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

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    Billy I thought you might like to see what I did with your HC
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    Glenn very nice! I am going to show this to DH so he can make a wood case for my 66-16! I love using the 66 machines from the treadle to the 66-16, but the 66-16 was a rescue without a cabinet nor case! As you know, those 66's don't sit flat without being supported by something!

    Great job! That 66 has to be very heavy with the machine and the wood case! That to me is the only draw back to making the 66 a portable machine!

    Nancy
    I also love the 66 and yes they are not portable unless you are a gorilla. Go to this site for instructions on a box http://treadleon.net/woodshop/index.html. This will give your husband all the info needed to build a base for your 66. Glenn

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    Nancy, I love your Uncle Sam, what is the name of the pattern and where did you get it. I'd love to make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
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    But got this today for $15. Lots of feet and all the cams for the decorative stitches. Definately need to redo the wiring before I can use it. But should clean up pretty easy.
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    Very nice Lisa!!!

    You know I am going to ask for the JA and the JC numbers on the machine and look to at the motor and tell me if it has a date on the badge anywhere. I found out that the Brother machines have a date on the motor that will tell you when it was made. So I am hoping that other manufacturers did the same thing.

    Cant wait to see it cleaned up and boy I love the color of the cams!!!

    Billy
    Billy I will check for the serial number and date information for you. I was thinking that since the motor was white it may have been a replacement. But I guess it fits into the color scheme. It is my favorite color so just couldn't pass it up.

    Woman is empting her storage unit and had a Singer 27 in 7 drawer cabinet. The machine decals were toast but she had done a good job on restoring the cabinet. She is going to ask too much I am sure as she wouldn't name a price on it. She was going to look up the date for it. But she has to empty the storage unit by July 7th so I may be hearing from her.

    I will have to look to see if it will treadle. Much easier than fiddling with those wires. They did such a kludge when they put it in the cabinet and left the singer foot pedal.

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    The ruffler will gather really nicely then get a flat spot then gather again? Nancy[/quote]

    Nancy go see Shirley. She can help you with the ruffler. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    Would someone please help me out? Found this machine and the lady gave me a six digit serial number. She said she found it oon the end of the sewing machine, on a silver turn dial. Would that be a correct place to find a serial number for this machine?
    looks like a 401a - she's right, look under where it sets - does everything turn? Check the stitch regulator - if those foul up they can be fun to fix.
    Thank you Miriam. Where would I or can I look it up anywhere to find out when/where it is manufactured? I am not sure I want to get it. The cabinet looks really nice. It was her grandmother's and has everything with it. Asking $80. :-D
    Oh you want to get it if it works - offer her $75 just to say you got a deal - those really are one of the best Singer made - it has a slant needle so you can see what you are doing. They are all metal gear driven. They do decorative stitches. It has a drop in bobbin. (I like those because you have less bobbin issues) absolutely no plastic parts. If it is a 401a it is American made. I can see that from the picture. The 401g machines were made in Germany. The 401s were very expensive machines in their day - very top of the line. I got rid of my Janome electronic when I found mine. It does just about everything the Janome did with only a couple exceptions (it doesn't stop with the needle up or down a certain way and it does not automatically back stitch), it does more variety of stitches, it doesn't automatically take a few extra stitches when I want it to stop, and like I said I'm not straining my neck to see past the tension. It has a front load bobbin. You can slide it open with work still on the machine and see if there is enough bobbin thread. The bobbin shuttle pops apart for easy lint clean up. Then you pop it back punch the spring and are good to go. You can use disks to make the decorative stitches or you can just use the knobs. The design patterns are all on the disk cover door. Just flip it up and it will tell you what combinations you need. You can get repair parts for a 401 on line. They aren't rocket science to work on. You can buy a repair manual. They are the same inside as a Singer 500 but a bit better design outside. The bobbin is easy to wind - you can use a different spool of thread so you don't have to re-thread. Love mine.
    Thank you so much Miriam. Hoping to hear from the owner today. It does look very nice from the ad. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Help !! Does anyone know what this machine is?? It is listed as a Singer, on Craigslist for $40.00. I don't think it is a singer.

    Texas Jan
    For $40 go get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Here is my newest Patchability, Uncle Sam for the 4th of July! My DIL wants this one really bad, as her son - my 2 1/2 year old grandson glued on the stars!

    Nancy

    Oh I need to ad that I did all the decorative stitching on the beard, mustache, and applique's with my 503A Rocketeer!
    Nancy that is cute! You did a great job with all the decorative stitching. I say that you should give it to your grandson when he is a bit older. A surprise gift to him one 4th. For now, you should enjoy your creation, and let him have fun telling folks that he put on the stars. Thanks for posting! I love seeing what people create with vintage machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    The ruffler will gather really nicely then get a flat spot then gather again? Nancy
    Nancy go see Shirley. She can help you with the ruffler. Kathie[/quote]

    Ok I now wish I lived closer to you two. I would bring all my sewing toys, and we could play with all these cool parts of interesting engineering.

    I would bring coffee and apple pie too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    The ruffler will gather really nicely then get a flat spot then gather again? Nancy
    Nancy go see Shirley. She can help you with the ruffler. Kathie
    Ok I now wish I lived closer to you two. I would bring all my sewing toys, and we could play with all these cool parts of interesting engineering.

    I would bring coffee and apple pie too![/quote]

    I would show up at your party too. I'll bring flowers. Anybody nice enough to fool around with attachments needs flowers.
    Do we have a topic just for using attachments? Lots of pictures??? Tutorials???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dealbaida
    This is the most amazing shop I have visited in years. So many lovely things to see and wonderful stories to hear. Thank you so much for opening the doors Billy.

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    Not a problem, I am glad to see you here and be sure to pull you up a stool and hang out with us anytime.

    Billy

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