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

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
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    Do you like it and are you happy with it? If so - it is a good machine.

    if you REALLY love it and use it all the time and would be heart broken if it broke - then that's the one....
    Miriam, that's the way I feel about the 401A, and I'll probably love the FW when I get a chance to use it.
    I think I'm that way about my 403. I think it is my favorite. At least it is the one I use all the time.

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    Hi everyone. I have several vintage machines. 221's, 301's and 15-91's. None of these machines have much harp height or width. Was wondering if any of the older machines have a large enough opening to use it on the quilt frame my DH is making for me. Don't some of the vintage Singers have larger throat/harp areas or at least larger than the ones I already have? Appreciate any info you can provide. Thanks, Ann in TN

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    A 15-91's harp is 8 1/2" right of the needle and almost 9 inches high. It and the 201 with the drop in bobbin are about as large as you are going to find in a vintage home machine. I have a 31-15 industrial that is 10 1/2 to the right of the needle but it has to be in an industrial table. It is a great machine for FMQ though, because of the space and the speed.

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    Hello. Singer Industrial 31-15 has 10-1/4" harp compared to my 201's 8". Lots of 31-15's around.
    Jon

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    I gave it a quick measurement with a plastic tape. I went for close enough. Sorry. :oops:

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    10-3/8 ???? Split the difference?

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    I was probably off on the 15-91, too. I believe it and the 201 share the same measurements. That aside, they are about as roomy as she will find in a vintage machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixedgearhead
    Here is a link to my treadle conversion of a modern machine. I have a couple of older electric machines, Featherweight, Singer 404, but this is my main machine. The best of the old and new.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-150099-1.htm
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    the old electric Singer I bought the other day is in a treadle cabinet. The wires on the motor are melted and made a nice mess on the sewing machine. What I'd like to do is remove the motor and convert this back to a treadle. Maybe the correct way to say this is that I'm too cheap to replace the wiring and wonder how hard it would be to change to a treadle machine.
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    Simple. Remove motor and light, buy and make belt, cleanup and lube machine and you'd be ready. Will need slide plate if it's missing.
    Good Luck
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj
    Simple. Remove motor and light, buy and make belt, cleanup and lube machine and you'd be ready. Will need slide plate if it's missing.
    Good Luck
    Jon
    I wondered if it would be that simple. Thanks

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