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

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...
    Uncle Jr.? ;) :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I suppose I should let you all know that my 301 can sew through a rotary mat and not miss a beat.
    I had forgotten I had it under the needle using it to cut a few wings from a block. Since my foot is a 1/4" foot, there was no need to use the needle plate for aligning my next step to sew. I always guide the needle first into the fabric for the first stitch. Didn't even notice it was a little stiff. LOL
    I sewed about two inches and then saw why sewing was so difficult.
    I know the modern plastic machines couldn't do that.

    Hope you all enjoy the laugh like I did when I realized what I had done.

    Blessings,
    Sandi
    ~laffin~ I'm still not sure how you did that, but it's funny stuff!!!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...
    Uncle Jr.? ;) :lol:
    nah not him.... MIL maybe... Uncle Jr died not too long ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    .....I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover.
    I sewed my hip pocket back onto my coveralls on the tailgate of my pickup at a motel while on a job one time. I was glad I’d taken my old Singer 66-1 Hand Crank with me. I call it my old “Silver-eye”, since the Redeye decals are badly silvered. I had a couple of guys come by and say they wished they had one to carry with them too. Finding a place to get mending done in a strange town is tough, especially when you’re driving a truck.

    I do a lot of my sewing out in the yard, and some in the alley at the shop.

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    That's a SewHandy. My sister gave me hers since she isn't into sewing or collecting vintage machines.

    It's a "toy" real sewing machine. Take 24x1 needles Manual show that it quilts, does tucking, pleats, and ruffles.

    Cute little gal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    .....I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover.
    I sewed my hip pocket back onto my coveralls on the tailgate of my pickup at a motel while on a job one time. I was glad I’d taken my old Singer 66-1 Hand Crank with me. I call it my old “Silver-eye”, since the Redeye decals are badly silvered. I had a couple of guys come by and say they wished they had one to carry with them too. Finding a place to get mending done in a strange town is tough, especially when you’re driving a truck.

    I do a lot of my sewing out in the yard, and some in the alley at the shop.

    CD in Oklahoma
    The lighting is really good out there, isn't it. I'd like to get a non-electric to use for outside projects/

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...
    Uncle Jr.? ;) :lol:
    nah not him.... MIL maybe... Uncle Jr died not too long ago
    I'm sorry! :( I didn't realize that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    I removed the shuttle-race and shuttle and gave them a good cleaning. That was easy. The manual does not show the red plastic thing at the bottom of the shuttle race. Among some of the paperwork that was taped in the cabinet was a round tag that said that stated that Quote: a "SHUT-L-KLEEN" had been installed on this machine for your sewing machine convenience, NO JAMMED MACHINE WITH SHUT-L-KLEEN, prevents clogging by lint or thread. Now I don't know if the tag pertains to Marilyn or some other machine. There was an instruction book for "The Eldredge Two Spool Sewing Machine" along with the Belair manual. So, who knows? I think that the only reason both the manuals survived was that they were taped to the inside of the cabinet and were very oil soaked.

    I think that the cabinet Marilyn came in is much older than she is. I have never seen one like it. The oval top folds back and rests on a pull out support to create a table. Really cool. But it looks as if it spent some time in a garage because the top is marred by what looks like paint can rings, scratches and one big cigarette burn.
    WOW two projects for the price of one! There is a book by George Grotz called "The Furniture Doctor" might be of help on that lovely table. http://books.google.com/books?id=P1r...page&q&f=false The book is a really good read. Sounds like the red thing is a nifty invention there to clean your shuttle! I think I saw a black one once.
    Thanks for the book referral. I will order it today. A couple more pictures of the cabinet attached. The second photo shows that the cabinet had been modified to accept another machine besides Marilyn. The beige stuff inside is a thread catcher made of two scraps of upholstery or drapery fabric, old stuff. Any ideas as to it's age?
    Caroline,
    Most likely this had a Two Spools sewing machine. The first two Spools that I got was in a cabinet like this, but the cabinet was trashed since it had been in a barn for years. Your cabinet is in great shape.

    I like the idea of a cloth instead of the bent wood for catching threads and oil since it allows more room-no knees hitting the bent wood.

    Let us know how your machine sews with that red thingy, Shut-L-Kleen. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    .....I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover.
    I sewed my hip pocket back onto my coveralls on the tailgate of my pickup at a motel while on a job one time. I was glad I’d taken my old Singer 66-1 Hand Crank with me. I call it my old “Silver-eye”, since the Redeye decals are badly silvered. I had a couple of guys come by and say they wished they had one to carry with them too. Finding a place to get mending done in a strange town is tough, especially when you’re driving a truck.

    I do a lot of my sewing out in the yard, and some in the alley at the shop.

    CD in Oklahoma
    The lighting is really good out there, isn't it. I'd like to get a non-electric to use for outside projects/
    I have my Free in treadle sitting in my garage since I have no space in the house. After I get the treadle fixed, I plan to sit it outside on nice days so that I can work outside. I know that it will be heavy carrying it from house to patio, but I prefer treadling over using a HC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    The lighting is really good out there, isn't it.
    Yes it is, and when you’re sewing dirty used items, it helps keep the “mess” outside.

    One time I even turned my Hand Crank 66-1 into a “Free Arm” by laying a 2x6 board across two sawhorses, with the board sticking out further on my HC end, and an old parts machine lashed to the other end for a counter-balance. Worked great to mend inside of an air compressor cover!

    CD in Oklahoma

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