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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 View Post
    All I did was use up some Triflo oil - I amazed even myself. Usually I use some solvent but since Hannah is pregnant and it was cold out side I just tried oiling. That Triflo really cut the mustard.
    At the CA TOGA, Cathy demonstrated how well the Triflo works. She says one or two drops usually does the trick.

    Very nice bday/college present to give!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    Thank you all for your continued help with the stitch guide.

    Alas, it is not meant to be used with the walking foot and I will not quilt through the layers without the walking foot. I did get it on when I took the walking foot off. If I wasn't so worried about puckers I'd do it, but not when I haven't worked with the machine enough yet.

    FMQ not an option as I don't have the darning plate or FMQ foot.

    I got out my chalk and most of the projects will be too light to use them and I only have white and yellow. If I can find the tape, I'll tape them, if not, I'll have to use disappearing ink. I've already tested in on a scrap of the same fabric to see if it comes out or not.

    Thanks again for all your help.
    Well, I hate that for you. I hope you get your projects done with what you have.
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    Today's haul

    Well, I went to an estate sale today. Picked up 2 machines there - haven't run the serial #s yet - one I believe is a 99 with a motorectomy and no knee bar and case in very bad shape. The other has the Sphinx decals and no shuttle or anything. That one needs some majotr TLC. The suspected 99 may become a donor parts machine.

    Anyhoo, while I am picking up these 2, a lady asks me if I like old Singers. Of course, I said yes and she told me she had several and did I want to follow her home. Long story shortened, I followed her home and she has a 401A in a blond wood cabinet and it is a complete machine to include a manual and 4 cams. She wants $50 for it and it is now my machine. She says she has 2 more to show me so we go into her house. She shows me the 2 cabinets and one is a trapezoid cabinet with a 15-91 and I told her that honestly the cabinet was worth more than the machine cuz it was a very desirable cabinet in good shape with just a few small spots with finish issues on the top. That cabinet has the blond wood and is really in good shape. The other cabinet has a vintage Kenmore (117 something) but again cabinet more valuable than machine. It's one of those blond wood cabinets that the chair pushes in tight and it looks like all one cabinet and the chair is in good shape with a good seat and everything. This machine has a buttonholer with all 4 patterns still plus the manual and the attachments and quite a few bobbins and such. We spent quite a bit of time talking and I left her with my number for when she wants to rehome those 2 machines. I especially want the Singer but would also happily take the Kenmore but more for the cabinets than the machines. She is a nice lady and gave me her number so I can call closer to Christmas for the Singer if I want it. I did not ask her price because of the 3 machines already purchased today but I will go back and visit if nothing more. She also had old canning jars with wooden spools in them, old working rotary phones and a working turntable/8 track player faux mantle/fireplace. She really wants to sell that piece. All in all, a good day for me for vintage machines. ~ Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Wow...tempting!!! But....no.
    I'm so glad I live in Texas, or I'd have to go get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Poor 1000 year old Redwood----tragedy all the way around and it's not even a nice looking table
    Jon I received the bobbin winder part today! Thank you so much, my Hales Crescent is now complete. The bobbin winder part fit perfectly and now she winds a perfect bobbin!

    Again thank you so much!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jon I received the bobbin winder part today! Thank you so much, my Hales Crescent is now complete. The bobbin winder part fit perfectly and now she winds a perfect bobbin!

    Again thank you so much!


    Nancy
    Nancy,
    Glad it worked out and your welcome.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady View Post
    This sort of has to do with a question I've been meaning to ask... is there a way to find out what kind of machine/cabinet the irons originally came from? I needed a table for my front entry and refused to pay the $250 all the furniture stores wanted for tables so my husband and I hit up the craft antique co-op.We found this for $40 - and since it was already past being a base and it is beautiful, its now Gretel's base. Any way to tell what it came from? It's 29" tall - the irons on my White treadle measure 14" to the wooden cabinet - these are really tall! I'd really like to know, but have no idea where to even start -- anyone recognize the shape/pattern?
    A Raymond treadle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    At the CA TOGA, Cathy demonstrated how well the Triflo works. She says one or two drops usually does the trick.

    Very nice bday/college present to give!
    I have 3 bottles of Tri-flow - one in the shop and one at home... and the old partial (with 3 drops left in it) in the car for emergencies? I am VERY impressed - I've tired kerosene and it doesn't work nearly as quick or as good as that stuff. I told Hannah we would be watching to see how that does over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Well, I went to an estate sale today. Picked up 2 machines there - haven't run the serial #s yet - one I believe is a 99 with a motorectomy and no knee bar and case in very bad shape. The other has the Sphinx decals and no shuttle or anything. That one needs some majotr TLC. The suspected 99 may become a donor parts machine.

    Anyhoo, while I am picking up these 2, a lady asks me if I like old Singers. Of course, I said yes and she told me she had several and did I want to follow her home. Long story shortened, I followed her home and she has a 401A in a blond wood cabinet and it is a complete machine to include a manual and 4 cams. She wants $50 for it and it is now my machine. She says she has 2 more to show me so we go into her house. She shows me the 2 cabinets and one is a trapezoid cabinet with a 15-91 and I told her that honestly the cabinet was worth more than the machine cuz it was a very desirable cabinet in good shape with just a few small spots with finish issues on the top. That cabinet has the blond wood and is really in good shape. The other cabinet has a vintage Kenmore (117 something) but again cabinet more valuable than machine. It's one of those blond wood cabinets that the chair pushes in tight and it looks like all one cabinet and the chair is in good shape with a good seat and everything. This machine has a buttonholer with all 4 patterns still plus the manual and the attachments and quite a few bobbins and such. We spent quite a bit of time talking and I left her with my number for when she wants to rehome those 2 machines. I especially want the Singer but would also happily take the Kenmore but more for the cabinets than the machines. She is a nice lady and gave me her number so I can call closer to Christmas for the Singer if I want it. I did not ask her price because of the 3 machines already purchased today but I will go back and visit if nothing more. She also had old canning jars with wooden spools in them, old working rotary phones and a working turntable/8 track player faux mantle/fireplace. She really wants to sell that piece. All in all, a good day for me for vintage machines. ~ Chris

    Wow, sound like you hit pay dirt. Nice finds.

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    Miniature Quilt

    Hope this pic of the mini I did on Elaine (201) comes through. It measures 10" x 12" finished and was really fun to make. Anybody that would like instructions can PM me with email address and I'll provide.
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