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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    No, you shoudn't!!! :) I never see anything on CL in my area so I'm always looking in the state where my best friend lives. If I find something I want, I order her to go get it! LOL
    My only problem with that plan would be trying to talk her out of KEEPING what I found! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
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    ... I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.
    Just in case he needs it.. here's a link to treadleon.net with instructions to make the bases!
    http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/bu...dingbases.html
    Thanks so much for posting the link to make the bases. I need one for my 15-91 and I'm going to print this out and get my son to make me one! Yipee!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    No, you shoudn't!!! :) I never see anything on CL in my area so I'm always looking in the state where my best friend lives. If I find something I want, I order her to go get it! LOL
    My only problem with that plan would be trying to talk her out of KEEPING what I found! :D
    Well, so far the VSM bug hasn't bitten her!! She stays too busy with work and 4 growing boys that she hardly has time to breathe. The only time she has to sew is when she comes to stay a few days with me. So very sad. :)

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    Here is the link to a tutorial I did on threading the shuttle bobbin.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/tam73501?feature=mhee
    Hope it helps some of you out with this.
    Tammy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Lately I've been working on my machines using cardboard flats--they work really well at keeping table tops clean AND catching screws, etc. as they fall.

    I worked on my Kruse and Murphy HC a bit over the weekend, but couldn't quite figure out the needle and couldn't make it stitch. I could see the way the needle SHOULD go in, but the only way it fit was backwards. Of course, it wouldn't stitch properly, and kept breaking threads. Finally, someone asked if the needlebar might possibly be backwards. Darned if they weren't right. I haven't taken it apart and put it back together the RIGHT way, but will get around to it eventually, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    they have 13 screws in them and I'm dreading it if I loose one.
    Do all of your work over a nice thick towel. This way if you drop a screw it won't go anywhere. Good luck on your cleaning :-D
    I like the thick towel idea!!!! Brilliant!
    This one had an oil bath set up with dried up oil bath, dried up lines, dried up wicks - I've cleaned it once. Now is time to truly disassemble one section at a time and do again -maybe needs a microscope to find all the gunk. It only seems to take a small amount to really mess things over. The thread isn't going around the shuttle right. I think it is gunk. The timing is ok but it isn't going the whole trip. It could also be burrs.

    The tension spring is backwards - I have to figure out that one.
    If you turn that needle bar you will have to time the machine. It is the same screw to loosen as to time it though. It isn't too hard. If you can read a pattern and sew you can do this. Look at the animation cartoon: http://home.howstuffworks.com/sewing-machine1.htm
    Then get another machine to look at while you are working. Take off it's feed dogs too so you can see the hook and needle. Pay close attention to how the needle and the shuttle hook eclipse. There are service manuals free on line. I posted some a while ago. It would be helpful to have one - just about any will tell you what screw you need to loosen to turn that needle bar around or set the timing. You CAN do it!
    Anyway loosen the screw (at the top, inside the nose cover) that holds the needle bar on. Turn the needle bar around. Get the needle eye and the hook in position (hard part) Then tighten the screw. If it doesn't work you have to repeat until it does work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Took pics of newly acquired Brother. I'm hoping they upload.
    Weedwoman, I love the two tone machines! I hope you are able to find the parts you need!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Took pics of newly acquired Brother. I'm hoping they upload.
    Weedwoman, I love the two tone machines! I hope you are able to find the parts you need!

    Nancy
    Me too but I have no idea where to begin the search. Any ideas? TIA

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    [quote=vintagemotif][quote=Crossstitcher][quote=vintagemotif]
    kwendt wrote:
    miriam wrote:
    kwendt wrote:
    miriam wrote:

    But naming the old machines after a celeb? that's a thought! Maybe I should name some of my old singer girls, "Francis Langford", "Betty Boop", Cyd Charisse and maybe "Bettie Page" or "Jessica Rabbit". lol!


    I have one named after Blaze Starr! My singer 201k is called Starr. I grew up in the Baltimore area and remember adults talking about Blaze Starr and the 2o'clock club down in the city when I was a kid.
    Well, after I found my machine, I decided to call it Starr, and then Blaze popped into my head...which led to me thinking of Blaze Starr. I read somewhere that she sewed her own clothes. I can picture her with a Singer!


    I remember my parents talking about Blaze Starr. B/C I lived in Md as a child. My parents knew Baltimore pretty well. Any way what I am getting at is a year or so ago they had Blaze Starr's FW on e bay. can't remember what it was sold for. They showed a picture of her machine and supposedly some of the costumes she had made with the FW.
    Another person my parents talked about was Gypsy Rose Lee
    and I think she made her own clothes when just starting out.


    OMG! I remember the adults talking about Gypsy Rose Lee too! I didn't know that she too sewed her own clothes.


    I didn't know she WORE clothes ;... I think she was more interested in taking them off <wave>

    Omak, That is too funny! I proves that "truth is funnier than fiction"!
    Jan on 446

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    Seen a 99k centennial model in thrift store this morning. Is in nice shape in a small blond cabinet, missing bobbin cover plate, has a few bobbins in the drawer, no attachments. Has a price tag of $32 on it. I'm thinking of putting in an offer of $25 on it. What do you guys think?
    Geeze Lee231, go for it! I'd love to have a centennial model!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Launie
    Now the other night I was doing a bit of sewing on O.I. and the bobbin threads are all squiggly. Any ideas as to why?
    Laurie, try tightening the bobbin tension. Turn the screw a 1/4 turn and see what that does for the stitching. Nice machine! :)

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