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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Well kids I have a few estate sales I am going to with a friend of mine and we are hoping to come out with several vintage machines and quilting goodies. I just refurbished a machine for her a Belvedere in a two tone brown that was REALLY pretty. It is a straight stitch/zigzag machine that also uses cams for the decorative stitches. I wish I took some photos of it because I want to find one just like it. But she is just the sweetest thing and has a really funny story in her quilting and sewing ventures.

    She is 34 and has owned a 1948 Singer Featherweight since she bought it in 9th grade. She has quilted several queen sized quilts on it and a king sized quilt. Needless to say that is her favorite machine in the world and until just recently her only machine in the world. She has a really nice 1940's Singer industrial, a serger, and now the Japanese full size machine. She told me that she is so tickled to have a machine that she can use a zigzag stitch with. I am hopping to find the cams for her machine and after seeing my collection and the other machines that I am refinishing I think she has been bitten by the vintage machine bug bad! :lol:

    But the work that comes off of the FW she has is phenomenal!!!

    Billy
    Find her at 201K to use in treadle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Is it wrong to want a machine just because it's pink?

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...33480.html#des
    Go for one of the pink Brother machines. Don't waste your time with that ....of a machine. I recently saw a beautiful salmon and charcoal gray Brother. Gorgeous machine!

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    Bojangles,
    Its beautiful!! The colors in your quilt are wonderful! I like to use different vintage machines to finish a quilt. I like the Pfaff 1222E for sewing bindings too, she's in the
    Horn cabinet that she shares with her sister machines. I would like to see the whole quilt, please.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    My mom "moved on" two years ago, but she was my partner in crime. We hunted machines together, and had a fabulous time cleaning and working on them. I'm more into the mechanical side of things, but Mom loved the woodworking. I have cabinets that she refinished when she was nearly 90. She sold off most of her machines before she moved into senior housing, but she probably had 40 or so at that time.
    She stayed about a year and a half in senior housing, absolutely hated it, and at the age of 90, bought a home clear out in the middle of nowhere. She always said she bought the garage, and a house came with it. (It WAS a nice garage!!) When she died, she still had a Red Eye, a VS II, a 101 and her favorite machine of all, a 15-91, in addition to her modern machines, which she didn't particularly like. I found good homes for her favorites with granddaughters and a DIL.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Yep, a quilt is just a quilt until you think about all the people power that made the quilt! I often wonder what my mother would have thought if she could see me now! She died 4 years ago, 6 days after my dad died - it sent me into a tailspin that lasted a couple years. I didn't ride, didn't sew, did nothing. Then I decided I better do something with the horses and I started to sew again! I know my mom learned to sew using a treadle - but, she'd probably think I was crazy to see me now with 9 treadles in the house and a total of 33 or 34 sewing machines! I would have loved to be able to share this with her.

    Nancy
    Okay, Everyone has me crying now. I think I need a cup of tea.

    I started a quilting journal this morning, not my usual blog posting. So, what did I write about- my vintage sewing machines. I want my kids to have the story correct about my vintage machines: how I found them, how much I paid for them, the condition of the machines when I picked them up, the age of the machines, what I named the machines, what I mainly used the machines for, and what I made with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    the book that came with it says 500, i tried to look it up, it was made in 1961. when i looked on the web it said never sew with out the o cam.
    hm I've never seen one come with a 0 cam - what page is that on?
    i saw it here:
    http://www.newenglandsimpleliving.co...0aslantno3.htm
    it is right below the picture of the 500.

    but what page in the user/owner's manual?
    I want to make sure I haven't missed something - I use a Singer 403a.
    I have a 500 and you do not have to use the O cam. It's only for the 403 and 503.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Is it wrong to want a machine just because it's pink?

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...33480.html#des
    I don't think it is wrong. I don't own a pink one - yet. I thought about bidding on this but don't know much about this model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I couldn't agree with him fast enough...told him I was thinking of a plant stand for the deck.... :lol:
    Charlee, thanks for the laugh! I hope you enjoy your new machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Oh my....just went out today to do a little "junkin" because I didn't want to stay at home. Can I help it if this stuff followed me back?
    Grand total of today's expenditures? $10.00. (5 for the machine, 5 for the iron and buttonholer)
    Can I come shopping with you sometime Charlee? :shock: Cool stuff... love Fannie, her decals are beautiful.
    You can come go junkin' with me ANYTIME! :) I left behind two Domestics and a New Home...the guy told me with this one that "The machine's not worth anything, but the cabinet is good to set a microwave on or somethin'." I couldn't agree with him fast enough...told him I was thinking of a plant stand for the deck.... :lol:
    OK, Charlee, I'm going shopping with you!!! :-) No good deals down here at all.
    Sounds like a party! We could get into all sorts of enabling! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    My mom "moved on" two years ago, but she was my partner in crime. We hunted machines together, and had a fabulous time cleaning and working on them. I'm more into the mechanical side of things, but Mom loved the woodworking. I have cabinets that she refinished when she was nearly 90. She sold off most of her machines before she moved into senior housing, but she probably had 40 or so at that time.
    She stayed about a year and a half in senior housing, absolutely hated it, and at the age of 90, bought a home clear out in the middle of nowhere. She always said she bought the garage, and a house came with it. (It WAS a nice garage!!) When she died, she still had a Red Eye, a VS II, a 101 and her favorite machine of all, a 15-91, in addition to her modern machines, which she didn't particularly like. I found good homes for her favorites with granddaughters and a DIL.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Yep, a quilt is just a quilt until you think about all the people power that made the quilt! I often wonder what my mother would have thought if she could see me now! She died 4 years ago, 6 days after my dad died - it sent me into a tailspin that lasted a couple years. I didn't ride, didn't sew, did nothing. Then I decided I better do something with the horses and I started to sew again! I know my mom learned to sew using a treadle - but, she'd probably think I was crazy to see me now with 9 treadles in the house and a total of 33 or 34 sewing machines! I would have loved to be able to share this with her.

    Nancy
    Okay, Everyone has me crying now. I think I need a cup of tea.

    I started a quilting journal this morning, not my usual blog posting. So, what did I write about- my vintage sewing machines. I want my kids to have the story correct about my vintage machines: how I found them, how much I paid for them, the condition of the machines when I picked them up, the age of the machines, what I named the machines, what I mainly used the machines for, and what I made with them.
    Thanks for the encouragement. That is what I want to do for my children/grandchildren. I would add to your list of things to note: the stories I have collected from quite a few of the machines that I have... my aunt's.. ; my Mother's... and so on. I have enjoyed collecting them and maybe some of them will grow to appreciate what I enjoyed... or the person they sell the machine to someday. History in the making. I just need to begin like you have. :-D

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    Well, not right away!!
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Vickers, perhaps? The early Spitfires had Vickers guns.

    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    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.
    Miz Johnny, I figured it out. I told myself to go work on the quilt, but I kept finding myself googling for the answer. You are correct! I knew you would most likely know the answer right away!

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