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

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
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    It isn't exactly quilting, but it is sewing several layers of fabric together for a purpose. I used my late mom's 1966 Wizard for the construction, to make this a legit post about vintage machines. It is the same machine that made both mine and my sister's wedding gowns several years ago. The wedding went well, and my "legion of sisters" put on a wonderful reception for my daughter and her new husband, and I am eternally grateful for all they did. Her dress turned out great, and I even made a little purse. The edge of the veil, 8 yards of beaded fun as well, is in the top of the picture.

    I have been enjoying reading about the new machines. Miriam, you are cleaning up at goodwill. I was hoping that was you bidding on those machines. I also am stoked about using Glenn's restoring methods on a couple of machines that need attention, now that the wedding is done, and more time on my hands. Everyone keep up the good work!!
    BEAUTIFUL! Melinda, you did a beautiful job with that gorgeous dress!! You must be very proud! And to have used the same machine, your mom's old Wizard, that made your dress and your sister's is awesome!

    Thanks for sharing with us the photos of that auspicious day. The handsome couple just radiate happiness!!! I love weddings.

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    Melinda,
    You did a beautiful job making your dd's dress and purse. Its as lovely as the bride. Glad the groom is handsome and I hope that their marriage will stand the test of time.
    DH and I have #34 anniversary coming up tomorrow.
    Sharon W.

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    Miriam,

    The first 1 1/2 days are lecture and demonstrations from Ray. The ideal machine to have in front of you for this is an old zigzag machine (one that the top can be removed to see the guts--ideally no clam shell style). If you don't have one of these any old class 15 or 66 will do.
    I have hosted a total of 13 classes for Ray. Most students in the beginner class go through around 3 to 6 machines. In the advanced classes they usually are doing simple to much more difficult and time consuming repairs, so I have seen students go through 4 to maybe 10 machines. (Every year a few students run out of machines so I get some of my garage stash worked on. (Yea for me...free labor! VBG) Hosting one of his classes is a blast.. I get to be the peanut gallery and (lightly) harass him. Another VBG

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have two weeks. I'm trying to decide what to take. I think I want to take the bad boys. I doubt if I'm a guru unless I'm the guru of finding information on repairs.
    Last edited by Mizkaki; 04-14-2012 at 09:18 AM.
    Cathy

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

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    Melinda,

    The dress is truly AWESOME!!!! And your daughter is beautiful.

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

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    Help! Took the tension assembly apart on my FW and finally got it back together. However, right now I have lots of loops of the top thread on the underside of my stitches. Can someone please direct me of where to go for help?

    Linda

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Miriam,

    The first 1 1/2 days are lecture and demonstrations from Ray. The ideal machine to have in front of you for this is an old zigzag machine (one that the top can be removed to see the guts--ideally no clam shell style). If you don't have one of these any old class 15 or 66 will do.
    I have hosted a total of 13 classes for Ray. Most students in the beginner class go through around 3 to 6 machines. In the advanced classes they usually are doing simple to much more difficult and time consuming repairs, so I have seen students go through 4 to maybe 10 machines. (Every year a few students run out of machines so I get some of my garage stash worked on. (Yea for me...free labor! VBG) Hosting one of his classes is a blast.. I get to be the peanut gallery and (lightly) harass him. Another VBG

    Cathy
    I am ssssoooooo jealous... I have 6 or 8 old Elna's needing lots of TLC, an old Bernina, a mechanical White zzer, ditto on a Kenmore, a couple Japanese zzers (one needing to find where the extra screws came from... I have some foggy idea the approx area.) I picked up a Singer 306 yesterday and thought I would take it but it works just fine... Oh and I have a 401 with a bent stitch selector shaft... and a Genie. Then there are the old ladies.
    What about lunch? What goes for that?
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    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Help! Took the tension assembly apart on my FW and finally got it back together. However, right now I have lots of loops of the top thread on the underside of my stitches. Can someone please direct me of where to go for help?
    Tension might be not adjusted correctly.
    Check the bobbin to see if the notch is in the groove on the throat plate
    did you thread it the right direction?
    ???????????sewing machine not stitching????????????
    maybe something on there will help you out.
    I'm thinking there is a video on how to adjust the tension
    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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    Thank you Miriam, I will go through everything and see what is going on!

    Linda

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
    [John Newton (1725-1807)]

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    Look what followed me home!!!!

    I was at a sale that a friend was having yesterday. She had lots of antiques and fabric this sewing machine. I knew from the minute I laid eyes on her, she was going home with me. She is a Wheeler Wilson 9 handcrank, 1/2 size. I brought her home and she sews just great but needs a cleaning. Alex of
    www.Sewalot.com calls her the "Half size Half Pint Wheeler & Wilson 9". I have never seen one like her. She is very close in size to a Singer Featherweight, but weighs 20 pounds. The throad width is the same as a FW but the throat height is almost 2" higher. I am fascinated by her. Could this have been the idea that inspired the Featherweight after Singer bought Wheeler Wilson out in 1905? I don't have a firm date on her, but probably 1901 to 1905 is very close.


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    Awesome WW9!

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