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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Another one followed me home but I haven't let it in the door yet. It is a Franklin.
    Miriam, you better let that machine come in out of the cold!!! That's cruel and unusual punishment...just saying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    Miriam, you better let that machine come in out of the cold!!! That's cruel and unusual punishment...just saying!
    Yeah I know but DH says put Ms Franklin in the shop. That is this morning. I'm going after the mystery machine after that. It is in a treadle and she thinks it begins with D and has VERY ornate decals - it was owned by a photographer..... I asked if it was a Damascus but the lady couldn't see the name since it won't raise out of the cabinet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    ... cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Great catch Sharon! That one will look nice when its limbered back up!

    Maybe well see it at Greenville this Spring?

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    Will try posting this another way in hopes someone can help me. This is my first treadle machine & I know not what I'm doing. Have been trying to find one like it on the internet but have had no luck. All I can get is mostly singer machines. I mostly would like to know where and what kind of needles and bobbins to try to find for it. The only needle & bobbin I have is what came with it. Found a bag of parts yesterday with a shuttle and some bobbins and other stuff in it (price was right) but they are to short. Can someone take me under their wing and help me out please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Will try posting this another way in hopes someone can help me. This is my first treadle machine & I know not what I'm doing. Have been trying to find one like it on the internet but have had no luck. All I can get is mostly singer machines. I mostly would like to know where and what kind of needles and bobbins to try to find for it. The only needle & bobbin I have is what came with it. Found a bag of parts yesterday with a shuttle and some bobbins and other stuff in it (price was right) but they are to short. Can someone take me under their wing and help me out please?
    That one looks a LOT like the one I just picked up. The price was right. I'll be doing mine up when weather turns warm in the spring. Maybe we can tag together on our machines. I think it won't take long - the machine turns well and has a good protective coat of dried on oil everywhere. The cabinet on mine is another story. Mine was supposed to begin with D - well it is called Vindex Special - fuzzy phone communications. I had trouble finding the address - I thought she said P**** but it was t T**** street. It was suppose to have real ornate decals - I guess that would be all according to what you think is ornate. The price was right. I love how smooth mine turns and how smooth the treadle turns. I can see the shuttle in there. I think Sew-classic has bobbins - I've seen the bobbins other places as well. The slide plates are still there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Will try posting this another way in hopes someone can help me. This is my first treadle machine & I know not what I'm doing. Have been trying to find one like it on the internet but have had no luck. All I can get is mostly singer machines. I mostly would like to know where and what kind of needles and bobbins to try to find for it. The only needle & bobbin I have is what came with it. Found a bag of parts yesterday with a shuttle and some bobbins and other stuff in it (price was right) but they are to short. Can someone take me under their wing and help me out please?
    First off, start by cleaning her up and giving her a name- must have a name...which sometimes comes to you as you clean the machine.

    ONLY, clean the machine with sewing machine oil. It will clean up. You can use Bar Keepers cleaner for the rusty metal parts just don't get it on the rest of the machine.

    Look at MUV's tutorial for cleaning. You really don't even need all of those items to clean up the machine to get it running.

    Wipe down the cabinet with Murphy's oil soap. IF you need to repair areas of the cabinet, Glenn can help you there. I think he even posted a tutorial somewhere. Others may have their favorite product to use for cleaning up the wood.

    For the treadle irons, wipe of with damp clothe, let dry, and then wipe with oil. That should be enough to get it ready for treadling for now.

    I think New Home machines take a 20x1 needle, but I could be wrong; so, best to check the needle chart from ISMACS, bottom of that page has link to chart. http://www.ismacs.net/needle_and_sha...edle-list.html

    Needles and bobbins can be found on ebay. Treadle belt can be found at some sewing stores or on ebay.

    Link to understand the vibrating shuttle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibrating_shuttle
    Last edited by vintagemotif; 12-10-2011 at 10:49 AM.

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    OH, and use lots of cottonballs with sewing oil to clean over the decals too! Don't want to damage the decals with a rough towel. And the dirt that is picked up onto the cottonball can scratch the decals; so, use once and get a clean cottonball. You are going to go through at least a bag of them.

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    Thank you for the info! My Vindex Special will be the first vibrating shuttle since I was about 6 years old. I don't have a real good memory of it - it was a hand crank machine. I am looking forward to spring when I can clean mine out in the yard. I need to shoot it and try to post pics. I don't think it is all that ornate - not when you look at some of the 66s and others but mine has some neat decals. I can't wait for Iris to see it too. Maybe she knows how to work the shuttle.
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