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

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    This is my new treadle, that belonged to my great- grandmother. I would like to know how to date it. Also, I need to replace the carraige that the bobbin shuttle fits into. Any ideas on where to get the part for it? Anyone have extra parts for The Free No.5? I am going to call a local repairman. The machine was in Illinois, I brought it with me to Georgia. my serial # is C78415
    I love your Free #5 and the cabinet! Mine is pictured on page 627, actually there are a lot of Free's on here!

    Here are some of the Free's listed here:

    Mine 627, Nana 774, Debbie 780, Monica 782, Trish 111 & 780, Kitzone 816, I started tracking them with the serial numbers so we could figure out ages!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by missgigglewings
    I wanted to share this with you: I love looking at all the old machines but have never bought one till this past weekend. I found her at an estate sale for $10.00. She reminded me of a car I have wanted to own all of my life. A 1957 T-Bird with the port hole window. Had to be tourquoise! I will never own the car,but here is the next best thing. She sews the fastest I have ever see a machine sew and is so quiet! I have heard zippers that are louder! What do you think...ain't she purdy!
    Missgigglewings! I love that name - I picture you just being such a happy person! Oh, I like the tourquoise Brother too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelburn
    Yes, you could say I belong to a renaissance riding club. It is called New Engand Aside. We collect, repair, buy and sell period side-saddle clothes, saddles and anything connected to side-saddle riding. We have been group since 1980 and have had many adventures through people we have met. It has been great. I don't ride much any more but still have my Tenn. Walker gelding. I do most of the sewing, repair of clothing an also love to copy pictures of old habits for people who want them.
    Looking at your avatar, it looks like you are into horses too. My horse is 32 years old and we are growing old together!
    How interesting! So you repair everything connected to side-saddling! Wow, does the group actually use the stuff and ride side saddle or do you just donate/sell after it is repaired? Sounds like a group that actually rides side saddle!

    Yes, I have several horses. The oldest one is 29, my retired champion show horse. I ride almost everyday.
    I love to hear the stories where people keep their horses till the end - my horses never get sold.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I am SO stinkin' excited!! I got an email from Mike this morning telling me that he does indeed have not only the spooler (bobbin winder) that I need, but he also has a full set of the glass presser foot inserts AND two metal ones...for my WW8!!
    I've spun around in my chair so much since I got his email that I'm dizzy!!! :lol:
    Charlee thank you for posting the picture of the glass inserts, but can you post a picture of how the inserts work on your foot? I have never seen the glass inserts before!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I found a red with a white top 'Belaire' sewing machine a couple years ago. I mentioned it to my boss. He bugged me until I finally sold it to him. He LOVES it. He says his wife wouldn't let him have a Belaire car but he can have this one any time. He even taught her to sew on it. It's some kind of badged Japanese machine. Very cool looking and sews about anything.
    Ok you guys can have your cars I WANT A RED Japanese clone! I know they are out there! Thank you Miriam for reminding me they are out there!

    Oh and CONGRATULATIONS on your Elna! Isn't it fun to have a few vintage machines!
    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51

    I have been working on several machines in the house since I have no air in the studio thanks to the storms and I can not get overheated or be in the sun. My wife told me as long as I keep it to the one area and finish what I start then we are good. Oh that and no grease or oil on anything so I have a big thick piece of cardboard I put on the table with an old blanket to work on the machines. I cant do anything about the repaints until I hear from my dermatologist and see why my face is doing what it is from the snake bite but that will be Fridays dealings. For now I am just servicing them and doing the Kerosene baths out in the garage.

    Billy
    Billy keep us posted on what the Doctor says about your snake bite? Geeze, what a thing to go through - and on your face to boot!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Charlee, I had a little sewing machine man in Joplin who had the same machine you have with the glass feet and all, it was in really good shape and he had lots of machines and parts galore. I'm so sad because his home was directly in the path of the killing tornado and I think he perished also. I'm sure he's in sewing machine heaven doing repairs and giving machine advise to some who have passed on.
    This is such sad news!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I am SO stinkin' excited!! I got an email from Mike this morning telling me that he does indeed have not only the spooler (bobbin winder) that I need, but he also has a full set of the glass presser foot inserts AND two metal ones...for my WW8!!
    I've spun around in my chair so much since I got his email that I'm dizzy!!! :lol:
    Charlee thank you for posting the picture of the glass inserts, but can you post a picture of how the inserts work on your foot? I have never seen the glass inserts before!

    Nancy
    Miz Nancy...there's a picture in the Vintage Machines Photos thread of "Edna" and her "glass slipper"....:)
    The idea behind them is that the person stitching could then see the line of stitches being formed.
    It was patented on May 6, 1873...here's the patent application.

    http://www.google.com/patents?id=Oth...Wilson&f=false

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by HisPatchwork
    This is my new treadle, that belonged to my great- grandmother. I would like to know how to date it. Also, I need to replace the carraige that the bobbin shuttle fits into. Any ideas on where to get the part for it? Anyone have extra parts for The Free No.5? I am going to call a local repairman. The machine was in Illinois, I brought it with me to Georgia. my serial # is C78415
    I love your Free #5 and the cabinet! Mine is pictured on page 627, actually there are a lot of Free's on here!

    Here are some of the Free's listed here:

    Mine 627, Nana 774, Debbie 780, Monica 782, Trish 111 & 780, Kitzone 816, I started tracking them with the serial numbers so we could figure out ages!

    Nancy
    Beautiful Free you have listed on page 627.

    How I wish that I had kept a log of machines posted way back from when the shop first opened. They are all so beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I don't think you'd be taking advantage of him to offer $200 or $225. The foot pedal is going to cost you between $35-$50 (ebay prices) (the power cord and foot pedal are all connected). I'd be doing some more digging tho, because I'm betting that pedal/cord is there somewhere! ;)
    Charlee is right about the $200 -$225, but I got one that didn't run because the power cord had been spliced and messed up for $75, thanks to Monica on here! They couldn't get the machine to run, so thought it needed a new motor. Well we only had to buy the power cord/foot pedal for another $30. I have 4 FW's and the most I have ever paid is $300 for a pristine one from 1935! The others, I got for $225 to $250 complete with case, attachments, and ready to sew with.

    Nancy

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