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

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackkip
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    Hi everyone. I need a little help. I am in the market for a restored Treadle machine. I have the cabinet. Last year I purchased a machine and cabinet. I had plans on restoring both pieces. Well, let's just say I did better on the cabinet than I did the machine. It is still in pieces and my hubby has given up on me ever putting it back together. Today he told me, "just go and buy a machine that is already done". So now my mission is to find the perfect treadle machine. Any suggestions on where to start? Thanks in advance :D
    So hubby has given up on you ever putting it back together, but could hubby be of help by helping you put the machine back together....two heads are better than one sometimes.

    You didn't tell us what you own now: the cabinet and the machine that needs to be reassembled.

    If it is a Singer 66, 99, 15, or 201, this site may be of help to you in reassembling the machine.

    http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/
    It is a very plain looking singer 66. My dream machine would be one with the egyptian decals. I am not really stuck on any certain model, since I haven't really sewn on any older machines. I guess you could say I am into the looks :roll:

    I did find a lotus 66 on CL. But the lady wants 225 for the machine and cabinet. I think it is way to much. I would rather pay that much for a machine head that is really good working order.

    As far as getting the one back together. I am very bad about starting a project and never finishing. I tend to get bored. I know I should probably try again.
    Yes, you should put it back together! ;) You have a great "user" there! That being said, I have a White machine that will never be "together" again. She's going to be a parts machine because I just don't have the patience, and she's too rusty anyway.
    Watch for another 66. Haunt the antique stores and thrift stores. There's a brown lotus here in town that they want $45 for (I think that's what it was anyway), no cabinet, no attachments, just the machine. Decals are in so-so shape. I'd pick it up for you if you wanted me to... it's also a 66....I have no real idea if it works or not...I'd check that out first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Just finished a tutorial on machine binding using a Davis NVF and Singer 328; can be found on my blog.

    I spent late last night (very early morning) trying to improve the look of my machine binding work. This is what I came up with after many trial and errors.
    Ya did good! :) I'm DYING to get this Davis up and running!! I just have to keep telling myself, "It'll happen...patience Grasshopper!!" :lol:

    I absolutely LOVE the duct tape on the attachments!! It made me smile!! :)
    Charlee, I also have an older Davis Vertical Feed, but yours is older than mine - mine is also pre 1900! Love the machine and I really love the treadle! Your treadle actually says "vertical feed" doesn't it? Wow! My Betty's treadle does not say anything, not even 'Davis.' Yours, being a coffin top, is really puurrrty! Good luck with her, and have patience when you start sewing with her - they take some getting use to! Also, that Davis will give you a work out! When I put on a binding with her, I get worn out from treadling!

    Nancy
    I'm getting so impatient to get this machine going! :lol: I have to remember that it's going to look so much nicer if I behave and take my time!!

    The base is cool. It has "Vertical Feed" in the foot pedal, and the decals on the circular part of the back of the base also say "Vertical Feed". The flywheel on the base has stars at the "intersections", and the sides both have the name "Davis" cast into them.

    My "detective work" leads me to believe that this machine is from between 1885 (the last patent date on the slide) and 1890 when the factory first fired up in Dayton, Ohio, since "Watertown, NY" is also on the slide plate, and that's where the Davis company first started. They made the decision to move in 1888, when the city of Dayton offered them big bucks to move there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    A question for those who may know...what paint touch up manufacturer and color do you use for black Singers? I went to JoAnnes and there are at least 4 or 5 and I had no idea which would be better, an acrylic base an oil base etc. Some said shine finish, some didn't and I didn't want to guess. Which do you use and like best? I've got a black 319 that has some chips I'd like to touch up.
    Candace, I bought the touch up pens from Michaels (I think). Anyway, I was so excited to touch up some of my machines starting with my 1898 Model 28 that I went right to work with the touch up pen. It looked great too, until I dusted the machines! The black color came right off when I rubbed it. I was touching up right over the medal with no prep work. Maybe, if I had used a little alcohol or something to clean the bad spot it would have worked - don't know - but, I know it didn't work without doing some prep work!

    Nancy
    Nancy, which brand did you use?

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    O.K. ya'll....I need some help. I had a gal contact me yesterday in regards to an ad I have on CL. She told me she had a "remarkable" FW that looked brand new in case. That the foot pedal was still in the cardboard box. It looks unused(so she says). She told me she's losing her home, if she can't come up with some quick cash, and is selling off her items.
    She's asking $140. She told me she saw online they were going upwards of $500 in the condition hers was. She gave me the serial # and it's a 1937 machine(I looked it up). I asked her to send me a few pics. She was able to send me two dark pics and I believe she's led herself to think it's a FW, but the scroll plate etc. look like a 201.

