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

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Anybody know anything about a Singer, Model 237? There's one availalbe for sale for reasonable price near me and am curious about the machine. Does it take normal or the 206X13 needles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'll see if any of my loose screws fit it.
    I was digging around for a pressure foot and found a few - I hope one will do the job.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I forget - do those have a belt underneath? If so forget it...
    I don't know and the gal selling it knows squat about sewing machines. It was her mother's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I don't know and the gal selling it knows squat about sewing machines. It was her mother's.




    I decided to buy her...Singer Fashion Mate

    Regular needles. It wouldn't be my pick of Singers FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I decided to buy her...Singer Fashion Mate

    Regular needles. It wouldn't be my pick of Singers FWIW.
    Why not? Am exploring but completely undecided about even looking at, let alone buying it. I already have perhaps more than enough vintage machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Why not? Am exploring but completely undecided about even looking at, let alone buying it. I already have perhaps more than enough vintage machines.
    Unappealing to look at(to me anyway) and not one of the more collectable Singers. Probably because it only does straight and zig zag and was a lower end machine at the time where machines offered many other stitches. This series of machine has just never impressed me at all to be honest. But, if it's a good price and you have the room, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Pat it should work fine, as Cathy put a hc on my 99, and it is just great!! But it's way heavy. I don't carry it around too much. My plan is to take it camping. Sewing room to truck to picnic table to truck to sewing room. Not too much moving around!
    I have several 99 handcranks, native and converted, but as you say, they're heavy! So I talked Cathy out of one of her aluminum 99s, and want to try it as a handcrank. I am fond of 99s.

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    Miriam,

    That is like mine, just different color.

    Cathy

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    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    I have a Singer 237, its a simple machine and works well. It uses a 15x1 modern needle and metal class 15 bobbins, needle goes in flat to the right & threads left to right.
    My machine is run by treadle power, it came to me with a stretch motor belt that was too small and ruined the motor; thus it became a treadle machine. It was only $20, nice having a zig zag treadle. It was made in Italy and only offered as a treadle there, has a deep groove in the handwheel; so no modification is required to treadle it.
    I have done FMQ on several baby quilts with this machine, does it very nicely too. You can see my machine here:
    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/578828743YiOtbl
    Sharon W. central Texas
    Last edited by purplefiend; 04-09-2012 at 06:17 PM.

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    I know you said to forget, but thought I'd answer your 2nd question and say that those do not need the 206x13 needle. They use the standard 15x1 needle.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I forget - do those have a belt underneath? If so forget it...
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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