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

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    Can I join this group?

    I should get my "Girls" out some day and take a 'family' photo. I have the following:

    29-4 (called the "Boot Patcher" - treadle and electric, a cast iron beauty! Sample photos of this model are here: http://tinyurl.com/7h6b6ro )
    66 (a "Red Eye" in a coffin case)
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    221-1
    237
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    301A
    401A
    15 (hand crank)
    15-91
    99 (two of them - they are so cute - they are my 'twins'!)

    Plus a couple more stored elsewhere that I haven't inventoried yet.

    Shari

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    Mom3 you might as well hang out

    ****************WARNING*************

    some of us are a bit crazy.........

    can we get on the short bus and come to your house to play???
    Last edited by miriam; 02-27-2012 at 11:10 AM.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Shari,

    Welcome! Looks like you have a great start in the world of sewing machine collecting. You'll love it here. It's a very friendly and supporting group. (actually very enabling) VBG

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    Can I join this group?

    I should get my "Girls" out some day and take a 'family' photo. I have the following:

    29-4 (called the "Boot Patcher" - treadle and electric, a cast iron beauty! Sample photos of this model are here: http://tinyurl.com/7h6b6ro )
    66 (a "Red Eye" in a coffin case)
    66-16
    221-1
    237
    257
    301A
    401A
    15 (hand crank)
    15-91
    99 (two of them - they are so cute - they are my 'twins'!)

    Plus a couple more stored elsewhere that I haven't inventoried yet.

    Shari

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    Over in the thread about quilting with vintage machines someone posted a photo of there 201K. I noticed right off just how similar my SEWMOR 404 was to that machine externally.

    I wonder if it's at all similar internally? I'll have to peak up under it's bottom and see what all the gizmos look like. Perhaps I should put a 66 and the SEWMOR next to each other and compare them.

    At any rate that SEWMOR is one of the quietest sewing machines we have. I think I'll keep it.

    Joe

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    Hi Shari!! Welcome to Wacky World!! Sounds like you've an excellent start....and a few that are on my wishlist!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Mom3 you might as well hang out

    ****************WARNING*************

    some of us are a bit crazy.........

    can we get on the short bus and come to your house to play???
    If only I had the space to have them all out at the same time then that would be great. Plenty of room here to park a bus that's for sure!



    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Shari,

    Welcome! Looks like you have a great start in the world of sewing machine collecting. You'll love it here. It's a very friendly and supporting group. (actually very enabling) VBG

    Cathy
    My enablers are our grand-kids. I have a plan, really I do in collecting vintage Singers: I want to be able to leave a straight stitch and a zig-zag machine to each of our grand-kids when I pass away. Given the number of grand-kids we have I have to 'collect' a few more.

    This summer I plan on teaching a few of the g-kids how to use my Singers, afterall, it doesn't do any good to inherit a machine that you don't know how to operate. Actually, that's how I get my machines: Someone was given one on the passing of a relative and they don't sew and don't know how to use the machine. In a way that situation is very sad...

    BTW I'm not just collecting, I am teaching myself how to repair them also. I probably should not use the term 'repair' with a vintage Singer - they are built like the Rock of Gibraltar - it is more of a clean up, grease & oil thing that I am doing.

    We don't travel a lot but I'm thinking of putting some feelers out in the areas we do go to and see if I can pick up some pin money doing service work on the older Singers. Some of the smaller towns we go to do not have any service techs locally.

    Shari

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    Some day I hope I can dig it out from under the pile.
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    Miz Johnny some day I hope you can take a picture of the Pfaff 31!

    Nancy
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    I am having a lot of trouble posting to the board--it seems to eat my posts. Apologies if this turns up twice. At any rate, Singer's first model 15 was the Improved Family, which I believe was first manufactured in the early to mid 1880's. I'd have to look it up to know for sure. I have one of the early finger-pinchers (bobbin case is a bit touchy), but haven't sewn on it in a while.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Monica, thanks for the thought about getting the Pfaff for me! I appreciate it.

    You know you are so funny! You make me think! Anyway, I really doubt if that Pfaff has anything to do with Singer's actual class 15 machines. Given that the Pfaff was made in 1912 way before the 15 clones were popping up everywhere, I doubt it is a clone of any type, but who knows? My thoughts on the whole clone thing is that Singer, who had a reputation for putting all the competition out of business with their lawsuits, would never have allowed Pfaff to copy one of their machines. Singer was not nice back then! We all know the reason the 15 clones all came about after WW2 was because we gave the Japanese the design specs to help out their economy after we bombed them. It would actually be funny if Pfaff got by with copying Singer's Model 15, as Singer put so many good companies out of business who even came close to copying any of their patents. I still wonder why, though, the Pfaff resembles a 15, but it certainly wasn't because the Japanese were making 15's in 1912 - they started those 15's much much later. Nice theory though - makes us think!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    I am having a lot of trouble posting to the board--it seems to eat my posts. Apologies if this turns up twice. At any rate, Singer's first model 15 was the Improved Family, which I believe was first manufactured in the early to mid 1880's. I'd have to look it up to know for sure. I have one of the early finger-pinchers (bobbin case is a bit touchy), but haven't sewn on it in a while.
    So, most likely the Germans, with their Pfaff (the one Nancy is interested in), did copy the look of the Singer 15.

    Nancy, do you know the age of that machine that you want? I was wondering if the machine is younger than the treadle. Someone decided to switch machine heads at one time, an updating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    So, most likely the Germans, with their Pfaff (the one Nancy is interested in), did copy the look of the Singer 15.

    Nancy, do you know the age of that machine that you want? I was wondering if the machine is younger than the treadle. Someone decided to switch machine heads at one time, an updating.
    I would like to see the bottom of it and inside... I love looking at how they work.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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