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

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
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    Besides using my Davis for attaching binding, I also straight stitch quilt with her because of that wonderful walking foot. Sometimes I have noticed that the stitches have loosened; those are the times that the tension dial has moved to the loose setting. I have noticed that the vibration off of the machine has cause the tension dial to shift. This isn't caused by the treadle since treadling is smooth and quiet. I just check on the tension dial setting with the start of a new row.
    Thank you Monica, I will check the tension next time I put a binding on!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Nancy, Get a walking foot that has been modified to fit a 301 and it will do your bindings just fine - Cathy will know what you need.
    Thanks for the idea Miriam, but I use Betty, Davis Vertical Feed treadle, because I love to sew with her! I also love the way her foot walks the fabric because there are no feed dogs and you don't have to add the walking foot attachments that I find annoying! If I didn't use Betty, I would use my Pfaff 1222e that has a built in walking foot. I think because I never had to use one of those walking feet attachments, I am just spoiled. I tried using my Janome's walking foot and just found it to be annoying and loud! I have had that Pfaff 1222e since 1976, so I never had to add a walking foot! Again I am just spoiled I know!

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    Last edited by BoJangles; 02-19-2012 at 06:31 AM.

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    Ok, I got my new one and only 301 from Cathy yesterday! I played with her at Girls Night Out last night! She is wonderful to use, but I need to get a 1/4" foot. I am so use to using a 1/4" foot that I had a hard time keeping my seams a perfect 1/4" so I had to switch to my FW! I also did not know about the screw under the bed that lowers the feed dogs! Cathy showed me how to lower those feed dogs! Geeze, if any of you need sewing machine parts, etc., Cathy is the person to see. She has everything you could want and she is so organized! I also, picked up some attachments, feet, slide plates, bobbins, darning plate for my 319w, which really excited me! I got some needles for Kathie's new Free Westinghouse too! Thank you Cathy! I know I am going to love this new 301. It is so purrrrty, and easy to take to classes with the handle on top!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok, I got my new one and only 301 from Cathy yesterday! I played with her at Girls Night Out last night! She is wonderful to use, but I need to get a 1/4" foot. I am so use to using a 1/4" foot that I had a hard time keeping my seams a perfect 1/4" so I had to switch to my FW! I also did not know about the screw under the bed that lowers the feed dogs! Cathy showed me how to lower those feed dogs! Geeze, if any of you need sewing machine parts, etc., Cathy is the person to see. She has everything you could want and she is so organized! I also, picked up some attachments, feet, slide plates, bobbins, darning plate for my 319w, which really excited me! I got some needles for Kathie's new Free Westinghouse too! Thank you Cathy! I know I am going to love this new 301. It is so purrrrty, and easy to take to classes with the handle on top!

    Nancy
    Congrats on your 301 Nancy! I couldn't agree with you more about getting stuff from Cathy...SHE ROCKS!!
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    Nancy, Congrats on getting your 301. It will be a good on to do pieces on. I love the ones I have.
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    Geez, mine is in better condition and you can have it for a lot less than that, LOL! I'm always amazed at what people think these machines are worth.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Another game of tell me what it is...found this listing while browsing CL. Looks kind of like the pics I've seen of Florence treadles, but I really have no idea what it is. I'm mostly just curious to know, and I bet someone here knows!

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/2850172342.html
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    Bea, a dainty old gal (Davis VF, early 1880's)

    Hi all,
    I know, I know, Charlee got you all to wondering what's new in my world but I already spilled the beans in the title.

    We have a local 'rag' called Uncle Henry's (UH) that is similar to Craigslist where folks buy, trade and sell. My dh's brother called yesterday to say he saw a 'White' treadle for sale in New Hampshire. Not that I need another machine but something made me hop onto the UH's website - btw, if you're not a subscriber, you only get to view some of the posts. I spied this machine. HOLY HANNAH!! I don't know much yet about A & V machines but I knew this machine doesn't come a dime a dozen (please pardon the cliche). I tried getting hold of my not-so-local mentor for her opinion and advice but imagine, she probably has a life :-) So a quick drive by the ATM for cash and we're off. The seller's asking price was $85. He was thrilled to hear I would be using her and not reselling it. The price agreed upon by the men left enough to pay our entrance into the dance last night - can you imagine?! I would have paid the $85 and split town so fast before the seller had a chance or wanted to renig.

    She's a darling little thing and I can't wait to try her out. Dh found a length of belt (so I can skip the too-skinny pantyhose idea) so the only thing left to do is to get her slide plates opened and change the bobbin winder ring. We have her setting with some lub along the plate edges. If you have any suggestions, please, let me know. We have tried a dowel and rubber mallet and tapping in the finger groove but she's fairly locked in. The shuttle is in place. With the exception of the marring on the front slide plate she looks pretty darn good. Her table will need some work come spring time. The seller says there was a 'box of attachments and stuff' that is in the attic. He promised to try and locate it and call me with seven days. What a guy!

    Enjoy!

    And a huge 'Thank you and a hug' to my west coast friend, who wrote back 'OMG!! GO GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    best,
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    Geeze!! Mine is in a lot better condition and you can have it for a lot less! I'm always amazed at what people think their junk is worth.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Another game of tell me what it is...found this listing while browsing CL. Looks kind of like the pics I've seen of Florence treadles, but I really have no idea what it is. I'm mostly just curious to know, and I bet someone here knows!

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/2850172342.html
    Miz Johnny

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    Wow--beautiful old machine in great condition. Is there any chance of a close up on that bed decal??
    Quote Originally Posted by Whigrose View Post
    Hi all,
    I know, I know, Charlee got you all to wondering what's new in my world but I already spilled the beans in the title.




    And a huge 'Thank you and a hug' to my west coast friend, who wrote back 'OMG!! GO GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    best,
    d
    Miz Johnny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whigrose View Post
    Hi all,
    I know, I know, Charlee got you all to wondering what's new in my world but I already spilled the beans in the title.

    We have a local 'rag' called Uncle Henry's (UH) that is similar to Craigslist where folks buy, trade and sell. My dh's brother called yesterday to say he saw a 'White' treadle for sale in New Hampshire. Not that I need another machine but something made me hop onto the UH's website - btw, if you're not a subscriber, you only get to view some of the posts. I spied this machine. HOLY HANNAH!! I don't know much yet about A & V machines but I knew this machine doesn't come a dime a dozen (please pardon the cliche). I tried getting hold of my not-so-local mentor for her opinion and advice but imagine, she probably has a life :-) So a quick drive by the ATM for cash and we're off. The seller's asking price was $85. He was thrilled to hear I would be using her and not reselling it. The price agreed upon by the men left enough to pay our entrance into the dance last night - can you imagine?! I would have paid the $85 and split town so fast before the seller had a chance or wanted to renig.

    She's a darling little thing and I can't wait to try her out. Dh found a length of belt (so I can skip the too-skinny pantyhose idea) so the only thing left to do is to get her slide plates opened and change the bobbin winder ring. We have her setting with some lub along the plate edges. If you have any suggestions, please, let me know. We have tried a dowel and rubber mallet and tapping in the finger groove but she's fairly locked in. The shuttle is in place. With the exception of the marring on the front slide plate she looks pretty darn good. Her table will need some work come spring time. The seller says there was a 'box of attachments and stuff' that is in the attic. He promised to try and locate it and call me with seven days. What a guy!

    Enjoy!

    And a huge 'Thank you and a hug' to my west coast friend, who wrote back 'OMG!! GO GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    best,
    d


    Wow, she is a beauty!! I love the treadle table!! What a find!!

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