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

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    Thank you all for the hugs and well wishes to my sis....she had surgery several weeks ago, went through about two weeks of being "out of it" (remembers nothing of that time and it was horrible with hallucinations, family misunderstandings, etc.) and is finally feeling some better. Pain was excruciating and she refused pain meds, to which she blamed the above on. She's mending, had radiation but refused chemotherapy. So time will tell her outcome, but she's just so full of crafting information and wants to share with someone (just in case) and since her daughters aren't interested she shares it with me! LOL! We have a ball when we are together and am trying to spend one full day a month with her, gleaning all she has to give!! We have no time restraints on our day together. We do all we can until we are ready to fall. LOL! Thanks again, and your prayers will be welcomed and needed in the months to come.
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    I thought this was interesting, the machine and cabinet are beautiful!!
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/art/3119073521.html
    Yep it is beautiful but I'd bet money it is a modern repro! At one time Billy was going to import and sell those repros! It would be pretty as an ornament, but they are not made well and won't hold up!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Metal frame. Big deal, even the WalMart Brothers have a metal frame. Otherwise, they'd all just collapse into a puddle of goo. :>
    John, I saw my friends anniversary model- they call it Darth Vador - and I saw no metal, but I didn't examine the underside or inside. The outside is all plastic and lots and lots of plastic to make the bed so large and rounded!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    Thank you all for the hugs and well wishes to my sis....she had surgery several weeks ago, went through about two weeks of being "out of it" (remembers nothing of that time and it was horrible with hallucinations, family misunderstandings, etc.) and is finally feeling some better. Pain was excruciating and she refused pain meds, to which she blamed the above on. She's mending, had radiation but refused chemotherapy. So time will tell her outcome, but she's just so full of crafting information and wants to share with someone (just in case) and since her daughters aren't interested she shares it with me! LOL! We have a ball when we are together and am trying to spend one full day a month with her, gleaning all she has to give!! We have no time restraints on our day together. We do all we can until we are ready to fall. LOL! Thanks again, and your prayers will be welcomed and needed in the months to come.
    What precious, special time! Also a good reminder that we should all be spending time with our siblings/family when we can, and if we don't have time, we need to MAKE time! I lost a sister in January, and while actually spending time in each other's company wasn't possible (she was in Ohio, I'm in Oregon), I could have called more....I will always regret that I didn't. The same thing happened with a dear aunt that I lost in April....

    Randa, you'll both be in my prayers!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Nancy,

    Underneath that obese plastic shell is a skeletonized aluminum frame. It's made from recycled beer cans I think. I have a Singer 3810 and had to pull the shell off of it to fix the bobbin winder clutch thing and that is what I found. I neglected to take pics of it though. Just wanted it fixed and off my bench.

    Darth Vader is an appropriate name for it though. I'd like to put one through a do or die torture test. IE, give it to my wife and tell her to use it like you do the Bernina. I wonder how quick it would die?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Way Cool!! So, of course I had to google Flying Man Sewing machine and take a look at the links to the images. I found some interesting blogs with photos of bloggers' machines.

    I looked at a link for the image of the Flying Man logo and this is what I found: Shanghai Flyingman Industrial Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. is one of the earliest company in China to produce sewing machine, which produce sewing machine more than seventy years.

    That logo image is on the treadle peddle. On the machine and in the logo is the character for person (looks like an up-side-down Y). So, my guess is the rest of the characters are for flying.

    If I only had a basement...
    I don't have a basement and the garage is full. Oh what is one to do?? Hmmm. Son lives in San Jose, I wonder if I could start collecting long distance? I don't think his garage is full. Wheels are turning in brain. Gonna call him and see if he want to go on a mission. Pretty bad, huh? But I really like that sewing machine.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I like it too. My garage is full, my house is full, there's a sewing machine cabinet, a kitchen table, and a coffee table on the front porch .......... I got room for it, ha ha , too bad it's sooooo very far away.

    Hmmm, my brother is in Costa Mesa ............. I wonder ??

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Yep it is beautiful but I'd bet money it is a modern repro! At one time Billy was going to import and sell those repros! It would be pretty as an ornament, but they are not made well and won't hold up!
    I agree; its beauty is only skin-deep. (Wouldn't be surprised if the parlor cabinet is made of particle board.)

    pat (home from vacation, but will never catch up.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I don't have a basement and the garage is full. Oh what is one to do?? Hmmm. Son lives in San Jose, I wonder if I could start collecting long distance? I don't think his garage is full. Wheels are turning in brain. Gonna call him and see if he want to go on a mission. Pretty bad, huh? But I really like that sewing machine.
    Go for it! On one of the gals blogs that I read last night while researching this machine, she stated that she was tailoring a baggy tee shirt, a redo. She had tried to do the sewing on her plastic wonder, but the machine just could make the grade. So, she remembered that she had her mom's old treadle, the Flying Man. She pulled out the machine and finished the project on that. Got to love those old machines!!

    I believe these machines are from the mid 50s to 60s since they are in treadles and I believe the company still makes sewing machines.

    One blogger had machine in an old Singer straight-leg cabinet that said Singer on front middle drawer. I wonder if the Flying Man Sewing Co. picked up Singer's leftover treadles that were no longer wanted in the 50s/60s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    I agree; its beauty is only skin-deep. (Wouldn't be surprised if the parlor cabinet is made of particle board.)

    pat (home from vacation, but will never catch up.)
    Most likely that cabinet maybe. So, you think this one is a repo of the model made in the 50s?!!

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