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

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    Question for Glenn, Can I glue the covering of my featherweight case back on? And what kind of glue would I use? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Just thought I'd attach a few photos from a booth at our local quilt show this weekend. The business name is Feathers and Cranks. Her machines are all very nice and fully refurbished and have a 30 day warranty. Her prices reflect all the work that has gone into them but they are gorgeous. I really wanted the Vesta hand crank but my checkbook didn't have enough money in it.
    Wow!! That would be the coolest job yet!! :-)

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    Whew! I did it! I cleaned out the bobbin area. I could see old thread caught in it, so I took it apart, found more thread than I could see, and put it back together. One little baby step at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Just thought I'd attach a few photos from a booth at our local quilt show this weekend. The business name is Feathers and Cranks. Her machines are all very nice and fully refurbished and have a 30 day warranty. Her prices reflect all the work that has gone into them but they are gorgeous. I really wanted the Vesta hand crank but my checkbook didn't have enough money in it.
    How beautiful. If I was there I would sure have a hard time listening to my checkbook. Wow. Thanks for taking the pictures. Lovely eye candy. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Ok...I did it. I broke down and bought a puzzle box full of attachments on ebay. ~sigh~ I've never seen one "in the wild" that didn't have issues of some kind with a price tag of $100 or more! (That 1889 stamp on them really boosts that price tag for some dealers!!)
    Had to tho...the handcrank I just got NEEDS them!! :lol:
    I understand that. I had to buy the whole treadle 1904 model 27-4 with a sphinx decal that had the original manual, just to get the puzzle box in the cabinet drawer, complete with the original manual too. Only wanted the puzzle box, but glad I got the whole she-bang. It sews good, and was ready to go, for $20. Even better was the 1940's newspaper pattern for panties pinned to a flour sack in one of the drawers. :D
    Wow, great deal! The panty pattern sounds even better than the loose .22 ammo I found in one of my treadle drawers.

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    I have a 503a thats missing a few parts, including the bobbin winder. That is missing becasue previous owner changed motors and new motor isn't made for bobbin winders.

    Will this motor work? Is the extended top part the difference in the motors? Is that a decent price?(for those of you work on electrics)

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SINGER-SEWING-MA...item2c5dcced91

    I watched her swap out another motor so I am thinking of repairing this 503a. It needs the different motor, the bobbin winder, and the top lid (which has all the instructions for the cams). I have a full set of cams and my daughter was playing with it yesterday and man did it have a beautiful stitch! The tension needs adjusted but it was still awesome. I'm thinking of repairing it and gifting it to her if she wants it....and if not then I'll sell it and say I got the experience of working on one...lol. She seemed interested at the moment, but she's 23 and sews rather sporadically :). She actually has a D9P started right now that she is doing totally on her own.

    My 500a just arrived at Billy's and I'm so excited about getting it repaired!

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    I know once one of you tell me, I'm going to be smacking my head and saying, "Doh!", but I can't figure out what an "F&F" is. I did find this information:

    Chicago Sewing Machine Co. Est 1875 - 1882
    ◦Factory: Chicago. Illinois
    Became:
    Chicago Sewing Machine Co. Inc Est 1882 - 1902
    ◦Factory: 42 52 North Halsted Street, Chicago. Illinois.
    Previously:
    Tyber & Sweetland Manufacturing Co. to 1875
    Machines Made:
    ◦Nos 1 5, 7, 11
    ◦Chicago Low Arm Singer
    ◦Imperial High Arm
    ◦The Columbian
    ◦The Peerless

    As for selling it, it's worth what someone will pay for it. That is not meant as a snide or snarky comment, it's just that you can't really put a value on something like this and expect it to hold true. If several people want it, it's worth more. If only one person wants it, it's worth less. THAT'S why everyone thinks their machines are "worth" $400 or whatever--they saw one go for that on Ebay, and don't take into consideration all the other factors: availabilty, 2 people in a bidding war, drunken stupor, whatever. (BTW, there's a Sphinx on Ebay right now--asking price is $3,000.) Most genuine collectors will not tell someone what an machine is "worth", and most sewing machine sites state that at the top of their page, as that is the question most frequently asked.


    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    I posted a quiry on pg 1325 that seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. If anyone can help me with it, I would be very grateful.

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    There are a host of little changes, notably the needle plate. I have discovered several different needle plates on the later WW 9. A big difference is the bobbin case. The last 9W used a FW bobbin--much easier to find than the bagel bobbins!
    Quote Originally Posted by skaduzy
    What is the difference in a Wheeler and Wilson D9 and a W&W W9? Just wondering? Mine is the W9.

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    If he's selling them, you won't stop him. He's making great art.
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/clt/2501094985.html
    This turkey needs to be stopped. Maybe we can ALL answer his ad. I know I will when my blood pressure goes back down to sort of normal.

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    Nope, people sell Grandma's stuff all the time. You can't keep everything. I actually kept very little when my mother died two years ago. I thought it out and decided to keep just the few things I felt I could best use. Most everything else, including her vintage machines, went to family members. What they do with those things (including sell them) is up to them. I am a certified hoarder, and I just couldn't see bringing more stuff I couldn't use home with me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I reallly hope they are just trying to sell the machine. I would hope they would have more respect for Great Grandma. Glenn

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