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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    That's funny; all the machines I want seem to be in Texas!!
    LOL I will agree with you Johnny but it always seems that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boys
    I see it now there is a "G" in front of the numbers

    The stamp on the machine is 0267821

    Thanks
    Ginger

    Ginger, can you look at that serial number again. It should start with a letter. The serial number you are giving is for an 1873 machine. That is a Model 66 Redeye, which they didn't start making until 1902. Being that it is electric, it is either a 1920's 1930's model or it was originally a treadle that had a motor added later? Again, the first digit of your serial number should be a letter. The bobbin slide plate is easy to find. You can do a search for a Singer Model 66 or a Singer Model 99 bobbin slide plate. They both work on that machine. Billy who runs this board also sells the slide plates.
    Nancy
    That makes more sense. Your machine, if the serial number is 'G0267821, is a Model 66 and was allotted on January 16, 1911, at the St. Jean, Quebec factory!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    That's funny; all the machines I want seem to be in Texas!!
    LOL I will agree with you Johnny but it always seems that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

    Billy
    My great great grand dad used to say the grass is always greener on the far hill - found it in an old letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    Well, Sharon my guess is that because the Two Spools and the Davis Vertical Feed were 'different' that people just didn't take to them. Both machines are anomalies. The Two Spools should have taken off like gang busters, but it didn't - probably due to the fact that it takes a little getting use to inserting the second spool correctly. The Davis Vertical Feed should have been much more popular than it was - with the walking foot, it is a great machine for working over multiple layers like binding quilts. The one thing I have noticed about my Davis Vertical Feed is that 'Betty' really gives me a workout. The Davis, with no feed dogs to help move the fabric, is harder to treadle, at least my Betty takes some energy to treadle!

    So I think, the Davis is more work which most women didn't want to do, and the Two Spools just took some getting use to. Remember, back then the general consensus was that women couldn't do technical things! Oh and I know Sharon knows this about sewing machine history as do most people who have been on this board a long time, but read the history of sewing machines! It was thought that women would not be able to handle too much technical stuff!

    Nancy
    Nancy,
    I forgot that back when the Davis Vertical Feed and Two Spools were made that men thought we were pretty much brainless and far too delicate to figure out; much less run machinery.
    I wouldn't have made a very good example of the good little
    woman; probably would've been in trouble all the time. :roll:
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    Well, Sharon my guess is that because the Two Spools and the Davis Vertical Feed were 'different' that people just didn't take to them. Both machines are anomalies. The Two Spools should have taken off like gang busters, but it didn't - probably due to the fact that it takes a little getting use to inserting the second spool correctly. The Davis Vertical Feed should have been much more popular than it was - with the walking foot, it is a great machine for working over multiple layers like binding quilts. The one thing I have noticed about my Davis Vertical Feed is that 'Betty' really gives me a workout. The Davis, with no feed dogs to help move the fabric, is harder to treadle, at least my Betty takes some energy to treadle!

    So I think, the Davis is more work which most women didn't want to do, and the Two Spools just took some getting use to. Remember, back then the general consensus was that women couldn't do technical things! Oh and I know Sharon knows this about sewing machine history as do most people who have been on this board a long time, but read the history of sewing machines! It was thought that women would not be able to handle too much technical stuff!

    Nancy
    Nancy,
    I forgot that back when the Davis Vertical Feed and Two Spools were made that men thought we were pretty much brainless and far too delicate to figure out; much less run machinery.
    I wouldn't have made a very good example of the good little
    woman; probably would've been in trouble all the time. :roll:
    Sharon W.
    I can remember my mom telling me about learning to drive. Her dad wouldn't let her learn to drive on the road cause it wasn't proper so her and her sister took the truck out in the field and taught each other to drive a stick - she said they laughed themselves silly and they were both expecting their first baby - me and my cousin... neither of us were premature either. ;-)

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    I'm trying to trouble shoot my Singer 301. I got my bobbin case and finally got some bobbins and was able to test it out today. I can stitch fine in while going slow, med. is fine, but if I give it the gas and try to stitch fast the top thread breaks. I've lowered the tension and nothing seems to help. I've double checked my threading and replaced the needle correctly. Maybe there's a burr I can't see in the hook? I didn't really have time to investigate as it's my daughter's b-day party this evening. I'm happy my 301 sews, but it's not "right" so my detective hat will be on. Anyone have any suggestions? I don't think the timing would have something to do with this, but maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    That little beauty is mine!!! She sold it for $40.00. It is in such wonderful condition!!! All she needs is a needle and a bobbin, and a short spa treatment. An original handcrank Model 66k from July 1908.

    Texas Jan

    More pictures to follow later.
    Congrats! This is a NICE find with handcrank!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I'm trying to trouble shoot my Singer 301. I got my bobbin case and finally got some bobbins and was able to test it out today. I can stitch fine in while going slow, med. is fine, but if I give it the gas and try to stitch fast the top thread breaks. I've lowered the tension and nothing seems to help. I've double checked my threading and replaced the needle correctly. Maybe there's a burr I can't see in the hook? I didn't really have time to investigate as it's my daughter's b-day party this evening. I'm happy my 301 sews, but it's not "right" so my detective hat will be on. Anyone have any suggestions? I don't think the timing would have something to do with this, but maybe?
    Nothing wrong with the timing, it sounds like a burr on the needle plate or the tension disc are a tad bit dirty.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I'm trying to trouble shoot my Singer 301. I got my bobbin case and finally got some bobbins and was able to test it out today. I can stitch fine in while going slow, med. is fine, but if I give it the gas and try to stitch fast the top thread breaks. I've lowered the tension and nothing seems to help. I've double checked my threading and replaced the needle correctly. Maybe there's a burr I can't see in the hook? I didn't really have time to investigate as it's my daughter's b-day party this evening. I'm happy my 301 sews, but it's not "right" so my detective hat will be on. Anyone have any suggestions? I don't think the timing would have something to do with this, but maybe?
    Nothing wrong with the timing, it sounds like a burr on the needle plate or the tension disc are a tad bit dirty.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boys
    Ok so I started cleaning up my machine and something just isn't right with this area I wasn't planning on taking it apart but I saw a bunch of lint in between the disc. Can someone please help I think the problem is with the little wire part not being in the right spot
    I took mine apart and put it back following the information at TFSR. They have lots of pictures if you are more visual for working with 15s and 66/99s. Definitely a big help when I had to put all those little pieces back together!

    http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/

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