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

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    Nancy, yes I sold it last night. It was a nice man who came by and he was either Russian, Hungarian...something. In his country he was a clothing designer! His wife was getting a bit irritated with him using her machine(we can maybe relate a tad Hmmmm?). He wanted a heavy duty, all metal machine. And he got one.

    Nancy, I have the straight stitch version of the machine you linked to. They are another great machine.

    I also had a no show yesterday. From a lady that had contacted me many times to get my address. And of course, I played e-mail tag with her over and over because I wasn't going to give her my address without a time commitment. I get the time commitment and she doesn't show. Grrrrr......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    The opinions vary, I believe... I know there are several that believe all AG Mason machines were produced by White... and it seems just as many believe that they were only produced by White after 1916... who knows for sure? LOL
    I read the most informative article on Mason's relationship with White and thought I book marked it. Of course I didn't and looked over an hour and cannot find it. Even if I did find it, it wouldn't prove anything one way or another. I did see a lot of posts on both sides of the issue.

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    Nancy, Most of the sewing for the bras require a zigzag or a three step zigzag to hold the pieces together. I didn't know what a three step zigzag was so of course that lead to another google search. Professional and some modern machines have this capability to make a three step zigzag.

    The Two Spools might be used to sew around the pieces like for example outside and inside upper cup. The directions state to use 1/4" seams allowance and then trim close to stitches. I'm now thinking that the foot on the Singer 201 or even my FW would be the right foot to use and then no trimming would be needed.

    I don't think the Necchi Supernova can do a three step zigzag, so I'm going to have to use just the zigzag or there is a decorative stitch that looks very close to the three step zigzag. There are numerous decorative stitches that look like I could use too. So, most of the sewing will be done with the Necchi.
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    I'm not Charlee, and this has probably long since been answered, but I have a New Royal B, from the Illinois Sewing Machine Company of Rockford.
    We still haven't closed on the new old house, and am still knee-deep in packing and culling. I have sold a couple of machines, but still am trying to decide what goes with me and what doesn't. It's not much fun. I just dashed in here to see if anyone else is having more fun than I am.
    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Charlee, do you happen to know anything about a New Royal treadle machine? It has a beautiful cabinet that it is in.
    Miz Johnny

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    I wish I lived closer to help in the packing and drool over your collection.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    I'm not Charlee, and this has probably long since been answered, but I have a New Royal B, from the Illinois Sewing Machine Company of Rockford.
    We still haven't closed on the new old house, and am still knee-deep in packing and culling. I have sold a couple of machines, but still am trying to decide what goes with me and what doesn't. It's not much fun. I just dashed in here to see if anyone else is having more fun than I am.

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    The 319 has a built in cam for the 3 step zig though #2 is available for the 306's and it's possible the 401(500 series too) and that series has it. I believe they do. I know my vintage Elnas have the cam for it as well. I've used it to do bindings as it's a bit more decorative and a regular zig zag can create a bit of a tunneling effect without proper stabilizing or if the zig zag is too close.

    I would bet there's a 3 step or multi-step zig zag cam available for the Necchi since so many other machines have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    There has been at least a couple threads about new felt wicks in the Singer 66's and 99's. I've got 5 66s, two 99s and a Sewmore 404 that needs new wicks. I've been looking for a source of thick 100% wool to use for doing this. The TFSR instructions says to use 5 mm thick felt and how to cut them. I didn't want to waste my time chopping up the spool felts sold by lot's of places so I looked and found this place:
    http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/wo...wool-felt.html
    They are selling 100% wool felt sheets at 4 to 5 m/m thick for around $3.50.
    I haven't bought any yet, but will as soon as I can.

    Just thought this might help.

    Joe
    Thanks Joe for this link. I have been looking for a good source of wool felt. It's so nice for hand applique. The added bonus is the site also has adorable patterns for making dolls. I have a GD who really can't have enough dolls.

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    We still haven't closed on the new old house, and am still knee-deep in packing and culling. I have sold a couple of machines, but still am trying to decide what goes with me and what doesn't. It's not much fun. I just dashed in here to see if anyone else is having more fun than I am.
    Hi Miz Johnny! Probably not as much fun, though moving is a miserable thing to have to do. (I forget, how far are you going??)

    Good luck!

    pat

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    Hey anyone here know anything about the Damascus TSMs? I finally found a needle bar screw so I can actually put a needle on the machine, but what needle? ISMACS says Damascus Toy Sewing Machine's use a 16x1. I googled and found other places that say use a 24x1, which is the same needle the Singer 20 TSM uses? I tried the 24x1 needle in the Damascus and it makesName:  Damascus and Singer 20.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I read the most informative article on Mason's relationship with White and thought I book marked it. Of course I didn't and looked over an hour and cannot find it. Even if I did find it, it wouldn't prove anything one way or another. I did see a lot of posts on both sides of the issue.

    Texas Jan
    I knew I had something wrong! Mason didn't sell to White, they sold out to Domestic, who later merged with White. These articles are what makes me think that AG Mason manufactured its own machines.


    Per "The Sewing Machine Collector" website:

    The company was established in the early 1900s by A.G.Mason, a former agent for the Davis Sewing Machine Co. The concern specialized in sales through large retail stores, with many marques being used. Following the death of Mason in 1916, the company became a subsidiary of the Domestic Sewing Machine Co.

    From The Encyclopedia of Antique Sewing Machines, 3rd Edition:

    HISTORY OF THE COMPANY


    Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the A.G. Mason Sewing Machine Company manufactured sewing machines from the 1880s to about 1916. After the original Florence Sewing Machine Company went bankrupt in the late 1870s, Mr. Mason apparently acquired the company in the early to mid 1880s. This new company, doing business as the Florence Machine Company and located in Florence, Massachusetts, manufactured sewing machines based on White models.
    Like many of the smaller manufacturers, A.G. Mason seems to have concentrated on making sewing machines for departments stores and other retailers. Models sold by the company included the Defender, Wilson, Crown, Queen, New Queen, and Florence. In the early 1900s, the company apparently moved its operation to Cleveland, Ohio, and was renamed the A.G. Mason Sewing Machine Company. In 1916, the company was purchased by the Domestic Sewing Machine Company which itself later merged with the White SM Co. in the 1920s.
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