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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl
    I am looking at a Singer 328 that can be used as a treadle or electric machine. Does anyone have any comments about this machine? I really want to know if the feed dogs drop on this machine and if one could do FMQ on it. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
    Why would you want to do free-motion quilting with this machine when you can find a Singer 15-90/91 that is known to do a better job and with greater ease of FMQ?


    Don't mean to scare you off of what you wish to do.

    I have a Singer 328K in treadle. Some folks questioned why I wanted to do it. First, I wanted to see it done, the set up.
    Second, for decorative stitching. I finish off my bindings with decorative stitching and I wanted to do this with a vintage machine in treadle.

    I don't think the feed dogs drop with this machine. I never studied the machine to see if it could be done since that wasn't my interest or goal. I think you have to cover the feed dogs with a special plate- but then I could be wrong with this.

    I own Singer 15-90 and Singer 201, both in treadles, that I have FMQ with both, and I will only FMQ with my Singer 15.

    If your goal is to FMQ, go find a Singer 15-90 to use-plenty of them around to rescue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    It followed me home--Honest!! I stopped by Goodwill and they had nothing, as usual. The guy parked next to me was unloading his van full of stuff to donate to Goodwill. The first thing he pulled out was a two tone green cabinet. I asked if it was a sewing machine and he said yes, would I like it???? Well, I'd certainly like to see it. I took one look and said Yes ! He was thrilled, said his wife has had it two years and never did anything with it, so he was getting rid of it. I didn't even know the number until I got home to look it up. It is a 319W !!! Serial number W1669240. All the parts seem to be there, but only one cam. There are 3 bobbins and 3 needles. He was happy to be rid of it, and I was tickled "green". Are they collectable??? Much newer than what I am used to.

    When did they make these machines???

    Texas Jan
    That is neat. The more I see the 319, the more I think I want it on my "watch for" list. The typewriter keys just look mechanically interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl
    I am looking at a Singer 328 that can be used as a treadle or electric machine. Does anyone have any comments about this machine? I really want to know if the feed dogs drop on this machine and if one could do FMQ on it. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
    Why would you want to do free-motion quilting with this machine when you can find a Singer 15-90/91 that is known to do a better job and with greater ease of FMQ?


    Don't mean to scare you off of what you wish to do.

    I have a Singer 328K in treadle. Some folks questioned why I wanted to do it. First, I wanted to see it done, the set up.
    Second, for decorative stitching. I finish off my bindings with decorative stitching and I wanted to do this with a vintage machine in treadle.

    I don't think the feed dogs drop with this machine. I never studied the machine to see if it could be done since that wasn't my interest or goal. I think you have to cover the feed dogs with a special plate- but then I could be wrong with this.

    I own Singer 15-90 and Singer 201, both in treadles, that I have FMQ with both, and I will only FMQ with my Singer 15.

    If your goal is to FMQ, go find a Singer 15-90 to use-plenty of them around to rescue.
    Advise appreciated! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by judyjudyjudy
    Yep, "I'm in," no longer just a FW wannabe. Got my first vintage singer machine today. It's a 1950 221-1. I got it from a sewing machine repair shop -- it's newly serviced and has a new case. I love it. It has a few paint chips -- and has two areas of peeled paint. One area is under the bobbin area, and the other area is above the power supply. One member advised using a black Model Masters paint pen for the chips, but I need advice on whether I should treat the peeled edges before painting. Help?
    Awesome!!! Don't you think it's an adorable little machine? You DO know that you can't have just one :wink: hahaha....I have 3 blacks and 1 white/green FW!!

    I highly recommend Dave McCallum's book, "The Featherweight 221 and I". It is loaded with lots of useful information on how to maintain and care for your FW. He has a wonderful way of explaining things so that you can understand what he's talking about and the illustrations are wonderful!! Here is the link to it:

    http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx...ructional.html

    He has a section, in the book, on repairing chipped paint.

