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

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    See someone got a bargain on my Davis----no roadtrip

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130705398258...ht_3552wt_1170

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    See someone got a bargain on my Davis----no roadtrip

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130705398258...ht_3552wt_1170

    Jon
    Next time someone asks how much my Davis Vertical Feed is worth I'll tell them 99 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    If it fit my needs, and I wasn't destroying a valuable, rare piece of history, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Go for it!
    Thanks everyone! I knocked the legs off, got the top loose, and made the cuts. Now i need to sand and so forth. I think I will just paint the edges black, as the cabinet was plywood with a nice veneer. I am saving the bits of the cabinet for future repair projects.

    Someone mentioned antique malls- I've only been to one, once, with Mizkaki, who is a very bad influence. I don't think they have antique malls around where I live. The one I saw really was fun, but the machines were a bit overpriced. Cathy said the one machine had been there every time she had stopped for years. There's one very dreadful antique shop in town here, but she prices her machines about three hundred dollars or more, or she rips the cabinets apart and makes table out of them. Then she sells the treadle heads for $25, except they rarely sell. I think i have bought one machine from her. Whenever you suggest a lower price, she looks over her glasses and says "that machine is very OLD" as thought that settles it. I ask now just to hear her say it!
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    here is the patient, prepped, marked, and consented for the procedure:
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    Skip- what would be a nice way to join the two pieces underneath? Laura

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    Laura, I am not sure what pieces you want to join underneath. I know what you are trying to do, but can't see it in the pic. Explain Lucy!!!
    Last edited by Glenn; 06-10-2012 at 04:36 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Laura, I am not sure what pieces you want to join underneath. I know what you are trying to do, but can't see it in the pic. Explain Lucy!!!
    So the front part that would flip up to put the machine down is seperate from the rest of the table that is being cutout to be part of the table. Clear as mud i know! I'll take some pictures tomorrow. Lucy- err laura

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    My 9W-7 is now in it's semi-new home, the Frankin treadle base.
    The machine's iron was damaged in transit before I got it. At the same time the top was badly damaged too. Fortuitously the machine was unhurt.
    I cleaned up the machine and wrapped it in plastic till it had a home again.

    Today after working on the mower then mowing the yard I built a parts treadle.

    The iron legs were from the original 9W-7 cabinet. The center part was from an iron set we got from our LSMG. One of the legs around a wheel broke so I took the center and bolted it to the 9W-7 legs.
    Then I attached one of the new Singer pressed wood treadle tops also bought from the LSMG to the bottom assembly. A few more repairs to fix some stapled parts that were coming apart then into the house and down in the basement. NO room upstairs.

    I have the 9W-7 in the cabinet now, fits like it should. I've got to put the center pivoting drawer back on and find my belt I've had for the machine, then put it all together.

    After that I'll post some pics.

    Now, I have 4 fully functional treadles.
    Singer 66-4 - Treadle 1
    Singer 66-4 - Treadle 2
    Franklin 1911 - Treadle 3
    Singer 9W-7 - Treadle 4

    Too bad I can only use one of them at a time .....

    Joe
    Last edited by J Miller; 06-10-2012 at 06:40 PM.

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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! Very cute way to make a scrappy looking lap quilt! I think the quilts ended up around 56 by 66 inches depending on your borders!

    Nancy
    We did the Jelly Roll Race at one of our guild meetings last year....I took my 301a, and there were a few Featherweights, and lots of high $$ newer machines in that room. Probably about 50-60 machines that day. Guess what....I won on my 301a, finishing in 55 minutes. They let us sew the strips end to end before they started timing. But it was GREAT!! My little Ida beating all those fancy plastic fantastic machines!! Yay Vintage!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Super cool! love the rounded edges- so many times fabric or quilts seem to catch on the corners of the table. What a great hubby! Laura
    Has anyone guessed where the top came from? An old coffee table purchased at our local Goodwill store!! LOL. It is working out perfectly! Not sure of the exact size, but it's gonna be awesome to work on....a wonderful big table to hold the weight of a quilt top.

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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?
    Kind of, Miriam....I think I could draw it out by your description. We plan to make one large beveled hole in the top of this, and then put each treadle head on it's own "key" beveled plate that will fit into the hole. I am going to try a stretchy cord for a treadle belt. I ordered one, and when it arrived it turned out to be not stretchy enough. So, I have to look for something else...any suggestions? Anyway, we are working this project out one step at a time. Anyone with suggestions, they are welcomed!

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