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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyiav10 View Post
    Laura, Thank you for the reply! Shame I can't drop the dogs, but I think I will still do some quilting on her when she is ready to go.

    Kyia

    Kyia - don't even try FMQ on a long bobbin machine, you will break the needle. It's all to do with the way the stitch is formed underneath. Any movement of the material in any direction other than a straight line with the feed dogs gives a pull on the needle with the thread. The needle will be pulled to the side and come crashing down on the foot, and it will be goodbye needle.

    You will be fine with straight line quilting, but you will probably need to experiment a bit with different feet.

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    Thank you Muv. Will only do straight line quilting. Do you know where I can order a belt and needles??

    Kyia
    I love to do binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
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    I am just about finished refurbishing this same machine with the same coffin top but a 5 drawer cabinet. Unfortunately, mine was missing the shuttle and the one that I purchased rubs just a bit so I have to look into that when time permits. We put a new leather belt on her yesterday but I fear we made it a bit too loose...we shall see...can always cut off a bit but can't add on if we cut off too much. I need to get a new tire for the bobbin winder. Don't know where my mind was when I ordered other parts but I have to get some parts for the 128 that I got a couple weeks ago and am working on now. When I get time to take photos of mine refurbished, I will post them but I have a pressing time limit on another project that must come first (a challenge quilt). I am really looking forward to sewing on my VS2. Isn't it funny that our machines are identical, along with the exact same coffin top. I got a puzzle box of attachments with mine but many are missing and the ruffler was the wrong one but it was broken anyway so ...
    I had to replace the veneer on the top of the box and cabinet (it disintegrated into tiny pieces and a lot of dust) and have finished the staining and shellacking. It was exciting to finally get the machine in the cabinet yesterday. My husband stripped, primed and painted the iron and put gold paint on the Singer emblem on each side. It looks very stately now as should an elderly lady of her age. Glenn has posted really good instructions on refurbishing our lovely ladies. This is quite like the machine I learned to sew on about 65 years ago. Have fun working on your machine.
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    Thank you Blueheavenfla! I dont think I want to refurbish mine. Do you know what the value is of it if I get it cleaned up and in working order as it is?? To me the worth is in working order so I can use it but just curious.

    Thank you, Kyia
    I love to do binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebell View Post
    Attachment 359818Attachment 359819I have just bought these two from a Charity Store for 20 the pair. They are in complete cases and the Vibra has a box full of tools, needles and feet and guides. Even got the instruction book. Can't open the shuttle slider yet. The Fiddlebase has it's little boat shuttle and bobbin, but I can't open the catch which allows you to lean the head back. Wait for hubby to come in and have a look. I'm so excited. I learned to sew on an old made in Japan 'SANGER' with a boat shuttle.
    Hello Bluebell,

    What a nice pair of machines! The Vibra is actually a Jones machine. If a company placed a large enough order with them they would put that company's name or brand name on the machines for them. Did it come with a packet of needles? Are they round shanked?

    Don't tell the Americans how much we can find machines for. They might get jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyiav10 View Post
    Thank you Muv. Will only do straight line quilting. Do you know where I can order a belt and needles??

    Kyia
    Kyia, it will take standard needles, try one to check the fit. Make sure you have the flat side to the right, because it threads from left to right. Don't ask me the technical name for the size. Singer set the standard for needles very early on. Since then it is the machines that have changed, not the needles. I grew up with an 1897 machine, 28K vibrating shuttle which I still use, and I can just walk into a shop now and buy needles which fit my machine and machines manufactured last week.

    Look at different websites for belts, such as Treadle Lady and Sew Classic. They aren't difficult to get hold of.

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    Gorgeous table!!

    Quote Originally Posted by almond View Post
    Look what I got in the mail today. My newly purchased 301. Sews really good and is really clean. I love how it fits in the table.

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    Almond-- lovely machine! Looks just like mine! I am curious as to where you found that table......??
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    Kyia

    That's a beautiful machine! The Singer VS2 are fun machines. I own one that makes a beautiful stitch. you can use standard needles, 15x1. As for treadle belt, you can either use aquarium hose or a leather treadle belt. All information as to where to purchase and how to install can be found with a google search.

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    Almond, That's a lovely 301 in card table! Looks like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Hello Bluebell,

    What a nice pair of machines! The Vibra is actually a Jones machine. If a company placed a large enough order with them they would put that company's name or brand name on the machines for them. Did it come with a packet of needles? Are they round shanked?

    Don't tell the Americans how much we can find machines for. They might get jealous.
    Too bad I can't drive there. If it could be done, it would be too far a drive for me- plus the issue of gas prices.
    You do have some lovely machines that are different from what is readily available here in the States.

    Bluebell, those are very lovely machines, enjoy!

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