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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I've been searching high and low for a vintage Singer card table for short bed 301's/401 machines and FINALLY have one. I'm so excited. It needs refinishing but is otherwise in working condition and will work perfectly for me as I use these machines to FMQ a lot. I have 3 shortbeds and a 401 and all will fit in the table. I don't use the 401, for FMQ but it will also be better for my long sewing runs to have it set in the table. It seems this is one of the hardest tables to find! I had one with a FW cutout offered to me and have seen those for sale, but finding this particular cutout wasn't easy. Especially since I didn't want to pay the outrageous amount they're going for on ebay right now. Happy dance.

    You can see how the machine fits perfectly and the side cutout will allow the 401 to fit perfectly too:>

    Candace, that table is the BOMB!!! I have seen several FW tables, but only 1 other 301 table. Good for you!! It's great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    The person who painted that cute 66 does not want it to be used. It is obvious by her description. Why would you sell something you think is so cool looking? Obviously she wants someone to appreciate her work and not use the machine - just display it? A very cute repaint, I agree.

    Nancy
    Did you notice it has no spool pin? It is indeed a beautiful machine, I'd love to treadle it.
    Sharon W in central Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    The 66 was manufactured between 1902 and 1956! The Redeye decal lasted until mid to late 1920's. It is quite possible the machine you are looking at was electrified - people did that all the time to those treadles. They put a motor on them as soon as they had electricity in their homes! Did you see the Serial Number?

    Nancy
    My 66-1 was made in 1909 but electrified some time in late 1930s or early 40s, taken out of it's treadle and put in a box base. When I got her the first thing I did was take the Frankenstein motor off and put her back in a treadle. She was so happy she just glowed!! She has the brown lotus decals.

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    I have been messing around with a couple machines - I have an old 66 redeye that has been electrified. I thought I could put a HC on it - no mount - there are just screw holes. I think she would rather go back in a treadle. Too bad Lafayette is so far - then again it probably wouldn't fit that cabinet. Then I fooled around with a Singer Merritt. It would HC or treadle pretty easily. It now works. I also fooled around with a Singer Spartan. I'm not satisfied with the belt so I need to order one. The Spartan is in really nice shape - it has a light and motor with new wires.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I learned something new today that I wish to share.
    I was look at different you tube videos on oiling vintage sewing machines and came across BrianSews's video.
    He recommends using Marvel Mystery Oil found at Walmart for sewing oil. He states that it was once made for use as sewing oil, but now sold in auto parts area. At 1 minute 8 seconds into the video is when he introduces this; here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf7DsEE02zM

    Does anyone here use this stuff? Seems lots cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have been messing around with a couple machines - I have an old 66 redeye that has been electrified. I thought I could put a HC on it - no mount - there are just screw holes. I think she would rather go back in a treadle. Too bad Lafayette is so far - then again it probably wouldn't fit that cabinet. Then I fooled around with a Singer Merritt. It would HC or treadle pretty easily. It now works. I also fooled around with a Singer Spartan. I'm not satisfied with the belt so I need to order one. The Spartan is in really nice shape - it has a light and motor with new wires.
    You should try treadling the Singer Merritt, something different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I took a peek at the other listings on the tippecanoe CL, where the cute, white, repainted sewing machine is posted.
    This cabinet is gorgeous: http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/atq/2824637251.html
    Great deal at $45. The repainted, cute, white sewing machine would look stunning in this cabinet, just have to redo the top for the machine head to be able to sit in the cabinet. Machine head $450, cabinet $45...if money were no object...

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    Monica, what do you think originally went in that cabinet? I don't recognize it as a Singer.

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    I would like to know Glen's opinion on the oil. It is a very good video in any case. It is the long term with oil - how gooey does it dry. Note how that Necchi bottom does the zig zag - well machined isn't it - just look under a plastic machine and you will see what I mean.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Monica, what do you think originally went in that cabinet? I don't recognize it as a Singer.
    It's not a Singer. The poster states it is a Montgomery Wards. Looks to be a National, possibly. I'm sure, Ms. Johnny or Cathy can tell us right off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Janice!!! Did you survive the weekend? I do hope all went well and you have recovered.

    Haha!! Yes, yes I survived. The show was a great success...we had nearly 1500 people through the door, with 24 vendors, 196 quilts hung, a Bed Turning with mostly antique quilts, a demonstrations area, and of course my favorite, the antique & vintage sewing machines exhibit. That turned out to be a big hit!! I had two ladies come and offer me machines for free..I have to call them this week. They didn't know what the machines are...it's gonna be a great surprise!! Also got a 1940's cabinet with a 60's Singer in it...I'm taking the machine out and putting one of my old ladies in it. It's the cabinet with the curved drawers on the right side, and also came with the matching stool!! I got it for $60 (money goes to our guild, so I didn't haggle!), and my DH is excited about refinishing the cabinet. It was so fun, but Monday a.m. I woke up with aching muscles and very tired...I rested most of the day, and returned to work today. I'll post pics in a separate thread some time this week.

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