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

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Miriam, It takes a lot of time to compile that information. First you have to google and hunt for what looks good, easy to follow, and then you have to spend the time linking or uploading to this site.

    And if you make your own tutorial that also take a lot of time, but well worth it! It is nice to be able to share what we discover or learn to the QB. Not everyone finds the same information; so, this type of sharing can benefit many.

    My best suggestion is to first google and search, and then if you can't figure it out ask. One would be surprised at what one learns from googling and researching.
    Yup it did take a lot of time and so does answering every little question - especially when the questions repeat on a weekly basis.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen C View Post
    I didn't originally want the table that came with the machine. It is a big one and I am limited on sewing machine space. I only took the table because I didn't know if I would be able to get the part (shelf) that goes on the free arm.
    So Jen you are not talking about the shelf/extension that goes over the free arm - you are talking about an actual table/cabinet?

    Thank you Cathy, I will call you if I can make it your way soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yup it did take a lot of time and so does answering every little question - especially when the questions repeat on a weekly basis.
    Miriam, it does take time to repeat the answers, but for all you lurkers, or new people who have found this thread - we have some very knowledgeable people on here who will try their best to help you! That is why we started this thread on vintage machines - to help each other - so don't be afraid to ask questions! Come on board and ask away! If we can't help you, like Miriam has said - we will at least try and direct you to a link where you can get help!
    Everyone on here has the same vintage sewing machine bug - we love the old machines.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Didn't find much in the way of sewing stuff on my weekend in the big city, just a 66 that stayed where it was. A little too rich for my blood at the thrift store. But, I did get a picture because it was a blackside machine. Someone had stripped off the motor, and the case had been painted over or something. I did pick up a couple of queen sized bedskirts cheap (yay!) and went a little crazy at Quilter's Stash in Hurst. Nice guy taking care of the store, chatty and friendly atmosphere.
    I used to live around the corner from that store. Leo took over the store when the owner passed away a couple of years ago. Leo was his partner, though I didn't know that at the time. I've been going there since it first opened nearly 10 years ago. Leo mainly runs the new store in Southlake now, and the other guy (I think his name is Ken) mainly manages the Hurst store. I have never met a more talented guy at fabric selection than Leo. I often go in there when I'm picking fabrics for mystery projects or if I'm stumped and he always finds me beautiful combinations. They love to ooh and aah over people's projects too. Now that they have the second store in Southlake they have a better selection of stuff. Most of their fabrics are completely different from one shop to the other, but Leo has a rule of ordering ALL the fabrics in a line or none at all, which I kinda like because that means that you'll be able to get all the fabrics instead of hen picking them. They are hopefully going to be carrying my designs exclusively in the DFW area soon. Right now we only have them in my mom's LQS in Colorado.

    Oh...and whatever you do don't mention the people next door to them. Apparently they hate each other lol! MAJOR rivalry...i'm not a fan of their neighbor either, even though they're the local dealer for my new modern machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    On one of my machines, I have a rubber band in the spoke wheel groove to help prevent slipping. That may work too for you.
    Thanks vintagemotif! What a brilliant idea. So simple and I bet it will help me with that smooth tube. I did try sanding the tube which helped a bit but the rubber band idea is SO much better. I'll probably get a chance to try it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    On one of my machines, I have a rubber band in the spoke wheel groove to help prevent slipping. That may work too for you.
    Thanks Vintagemotif for the rubber band idea. I tried it and it works great to limit slipping. Thanks again. My two spool is almost ready to have her picture taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Thanks Vintagemotif for the rubber band idea. I tried it and it works great to limit slipping. Thanks again. My two spool is almost ready to have her picture taken.
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    I can't wait to see it!!!
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    Well, today was a banner day for sewing machines, and accessories.

    First I picked up a used simple cabinet that should fit a wide base Singer such as the 401 or similar. It will need some fixing and refinishing, but that's not a problem. I got lots of glue.

    Second, I picked up a 15-91, allotment date of 12-29-36. It's complete but roughish, a wee bit of rust and the wiring is a disaster, but it turns freely, so it's a viable machine. I got it cheep so now I have a patient to do a potted motor rewire with. It's been rewired in the 50s with the horrid latex covered aluminum wire. Oh how I hate that crap! The bobbin case is an original Singer case with "Simanco" and the part number on the inside. Never seen one like that before. So this one will be a fun machine to play with.

    Third, ..... I got me a 66-1, allotment date of 6-12-13, with the back clamp feet. It's a red eye of course and it's missing it's slide plate ... of course, but it's free and spins easily. So I'll have it sewing tonight .... well maybe tomorrow.
    I've been looking for one of these to go with the set of back clamp attachments I got some time back from my LSMG.

    Also got a good solid machine case for free. It was wrapped around the 66-1.

    I'll have pics of all this later.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Well, today was a banner day for sewing machines, and accessories.

    First I picked up a used simple cabinet that should fit a wide base Singer such as the 401 or similar. It will need some fixing and refinishing, but that's not a problem. I got lots of glue.

    Second, I picked up a 15-91, allotment date of 12-29-36. It's complete but roughish, a wee bit of rust and the wiring is a disaster, but it turns freely, so it's a viable machine. I got it cheep so now I have a patient to do a potted motor rewire with. It's been rewired in the 50s with the horrid latex covered aluminum wire. Oh how I hate that crap! The bobbin case is an original Singer case with "Simanco" and the part number on the inside. Never seen one like that before. So this one will be a fun machine to play with.

    Third, ..... I got me a 66-1, allotment date of 6-12-13, with the back clamp feet. It's a red eye of course and it's missing it's slide plate ... of course, but it's free and spins easily. So I'll have it sewing tonight .... well maybe tomorrow.
    I've been looking for one of these to go with the set of back clamp attachments I got some time back from my LSMG.

    Also got a good solid machine case for free. It was wrapped around the 66-1.

    I'll have pics of all this later.

    Joe
    Joe you will love sewing with the 66-1 with the back clamp feet. As I said before the 66-1 is my go to machine.
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    So Jen you are not talking about the shelf/extension that goes over the free arm - you are talking about an actual table/cabinet?
    Yes, it is an actual table. The machine doesn't have the extension tray. It sits in the table that has a cutout for the free arm so that the top is level or you can fold the front and back away to use the free arm. It is one of the larger tables with four drawers down the side. I imagine it must be a Viking table for that shape of free arm to fit in? Jen

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