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

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    I like the 301's!! Now you need to get a few of the two toned machines and you goth all of them covered!! Speaking of I have listed several machines for sale along with a few accessorizes in the sale section and of course more will follow including a few 301's. But I need to get a few more things done around here before I list them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok Jon, the picture of the Hale Crescent on the newspaper ad, is my machine - the cabinet looks exactly like the picture. I wish I could print out the newspaper article, but when I try it comes out 'tiny.' I have tried re-sizing the article, but it still comes out tiny! I want to put that article in the paperwork with this machine! Thank you so much!

    Now what makes you think it is a Davis? My Free has the same chain lift on the cabinet, so does my National Two Spools? My Davis Vertical Feed uses the flip lid, not the chain lift? I am just curious, I am not doubting you. This machine definitely is the machine pictured on the newspaper article.

    Nancy

    Why I think it is a Davis over a National is the body shape of the machine. Look at the shape of your Two Spools versus the Davis. On left side of the machine where the thread gets threaded through for the tension/guide, the shape of the body looks like the Davis. Then on the right, the two bolts looks like the bolts found on the Davis. National Two Spools does have that.


    Nancy, Please post a picture of the left face plate area so that we can see that area better. I'm curious as to how the thread is guided through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    OMG that looks amazing, Nancy. You did a fabulous job restoring that cabinet and they look like they were meant for eachother! You'll have to post some pics of the projects you two make together. I'm amazed it treadles so easily. And love the machines name teeeheee:> One question, how do you reach the bobbin?
    Thank you Candace and Texas Jan!

    To get to the bobbin, I will just remove the needle plate - since there is no slide plate,and it is all one unit!

    Jon, I am missing part of the bobbin winder on the Hales Crescent! The part that guides the thread! I hadn't noticed that until you mentioned it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    I bought a hopping foot by accident (it is the all metal one and was in the attachments with a pfaff machine I got for $10) and tried it out finally. I had always just machine quilted with light pressure and still had pucker issues, and mostly SID because of it. Well, that hopping foot is amazing. My husband got tired of me saying, look at this!! when I was first using it and learned to FMQ. I keep threatening to read how I am supposed to FMQ but what I am doing works, so I just keep on going. I guess I cheated on that, because I enlarged some of the pics on the quilts page and just semi-copied them. The last two baby quilts I did, I was so proud-not one broken thread or tangle, just one continuous line of stitching.
    Too Cute!

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    Cabinets & Davis

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok Jon, the picture of the Hale Crescent on the newspaper ad, is my machine - the cabinet looks exactly like the picture. I wish I could print out the newspaper article, but when I try it comes out 'tiny.' I have tried re-sizing the article, but it still comes out tiny! I want to put that article in the paperwork with this machine! Thank you so much!

    Now what makes you think it is a Davis? My Free has the same chain lift on the cabinet, so does my National Two Spools? My Davis Vertical Feed uses the flip lid, not the chain lift? I am just curious, I am not doubting you. This machine definitely is the machine pictured on the newspaper article.

    Nancy
    Hi Nancy,
    Davis and others contracted out there cabinet work. There was a company in Cleveland that made cabinets for some Davis' , White's, and possibly Free(?) and National(?). I found one Watertown Davis cabinet (pre 1890)marked by this outfit (T. Kundtz). Not sure who made the later irons but these were also contracted out on the early Davis Watertown machines by Bagley & Sewell.
    The main giveaway to me that this machine is a Davis is the square needle plate found on their Bottom Feeders. The Nationals like the Franklin and later Minnesota's have a circular needleplate, also the Frees'. There are a few other things that are different but the needle plate is the first thing I look at to see if a machine I've never heard of is made by Davis. Early VS Whites used this square needleplate but look nothing like a Davis. This is my theory and works well for me. BTW, National bought out Davis and then Free bought National all during the 1920's.
    Jon

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    Trish, I love your Davis cabinet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Nancy, that set up ROCKS!!

    Y'all are making me want "one of everything"!! LOL
    Charlee thank you! I can't wait to actually try the decorative stitches using a TREADLE!

    Candace you should feel guilty! Three 301's! Well, I guess I shouldn't say anything - I have 5 FW's!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, the 301 does GREAT FMQ. I've spent probably 4 or 5 hours over the last few days FMQ with it and I was very surprised. I knew it was a great piecing machine, but I have a new appreciation of why quilters love this machine so much. Guess what? I came home with another 301 this week. Of course it didn't work, and of course the seller said it did, as they ALWAYS do. You just have to assume it doesn't and refurbish it. The tension is in pieces being cleaned but I'll take pics later!
    I agree that you have to assume it doesn't and be willing to fix it. All your 301 are very NICE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 286232Attachment 286232YoHOOOOOO! Here is my Singer 319w in her finished cabinet! "Candace" is so happy here in my sewing room! I haven't got the flip top completely done, still working on that part, but she is sitting in the cabinet ready to go! So easy to put a 319w in a treadle - she just dropped right in - no adjustments at all! Now I need to find time to play with her - she will be one of my favorite treadles I am sure!Attachment 286231

    Nancy

    Sorry the same picture is in here twice. I can't seem to delete just one of the pictures!
    Very NICE! I like that look!

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    Nancy, your 319 looks right at home in it's new cabinet. I knew they could be treadled buy not tried it yet.
    Am I right in that you would have to take the belt off to change the bobbins?

    Trish
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

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