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    My sister called me and asked for a machine because she was wanting to use elastic bobbin thread for shirring, and her brand new machine had an automatic tension adjustment that wouldn't work with that. So, today I finished cleaning up the 99k I found a few weeks ago. It didn't take much, and I found the info on the TFSR.org web site really helpful. The cabinet still needs help with the finish, but I think it will work for her.

    I have to say, this little machine rocks! I had to do some tension adjustment, but she is so fast. It's like I'm giving my sister a little black Thunderbird. :) Kind of hope it gives her the VM bug so she'll quit questioning my sanity.

    On an obvious note, if you use a Shop Vac to do an initial once over to get rid of 50 years worth of grimy lint, remember to remove the bobbin, or you'll have one of those "nooooo" moments as it gets sucked into the abyss. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    Is there an easy way to replace the clear coat?
    You're better off and it's cheaper to use a resin type of car wax... (non cleaning....no grit!)
    SO would the TR-3 Rsin Glaze be the eastest way to go?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    Is there an easy way to replace the clear coat?
    You're better off and it's cheaper to use a resin type of car wax... (non cleaning....no grit!)
    SO would the TR-3 Rsin Glaze be the eastest way to go?
    Thanks.
    That's what I use, just make sure it's not the "clean and wax" version....Carnauba car wax is recommended by a lot of SM folks too...

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    Featherweight smell
    I removed the smell of rotten meat from a refrigerator that was turned off, of an apartment we moved into with fish tank charcoal. It is the only thing that worked, and I tried every thing from every one. [most are trashed because of the smell.]
    If you want to kill the spores from the horse glue that was applied to the inside to hold the lining in place try this. Take the lining out, wash the inside with peroxide [it kills the germs in the back of the ambulance after a run, and it is cheap] let it dry in the sun. Then glue it back in. I would replace the lining also. Then make a small sack like an old tobacco bag fill with charcoal and leave it inside. If you live in a humid area, make another bag with rice in it. The rice will adsorb the moister. Both bags need to be able to “breath” to work, make out of a loose weave cotton fabric. You can also replace the oil pad with craft felt.



    pure citrus orange air freshener for glue removal
    Lowes employees told my son they tried every thing in the store to remove sticker and tape glue. This is the best they found. Spray it on and leave it for a few minutes. Then wipe it off, but you have to “let it work its thing”. I used it on a FW table to remove a long time sticker after removing the top of the sticker. I also removed gum from the leg of my pants with it, took it all off. You better like the orange smell, use sparely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Why would you want to do free-motion quilting with this machine when you can find a Singer 15-90/91 that is known to do a better job and with greater ease of FMQ?

    Don't mean to scare you off of what you wish to do.

    I have a Singer 328K in treadle. Some folks questioned why I wanted to do it. First, I wanted to see it done, the set up.
    Second, for decorative stitching. I finish off my bindings with decorative stitching and I wanted to do this with a vintage machine in treadle.

    I don't think the feed dogs drop with this machine. I never studied the machine to see if it could be done since that wasn't my interest or goal. I think you have to cover the feed dogs with a special plate- but then I could be wrong with this.

    I own Singer 15-90 and Singer 201, both in treadles, that I have FMQ with both, and I will only FMQ with my Singer 15.

    If your goal is to FMQ, go find a Singer 15-90 to use-plenty of them around to rescue.
    I second what Monica said about the 15 - BUT get a 15-88! That is the treadle version of the 15. The 15-90 and 15-91 are both electric machines! I love my 15-88 for free motion quilting. That is the only machine I use for free motion! You could also get a 15 clone! There are lots of gorgeous 15 clones around that are also great for FMQting - that is if you want an electric machine!

    Nancy

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    [quote=Bennett]My sister called me and asked for a machine because she was wanting to use elastic bobbin thread for shirring, and her brand new machine had an automatic tension adjustment that wouldn't work with that.


    Your sister can zig zag over a 1/8” elastic and secure the ends. Thread the elastic through a small straw or stir stick and tape it to the center of the needle to feed between the stitches. Even on modern machines you can adjust the bobbin tension to except the elastic thread. Just a suggestion.

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