    Now, here's the deal. I've not really desired a 201, but I don't have one, and could rationalize adding an almost brand new 201 to my collection. I know she needs the money. But, what's a reasonable offer?

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    Muv? Is this you? I love these videos in any case - prepare to spend a good bit of time watching these. If you go just above the screen there is a place to click and you can watch all of Muv's videos. This is on cleaning up and oiling old sewing machines. Excellent info.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidpJ..._order&list=UL
    it will go on and do part 2 when part one runs completely out This is a very good video for cleaning up an old sewing machine!!!
    I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. BTW what she does will work for most any old machine. Do consult your owner's manual!

    Muv also did this one on tensions on the long bobbin machines
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S43_-..._order&list=UL

    Be prepared for a delightful informative video.

    I'll also post this separately so that it can be found again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    O.K. ya'll....I need some help. I had a gal contact me yesterday in regards to an ad I have on CL. She told me she had a "remarkable" FW that looked brand new in case. That the foot pedal was still in the cardboard box. It looks unused(so she says). She told me she's losing her home, if she can't come up with some quick cash, and is selling off her items.
    She's asking $140. She told me she saw online they were going upwards of $500 in the condition hers was. She gave me the serial # and it's a 1937 machine(I looked it up). I asked her to send me a few pics. She was able to send me two dark pics and I believe she's led herself to think it's a FW, but the scroll plate etc. look like a 201.

    Now, here's the deal. I've not really desired a 201, but I don't have one, and could rationalize adding an almost brand new 201 to my collection. I know she needs the money. But, what's a reasonable offer?
    I wonder what she is trying to pull. If she really is moving offer he $50 and hope for $75. I paid $30 for one once.

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    I paid $40 for 201 in the bentwood case with the beautiful handmade oak sewing table made for it to sit in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    O.K. ya'll....I need some help. I had a gal contact me yesterday in regards to an ad I have on CL. She told me she had a "remarkable" FW that looked brand new in case. That the foot pedal was still in the cardboard box. It looks unused(so she says). She told me she's losing her home, if she can't come up with some quick cash, and is selling off her items.
    She's asking $140. She told me she saw online they were going upwards of $500 in the condition hers was. She gave me the serial # and it's a 1937 machine(I looked it up). I asked her to send me a few pics. She was able to send me two dark pics and I believe she's led herself to think it's a FW, but the scroll plate etc. look like a 201.

    Now, here's the deal. I've not really desired a 201, but I don't have one, and could rationalize adding an almost brand new 201 to my collection. I know she needs the money. But, what's a reasonable offer?
    I wonder what she is trying to pull. If she really is moving offer he $50 and hope for $75. I paid $30 for one once.
    I don't think she's trying to pull anything, really. I think she honestly doesn't know anything about sewing from her e-mails to me. I think she's like the many others who know nothing, that assume a travel case with a black singer in it, is a FW. I tend to think she's ignorant in sewing machines rather than dishonest. But, I also need to feel like I'm getting a decent price on it. I hate to have to break the news to her that she really doesn't have a FW.

    I don't want to rip her off, but this machine hasn't been on my wish list either. Actually I'd prefer one of the newer 201's that has the more angular looking body...

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    A while back some one asked me for new home or white rotary manuals. I think I know how to send them now if you send me your e-mail address.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    O.K. ya'll....I need some help. I had a gal contact me yesterday in regards to an ad I have on CL. She told me she had a "remarkable" FW that looked brand new in case. That the foot pedal was still in the cardboard box. It looks unused(so she says). She told me she's losing her home, if she can't come up with some quick cash, and is selling off her items.
    She's asking $140. She told me she saw online they were going upwards of $500 in the condition hers was. She gave me the serial # and it's a 1937 machine(I looked it up). I asked her to send me a few pics. She was able to send me two dark pics and I believe she's led herself to think it's a FW, but the scroll plate etc. look like a 201.

    Now, here's the deal. I've not really desired a 201, but I don't have one, and could rationalize adding an almost brand new 201 to my collection. I know she needs the money. But, what's a reasonable offer?
    I wonder what she is trying to pull. If she really is moving offer he $50 and hope for $75. I paid $30 for one once.
    I don't think she's trying to pull anything, really. I think she honestly doesn't know anything about sewing from her e-mails to me. I think she's like the many others who know nothing, that assume a travel case with a black singer in it, is a FW. I tend to think she's ignorant in sewing machines rather than dishonest. But, I also need to feel like I'm getting a decent price on it. I hate to have to break the news to her that she really doesn't have a FW.

    I don't want to rip her off, but this machine hasn't been on my wish list either. Actually I'd prefer one of the newer 201's that has the more angular looking body...
    You state that you had an ad on CL and that this gal contacts you to see if you wish to purchase her FW. Hummm...interesting.

    I would tell her to post on CL if she hasn't already. THE END.

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