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

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    SOS... I'm trying to hook up the Singer 401G to treadle - the other day we just got the belt through, pulled on it and turned the wheel - basically we could see that it would do it. Now we've got a table top off an electric, a treadle base, a belt and the machine. The belt fits through just fine but seems to be too thick to go through the very top of the machine. DH insisted that we needed to pull the motor - too much friction. Well, it was not enough space or the belt too big around. Does anybody know anything about belt sizes? Are there smaller diameter belts and larger diameter belts? This belt goes in a very narrow spot. Right now it slips and slides until it comes to the staple then it hangs up - don't go through the top. In theory this should work. Any advice would be appreciated. DH says it has a 3/16 ths belt right now. Do they make a narrower belt?
    Yeah, I think there are different size belts. Instead of staple, sew the belt together using dental floss. I like it much better than that dang staple that clangs when it hits the wheel. Again thank you Sharon, Purplefiend.

    Why pull the motor? Doesn't it sit down out of the way like my Singer 328k does. For some reason, I get the impression your 401G is more like my Singer 328. From the photos that you posted earlier of all your machines, it looks like the 401G is just belt drive.

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    Quilt Mom, post the link when you can and your computer is more cooperative. I've checked a few places that have free manuals but haven't found one for the 19E yet. Hopefully I'll find one soon or I'll just bite the bullet and pay for one. Here is a picture of her. I hope to have a chance to sew on her tomorrow.

    Thanks,
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    My new Viking 19E
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    SOS... I'm trying to hook up the Singer 401G to treadle - the other day we just got the belt through, pulled on it and turned the wheel - basically we could see that it would do it. Now we've got a table top off an electric, a treadle base, a belt and the machine. The belt fits through just fine but seems to be too thick to go through the very top of the machine. DH insisted that we needed to pull the motor - too much friction. Well, it was not enough space or the belt too big around. Does anybody know anything about belt sizes? Are there smaller diameter belts and larger diameter belts? This belt goes in a very narrow spot. Right now it slips and slides until it comes to the staple then it hangs up - don't go through the top. In theory this should work. Any advice would be appreciated. DH says it has a 3/16 ths belt right now. Do they make a narrower belt?
    Yeah, I think there are different size belts. Instead of staple, sew the belt together using dental floss. I like it much better than that dang staple that clangs when it hits the wheel. Again thank you Sharon, Purplefiend.

    Why pull the motor? Doesn't it sit down out of the way like my Singer 328k does. For some reason, I get the impression your 401G is more like my Singer 328. From the photos that you posted earlier of all your machines, it looks like the 401G is just belt drive.
    yeah, well DH is worried about the motor being a friction drag - what ever... Yeah there is plenty of room - it is so well engineered - the motor and the belt have no possible contact. The belt is too thick - it needs to be about 1/8 to feed through that hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Here is a picture of her. I hope to have a chance to sew on her tomorrow. Thanks, Marie
    Beautiful machine. Love the color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    There is a mocha Singer 301 in a trapazoid cabinet for $100.00 in Western Massachusetts (Ludlow) for anyone who may be interested. The cabinet may need some work but the price is awesome. Here is the link: http://westernmass.craigslist.org/hsh/2458727711.html
    This is the machine I've drooled over!! I want it so badly!! Why does it have to be so far away???
    Did you want mocha or black? Look at his one... if I hadn't just brought two machines home, I would have definitely gone for this one. I love the cabinet!

    http://kpr.craigslist.org/hsh/2462561373.html
    Oh, I love the cabinet and love the black machine! Black would fit in better with the machines I have ....LOL!!! Goodness! If I were there I'd have it! Dang!

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    I just got a Singer 457 Stylist. Haven't had time to play er, work with it yet. I searched for some feet for it and find a lot, which I can get when I find out which ones I need. I would love to have the Professional Buttonholer, have the original manual with the #102575 part for the buttonholer and put a saved search for it on Ebay. Does anyone know if it could take another model number? I have too much work to get done before the weekend to spend any time with it. It also came in a nice small cabinet all for $15.00! I think it will be my "go to" machine. I have an expensive Janome MC3500 but having trouble making buttonholes. Have to work on that too. I'll post pictures next week.
    There is something wrong with the slide plate. It won't hold, is loose all the time. Any ideas?
    Thanks for any help.
    Jan on 446

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Quilt Mom, post the link when you can and your computer is more cooperative. I've checked a few places that have free manuals but haven't found one for the 19E yet. Hopefully I'll find one soon or I'll just bite the bullet and pay for one. Here is a picture of her. I hope to have a chance to sew on her tomorrow.

    Thanks,
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    This is my machine that has problems with the bobbin winder. If you find a book on her, I'd like to know what the bobbin winder page says!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandmother23
    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    There is a mocha Singer 301 in a trapazoid cabinet for $100.00 in Western Massachusetts (Ludlow) for anyone who may be interested. The cabinet may need some work but the price is awesome. Here is the link: http://westernmass.craigslist.org/hsh/2458727711.html
    This is the machine I've drooled over!! I want it so badly!! Why does it have to be so far away???
    Did you want mocha or black? Look at his one... if I hadn't just brought two machines home, I would have definitely gone for this one. I love the cabinet!

    http://kpr.craigslist.org/hsh/2462561373.html
    I have a mocha and would like to have a black. All will come in time, but I wish this would be my time to have this one closer to me!!!!!!!! I want the cabinet maybe more than the machine. I will have to ponder on this some more, machine vs cabinet vs machine vs cabinet, etc.......
    I have that cabinet witha 201-2 in it and I have a Blond one with a 15-91 in it. They are nice cabinets.

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    Sew Wishful,

    I will let you know. I have a source where I can buy a manual so I'll do that if I have too. I've e-mailed Viking to see if they have one that can be down loaded, if not I'm just going to buy one. I love the lining of your case. Mine has the green and white lining. I just love every thing about it.
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    MarieM and SewWishful... your Vikings are gorgeous. I have never seen those models before. I love the green color. Are they light in weight?

    SewWishful, sorry you are so far away... that black 301 and the cabinet are so beautiful. DH's thoughts were the same as mine... being, too bad I already spent my $$! Hope someone gets it that really appreciates it. :D

    QuilterGary: cool that you have that cabinet. Do you have it posted in the shop?

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