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

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Thanks to this thread, the machine my brother gave me 12 years ago is up and running. I've quickly been spoiled by this 15-30, 1941 stitching marvel.

    When my brother asked if his friend could buy one of my treadles, I said no, here's where I draw the line (its hard times for us).

    I've got everyone looking for these machines for me, since I'm a fair mechanic, it'll be fun fixing them. And who knows, a FW might show up. Sarah weights 29 pounds and I hurt from lugging her to quilt group.

    Thanks to all of you who take the time to post and answer questions.
    Once you start finding the vintage machines they will be everywhere...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Spotted in the Wild today:

    A green Necchi...pretty good shape, $15
    A little black "SewMaster" $50
    A Singer 401A in a cabinet $35
    A Domestic with chocolate textured finish and attachments $30

    None of them came home with me...but another "Little Girl" pincushion doll, like the one with the blue dress on my shelf, only this one has a pink dress and a scissor holder...and a covered wagon pincushion..
    oH

    Oh, Charlee, I may have said this before but It bears saying again!! How in the world do you find all these machines? :((
    :) I just go "junkin". We hit thrift stores and antique shops in the area, sometimes hit the jackpot, sometimes don't see a thing! Don't forget to go to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores and places like that... HFH Re-Store is where I saw 3 of the machines yesterday...and two on Tuesday at another one of their stores. People try to sell these machines at yard sales, thinking they're going to get $50 or $100...when they don't sell, they donate them.

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    [quote=Elsie Blight]
    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    I also have just bought a Wheeler & Wilson Treadle D9 Made in Bridgeport Connecticut USA with a coffin top, no. 2997464 and it is a back shank the decals are a bit worn and it is black also needs a clean l have no instruction book l wonder if any one can help me as l also have come up blank on the internet as l need a threading diagramme and l would love to know how old it is
    Thank you in antiscipation
    Elsie Blight Australia
    Those decals actually aren't bad for a W&W! (The decals on W&W machines are known to blow away easily) I no longer have one, and never had a manual for either it or the 9W....but your thread will go from the spindle, through the thread guide at the top, through the upper tension, lower tension, through the hole in the take-up bar, and then down through the guides to the needle, which threads left to right.
    You need "Bagel" bobbins for it, and 127x1 (Singer number) needles, or Boye 18 needles.
    The attachments aren't exactly "back clamps"...the machine has a split shank, and takes the hooked attachments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    I located an old Wheeler & Wilson in an ad for a garage sale this coming Saturday - got in touch with the owner via email and she sent me these pictures of the machine and asked that I make an offer. There is no cabinet. What do you think .................. please.
    Thanks for posting the pics. Now I know what my WW is supposed to look like. Mine has no decals at all, but also plenty of rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    Iwould love to know her age and how to thread her she has no instruction book her no is2997464 D9 made in Bridgeport Connecticut USA she is a back shank please can any one help
    Elsie Blight Australia
    thanks for the pics. Yours is in much better shape than mine. I can't find any info on mine either. Also made in Bridgeport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Thanks to this thread, the machine my brother gave me 12 years ago is up and running. I've quickly been spoiled by this 15-30, 1941 stitching marvel.

    When my brother asked if his friend could buy one of my treadles, I said no, here's where I draw the line (its hard times for us).

    I've got everyone looking for these machines for me, since I'm a fair mechanic, it'll be fun fixing them. And who knows, a FW might show up. Sarah weights 29 pounds and I hurt from lugging her to quilt group.

    Thanks to all of you who take the time to post and answer questions.
    Once you start finding the vintage machines they will be everywhere...
    Don't give up hope. I just found my 2nd FW for $75 at a junk store. She needs electrial work and a good cleaning, but other wise in good shape. Now I want to "find" a white one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I stopped in here 2 weeks ago to get some information.....

    I now have 4 older machines, a Necchi, a 99, a 27 and an older white 770. Currently have 5 machine heads awaiting pickup 2 hours away..

    I am mad at all of you, my family is now talking about an intervention.

    p.s. why am I still looking at machines...

    Now if you don't mind, I must go back to reading, I am up to page 170!!
    Its a hopeless addiction but a good one to have, although it is harder to hide the machines like you can your fabric..... :roll:

    I stopped counting machines and I am picking them up like there is no tomorrow these last few weeks. I think I increased my personal collection by 5 or 6 machines and the rest will be serviced to sell to quilt shops and who ever wants them. But I am starting to get into the industrial machines and I am going to pick up another W&W today. I need to take some photos of them to post here and on the pitcure section, but I still have tons of catching up to do after I get back home this weekend.

    Billy

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    I love reading about everyone's finds. Since I've been bitten by the bug I've only seen one treadle it was at an estate sale, looked kinda rough and they were asking $195 - firm. I know when the time is right they will start appearing. Maybe the "machine gods" know I don't have time to work on one right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I stopped in here 2 weeks ago to get some information.....

    I now have 4 older machines, a Necchi, a 99, a 27 and an older white 770. Currently have 5 machine heads awaiting pickup 2 hours away..

    I am mad at all of you, my family is now talking about an intervention.

    p.s. why am I still looking at machines...

    Now if you don't mind, I must go back to reading, I am up to page 170!!
    Its a hopeless addiction but a good one to have, although it is harder to hide the machines like you can your fabric..... :roll:

    I stopped counting machines and I am picking them up like there is no tomorrow these last few weeks. I think I increased my personal collection by 5 or 6 machines and the rest will be serviced to sell to quilt shops and who ever wants them. But I am starting to get into the industrial machines and I am going to pick up another W&W today. I need to take some photos of them to post here and on the pitcure section, but I still have tons of catching up to do after I get back home this weekend.

    Billy
    Oh dear.... hiding machines.....lol....

    Thanks for starting this topic!!

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    Today is my first day off since I started watching this page. Guess where I am going? We have 6 thrift stores in our town!

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