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

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    Don't ask me why, but I have been admiring the little Singer 185 for a while now. I found one on CL and after a long drive today I now own one in very good condition. The case is a bit scruffy, but I can live with that. I'm too tired to mess with her tonight, so I'll have to download a manual and check her stitches tomorrow. Is there anything I need to know about her? BTW her name is Julie, after the owner's mom, and also my GGM.

    Darren

    Still has the price on it - $20
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    The pedal doesn't even look used
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    Included a box of attachments for a Ward
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    You can't really see all the scuffs in the pic
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    LOL :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol:

    Chris_Quilts, you are funny, but I bet we all feel the same as you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennijanine
    LOL :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol:

    Chris_Quilts, you are funny, but I bet we all feel the same as you!!
    I think we all have a sense that something big is being lost forever and we are merely the curators doing our best to preserve - THAT is a far cry from being some purposeless hoarder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    Don't ask me why, but I have been admiring the little Singer 185 for a while now. I found one on CL and after a long drive today I now own one in very good condition. The case is a bit scruffy, but I can live with that. I'm too tired to mess with her tonight, so I'll have to download a manual and check her stitches tomorrow. Is there anything I need to know about her? BTW her name is Julie, after the owner's mom, and also my GGM.

    Darren
    very cool. Enjoy that little buggar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    You all will be proud of me. The grub screw holes in my Singer 319 somehow stripped out when I removed the screws to take the machine out of the table I refinished. I bought a new thread tapping die at Lowes and made new threads in the holes and bought matching screws....not original of course, but it's in the table and works. Woohoo! I was kind of sweating this one and was worried I'd really mess it up. I gave my 319 a kerosene bath today which cleaned it up some what.
    Good for you Candance! Have you posted pictures yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    You all will be proud of me. The grub screw holes in my Singer 319 somehow stripped out when I removed the screws to take the machine out of the table I refinished. I bought a new thread tapping die at Lowes and made new threads in the holes and bought matching screws....not original of course, but it's in the table and works. Woohoo! I was kind of sweating this one and was worried I'd really mess it up. I gave my 319 a kerosene bath today which cleaned it up some what.
    Good for you Candance! Have you posted pictures yet?
    Of the machine and refinished table, but not together. I tried sewing on the 319 and the bobbin thread won't pick up which is scaring me that it needs a timing adjustment:<

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    You all will be proud of me. The grub screw holes in my Singer 319 somehow stripped out when I removed the screws to take the machine out of the table I refinished. I bought a new thread tapping die at Lowes and made new threads in the holes and bought matching screws....not original of course, but it's in the table and works. Woohoo! I was kind of sweating this one and was worried I'd really mess it up. I gave my 319 a kerosene bath today which cleaned it up some what.
    Good for you Candance! Have you posted pictures yet?
    Of the machine and refinished table, but not together. I tried sewing on the 319 and the bobbin thread won't pick up which is scaring me that it needs a timing adjustment:<
    is the needle hitting the foot? Does the thread catch at all? If the thread it catching it probably is a burr on the hook. Timing isn't the end of the earth if you have instructions
    try it with a new needle
    someone posted this video a while ago - it is very helpful
    for timing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHhlHbUYwV8

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    Alright Billy, don't know what I am doing wrong. 2nd machine go through the spa treatment and another broken part. When I took the bobbin winder assembly out of the kerosine soak for a day there was a crack in the body.

    Do you happen to have a replacement one in your parts? It is stamped with the number 47.

    If you want to send the whole assemly I am okay with that and I will send you my carcass and parts off of it.

    Thanks Lisa,

    P.S. Keep relaxing and staying cool! Thanks for the new link to the Singer site.

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    I wonder if you could take it to a weld shop and have it repaired

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    I understand the reluctance of letting go of some of our machines. My SIL wanted to borrow a machine to learn to sew on earlier this week. I tried to talk myself in to letting her borrow a 15 clone, or something else vintage, but instead she got an Elna Elnita 250 that I got from a pawn shop 15+ years ago for $30. My "babies" are mostly gifts or hand me downs. My DH wanted to know why she got that machine, and I said it is a good one for any fabric, and does lots of stuff. It is actually the one I keep heavy dutied up for letter jackets and such. She wanted to hem pants, etc. so I figured it would work good for her.

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