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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, I don't know how to explain it but it's wired on the same pin as the motor. You can switch the wire to a different pin and it will stay on fully. What happens is when you hit the gas both the motor and light are drawing from the same spot on the controller. I hope I explained it so you can look at the connector on the machine and see what I'm talking about. My 319 was doing that and I moved the light wiring off the motor wiring and it was fine. There's nothing wrong with your machine or light, it's just the wiring hub is a bit mixed up. You just unscrew the the screws in the connector and move the wire. Then re-screw it.
    Thank you Candace, that is exactly what I figured, but I don't do electricity! I will have to give that job to DH! I think, he is a little tired of this last two machines I got! Anyway, if my friend still wants this machine, I will just remove the light and probably the motor as she wants to put it in a treadle!

    Dan, did you leave the light on your 306 that you have in the treadle? I may put this light on my 319w in treadle, but I don't like the idea that I 'have' to have my 319w near a plug in!

    Nancy

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    Nancy, now how do you think I keep my hair so nice:> Hehe. It's not a scary job, I promise. But, I understand you wanting to pass it on. I deal with rewiring and this stuff a lot, so I'm sort of used to it. I rewired a foot control yesterday and today spent quite a few hours on a vintage Viking. The motor needed some help. Luckily, no soldering gun needed this time!

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    Nancy

    Now if I could get my Damascus TSM to sew I'd be set![/QUOTE]

    Nancy, you need to save something for Ray's Class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    Nancy

    Now if I could get my Damascus TSM to sew I'd be set!
    Nancy, you need to save something for Ray's Class.[/QUOTE]

    Yup she is right - I think I must have taken 40 machines - we worked on them all. Everybody but me ran out of some to work on. Most people did not take enough machines. I wish I had taken more plastic machines.

    Here is another blog you can follow http://mysewingmachineaddiction.blog...max-results=50 I think she has also been to Ray's class
    Last edited by miriam; 05-28-2012 at 02:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Nancy, you need to save something for Ray's Class.

    Yup she is right - I think I must have taken 40 machines - we worked on them all. Everybody but me ran out of some to work on. Most people did not take enough machines. I wish I had taken more plastic machines.

    Here is another blog you can follow http://mysewingmachineaddiction.blog...max-results=50 I think she has also been to Ray's class

    Miriam, I can't imagine taking 40 machines anywhere! Wow, what a dedicated person you are! Are you making repairing/re-selling vintage machines a business? I have a lot of admiration for you!

    Kathie and Miriam, I probably will not take Ray's class this time. My aunt, who lives in Redmond, WA, was scheduled to come for a visit the first couple weeks in June. Well, she had to re-schedule her visit for the first 2 weeks in September - when Ray was suppose to hold a class after Cathy's TOGA, - which lets me out. Anyway, I had already decided I probably wouldn't take the class after I found out how expensive it is! I am doing this for fun and really can't justify almost $700 for a repair class, just for my 'hobby.' I am sure, I'd love the class, but I have to really think about whether I will ever spend that kind of money for my addiction!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, now how do you think I keep my hair so nice:> Hehe. It's not a scary job, I promise. But, I understand you wanting to pass it on. I deal with rewiring and this stuff a lot, so I'm sort of used to it. I rewired a foot control yesterday and today spent quite a few hours on a vintage Viking. The motor needed some help. Luckily, no soldering gun needed this time!
    Candace, you look like such a pretty, petite little lady that it is really hard to picture you with a soldering gun, re-wiring anything! I can't keep up with you! I mean some people would say I am tough - I ride and train horses! I am not afraid to do hard physical labor out side either, but I draw the line at doing some things! I really need to step outside my box and I have with the mechanics of these old machines - I just think the electrical stuff belongs in my hubby's basket! You go girl! What don't you attempt?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy,

    If this were the 60s, I would just burn my bra. I read a couple of blogs where some gals in their twenties made their own bras that were not padded. They have only known padded bras (from 90s on), and they were very much surprised at the comfort of the non padded bras that they made.

    You now have 50 machines! Wow! I have stopped collecting for now, and my focus is on sewing projects.

    Heck, I wish I lived closer to all here since I enjoy seeing other folks projects and finds!
    How can you 'stop collecting?' I can't, I promise myself I will not look at Craigslist - then someone else does it for me - LIKE CANDACE - and there I go running to grab another machine! I am so addicted it is pathethic! On top of that addiction, I have a terrible time parting with the ones I get - I LOVE them all! Geeze, I love getting something 'different' like the 306w - then I want to keep it! I will let this one go to my GF, though, if she wants it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm glad you got it going. I know what you mean about the brute strength - I don't seem to have that either. The 306 twin to yours I have works fine but the plastic on the wires fell off when I got it. I figure it might go on a treadle and use a LED light or something. Maybe it would be good with a motor, I don't know yet. Mine has some smooth finish and some crinkle finish. Kind of a monster. Do you have a good set of disks for yours?
    Yes, Miriam I have the original 6 cams, plus the one that came on the machine. These 306's were originally sold with a small box of 6 cams. Did you read the book, where it says don't sew without a cam? The old question pops up again!!!!! My 306 is probably exactly like yours, most of it is crinkle, some of it is smooth. I like the machine, but I don't need it! I have my 319w, a 401a, and 503a that all do the same thing this one does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    How can you 'stop collecting?' I can't, I promise myself I will not look at Craigslist - then someone else does it for me - LIKE CANDACE - and there I go running to grab another machine! I am so addicted it is pathethic! On top of that addiction, I have a terrible time parting with the ones I get - I LOVE them all! Geeze, I love getting something 'different' like the 306w - then I want to keep it! I will let this one go to my GF, though, if she wants it!

    Nancy
    Hey, I met a gal in church who is worse than I am! She has over 250 toy sewing machines, and over 50 vintage regular machines!

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    Hehe. Yes, I'm enabler. Well, Nancy, a lot of people have told me I should have been born a man. I built a 18 x 16' greenhouse a few years back and my hubby just shook his head. I had no directions from a 10 year old kit. I put my noodle on it and did it pretty much all by myself, except I did hire an electrician and have a friend help me pour the concrete block footers. And I built a 15 ft. redwood pergola on the side of the house with help from my MIL. You should have see the looks we got from people driving by, watching two smallish women heft redwood around and putting in concrete piers. I had a few people ask me "Why my husband isn't doing it or where's my husband?" Too funny:> I've always tackled this kind of stuff.

    I know how you get attached. I sold a machine last week and I'm selling another today. I bought a vintage Viking on Fri. that I've spent at least 8 hours working on that is now going to be a fantastic machine. It had 3 stuck dials and I had to rebuild the internal buttonholer mechanism. Also the motor wiring needed help. The machine only sewed in reverse when I got it. I received a lot of help from someone who walked me through some of the tricky steps. I said a lot of cuss words and ended up with bloody knuckles. But, in the end I learned the problems of a different brand-and this machine seemed to have all the problems vintage Vikings are known for! I can't keep them all so I try to let on go if I keep one. Or at least, that's what I tell myself!

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