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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Janice, at my Wednesday night Strip Club, we all got a Jelly Roll and raced to see who could finish a top in the shortest time! It is a cool pattern. You take the 40 - 42 strips and sew them all end to end with a 45 degree seam . . . like doing binding! You end up with one very long connected strip! You then cut one end apart, and start sewing the '2' strips together. When the 2 strips are sewn into one double strip, you cut the end apart again, sew 4 strips together, and so on until you have made 5 seams! You end up with a really cute quilt top that only needs borders! There were 12 of us doing these strips - fabric everywhere - but, we all finished our whole top in less than 3 hours!

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    So, how wide and long are the strips you start with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Janice, the table is really nice! Please keep us posted on how you intend to make the table work with all your treadles! I know Cathy has a similar setup with the table she lets us use with a variety of machines when she hosts a TOGA at her house!

    Nancy
    There was a lady at Ray White's class had a rig to put any treadle machine on the repair table. She had a hand crank mounted to the right height - all she had to do was adjust the height and she could hand crank the machine she was working on at the time. It is an old knife sharpening rig. It has a clamp on the bottom - she shims it to height of the machine's spoked wheel. Then she made an L shaped thing to go in where you turn and it turns the spoked wheel - the L shaped thing is out of wood - a piece of wood with a peg - the peg is what goes in the spoke of the wheel. Do you get some picture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    So, how wide and long are the strips you start with?

    Joe
    Joe, they commonly use a "Jelly Roll" for this one... usually 42 strips that are width of fabric (40-44 inches) by 2 1/2 inches wide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I oiled up the Eldridge this afternoon - this one has a place that gets stuck - it will turn then it will stick - lots to clean
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    She is a mess - someone got a bit aggressive with the throat plate - I'm wondering if one off another National might do the job - I'll have to measure.
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    Miriam, that Two Spools doesn't look bad at all! She will clean up very nicely! I see she has the bare spot where people use to put their pins - yuck! I hate seeing that!

    Charlee, I will try to check in as often as I can - but, in summer I spend most of my time outside!

    Kathie, you are right - $400 is way more than people around here will spend on a treadle!

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    Two Spools is spoken for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    We have helicopters going over the house at 10:30pm??? They were there last night too. Sounds like a war. Fire crackers and helicopters... maybe we are secretly being invaded - nobody is suppose to notice a few helicopters now are they? We have neighbors can't keep their bills paid but they shoot off fireworks all summer... go figure.
    We've had helicopters blowin' the water off the cherry orchards here for 3 weeks... morning, noon and all through the night... if it is raining. It has been raining and then pouring almost every day. Today is a relief, so far, it is just very windy. No helicopters today. Yeah.... The rest of the year it is nice living in the midst of orchards

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    A few days ago DH asked me what I want for my birthday....can you guess what I told him? "Take the Decorah Posten treadle irons and put on a top that I can use with all my various treadle heads." He took the challenge!! Here's the start. This won't be a MUTT like Dan was talking about, because it will be way too big and heavy to travel, but it will be a MUT. Isn't it cool? It's a true Frankentreadle!!
    Cool!!! Your DH made you such a nice birthday present for your treadles. I will be looking forward to photos (as others are) to the progress of this table and how he makes the different inserts for your various machines. I agree, the roundness of the table is a great idea. What is the length and depth of the table top?
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    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    ABSOLUTELY COOL!!!!!!!!! I've got to make one of those for my machines. What is the length vs width of your top?
    I'm gonna make a folder and keep your pics for inspiration. Please post more as your DH progresses.

    Joe
    Ditto here. Will be watching for the completed MUTT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    There was a lady at Ray White's class had a rig to put any treadle machine on the repair table. She had a hand crank mounted to the right height - all she had to do was adjust the height and she could hand crank the machine she was working on at the time. It is an old knife sharpening rig. It has a clamp on the bottom - she shims it to height of the machine's spoked wheel. Then she made an L shaped thing to go in where you turn and it turns the spoked wheel - the L shaped thing is out of wood - a piece of wood with a peg - the peg is what goes in the spoke of the wheel. Do you get some picture?

    Did you happen to take photos? Sounds like a very clever use for the vintage knife sharpening machine.

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Joe, they commonly use a "Jelly Roll" for this one... usually 42 strips that are width of fabric (40-44 inches) by 2 1/2 inches wide.
    Thanks, that sounds like a fun and easy way to make a quilt.

    Joe

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