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

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Thank you to everyone who is sending prayers for Molly, will update this next week to let ya'll know how she's doing.
    She has come a long way since she came to live with us, she was very ill when my DD found her. She was a mere 50#(
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    Do keep us all posted. Most quilters have critters, I think..... they are part of our families and we love them. .... even feisty ones like our Gus. Our daughter's work friends know me as Gus' mom.
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    [QUOTE=pumpkinpatchquilter;5601629]There are a TON of attachments with this one, the drawers were full! It is low-shank - and I think you're right, it's the taking it off and putting it on that would damage the machine. Leaving it set up for buttonholes isn't a bad idea...or, ha, excuse to buy another machine!!! One for buttonholing and one for playing! I will take a picture later on of all the attachments that came with it, the feed covers were there too...I don't have any feed covers for any of my treadles either so now I'm thrilled...now I have to try to FREE MOTION!!! Well...that is after I put a new belt on it... Lol*

    I tried to put that cover on my FW when I was FMQing and it wouldn't work for me. Once I took the cover off and put the stitch length at 0 it worked fine. So, that cover isn't helpful in some cases.

    I wish I could find 'a TON of attachments' with any of the machines I'm finding. I usually get only a few. Argh!! And I'd love to find another buttonholer..... so I didn't have to pack and move mine every time I head north for the summer and south for the winter. But, I'll find another sometime. That huge one looks daunting.

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    [QUOTE=Mizkaki;5601924]I thought that a few pictures of these non-cam buttonholers might be fun and useful. I dug out a few representatives from my collection (hoard).
    The BHer in the last pix is for an industrial class 31(high shank). It should fit the 31-15 and 31-20 machines.
    They are beasts, but work very well and don't need to be removed from the machine to change a cam size. The size adjustments are the wing nuts on the side.

    Cathy



    I wouldn't know how to use these...... and yes, I think you need to separate them so they don't breed anymore.

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    buttonholers... if you don't have any be very cautious about buying one - once you do the appear out of nowhere. They lurk in corners, boxes and drawers. If you want one be sure someone on here would sell one or more probably pretty cheap...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Okay, I've got a question for all of you. We are heading back to Southern Michigan next week and I've bought 4 sewing machines this summer that I'm taking back south with me (well, 5 actually, but I already took one back). Each one is in a case and I'll have to put them in the trailer cause Gus rides in the back seat and the topper isn't water-tight. Anyway, I was thinking that I'd put each one in a separate box, sitting on a blanket for cushioning and I'll probably surround each one with packing peanuts. Is there more that I need to do to make sure they travel safely. I'm going to have to work on every one when I get them home but I don't want anything to happen to them in transit.

    Also, I'm going to leave one of my FWs here and we winterize the cabin but is there something I should do (more that oil it well) to protect it from freezing up this winter. It's the only machine I've used all summer and I don't want to move it back and forth.... it will be my summer machine. If you all think this is a bad idea, I'll move it, too.... but we already pull a trailer back and forth and I get a lot of grief about the amount of quilting stuff I cart from here to there and back again.

    So, let me know, okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    buttonholers... if you don't have any be very cautious about buying one - once you do the appear out of nowhere. They lurk in corners, boxes and drawers. If you want one be sure someone on here would sell one or more probably pretty cheap...
    If you'd like to sell one...... my sister lives on the outskirts of Indy.... I'll come pick it up when I'm down there visiting her.
    ...... but I go to a lot of auctions and estate sales. I'll probably find one before I go to Indy.

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    You don't want it to sweat. It can freeze but it is the freezing and thawing and sweating that make it rust. When I get hoarder's machines I found that the ones in the cases fared best. You might try finding some thing that would absorb moisture. They use it for tools all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    If you'd like to sell one...... my sister lives on the outskirts of Indy.... I'll come pick it up when I'm down there visiting her.
    ...... but I go to a lot of auctions and estate sales. I'll probably find one before I go to Indy.
    I promise I won't run out of them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You don't want it to sweat. It can freeze but it is the freezing and thawing and sweating that make it rust. When I get hoarder's machines I found that the ones in the cases fared best. You might try finding some thing that would absorb moisture. They use it for tools all the time.
    The FW I'm leaving at the cabin is in a cabinet and doesn't have a case. Since they are small machines, I could find a plastic tote and seal it up. I don't think I have any of those packing packets that they put in tools, etc. What else would work?

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    I wouldn't leave it. It's so easy to move around I'd just take it home with me. And I agree with Miariam it would sweat I have seen machines do this. If you leave it in the case the case could get that awful smell we often talk about. Just my two cents worth. Have a safe trip home. Love the picture of Gus all he needs is a durby and a cigar and he is good to go.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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