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

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    Hi, Miz Johnny, do you have the link to the site you found? I still can't find anything and I even looked under Davis. Thanks so much!


    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Century, with no other name (there are others such as Century Grand, etc.) is listed as being made by Davis.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    Has anyone here heard of the Century brand of sewing machine. It is a treadle. I'm going to look at one tomorrow so I was trying to find some info on it. The SN is 857553. The seller did tell me is uses the bullet type bobbin which is missing. Just want to be sure if I decide on it that I can get parts. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I found these in a box of attachments given to our 8th grade quilting class...they are low shank, side clamp, but don't know if they are for old treadles (I kinda think so cuz of the ruffler) or old singers. Did Singer make any low shank machines Billy? If anyone needs them let me know. I could get get them in a $5 postage box. Just reimburse for shipping. No name on box either.
    Almost all Singers were low shank including the Featherweights. The slant shank machines were the 301, 400, 500 and 600 series. Not all of the 300 series were slant shanks like the 327K and 328K they were low shank.

    Billy

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    Thought y'all would appreciate some pictures. This is the 127 treadle that I've been working on. Just got the drawers back on the cabinet this afternoon. I wasn't trying to do a "perfect" restoration, just get it cleaned up and in better repair. I did take the veneer off the drawers and us that to repair some larger chips in other places. The wood underneath was oak, so I just stained that a dark color (going for some contrast). It still has some nicks and stains. I think it was in a barn for some time. Took off the old shellac, put on a few new coats, and it's nice and shiny! The drawer "cases" were badly beat up, so I just reversed the left/right to take advantage of the nicer veneer that had been on the inside face.

    Started in on cleaning the machine last night *after* chipping out the dirt dauber nests built up in the pillar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Thought y'all would appreciate some pictures. This is the 127 treadle that I've been working on. Just got the drawers back on the cabinet this afternoon. I wasn't trying to do a "perfect" restoration, just get it cleaned up and in better repair. I did take the veneer off the drawers and us that to repair some larger chips in other places. The wood underneath was oak, so I just stained that a dark color (going for some contrast). It still has some nicks and stains. I think it was in a barn for some time. Took off the old shellac, put on a few new coats, and it's nice and shiny! The drawer "cases" were badly beat up, so I just reversed the left/right to take advantage of the nicer veneer that had been on the inside face.

    Started in on cleaning the machine last night *after* chipping out the dirt dauber nests built up in the pillar.
    Big mud daubers nest. Got one of those out of the needle end of a machine. Ewww is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Thought y'all would appreciate some pictures. This is the 127 treadle that I've been working on. Just got the drawers back on the cabinet this afternoon. I wasn't trying to do a "perfect" restoration, just get it cleaned up and in better repair. I did take the veneer off the drawers and us that to repair some larger chips in other places. The wood underneath was oak, so I just stained that a dark color (going for some contrast). It still has some nicks and stains. I think it was in a barn for some time. Took off the old shellac, put on a few new coats, and it's nice and shiny! The drawer "cases" were badly beat up, so I just reversed the left/right to take advantage of the nicer veneer that had been on the inside face.

    Started in on cleaning the machine last night *after* chipping out the dirt dauber nests built up in the pillar.
    Bennett, great job on the restoration of that cabinet! I love it when we find these old cabinets and machines and get them all shined up again! The cabinet should last another 100 years!

    Nancy

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    Billy, I have a Necchi, Model No. 536FB, and it has another number 10534. It is in a nice desk type cabinet and is in good condition. It also sews very well. Can you tell me what year it was made? I have checked on line without success. Would appreciate any info you can give me.

    Thanks,

    Lucy

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    Bennett, I loved seeing that restoration you did on the cabinet. I am having someone look at a treadle cabinet for me today, and it is probably going to need work...apparently found in someone's garage...eeekkk!! Don't have a clue how it really looks...pics were dark and shadowy. Anyway, it's for my 66-1 I just got, so the old machine in it will be a door stop for now!! It looked in pretty bad shape anyway!! You inspired me that I can really do something good with this old cabinet if I get it!! Thanks again!

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    Repy to miriam, Thanks. Good luck with yours' and as you work on her keep posting so I can watch the progress.

    I actually forgot what this machine looked like and I love her. Rather heavy duty. There seems to be scads of these machines around from the research.

    I am having a hard time finding the attachments and there is a wide variety to choose from. I need to find out what kind or brand of needle to use and get a bobbin case and bobbins. After I get the wire cord replaced she should be GTG. I only have to do some of what I think is some minor de-guncking and a good oiling.

    This is rather emotional for me 'cause this girl belonged to my Nana. I really want to here her sing. There will be tears on her debut. Get the tissues ready!
    peace, UBE

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    Guess what?

    I bought my second Singer 301, tan... with original manual, buttonhole maker, attachments and original cabinet. It is DIRTY! I don't even want it in our home.

    My turn to do the happy dance. Will be posting photos tomorrow, I hope. Paid $70. Another craigslist find. Love that site. :-D

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    great idea -

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