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

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    A couple of months ago a friend gave me a 1903 White Rotary machine with no cabinet, and a strange piece of wood that went with it. After some research, I found out this was one of the first White Rotary machines that were made for just a few years, before they changed to the White Rotary name to White Family Rotary with a whole different cover plate for the bobbin area. I posted the machine and the wooden hole cover. Several people wrote me hoping to buy the little wooden hole cover, but I wanted to find a cabinet for my White and the wooden hole cover.
    The same friend that brought me the machine called on Friday and said he had been at an estate sale that had a White cabinet that he thought was the correct one. It had no machine, just a cabinet. I high tailed it over there on Saturday morning, and sure enough, it was the right one. It is a bit rough and will need Glen's wood treatment, but for $35.00, was a good deal. Now there is one more waiting in line to be restored. My White Rotary and the wooden hole cover fit it like a hand in a glove. Here is the cabinet and the White that I have already restored, sitting pretty. You can see the wooden hole cover at the left of the machine. The treadle irons attach to the bottom of the drawers, so the irons are only about 20" tall. Many of them have been used to make coffee tables, like the Singer ones are used for regular tables. I don't even want to think about what happens to all those machines that are removed.

    Texas Jan
    Jan how lucky are you to find a cabinet for your White. Nice and guess I will be emailing you a lot with restoration advice.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat View Post
    I can think of a better use for this piece of rope! http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/for/2713877665.html
    Maybe they thought it would runaway from them!!
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post

    Here a one of the "newer" ones listed on CL. Would like opinions please. Not familiar at all with Brother machines. Would this be good to use for FMQ?
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/ele/2716134652.html

    TIA for any thoughts, comments, suggestions!
    BUY IT!! Cathy and Bernie have these. Bernie brought his to the spring mini TOGA to show off. While Bernie was showing us the machine, Cathy pulled hers down from her collection. Twins!! I think they are awesome!! Way cool looking too! I love the salmon and gray colors on these Brothers. And if the motor doesn't work, you can treadle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Jan how lucky are you to find a cabinet for your White. Nice and guess I will be emailing you a lot with restoration advice.
    I guess I will be, you know that !!

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Maybe they thought it would runaway from them!!
    Maybe we should use him as a boat anchor. His wife must be thrilled!
    Proud mom/step-mom to 8 children. We promote awareness of Autism and Huntington's Disease. Please pm me if interested in sending Campbell's Soup Labels or box tops which we collect for our kids' schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    I am still on my quest to find either a 15 "clone" or one of the "newer" Japanese made machines that drop the feed dog so I can get set up for FMQ on a vintage machine. Lost a bid on a really nice two-tone 15 clone on ebay this weekend

    Here a one of the "newer" ones listed on CL. Would like opinions please. Not familiar at all with Brother machines. Would this be good to use for FMQ?
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/ele/2716134652.html

    TIA for any thoughts, comments, suggestions!
    Sheryl there are a couple of nice Japanese 15 clones on shopgoodwill.com right now. I saw them today. A blue one and a couple of black ones.

    Hope you find one. I have a 15 and a clone that both need cleaning and fixing, as well as the 15 that came in the straight leg treadle base. I haven't gotten to sew with any of them yet....too much sewing to get done before Christmas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Sharon, Congrats on your tan FW!
    Monica, Thank you! I think I've had Freddie for about 2 years now. That machine taught me lots of things, like how to clean off the rust on tension disks and how to put the blankety-blank thing back together again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohio Star Quilter View Post
    Nancy,
    There is that same cabinet except it is lighter on Ebay item #290635921098 and it is a Pfaff. However don't know if a Singer machine will fit as I don't have a Pfaff.

    Judy
    Oh my, I WANT that cabinet! It is even more desirable to me now that I know it is for a Pfaff! It would be perfect for my Mother's Pfaff 130! Now, I need to get to Elk Grove to buy it! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/fuo/2736262586.html

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    Nancy, what kind of drawer "pulls" are on your cabinet? My twigs pulls are shot, and I'm not talented enough to recarve them like Glenn could do.

    Texas Jan
    Texas Jan, my cabinet just has indented pulls. Here is a picture!

    Nancy

    Sorry for some reason I can't get the Two Spools to upload! I will try later!
    Last edited by BoJangles; 12-05-2011 at 02:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Sheryl there are a couple of nice Japanese 15 clones on shopgoodwill.com right now. I saw them today. A blue one and a couple of black ones.

    Hope you find one. I have a 15 and a clone that both need cleaning and fixing, as well as the 15 that came in the straight leg treadle base. I haven't gotten to sew with any of them yet....too much sewing to get done before Christmas!!
    Ok tell me if I'm being too picky lol but I really want one of the neat colored ones. A two tone would be awesome! So I cruise right on by the black ones. Silly girl...but hey...not like I have to find one today right?

    So are you thinking this machine on CL is not one to look at? I'll go check out shopgoodwill. Been watching CL & Ebay. Will see what's "new" at SGW.

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