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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derla View Post
    There are way too many posts on this forum to read them all, so this may be a repeat. My husband bought me a vintage sewing machine at an estate sale for $30. It is a Necchi, made in Italy, Model BU. She really purrs like a kitten. There are lots of different feet for it - but no manual. I've not been able to check the stitch as I'm not sure how to thread it. From the little I've been able to find on the Internet about it -- I'm thinking he did good. But it seems there are 3 different kinds of Model BU and I'd like to get it ID'd accurately so I can look for the right manual. Can anyone give me a link to get it ID'd, please?
    You can find a threading diagram here: http://sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams...ng_Diagram.htm
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Just what is a 'picot hemstitcher'? What does it look like? I've never heard of one before? Pictures??
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    I just 'googled' it and it is so neat!!! I want one, but can't afford the $99.00 for the set with the throat plate. Anyone know of one a lot cheaper?
    Watch ebay, that's where I got both of mine for a LOT less than $99! April1930's has this video on You Tube...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxWyjzhmdI8

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    f I can't get this one to work right, I'll be selling it! LOL
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    I have had my fw for almost 3 years, and never sewed its project until tonight. What a fun little machine to use. I had only made sure that it sewed and oiled and cleaned it up, but I pieced a baby quilt on it tonight. Quiet, smooth, and just neat to use. I will get the quilting done on a clone tomorrow. The fw is just so cute, it is hard to believe how well it sews.
    Melinda

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    Sewmore, Japanese Clone of what?

    Help! This machine is driving me crazy! I can't figure what machine she was cloned from. The model number is 606 but she does not look like the Sewmore 606's I have found on the Internet. The faceplate is hinged and rounded. The knob underneath the badge lowers and raises the feeddogs. I would like to find a generic manual for her but I don't know what she is. Might name her Greta after Greta Garbo, the mysterious one.
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    Caroline, not every "Non-Singer" is a clone. Your Sewmor is just that...a Sewmor.
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    MPeters,
    The plate that the spool pin for your featherweight only has 1 screw, it just needs to be a bit tighter. You need to be able to access that part of the machine so you can grease and oil in that area. The box that your machine came in is for a white FW, they were made in the 1960s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Just what is a 'picot hemstitcher'? What does it look like? I've never heard of one before? Pictures??
    Janis
    I just 'googled' it and it is so neat!!! I want one, but can't afford the $99.00 for the set with the throat plate. Anyone know of one a lot cheaper?
    What is a fair price for one of those??? I picked up a hand crank so I can test a couple out - see if they work. It is my understanding that they work better at very low speed. Iris, you HAVE to come over then - I'll need support.....
    Last edited by miriam; 11-10-2011 at 12:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446 View Post
    I am going to look at a Singer 66 tomorrow. I am not familiar with this machine and neither is the seller. She is asking $25 for it. GREAT PRICE!
    Questions I have:
    Is this only a treadle machine? NO
    I think she told me it was in a case, but she doesn't know anything about machines so a case could be a treadle!
    What # bobbins does it take? CLASS 66 BOBBINS
    I downloaded a manual for it but didn't find anything about the bobbins. It looks like a round bobbin.
    Is it only forward and reverse? SOME ARE ONLY FORWARD - SOME DO REVERSE
    How are the stitches? EXCELLENT
    Is it a good machine for most types of fabric like denim? EXCELLENT
    Thanks for any information!
    Jan on 446

    NICE SIMPLE MACHINE - I HAVE ONE IN A BENT WOOD CASE - NOT A REDEYE THOUGH - BUMMER
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446 View Post
    I am going to look at a Singer 66 tomorrow. I am not familiar with this machine and neither is the seller. She is asking $25 for it. GREAT PRICE!
    Questions I have:
    Is this only a treadle machine? NO
    I think she told me it was in a case, but she doesn't know anything about machines so a case could be a treadle!
    What # bobbins does it take? CLASS 66 BOBBINS
    I downloaded a manual for it but didn't find anything about the bobbins. It looks like a round bobbin.
    Is it only forward and reverse? SOME ARE ONLY FORWARD - SOME DO REVERSE
    How are the stitches? EXCELLENT
    Is it a good machine for most types of fabric like denim? EXCELLENT
    Thanks for any information!
    Jan on 446

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy! We are waiting to see what a Hale's Crescent looks like...where are you...looking forward to the pictures...anticipation...
    Sorry Monica, I have been taking care of a sick grandson for a couple days!

    I did get the Hales Crescent a couple days ago. It is a really cute machine - looks sort of like a Two Spools, but it is a vibrating shuttle. I got the machine, cabinet, original manaul, and 3 shuttle bobbins for $10. The machine itself is worth $10! Now the bad part, the machine is in great shape - owned by the same family all its life. The cabinet, though, is going to need some major repair work. DH welded the treadle irons - that came out great, but the whole top of the cabinet has to be re-done - new veneer, even some of the boards under the veneer are split! Now, he has 4 he has to re-do (I am almost finished with the cabinet for the 319w).

    Now I am trying to find some information out about the Hales Crescent! They were made by Johnson, Flanders and Co. between 1865 and 1883 - that is all I can find out? I am sure this machine is from the early 1900's not the late 1800's, but according to the records it can't be because the company was out of busines by 1883? I also find nothing on ISMACS needle site about needle size. It appears to take a Boye #10 like a Davis? Geeze, I am always getting these mystery machines!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 11-10-2011 at 06:23 AM.

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