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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    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
    Charlee, very interesting article and drawings. I went to the photo shop and looked at your machine. Yes, I can see how the glass slips into the foot - they are actual inserts! Oh and you have some beautiful machines! I wouldn't want to mess up those decals either!

    I have the same Singer 9W, and a Wheeler and Wilson 9W - so those feet with the inserts would work on those machines too?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    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
    If I run across one you'll be the first to know... my boss won't part with his. He cracks me up - well over 6ft - big guy but he likes to sew costumes - of course he hasn't showed me any...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    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
    Charlee, very interesting article and drawings. I went to the photo shop and looked at your machine. Yes, I can see how the glass slips into the foot - they are actual inserts! Oh and you have some beautiful machines! I wouldn't want to mess up those decals either!

    I have the same Singer 9W, and a Wheeler and Wilson 9W - so those feet with the inserts would work on those machines too?

    Nancy
    Yep. Same "hook" style attachments. :)

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    I use the hair dryer on metal parts only, especially stuck screws and gunked-up bushings.
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Oh, I have no problem taking Miss Elna apart and cleaning her. I used to pay to have it done every year then the two repairmen that knew what they were doing retired. I have the number for one of them. He does exclusively Elnas in his home, but I haven't needed to use it. Mine is the light blue one.

    H-m-m-m. Maybe I should try the hair dryer on the ZZ gear on the Stylist. Her straight stitch is fine, but the ZZ clunks. I wonder if it has anything to do with the broken plastic washer?

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    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/2449186504.html
    anybody in St Louis, MO??? Beautiful 222K if it is still there. There are other finds out there as well. My niece pointed them out to me.

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    For those that like a mystery:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-133569-1.htm#3575279


    I'm still too green for the vintage machines to know what type. I know the Singers and some of the other American machines since we see lots of them here, but this one just may be a British or German machine. I could be spending hours researching, but I have numerous quilts that need to get done. Plus, a cabinet and treadle need to get assembled.


    Maybe Miz Johnny or someone else here can answer this one quickly.

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    Don't know if this has been posted previously, but Wikipedia has a great article on the Singer 27 and 127 and some info on the 28s as well.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer_Model_27_and_127

    Tommie

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Don't know if this has been posted previously, but Wikipedia has a great article on the Singer 27 and 127 and some info on the 28s as well.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer_Model_27_and_127

    Tommie
    Oh wow - I have a box with a bunch of shuttles like that - no idea what they go to. I should print that out - maybe I can figure them out!!!

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    It's a good thing I'm not terribly strong - well, maybe. I have a screw to get off - I don't want to break it... I keep putting oil on it - maybe some will get through and I can get it to budge. I am trying to tackle that old Elna today. I'm quite sure it has a broken bobbin gear down under. I talked myself into it last night. I can't get the free arm plate off - the screw maybe welded on or something... I am going to keep putting oil on it until it comes loose I guess. Meanwhile I cleaned up a couple other old machines - one is the Elna I bought the other day and the other is a rescued Kenmore - not a bad little machine - not my preference either - a good starter - better than the throw away plastic machines you buy these days.

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    I bought this 500 singer; I had to take the cabinet to get the machine. It has 2 sets of cams the same but no o cam. So she never sewed with the o cam in place, it seems slow. I ordered the missing cam. So she sewed with out it what needs to be done to the machine now?
    Phyllis nm
    http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/hsh/2461954713.html

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