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

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbrauchle
    I have a Singer Model 66 manufactured on March 16, 1910 in Elizabeth, New Jersey that I would like to sell. Does anyone have any idea what the value of it would be?
    No case or cabinet? Looks to have some rust issues...you'd get more if you clean the rust off and polish... Are the bobbin and bobbin cover plate there?

    It's pretty much worth what someone is willing to pay....probably $25 to $35....or less...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    I wonder, if for their preview, they will go back to the tried and true formula, or if the machine will be the latest computer. (Not really wondering. We all can guess.) Well, whatever Singer brings out will not be as good as the oldies but goodies!! :D

    Is someone going to ISMACS who can take a pic and post it after the conference?? It would be interesting to see the new machine.
    Yes I want to see a Photo of that one!! If I felt like it I would go to the ISMACS event because it is so close to me but I do not think ?I will be felling up to it after all of the doctor appointments i will be going to the week of the show. I love being sick :roll:


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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Miriam, I had a straight stitch needle hole on my watch list on ebay and I know the Elna site has them, but I don't see where it will help with the other problem. The pressure on the presser foot is self adjusting. It can shift the top layer of fabric just a tiny bit. The walking foot is a cure for that, but neither of mine is quiet. Using the embroidery foot helps, too, because it rides a little higher than the normal foot.

    Candace, you're right. Miss Elna is the quietest, strongest sounding machine I've ever been near. If I were to need her to quilt, I'd get a needle plate with a round hole and use the plastic embroidery foot. I sewed with it for several years while my presser foot was lost. In fact, last month, I made HSTs with the Elna and her metal foot by using leaders and they are perfect. I also SITD an entire lap quilt using the W foot (pre 301). The other problem - the stitch is so strong and perfect, it's a bi--- to remove. You do learn to sew carefully. I love that machine and if I could only have one, I guess she'd be it.

    edit: I just played with Miss Elna and a Janome FMQ foot. Yes, she will quilt quite nicely. I don't drop my feeddogs to quilt with the 301, so there isn't much difference. A little drag because the feeddogs are higher on the Elna, but not enough to notice. Interesting.
    I think this one will be on my wish list, then.

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    Well, I bought the female....then I thought she needed a mate..bought a male a year later.....then I thought maybe I would let her have a pup one time and she had 4! Had a hard time giving them up....so kept two and gave two to a dear Friend so I still get to see them! So precious ...all between 5 and 6 pounds.

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    Have a question. Has anyone seen or own a Western Electric portable (wooden case) that is an electric two spools machine?? I have a friend wanting to sell one, but have no idea what it is worth. In really nice shape. Who made the 2 spool machines??

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    Well, I bought the female....then I thought she needed a mate..bought a male a year later.....then I thought maybe I would let her have a pup one time and she had 4! Had a hard time giving them up....so kept two and gave two to a dear Friend so I still get to see them! So precious ...all between 5 and 6 pounds.
    I do love all my yorkies, mine are puppymill rejects, or retired breeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Miriam, I had a straight stitch needle hole on my watch list on ebay and I know the Elna site has them, but I don't see where it will help with the other problem. The pressure on the presser foot is self adjusting. It can shift the top layer of fabric just a tiny bit. The walking foot is a cure for that, but neither of mine is quiet. Using the embroidery foot helps, too, because it rides a little higher than the normal foot.

    Candace, you're right. Miss Elna is the quietest, strongest sounding machine I've ever been near. If I were to need her to quilt, I'd get a needle plate with a round hole and use the plastic embroidery foot. I sewed with it for several years while my presser foot was lost. In fact, last month, I made HSTs with the Elna and her metal foot by using leaders and they are perfect. I also SITD an entire lap quilt using the W foot (pre 301). The other problem - the stitch is so strong and perfect, it's a bi--- to remove. You do learn to sew carefully. I love that machine and if I could only have one, I guess she'd be it.

    edit: I just played with Miss Elna and a Janome FMQ foot. Yes, she will quilt quite nicely. I don't drop my feeddogs to quilt with the 301, so there isn't much difference. A little drag because the feeddogs are higher on the Elna, but not enough to notice. Interesting.
    I think this one will be on my wish list, then.

    :thumbup:
    It is a very fine machine. I haven't ever quilted but I sure did put pieces together on the old one that gave up on me in 1990. But then again I just tie all my quilts. My quilts aren't very elaborate either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I got a Singer 241-12 a while ago. Got her all unstuck and moving nice. Put her to the test. NADA. Her tension was wonky. Then the shuttle wouldn't loop. I put her on hold and had a bout of PI and broken toe etc for the summer. OK so I got her out - fixed the tension in 3 minutes. YEAH I won. Then started checking for burrs on the hook. NADA. Put the bobbin in and out in and out. NADA. That bobbin case had a screw missing. I replaced it a while ago. Seems like the dumb think is off. Won't hold in right. Then I got to digging around in my junk. None of the bobbin cases I have on hand match the hole. I'm not even sure the one that came with it was the right one. Now I'm thinking - order a new bobbin case. They range from 3 to 40 dollars. So if I buy the 3 dollar one will it work? Then I notice you can just buy the bobbin tension spring. That should be a clue... So I look over the bobbin case. EW. It was coated in rust - I got a bit of oil and a bit of aluminum foil and polished it up. Poked it in the bobbin hole - NADA. It makes a loop but add fabric and it balls up something awful. Has to be that tension spring. I'm beating my head against the stupid wall on this one.

    Needle tip of the day: The needle curf goes toward the bobbin when you put in the needle - industrial machines have round needles - no flat side.
    Jenny (sew-classic) is ordering a bobbin case. I can't beat her prices on Ebay!

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    What would a Singer 9W in a good cabinet be worth. The machine just needs a good cleaning. Any help is appreciated. The asking price is $100

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Have a question. Has anyone seen or own a Western Electric portable (wooden case) that is an electric two spools machine?? I have a friend wanting to sell one, but have no idea what it is worth. In really nice shape. Who made the 2 spool machines??

    Texas Jan
    National or Eldredge were the makers and it really up to the area that your in. I have sen nice ones go for $100 and then I have seen them sell for $200+ just depends. But I have not sen a badged two spool yet.

    Billy

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