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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
    Well, the alcohol took enough of the marker off that I'm satisfied. Thanks Up North for the suggestion. Here it is. It's a Brother 221 Galaxie and I'm guessing it's from the 70's. I got it for not much, because there's no foot control. I have an extra that I need to rewire for a permanent solution. I spent about 2 hours degreasing and lubricating. The reverse and stitch length arm were pretty stuck. All the innards are metal including the cams. However, there are two nylon gears. One has a small crack but it still sews great and all the stitches are nice. My Morse has a similar crack and also sews great. So, I'm not going to worry about it. What I think is pretty cool are the built in stitches. I've never seen a machine this age with built in duck, butterfly and fish stitches. Neato! I like the lemon color and I'm glad I was able to get it running.
    Candace, I like the yellow and green! I don't see any evidence of a permanent marker either! You got the cams too? I'd guess 70's. It looks like a fun machine! I see it has needle positioning! So does my Pfaff! Left, middle, right needle positioning, and they both drop their feed dogs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Candace, I like the yellow and green! I don't see any evidence of a permanent marker either! You got the cams too? I'd guess 70's. It looks like a fun machine! I see it has needle positioning! So does my Pfaff! Left, middle, right needle positioning, and they both drop their feed dogs!

    Nancy
    Nancy, there is an internal, metal, camstack of the stitches I posted. It doesn't take external cams. Thanks grayhare, I'll try hairspray on ink if I ever have any. This was a set in, marker. Probably a sharpie. Like it had been on the machine for years and had absorbed into it. I tried the alcohol on the bottom in a hidden area first. Then used it on the marker area. It took some gentle rubbing but it slowly faded. Tomorrow in the daylight, I'm sure I'll still see faint markings, but it's much better. Who in the world would write a price on a machine like that in magic marker??? I have to say, I think I've seen Good Will do that.

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    Nancy, Can you treadle that Pfaff 260? It is very nice machine!

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    Candace, Those are very cute decorative stitches. I like the fish! The butterfly looks more like a bat, but it is still cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Candace, Those are very cute decorative stitches. I like the fish! The butterfly looks more like a bat, but it is still cute.
    Yep, I like the fish, too. It would be perfect at the cabin...... very nice machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    threading diagram for GE that I photo swiped:
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    Thanks so much for the picture of the diagram.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Lisa, what a cute little machine! What are the measurements of that little green machine? I have a little Damascus, but I think your machine may be a little larger. Just curious! I love the toy sewing machines! That is a toy isn't it?

    Nancy
    It is not a toy machine. From what I have found the speculate it is the predecessor of the Singer Featherweight. Mine has a steel base so weighs about 16 lbs. It is 10.5 x 6.5 x 10 tall. Singer later used the name Sewhandy for toy machines in the mid century.

    It makes a good straight stitch only. I just need to get a new belt. It will use a hoover belt so will be stopping by the shop to see if I can pick one up and a new light bulb.
    Lisa

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    My Aunt found the cutest little Western made by Deluxe in her shed. She'd forgotten she even had it. It's a gorgeous little black 3/4 size machine that is electric, uses a shuttle rather than a bobbin and sews a perfect stitch but she's in need of the little spring in the bobbin winder. Does anybody know where one of those can be bought? I've looked on Sew-Classic and shot her an email but thought I'd try on here for info also. TIA for any info.

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    Nevermind, my DH just adjusted it and it works great now. Thanks anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, Can you treadle that Pfaff 260? It is very nice machine!
    I don't think it can be treadled easily. The motor and belts are under the bed of the machine. To remove them would be major. One of its belts has 73 cleats running up through the machine. I sent a photo of the plug in to A-1 Sewing, who has been around as long as I can remember. He sent back a message that that belt is no longer in production. I will just keep checking e-bay and googling until I eventually find a belt. I don't want to change anything about this machine! It will just occupy a nice shelf in my sewing room for now! There are a couple very old repair guys around here I will check with too!

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    This is what the plug in looks like - a little different!

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