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

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    Randa, the only walking foot that actually fits (and isn't the original Penguin foot) can be found at Aprils store http://www.april1930s.com/html/walki...herweight.html

    I wish there would be similar, narrow foot for the 301! But, alas there isn't:<

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    Rose, that's a very interesting machine you have. There are several sources of bobbins on the internet, and on eBay. Best to measure the bobbin (exact measurement) and look for ones the same size. They don't have to be exactly for that model of machine.

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    Exclamation Cleaning & polishing a Singer from early 1900's

    This is my first venture into vintage machines & the machine I am looking at purchasing is in need of some TLC.
    Can u give me any advice on how I can safely spruce this machine up? I have only seen pics & it looks like the machine is dull and the gold & red design (it is not a red eye but could be a sphinx - I can't tell from the pics).
    Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Most of the machines I've ever bought used have needed some kind of fix up. You haven't said what machine you are looking at or what kind of sprucing up it is needing. You might want to watch Muv's Utube videos here is a link to the links HOW TO CLEAN UP and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav There are some videos on cleaning and some on using the vintage machines. These are well done. If the machine is all rusted out and in need of new paint you might need more drastic measures.

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    Rose; Your new baby looks similar to the Singer 128 that I just donated. The threading was fairly simple to figure out. I had such short notice for the auction that the machine only went with the 1 bobbin it came with because I couldn't find any others that were the correct length. So as Janice said, measure it and go with that measurement. I was assured that the bobbins are available on Ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Randa, the only walking foot that actually fits (and isn't the original Penguin foot) can be found at Aprils store http://www.april1930s.com/html/walki...herweight.html

    I wish there would be similar, narrow foot for the 301! But, alas there isn't:<
    Thanks, Candace. I went to Aprils and that is just like the one I have from Quilt gal. I wonder why it works for some machines. The top of the plastic "clamp" (where the screw attaches it to the machine) is too fat and sits right where the bar gets round. I'm sick about it. I should have known better than to think I could get a modern walking foot for a vintage machine to work. I could have used the money I spent on a walking foot to go towards another machine! LOL!
    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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    Fantastic machine! Harris imported machines from Germany made by different manufacturers. The fact that it is made in Stettin means that you can identify it as being made (in all probability) by Stoewer. Have a look at my Serata treadle, made by Stoewer, here at post 116 onwards http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...t130994-3.html

    You should clean it up and get it working - you will never regret it. It is far too good just to use as a decoration. The top thread is straightforward for threading, the shuttle is loaded the same way as any other long bobbin machine and the only tricky bit will be the bobbin winder. What if I do you a video on Youtube? I've been dying for an excuse to use my Serata for a video.

    I think the serial number is from about 1916. I say this because I have two Seratas both from 1913 and the serial numbers both start with 13. You can always email the Stoewer Museum in Germany and there is a nice man there called Manfried who will tell you for sure whether it is a Stoewer, and if so, date it. If it is 1916 then that is about as late as you get for a German import to this country in the First World War.

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    No info for you but she sure is pretty!

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    RoseP - I forgot to mention, the bobbins are different to Singer long bobbins, but I might be able to help you hunt down spares.

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    Hello,

    This is my first post. I am a sewing machine junkie. Three months ago I was a normal guy who just liked to watch his wife sew, then I dug out my first (I have 4 now) treadle machine and that started it. That machine, a Singer 66-4 I think, was a gift from my late cousin about 11 years ago. It's been out in the garage from then till three months ago. Soon there will be no room for us in the house. We're up to 26 or 27 machines, I'm not sure.

    I'm sure I'll post a pic or two but I want to start with my mothers old machine. I'm trying to find out who sold it, when it was made, find an original owners manual and a motor brush cap or two for it. So far I've struck out. No one has any ideas.
    Here is a picture of it:

    She is a HOTHER. A Japanese made HA-1. That much I know. As to who made this machine I'm pretty sure it was JUKI as everything under the bed is stamped JUKI. There is a marking on the back of the face plate also: The words TRADE MARK, then under that 2 circles and in the middle of the inner circle the initials SK.

    My mother had this machine for years. So far back I have no idea when she got it. I can remember her using it from when I was a youngster and I'm near 60 now. She started having trouble with it in the late 80s and retired it when she bought a cabinet machine. After that she gave it to my wife. We took it to my late uncle who owned his own sewing machine shop and he tuned it up. After that it went on the shelf for the next 20 years. The original case was damaged by water when the bath tub leaked and the water seeped up under the wall and was soaked into the shelf unit and then to the case. I'm redoing it now.

    The motor wiring melted but the motor is still in good shape. I rewired it and it will run again as soon as I can fine a new brush cap. One of the two shattered.
    Nobody I've contacted has one though or has even seen this type of motor.
    Here is a pic of the motor. Belgelcor is the name on it and it's made in Belgium.


    Here is a pic of the one good cap with measurements. If anyone has any of these caps or even a dead motor like this, or a link to same, please let me know.

    The brushes measure 4.5 mm square X ??. They are still in good shape, but some new ones wouldn't hurt.

    I have a used Alpha-Sew motor on it for now and it works, but I'd really like to make this machine whole again with the original motor.

    Thanks a bunch.

    I'll be reading in this thread for a long while. I'm up to page 24 so I've got a long way to go.

    Joe
    Last edited by J Miller; 02-09-2012 at 04:38 PM. Reason: typos

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