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

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    Senior Member melinda1962's Avatar
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    Nancy, I sure hate hearing about the loss of your animal friend. It sounds like you were a good friend to him as well. I know you will miss him greatly.

    Miriam, Congrats on the new grandboy!! Hope the mom and baby are doing well.

    Bennett, This will sound crazy, but flip the bobbin to turn the other direction and try it, from clockwise to counter clockwise, or opposite from how it is turning anyway. Some machines are sensitive to this. Go figure. Worth a try.
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    Hi! I am wondering how I could find out the year my Free machine was manufactured. I haven't been successfull yet in searching online. thanks.
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    Bennett, How full is the bobbin? My 301 doesn't like to FMQ with a really full bobbin. The thread slips out of the slot. It doesn't matter when doing regular stitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Bennett, This will sound crazy, but flip the bobbin to turn the other direction and try it, from clockwise to counter clockwise, or opposite from how it is turning anyway. Some machines are sensitive to this. Go figure. Worth a try.
    Thanks, I'll give that a try next time. It's just so random, worth a try!



    Bennett, How full is the bobbin? My 301 doesn't like to FMQ with a really full bobbin. The thread slips out of the slot. It doesn't matter when doing regular stitching.
    I don't think I've overloaded them, and it does seem to happen whether the bobbin is just filled or half empty.

    Sometimes it seemed like I could lift and put down the presser foot again, and it would go back to being a good tension. Or I could reach in and press the bobbin case in a bit and it would work for a while. Of course, this could just be about the same as holding my mouth just right!

    I was also going to try out my Singer 15 bobbin case in it (if compatible, haven't looked yet) and see if that makes a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jillnjo View Post
    Hi! I am wondering how I could find out the year my Free machine was manufactured. I haven't been successfull yet in searching online. thanks.
    Hi, doesn't seem to be much information on the net out there. Free started out around 1910 so it's not older than that. Around 1930 they bought out New Home and it sounds like you can use their dating system from 1930 on. There's also an address you can supposedly contact for more info,. Here's the link: http://www.ismacs.net/newhome/manufacture_dates.html. If all else fails post a picture and someone can probably give you a rough idea when it was made. Free went out of buisiness around '69 and are part of Janome. Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Well, I am excited about my Davis!! I was messing around with it yesterday, and I decided to thread it up to see if it would stitch. It's still only sitting on a box, not yet in treadle, so I had to spin the wheel by hand. I was fiddling with the needle placement and just couldn't get it to stitch. Then I finally got the needle in correctly, and I guess at just the right height, because all of a sudden she was stitching!! I was just thrilled.....the old girl makes a great stitch. I was going to take a pic but couldn't find the camera this a.m. Anyway, just one more step to getting her going. DH is busy with my other treadle cabinet so I can get my 66-1 back up. As soon as he's done with that, he will get some good wood and make a top for the irons for the Davis. I'm a happy girl today!!
    Looking forward to seeing this machine in cabinet and making quilts. Enjoy!

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    Look what happens when you start digging around in drawers! My 201 cabinet has very large, deep drawers. I was looking for something and found these tucked away in the bottom. I know they came with that machine, but I had completely forgotten about them. The cardboard tube of marking chalk was labeled for 25 cents. And here I just picked up a Greist buttonholer at a garage sale a few weeks ago thinking it would be cool to have one. I need to start an inventory of what I have!

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    I must have 5 or 6 of those type button holers now...I don't think anyone wants them as I see tons listed on ebay. I wish they were actually worth something, I'd be rich:>

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    Miriam, we are biting our nails waiting for news on the baby! Just how tiny is he?
    Nancy....having a friend for 29 1/2 years and then losing him is so very sad. I've always had a special place in my heart for horses. A neighbor from my childhood taught me so much about horses and how to groom, feed, saddle, ride, etc. and in my adult life was very close to a guy who had a couple of grand belgians. It was love at first sight. I do understand your loss. God be with you during your grief. {{{{{{HUGS!!!!!}}}}}}
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


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    We got to meet Walter Obediah last night. He has a receding hair line with a ton of dark hair down over his little ears so he too looks like a little old man. He only weighed 6 lbs and 11 oz. I forget how tall but he is and inch shorter than any of the others - her smallest baby and the only one on time. The others were over due. DD is doing the best after a baby of any time. Her BFF is an excellent midwife.

    Nancy, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your very special horse - how sad.
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