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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
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    I try to tell folks that the sound of a VS machine is so soothing especially in a treadle. They look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears. But it feels so good after you made a quilt start to finish on a treadle!!!

    Billy
    I shot a quick video of my Singer VS. Love that sound and wanted to share.

    http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...s/?action=viewt=magic004.mp4
    Somehow I have a broken link it told me to go back and do what I was doing before. :roll:

    In the words of one of my favorite people......"I PITY the fool that tells me to go back to what I was doin'"

    Billy
    uh-oh! Ok, let's try this: http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...t=magic004.mp4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    I allowed myself a little time to look at an antique store today, and was surprised to find several sewing machines. There were also some treadle bases that no longer have the machine. There was a singer - serial #D1127037 - treadle in a parlor cabinet. It is missing the loop that drives the machine, b ut parts seem to move, etc. Decals are - I think someone referred to them as egyptian?? - not in pristine condition. The paper with the machine said '1905'. and they want $399. I am debating, as that seems like a lot. Got to go check the singer site for info...

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    Billy, all I can find is something about 1909, Elizabethtown, NJ. Is there another place to look for info?
    It's usually called the "Sphinx" decals I think. That is the machine I have. Mine is from 1905. It's a model 27 vibrating shuttle machine. The one you are looking at was being made in 1908. http://www.singerco.com/pdf/SINGER_D_nos.pdf
    I paid $15 for mine... honestly I think $399 is a lot, but it depends on how bad you want it :mrgreen:

    ETA: The belt that drives the machine is less than $10 and readily available all over the net (and some local places). One-size-fits-all treadles.

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    Okay, I know you knowledgable people have shared suggestions before but this thread has gotten very long. Would it be possible to start a new topic with suggested resources? I am giving up on my local singer shop. I may try one more time. I took my parts in and showed what I wanted to order. They suggested I bring the machine in and they will fix it for me. I said, no I just wanted the parts as I could do it myself. Well then the sales pitch started to buy some fancy new machine.

    There's nothing like the customer service here.

    I have signed up for all the Singer groups on yahoo, but am a novice on that site and can't seem to figure out how to get logged back in. Also waiting for access to look at the pages on Needle Bar and Treadle on.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Okay, I know you knowledgable people have shared suggestions before but this thread has gotten very long. Would it be possible to start a new topic with suggested resources? I am giving up on my local singer shop. I may try one more time. I took my parts in and showed what I wanted to order. They suggested I bring the machine in and they will fix it for me. I said, no I just wanted the parts as I could do it myself. Well then the sales pitch started to buy some fancy new machine.

    There's nothing like the customer service here.

    I have signed up for all the Singer groups on yahoo, but am a novice on that site and can't seem to figure out how to get logged back in. Also waiting for access to look at the pages on Needle Bar and Treadle on.

    Thanks
    Hey Quilt Addict. I bet Billy can help you track down parts. There are quite a few on Ebay, too. Anything specific I could help you search for? I am good at Googling and Ebaying :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    Here is a posting from the ISMACS digest newsletter I get. I am hoping that there are folks checking in here that live where this person does. Please note some are free and the phone number is posted.
    Happy shopping.
    Blessings to all,
    Sandi

    Quoted from ISMACS newsletter dated May 21 2010:
    {I hope this posting is ok. Years ago I collected 37 vintage sewing machines in various states of disrepair, They have been stored in my cellar for most of that time. I now need to get rid of several of them.
    I will be at my Cape Cod home and looking to get rid of them from June 10 - 28th. [I am currently living in CA] If you live in the Cape area and are at all interested give me a call on or after June 10. Several of them will be free, just need to pick up. My number is 508 878 2957 my name is McCall. [first name]}
    Hoping to contact this post tomorrow and take a ride. Anyone looking for anything???

    And, yes Glenn, I'll ask if he has couple of sets of attachments for a back clamp, as I'm looking for a set myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Billy, by the looks of the Gibraltar do you think it could be changed to a treadle?
    Oh indeed it can!!!!! I converted my "Universal" 15 into a treadle and I love it!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Okay, I know you knowledgable people have shared suggestions before but this thread has gotten very long. Would it be possible to start a new topic with suggested resources? I am giving up on my local singer shop. I may try one more time. I took my parts in and showed what I wanted to order. They suggested I bring the machine in and they will fix it for me. I said, no I just wanted the parts as I could do it myself. Well then the sales pitch started to buy some fancy new machine.

    There's nothing like the customer service here.

    I have signed up for all the Singer groups on yahoo, but am a novice on that site and can't seem to figure out how to get logged back in. Also waiting for access to look at the pages on Needle Bar and Treadle on.

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    Lisa I will help you with anything you need!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
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    I'm sure I've lost my mind.

    I just won an auction on shopgoodwill.com a Husqvarna Viking Automatic Type 21 machine in its original case. It looks pretty good cosmetically and I have no idea what it is really worth or if it will actually work but I just paid what I think is a very reasonable price for it (I almost feel guilty). I am going to try to post the pics from the auction listing and would really appreciate it if anyone can give me any info on this machine as I have not been able to find more than a couple of websites that even mention it. I know I'll probably have to do some cleaning and oiling and I will be happy to receive lots of helpful advice, comments, pros, cons, etc. I'm such a silly girl sometimes...I know part of the reason I love the look of this machine is because it matches my KitchenAid stand mixer (also a pretty green) which is my favorite appliance of all time. I hope I made a good decision. By the way, I lied...I don't think I've ever been perfectly sane...that would be very boring!!! Take a look and tell me what you think of it.
    I am imagining you bought this pretty cheap since it was on Goodwill's auction site. And I can say that what ever you paid for it you did very good indeed!!!!

    I am not that familiar with the Viking brand but I understand that it is a very well built machine and highly respected throughout the sewing community. Just the fact that it is a free arm and vintage makes it priceless to me!!:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    I now have another machine to add to my list of machines to get. And thanks to you guys and your fancy-smancy e-machines with all the bells and whistles you have me coming over to the "Dark Side". :roll: :-P :twisted:

    Billy
    Billy, I saw the same model on an Ebay auction about a month ago that sold for $275 and one on Craigslist that was listed for $300. Neither one of them looked as nice as this and I won mine for $56.22! Once I get it in my hands I will be able to share more about it. These were made by Husqvarna and sold as Viking Automatic. There were three editions, the 21, the 21A and the 21E. From the little bit of information I have found on them you can change the stitch style by using a combination of the cams that come with the machine and by adjusting the width and length of the stitch. There is a round two-layered card type of tool which comes with the manual and allows you to select a stitch illustrated on the bottom card by rotating the top card until the arrow points to your selected pattern. There is a window in the top card which tells you which cam to use as well as the length and width settings. I'm not sure if all models have the same options or not and I won't really know until I get mine to see if mine actuallycomes with the cams. If I get all of these items I will post pics so everyone can see what I am trying to explain. I am very excited but wish I could find someone who is familiar with these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKinCO
    Oh, and Billy. I won my auction yesterday. I'll go pick her up tomorrow. I can't even tell you what it is yet ~ it's a Singer and she's black and shiny and looks in GREAT condition!!! Another Blame Billy moment...
    Thats okay I have big shoulders!!! I cant wait to see what you brought home with you!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoAnnGC
    Billy, I saw the same model on an Ebay auction about a month ago that sold for $275 and one on Craigslist that was listed for $300. Neither one of them looked as nice as this and I won mine for $56.22!

    I am very excited but wish I could find someone who is familiar with these.
    $56.00 I am excited with you!!!! You made out like a bandit judging from the information you gave. And I am real curious about how the cards and cams work with the machine!!

    Billy

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