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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Different tasks require different feet and different needles, like Melinda said.
    Candace, melinda1962,
    I have some different feet, matter of fact a complete set of attachments. A "Q" foot would be a quilting foot?

    As for the needles I'm kinda stuck there. This machine originally used a Kenmore #49 or Boye 2 1/2 needle.
    Those are all but extinct. As per the advice from Kevin Pinkerton from ISMAC, I've got some DCx1F serger needles for it. All they come in is sharp, in sizes 11, 14, 16, 18. I'm using size 14s.

    Could the presser foot tension have something to do with this? I'm not sure where it's set, works good on regular type materials so I left it alone. For fleece should it tighter or looser?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Hi all, just returned from Miriam and Phil's we spent three days with them and had the most wonderful time. I spent an entire day with Miriam and rewired about three or four motors(potted and standard). I think we got seven or eight machines running. In return we hit all the antique and thrift stores in Indy. Shopping with Miriam is a ruthless ordeal she is a shopper!!!!. I found a pink machine that is in demand and she pushed me aside and bought it out from under me and then had the gall to have me carry it until she paid for it. What a lady. But I got even at the last shop I found a MOP Singer 12 in a folding cabinet(like a puzzle box) and loaded in her car along side the the little pink thing. We had a great time hitting almost all the shops in Indy. Pat and I are looking forward to Miriam and Phil to visit us so we can do the same here. Well if they don't come in Jan we will plan another trip to Indy. She may get tired of us. That is okay I will rewire more machines for her.

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    Skip--That is a most beautiful machine and set up!!! I'm glad you all had such a good time. I'll be watching for more pictures when you have time.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    There is information about this in the yahoo group for vintage japanese machines.
    Thank you Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, there are wicks. You can use Triflow oil on the machine, it's great. Follow your manual's directions for oiling locations. But use regular sewing machine oil on the wicks. And don't use Triflow on the motor if it has grease ports. And use grease on the gears only. I use Triflow grease, but you can use Singer grease if you have that. I typically just try to remove as much dried grease as possible by hand and then the Triflow grease pretty much eats away the junky, dried grease so it comes off really easy.

    Candace, thank you! One more question...... When applying the grease to the gears, how much do you put on and do you just put it on one place or all over the gear? (I warned you.....I'm totally clueless!!)

    Appreciate your input and thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauigirl View Post
    Candace, thank you! One more question...... When applying the grease to the gears, how much do you put on and do you just put it on one place or all over the gear? (I warned you.....I'm totally clueless!!)

    Appreciate your input and thanks again!
    A little goes a long way, so you don't need to use too much. I generally squeeze out approx. 1/4" from the tube of grease and just put that on the gear. Then I rotate the handwheel a few times to make sure it doesn't fling off. Triflow will stick pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    A little goes a long way, so you don't need to use too much. I generally squeeze out approx. 1/4" from the tube of grease and just put that on the gear. Then I rotate the handwheel a few times to make sure it doesn't fling off. Triflow will stick pretty well.
    Thanks......off to clean her up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Candace, melinda1962,
    I have some different feet, matter of fact a complete set of attachments. A "Q" foot would be a quilting foot?

    As for the needles I'm kinda stuck there. This machine originally used a Kenmore #49 or Boye 2 1/2 needle.
    Those are all but extinct. As per the advice from Kevin Pinkerton from ISMAC, I've got some DCx1F serger needles for it. All they come in is sharp, in sizes 11, 14, 16, 18. I'm using size 14s.

    Could the presser foot tension have something to do with this? I'm not sure where it's set, works good on regular type materials so I left it alone. For fleece should it tighter or looser?

    Joe
    Try the quilting foot. Unfortunately sharps are not good for knits. For fleece, I don't think you'll see a problem, but maybe....sharps can leave holes in many knits and actually cause some of the material to make runs and ruin the fabric. I've done that myself:< The pressure may need to be tweaked. I would try using a larger needle and increase the pressure and see how that goes? You may just have to sew fleece on a machine that you can get the proper needle for.

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    I have been watching this one, but I have no room. They once posted as low as $40 even though in post it stated $65 (now states $75).
    Anyone in the Bay Area looking for a cabinet for their 301, it's a spinet cabinet.
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/atq/3197734942.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Hi all, just returned from Miriam and Phil's we spent three days with them and had the most wonderful time. I spent an entire day with Miriam and rewired about three or four motors(potted and standard). I think we got seven or eight machines running. In return we hit all the antique and thrift stores in Indy. Shopping with Miriam is a ruthless ordeal she is a shopper!!!!. I found a pink machine that is in demand and she pushed me aside and bought it out from under me and then had the gall to have me carry it until she paid for it. What a lady. But I got even at the last shop I found a MOP Singer 12 in a folding cabinet(like a puzzle box) and loaded in her car along side the the little pink thing. We had a great time hitting almost all the shops in Indy. Pat and I are looking forward to Miriam and Phil to visit us so we can do the same here. Well if they don't come in Jan we will plan another trip to Indy. She may get tired of us. That is okay I will rewire more machines for her.

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    Holy cow that cabinet is cool! Sounds like you all had a grand time!

    Sharon I hope you feel better quickly. I know how you feel about not being able to be as active as you once were. I'm still pretty young but my health problems have drastically altered my lifestyle. I used to be a professional dancer/singer as a child/teenager and now i'm not even 40 and a 20 minute walk on my treadmill is about all I can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Try the quilting foot. Unfortunately sharps are not good for knits. For fleece, I don't think you'll see a problem, but maybe....sharps can leave holes in many knits and actually cause some of the material to make runs and ruin the fabric. I've done that myself:< The pressure may need to be tweaked. I would try using a larger needle and increase the pressure and see how that goes? You may just have to sew fleece on a machine that you can get the proper needle for.
    This machine is as much different as it is the same as other machines. Hope that makes some sense.
    And since I have no options in the needles other than size that limits my experimentation with it.
    Another confusion is that every other machine we've got, Singer and others too, will sew fleece with regular thread, needles and feet.

    This one will not form a stitch in fleece except if I turn the hand wheel manually. So, I'm gonna do some under the hood checking and see if something might be a bit out of adjustment there. It just doesn't seem right that it will form a stitch in everything else, but not fleece.


    You think it might cooperate if I threaten to part it out ..........

    Joe

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