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

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    We'll work in shifts!! I wanna play...er...ah...."work" too!! :lol:

    Haahahaaa! OMG! How big is that basement?! I'm a diligent worker; maybe it could be done in less time. :)
    With Charlee helping and others maybe we could be finished within a week!

    I'll even bring food!
    I'm coming too! I still want to see the Pfaff treadle hidden down there somewhere!

    Nancy

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    You probably mean Ray White, of White Sewing Center. He's a great guy; a former Elna repairman. He now travels around teaching sewing machine repair and also refurbishes and sells parts for Elnas.
    Unfortunately, his wife passed away this week, so he will be unavailable for a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    I saw this on CL and finally figured out (I think) it's an Elna Plana Supermatic. Can anyone give me the skinny on it? How hard are they to take care of? Hard to find attachments? Straight stitch only? Thanks!

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/hsh/2507357346.html
    There's a guy on the internet that has a lot of Elna parts. I can't think of the site off the top of my head, but I have e-mailed and asked him a bunch of questions about my Elna Supermatic, and he is really nice and very helpful. They use cams to do other stitches. Even mine, which is early 50's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Hahaha!! They cut up some donated pretty ugly fabrics into jelly rolls for this one event. They sold them for $5 each, because no one wanted to buy the fabric otherwise! LOL Anyway, you sew all 40 strips end to end, totaling 1600 inches. When they say GO, you bring the ends together, front to front, and sew all down that one very long side...800". When you get to the end, you cut the fold and flatten it out, and bring the ends together again, sew, clip, flatten, sew, etc. for a total of 5 times. Here's what mine looked like when done. Shocking, isn't it??? :shock:
    Janice, Wow and congratulations on your jelly roll quilt. The colors are not really my cup of tea, but what a great job and great way to make a really fast quilt. We could all make a quilt like that on our treadles and post them - they would all be so different!

    Nancy

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    Bonnie Hunter says if you're fabric is still ugly after you've cut it, you haven't cut it small enough.
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Hahaha!! They cut up some donated pretty ugly fabrics into jelly rolls for this one event. They sold them for $5 each, because no one wanted to buy the fabric otherwise!

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    NOW you've tipped your hand!! That's why no one goes in my basement!!
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I don't drink either. We'll wait until the others get loaded then choose what we want and leave.

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    Ridiculous.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats
    And then there's this one, tray and all: http://www.rubylane.com/item/452086-...inger-66-1-Red

    Too rich for my blood!

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    They attach to the bed of the machine itself. The stitch guide that came with most old Singers is bed fixing.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats
    What exactly are 'bed fixing attachments'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Well, later today I'm off to my SIL's house to pick up a Whtie treadle machine. Don't know what shape it will be in, what accessories or books may be with it or even what the machine itself looks like. I noticed the base cabinet and the distinctive 'white' in the iron treadle a week ago and asked about the machine, my SIL offered it to me since she just used it as a sometime side table on the downstairs level. So, I hoping the machine will be in decent shape. I know it has been made electric 'not sure what that means yet) , but I plan to get her pedaling again. I take some pictures to post when I can. Oh - what's the best way to transport this - remove the head from the base if I can?
    Congrats!! :)

    What kind of vehicle do you intend to transport with? I use my Trailblazer...the treadles fit upright into the back with no problem. If it's a pickup, you want to take along a couple of blankets to wrap the cabinet, some rope or straps to secure it. If you can, remove the head from the cabinet. If it won't come out easily, then have some towels on hand to pack around the head inside the cabinet, so that it doesn't bounce around in there.
    Be careful tying the cabinet into the vehicle, that old wood is fragile and can break! After the cabinet is wrapped well, tie it down only tight enough to prevent it from moving around.

    Take pictures when you get home with her, we wanna see!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    How long can you stay? I'm expecting this to take at least another 5 years.
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I'm coming over to help you clean your basement!!!! :)
    Maybe we could come in shifts. We could each spend a month or so and before you know it the 5 years would be up and you would have a clean basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    How long can you stay? I'm expecting this to take at least another 5 years.
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    I'm coming over to help you clean your basement!!!! :)
    Maybe we could come in shifts. We could each spend a month or so and before you know it the 5 years would be up and you would have a clean basement.
    ~grin~ I'm pretty sure that with constant company, Miz Johnny would feel like that 5 years was more like 20!! :lol:

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