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

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    Wow. Just--wow.
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    Time for you all to see what my bro in law found in a charity shop and waltzed round here for me today. It came in its own box (don't know if it is the original) and with the manual, so I can look at lots of interesting pictures of attachments that weren't with it. We have taken off the spool holder, which was already broken, but if someone has any tips for gluing a small piece of cast iron back together I would be very grateful to hear from you.
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    I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned on sewing machines today. Some are beyond hope and some that I thought were beyond hope turned out to be pretty cool. I showed a pic of a MW orange machine last week. I thought I'd give it a look see if it was junk or what. The zz was not moving at all but it cleaned up real nice and turns out to be a decent machine now that it works. It took a while but I even found a manual and a full set of accessories that hadn't been opened. Then I tried the motor. It either doesn't run or it only runs and doesn't stop - depends on which way it gets plugged into the strip. pics are from before I cleaned it up.
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    That yellow machine was really dirty but it cleaned up nice. It was missing the motor and foot control and didn't have any cool accessories. That machine turns beautifully - the bobbin case self ejects when the wheel is turned. I couldn't help it - that machine is cool.

    Then I messed with an assortment of zz machines today. Some were frozen up but look like they might be good machines when they unlock. There were a couple Singer 237s that were frozen up and I got them working I think. I never did thread up - I just cleaned the crud off and got them turning. There is one machine I checked over - not bad but the reverse doesn't do anything. Phil matched up foot controls with as many as had some. I picked up a Japanese machine all dirty and icky, cleaned it up and away it goes - totally clean inside - a keeper. There is a 'Wizard' that I was hoping would be a good machine that is rusted everywhere - it won't even make a parts machine. It is also missing the motor and foot control. That was just the machines off the floor. I'm pretty excited how many actually will work but parts machines are not a bad thing either.
    some of the off the floor machines we put in more later:
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    I dug out an old black Necchi - it was frozen up - I got it to turn but it has a spot that likes to stick. Not a whole lot of access on that one. It could go in a treadle if it will free up. I looked at a Necchi Nora - I think I messed that one up years ago. (It was frozen up so I used some liquid wrench on it. Melted the plastic stitch length piece.) no more liquid wrench everywhere. spank spank spank. Too bad - that is a very nice machine. Very pretty and I love the engineering. I think I can see how Necchi is related to some of the Kenmore machines. Not having manuals makes it tough to figure out some of them right away but eventually they come around.

    Some time I need to check out all the godzilla machines - I think there are 8 or 10 assorted machines. Some I know right off are not going to be able to work. There are a couple especially nice ones though. HEAVY. WHEW.

    There are a bunch with potted motors - all need work.

    DD came along and brought little Walter to play with. He is so cute. He giggles now. I think she just wanted to see all those machines. She is looking at the free arm one I got. Yeah one... HEAVY Kenmore. I can't remember if it works or not.
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    welcome to all of our new members. Lots of things going on here in the shop since I had surgery on Friday. I am on the mend; won't be sitting down to sew anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'll have to get some tights for when I fly on out - I wear clunky Redwing shoes - I'm on my feet all day for work... I bet Glenn couldn't get past that... He was laughing pretty good.
    Yes Miriam does wear clunky Redwings, that could be her problem with treadleing lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Yes Miriam does wear clunky Redwings, that could be her problem with treadleing lol
    maybe Crocs would be an improvement.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    welcome to all of our new members. Lots of things going on here in the shop since I had surgery on Friday. I am on the mend; won't be sitting down to sew anytime soon.
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    Sharon heal soon so we can here from you again. Just don't over do it . Skip
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    Yeah - take it easy - catching up on QB should take about as much time as your healing from the surgery... Prayers.
    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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    JB Weld works nicely.

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    but if someone has any tips for gluing a small piece of cast iron back together I would be very grateful to hear from you.[/QUOTE]

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    My new 28K HC

    Thanks to my dear friend TX Jan I have a nice little HC with little work needed. She found it and I bougth it and she sent it to me. I was impressed with the packing her husband did. I am a happy camper today. 1939 Singer 28K HC with victorian decals in very good shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    welcome to all of our new members. Lots of things going on here in the shop since I had surgery on Friday. I am on the mend; won't be sitting down to sew anytime soon.
    hugs,
    Sharon W
    Sharon, glad to hear you are on the mend!

    Muv, beautiful Wilcox and Gibbs! I have two of those babies, but neither one is a hand crank! One of mine is a treadle, the other electric!

    Well, Miriam and Candace you shamed me into trying the timing myself on the FW! I tried - it didn't work! I actually thought I had the timing perfect a few times, but everytime I put the feed dogs back on, the plate back on - then tried to sew I got skipped stitches. I finally called Cathy to the rescue and took that FW to visit Cathy. She had it timed in no time flat. Actually, the needle bar was out of time with the hook/needle - so it was more complicated than just the hook/needle timing! I would never have known that one - never had to try to time a needle bar with the hook/needle scarf! Cathy showed me the grid lines to time the needle bar - I think she said 3200 of a inch! I learn more and more all the time! Thank you Cathy - you are a lifesaver!

    Nancy
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