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

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    Quote Originally Posted by katballou View Post
    Hello all,
    Newhere and I think it's great that you are helping people new to vintagemachines...I have always wanted one because I remember my grandmother using itto make all her quilts. That is until she broke down and bought an electricone.

    Anyway, I finally got one and I thought it was a really good deal because ofthe one's I have seen on the internet and how much those were and the conditionthey were in...WOW...

    My machine is a white and the last patent date is 1913 (I think) is in reallygood shape and I believe all the parts are there and I even got a box ofattachments...lucky me...

    Well thecabinet it came in is not so lucky to have survived the 100 years it’s beenaround…looks like someone had left it out where it could get moisture in the woodveneer and is cracked, peeling and moldy. My hubby has some veneer that looks like the same as what’s on themachine, but my question is…would it be better for the value of the machine tojust clean it up and fix it or are there just so many out there that I reallyshouldn’t worry about lowering the value of my machine?
    I haveno plans on selling it, I just want to put it in my sewing room and maybe tryto sew something on it (but not a whole quilt)
    Sorry,if this is a repeat question, but with almost 4000 posts I don’t have time togo through them all.
    Thanksfor any help and glad to be here.
    Kat
    Kat to answer your question, replace the veneer if you can! There are gobs of those vintage machines to be had. They are not worth much to most people, and a lot of antique stores won't even take them because they can't sell them in today's market - at least not for what they 'want' to list them for! The machines in nice cabinets are more desirable to most of the vintage machine buffs. The people here are all addicted to the vintage machines, but most of us re-finish our cabinets so the machine can be used! Besides, we all like a beautiful piece of furniture too!~

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
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    OMG Miriam! Wilbur is so adorable! Poor little guy! My heart goes out to you, his parents, everyone! Yes, we will be praying for Wilbur, but you are going to be needed to keep his Dr's on their toes! I don't know how assertive your daughter is, but I know you can stay on top of this. Wilbur is going to need someone to really stand up to the system and keep those Dr's motivated!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    Well, at the risk of muddying the waters .... there was a fiddle bed version of the 15, not the 115 (it's too "new")
    You can see the 15 FB here:
    http://thevintageseamstress.blogspot...d-tonight.html
    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/singer%20improved%20family.htm

    Gorgeous. I'd love to see one in person, better yet, get my grubby paws on one... They're rare rare rare though from what I can tell. Even google showed me only a couple of pictures.
    Tammi, thank you for the link! Yes, the 15 was produced starting in about 1895 to 1957 - it was around a very long time!

    Nancy

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    Thank you Nancy, that was what I was wanting to hear. Most of the wood on my cabinet is good, just needs cleaning but the top is bad because veneer never holds up well in damp conditions.

    Prayers for Wilbur

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    Quote Originally Posted by katballou View Post
    Thank you Nancy, that was what I was wanting to hear. Most of the wood on my cabinet is good, just needs cleaning but the top is bad because veneer never holds up well in damp conditions.

    Prayers for Wilbur
    Yes, most of us have had to deal with missing or loose veneer. Sometimes, you get lucky and can just re-glue the veneer down. Most of the time, though, the veneer has to be replaced. We have a guru here on re-finshings cabinets. Go to this link under the Tutorial section. refinishing sewing machine cabinets

    If you have any questions, Glenn (Skip) is a really nice guy who will help you!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've got one almost exactly like that. I sure didn't get as good a buy as that one would be though.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I've got one almost exactly like that. I sure didn't get as good a buy as that one would be though.

    Joe
    Joe, that machine looks great too! Even the cabinet looks like it is in great shape!

    Nancy

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    Geeze, I'd love to have this treadle! http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/atq/3275774027.html

    Unfortunately, it is priced too high for my blood!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze, I'd love to have this treadle! http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/atq/3275774027.html

    Unfortunately, it is priced too high for my blood!

    Nancy
    Nancy, here's the one I'd love to get: http://www.ebay.com/itm/120994050359 Interesting shipping method, too.

    Probably not as sought after by collectors but beautiful and of course I love the cabinet. Every time I mention it, though, Herself starts to blather on about money. Some people - you'd think money doesn't grow on trees

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Joe, that machine looks great too! Even the cabinet looks like it is in great shape!

    Nancy
    Nancy,

    We picked ours up in Terre Haute, IN and paid way more than that. No instruction manual, and no goodie box either. Plus the cabinet had been water damaged on the bottom and was literally falling apart. I rebuilt it and just need to finish the refinishing of the bottom parts. Looks pretty good for a first time ameture job.

    We sent the link for this one to my SIL in Ft. Wayne, IN. She's been looking for a treadle machine that uses standard needles and accessories.

    Joe

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