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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
    Quote Originally Posted by malindaann
    hi -- I picked up a 404 model at an estate sale yesterday for a very small amount. It is a 1959 model. It needs a really thorough cleaning and some rust removed from the extra parts(ruffler, feet, etc). Can someone recommend the best site to order any missing pieces from? I think it's pretty intact but there is a small belt on the front that is rotting and the spool felts and stuff like that are in rough shape. I plan to use it for some heavy duty sewing -- leather and sunbrella -- if anyone has experience or advice I would love to receive it.
    Hi! Congrats on the find! I have purchased from SewClassic:
    http://www.sew-classic.com/

    And if you looking for additional info to read about your 404:
    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/10/...ne-review.aspx

    I like her site, very informative. At least I have learned a lot just reading her site.

    Anyway, enjoy your wonderful vintage machine! Have fun quilting with her.
    I would diddo the above. Jenny has your stuff!!! She has the attachments, the spool felts, the little bobbin winder belt and her bobbins are good ones and inexpensive. Those 404 machines were used in schools for girls to learn to sew. Refurbished, you will LOVE that machine. It is just a stripped down 401 or 403 - no bells and whistles but it is a good solid machine. It isn't terribly heavy & it won't dance off your table. As far as sewing heavy stuff, it will sew through but if you are doing big pieces of canvas etc, you will really need a walking foot so that the needle bar doesn't bend. The weight can pull too much on the needle bar. Now how would I know that???

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    thanks for sew place for301 feet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Okay everybody, I found me a beige 301A longbed on Craigslist for $100, with the foot pedal, case and the bobbin case. Drove from the San Jose area to San Francisco to get it. (About 60 miles.) First time on my own and I'm not too proud to admit I just kept getting lost. Found the pickup spot after a missed exit, (I had directions off of mapquest), but afterwards.... you'd think I'd never been there (or driven there), before! Left home about 2:30pm and got back around 6:30pm.

    So now I've got her out and found a youtube to explain how to wind the bobbin. I cannot get the silver thing to move towards me to disengage it. Any advise, please?
    Have you oiled the machine yet? Sometimes that helps... most of the time, people really crank on the stop action knob...and it's really not necessary! You may just have to get Western with it. (Grab it and force it loose)
    LOL, I'll try getting western with it! It did not come with a manual, so I guess it's back to youtube to see if there are instructions there on how to oil it.

    Thanks all for your advise!

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    Gold Wings decal alert!!

    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    So I have to offficially attempt to sneak a machine into the house.

    Can a treadle be snuck in? I know there must be some info here somewhere on taking a treadle apart to transport (sneak)!

    My guess is that the machine has been electrified but is still sitting in the treadle cabinet :)

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    The only difference is the Spartan has a bobbin winder that is slightly easier to convert. Usually, they go for less $.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    Seen a Spartan at the flea market last Sunday, but it had the logo for The Singer manufacturing company along the top of the arm. Was this a rare machine that I should have picked up?
    Yep, you'd should have picked up the Spartan! The Spartan is the lower end Singer 99, but because there are way fewer Spartans than there are 99's, it is worth more! Billy says, Spartans are money in the bank!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    My wife said I could not have any more machines until I paint the house. I have a really big two story house so it could be awhile for me. :lol: :lol:
    You must have painted that house in a big hurry, as I seem to recall you have a nice, "new" parlor treadle??

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Miz Johnny!!!

    Did you survive your basement sale this past weekend?!
    You still with us?
    Just got back from the TN TOGA. Still recuperating!!

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    Welcome home Miz Johnny! Details Woman...we need DETAILS!! How was the TOGA?
    :)

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    Please keep in mind that I'm not real smart and just couldn't find your PDA on the board.....am I supposed to be looking somewhere else ? Please give me explicit instructions....I tend to follow instructions well.

    My real question is that I bought a Singer Athena 1200 yesterday at a thrift store and want to know your thoughts on the series.....thanks for info !

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    thanks! will check out

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