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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I am excited! I have a riding clinic this morning, then I pick up my mocha 301 this afternoon from Cathy, then on to Girls Night Out! What a nice day this will be! Cathy, I am planning on using the 301 tonight - at least to play with her! Do they take the same low shank foot as the feather weight. I have an extra 1/4" foot I will bring to use. Also I think they use the same bobbins? This will be my first 301!

    Nancy
    Nancy, I am so happy to see you got a 301!! You will for sure love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Doesn't anybody just wind the bobbins as they sew? If you have two spindles you can you know.
    The 301 has a thread spool holder on the base by the bobbin winder for just this purpose! One of the dozens of reasons I love my Ida so!! :-)

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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!!! Love this Davis....and the bobbin winder down by the big wheel is just amazing! I don't think I noticed that on others before. Did you get on the Davis VF Yahoo group? They will love to see this one, and don't forget to post the serial number and you can look at the chart they started to see where it falls for an idea of date. Wonderful!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, I have a question for you. I have been using my 401a, and I can't seem to figure out how to get it to use the cams? It just wants to sew with the decorative stitches that are built in? How do I disengage the machine's stitches and get it to just use the cam? Even when I use the "special" setting it still doesn't do the stitch on the cam? It is like it does not recognize the external cam?

    Nancy

    I am leaning more and more to my Rocketeer 503a! That machine only does the cam that I insert because there is nothing else it can do!
    I'm with you on the 403 or the 503 - much easier beast to tame...

    The lid to the machine should say how to use the disks. I'm thinking the bottom (or right hand gauge goes on S - can't remember the other but it should say) Put your selectors in the configuration for special then make sure the disk is in right. I'm sure you already did that or looked in the manual... So here is what I would look at after making sure I already read the manual or the lid.
    Is the stitch selector moving all the way to the top and locking in it's spots? Those stitch selectors tend to get gummy after a couple weeks of setting around. You have to go easy on oil but you have to have oil. If the oil has dried in the posts or in any little place you have to clean it out and re-oil. While you are in there clean out the zig zag pin - it is next to the cam stack and under the rectangle thingy the readers ride on. Take off the lid - then open up the nose door and push on the needle bar you can see it the zig zag pin thiny move side to side next to the needle bar.... follow that bar with your eyes to the readers - it's under there - when you push on the needle bar you will see it go in and out - it needs cleaning and oiling once in a while - so does the 503 and the 403...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Candace,

    As I said, I'm not really knowledgeable in FM. I have only used 2 styles of FM feet and only to try them out (playing around only). I don't know if this button foot will be a usable technique in the long run. Twas only an idea, but when using the button foot there is no additional noise or bouncing, as the foot doesn't move it just keeps the fabric from lifting.
    Cathy
    Cathy I think that's a brilliant suggestion. I might try it myself before I buy a hopping foot for the 301. Not sure I want to do FMQ on any table top machine since I have a short arm on a frame, but I probably should do some just so I develop the skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post

    Did you try putting your slide plate on from the needle side? Some slide plates go on from the needle side and not from the left toward the bed - but from the needle side toward the outside.

    Nancy

    That's very true....my 66 and the 99 both go on from the needle side. Took me 15 tries the other way to figure out that was not going to work!! LOL

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    Here's another one of the clones with the green decals, with yet another name! Hoover. Think his name is Herbert? LOL


    http://bakersfield.craigslist.org/atq/2846412117.html

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    I think there might be a 3/4 15 clone on CL in Shelbyville, IN
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm with you on the 403 or the 503 - much easier beast to tame...

    The lid to the machine should say how to use the disks. I'm thinking the bottom (or right hand gauge goes on S - can't remember the other but it should say) Put your selectors in the configuration for special then make sure the disk is in right. I'm sure you already did that or looked in the manual... So here is what I would look at after making sure I already read the manual or the lid.
    Is the stitch selector moving all the way to the top and locking in it's spots? Those stitch selectors tend to get gummy after a couple weeks of setting around. You have to go easy on oil but you have to have oil. If the oil has dried in the posts or in any little place you have to clean it out and re-oil. While you are in there clean out the zig zag pin - it is next to the cam stack and under the rectangle thingy the readers ride on. Take off the lid - then open up the nose door and push on the needle bar you can see it the zig zag pin thiny move side to side next to the needle bar.... follow that bar with your eyes to the readers - it's under there - when you push on the needle bar you will see it go in and out - it needs cleaning and oiling once in a while - so does the 503 and the 403...
    OK - I printed out the manual. The selector is set at B and S and the width lever can go anywhere if you have a disk in it.
    Last edited by miriam; 02-21-2012 at 11:52 AM.
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    Here's a nice 301 in a cool cabinet for $60 in the SF Bay Area. Someone get it!!

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