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

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    Anyone heard of an Apartment SM? Looks like a 3/4 Singer, but definitely says Apartment across the top. Pretty neat little machine. It's for sale and I'm asking questions of the owner, but she works nights soooo...will take a while to get back to me.
    I have an Apartment SM. It may be a Western Electric Apartment SM if I remember correctly. I also think it's a full size machine but I woudl need to dig it out and DH only wants to unearth if they're also going to a new home. I do remember mine has a nice cabinet where the flap opens to the rear or so it seems to me. Hope this helps.
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    So, Joe, what you are saying is that lowering that needle a little bit, like I suggested, changed things. Hmmm. You are welcome for the advice in post 37370.
    Last edited by melinda1962; 08-13-2012 at 07:47 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Have a question...
    I have a couple of rusty bobbins ~ the spindle portion ~ and am wondering if they can be resurrected to new life or are they toast? I need some to go with the machine I'm donating and it came with those rusty bobbins plus two like I've never seen before that I am keeping for my own machines which use 66 bobbins. TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    Here's a machine for the extremely short among us!

    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/clt/3203638047.html
    It was robbed of it's treadle base. At least it was not trashed. Sort of pricey though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    ARGH - pictures... Let me try again. What machine is in the picture.
    Attachment 355365
    It looks like the 27 Crinkle that I posted about last week. Even down to the small hand wheel. Refurbished and electrified at some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    It looks like the 27 Crinkle that I posted about last week. Even down to the small hand wheel. Refurbished and electrified at some time.
    So it probably is a 27 that has been converted. It seems to be a very nice machine. Skip didn't wanna test it out. I should have made him...
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    So it probably is a 27 that has been converted. It seems to be a very nice machine. Skip didn't wanna test it out. I should have made him...
    Singer Model 27 Crinkle, Perplexed

    Here is the link about my Singer 27 Crinkle. This machine is the only one of the herd/hoard that I have been unable to fix. She was frozen up solid in the upper innards. At least until yesterday. I will detail my fight with that machine as an update to the above thread. I am thinking that the 27 had the lower mounted bobbin winder and the 127 had the higher mounted one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Singer Model 27 Crinkle, Perplexed

    Here is the link about my Singer 27 Crinkle. This machine is the only one of the herd/hoard that I have been unable to fix. She was frozen up solid in the upper innards. At least until yesterday. I will detail my fight with that machine as an update to the above thread. I am thinking that the 27 had the lower mounted bobbin winder and the 127 had the higher mounted one.
    I missed all that excitement. I'm thinking mine was a rewire. The motor is mounted to the back and that wheel is an exchange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Joe,

    Yes, the Q foot is a clear plastic kenmore foot that came with q needles. I see them in sets on shop goodwill sometimes. That foot was the life saver for t shirt type fabrics. Also, you can try cheating the needle down just a smidge, if you don't have the q foot. Not sure of the logic, just that it sometimes worked back in the day.
    Melinda,

    I did not ignore this suggestion, it was just one of many things I read that did not fully gel. I had the needles set to the same over all length, I had not thought about the eye placement. Had you gone into some detail as to why I should cheat the needle down, I might have tried it sooner. Since I had them the same length I did not want to risk making the needle too long without a good reason.
    Seeing for myself the misaligned eyes gave me that reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    So, Joe, what you are saying is that lowering that needle a little bit, like I suggested, changed things. Hmmm. You are welcome for the advice in post 37370.
    Melinda,

    Don't take offense that I didn't jump right to your suggestion. I have a dozen projects running concurrently and I didn't get back to the Kenmore until last night just before I posted the last comment about it. Please also read my previous response.

    Joe

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