head sits on.
    It was purchased new by the owner approx 20 years ago from a place in Iowa. I just don't know if the "new" is the whole system or jsut the frame system. This frame is 12' long, metal and wood with an area for the design papers to lay under some plexiglass for you to follow when quilting. I think the head had 96-?? stamped onto the area above the Singer seal but can't remember the exact model now. The serial# starts with AF 884???, I don't remember the last 3 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    I recently got a sweet deal on a 99K handcrank machine. $12! The only issue it has is that the handcrank is on backwards. If you crank it away from you, then the machine stitches in reverse. You need to crank it towards you to get it to stitch properly. This would normally not bother me, but of course the handcrank handle will loosen off if you crank it towards yourself for an extended period of time. Is there a way to take off the crank and fix it? Or do I need to get a new crank and install that instead?

    Also, when the bobbin winder is pushed up against the wheel to wind, the rubber doesn't catch quite right and it won't wind. Do I need to get new rubber for the winder? It turns perfectly freely on its own.

    Here's a photo of my gorgeous machine.
    I know this is a crazy question but is the stitch regulator in reverse ? When you turn the HC away from you.
    Pretty machine tho.

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    Here's a nice clean treadle cabinet with no machine in the St. Louis area for only $35!! It looks good, but no foot plate.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SINGER-S...item33689c4763

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