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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    My 319 was very fast with the motor installed. I only use mine now as a treadle a find it is a little slow doing the decorative stitches but straight stitch is just as fast as my other treadles. But for me it is fast enough.
    I seem to go slow on the decorative stitches anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Here's a video... kind of long. But, my machine is just as fast as this and is not what I consider to be fast compared especially to my 401, Elnas and other vintage machines. I guess it's what you have to compare to or are used to. The motor on the 319 is only .5(I think) which is a pretty weak motor.

    For example, I did a serpentine stitch on my binding on the 319 last week and it was slooooow. I did the same stitch on my Elna 62C and it was probably twice as fast.

    http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/...cglp3a&newfp=1

    Well, I guess I just straight stitch with mine, so far anyway, and it is plenty fast for me. I think it is how it is geared, relative to cars and such, not the size of the motor. I would think it would be geared to go fast with the decorative stitches to compete back in the day, so more fast just straight running. My thought only, and I have a few machines to compare it to. LOL Ms. Miriam is fast, but straight stitch only. I guess I don't have the technical expertise to even explain what I think, like rpms or stitches per second or however we would measure the speed of a sewing machine. Anyway, Miriam will like the Pfaff when she gets it torqued up, or triflowed, or whatever her choice is. Mine does fmq best of all my machines. Yes, better than 53 others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Well, I guess I just straight stitch with mine, so far anyway, and it is plenty fast for me. I think it is how it is geared, relative to cars and such, not the size of the motor. I would think it would be geared to go fast with the decorative stitches to compete back in the day, so more fast just straight running. My thought only, and I have a few machines to compare it to. LOL Ms. Miriam is fast, but straight stitch only. I guess I don't have the technical expertise to even explain what I think, like rpms or stitches per second or however we would measure the speed of a sewing machine. Anyway, Miriam will like the Pfaff when she gets it torqued up, or triflowed, or whatever her choice is. Mine does fmq best of all my machines. Yes, better than 53 others.
    I have never seen one with the motor on the very bottom of the machine. I haven't cleaned it enough to run it yet. My stuff is in the shop and we are doing other things today. I did wipe off the exterior goo and oil it a bit. My understanding was that the Triflow turns to powder when it gets old rather than turn gummy. So far my best FM is on one of my 15 clones - a Commander (Sears) I have other clones that aren't as sweet for FM - go figure - they ARE clones.
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    Miriam,

    "My understanding was that the Triflow turns to powder when it gets old rather than turn gummy. "

    Just for my curiosity, where you come by this info? I use and like the Tri-Flow oil.

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    I think I saw that on Sew Classic a long time ago - I know bikes use it as well - Ray White peddles it too and Cathy uses it too.
    I just looked on Sew-classic but couldn't find it. If you use anything it might be a good idea to google search and make up your own mind - I learned a lot a few minutes ago...
    Last edited by miriam; 06-03-2012 at 05:10 PM.
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    OK. I've read all that is posted on Sew-Classic, that's where I bought my Tri-Flow, and didn't see anything like that. Perhaps it was some rumor that was proven false.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    My 319 was very fast with the motor installed. I only use mine now as a treadle a find it is a little slow doing the decorative stitches but straight stitch is just as fast as my other treadles. But for me it is fast enough.
    I guess because I have so many other electric machines, I notice the big difference. I would imagine treadling the 319 is almost the best way to go and chuck the motor. I think you all that have done this are very clever. Because the motor won't give you much more uuumph:> There are times when I use it, that I say not so nice things and mutter a lot. I've been using it less and less honestly, as I can do the job twice as fast with one of my other machines. Zoom, zoom rather than putt...putt :> It does beautiful, deliberate stitches, but I'm becoming less enamored with it, the more machines I collect and compare it to.

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    I know I used Triflow to unlock my Viking last week. Triflow and the hairdryer and it worked wonderfully.

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    look up Triflow and lock smiths or gunsmiths
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    Just made hot buttered biscuits and fresh homemade blackberry jelly!! Yall pull up a chair. Yes, I grew the blackberries too. Need to be sewing, but had to do something the the berries, and about pied out, got em in the freezer already, so jelly it was tonight. Daughter wants a quilt of her pharmacy school shirts, so planning that right now, and choosing a machine to do the work. Yall have a good night.
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