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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    I'd love to do a BHer demo, and maybe a monogrammer demo too.
    Pat and I are still discussing the date for the next TOGA, maybe the last Friday or Saturday in December.

    Cathy
    They really are fun to watch! when I took a sewing class, the instructor liked my button holes best, and I was the only one there with a vintage machine. It was a really fun moment for me, to see everyone with their super expensive Berninas look surprised! He he! In fact, one of the gals found a vintage button hole maker that fit her modern machine, I thought that was the definition of a good sport! I have a monogram maker that I haven't played with yet- I should! Laura

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    I have some kind of monogram thing - never have made it work right. The buttonholer's make the best button holes.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Hello my name is Steve.
    When searching the internet for information the Quilting Board keeps coming up so I decided to just join.

    I recently got my Wife's Great Grandmother's model 66 treadle up and sewing again and have started working on another 66 that arrived from eBay yesterday. Both machines were completely frozen and I have been amazed at how well and quickly these old singers respond to a little WD 40 and kind persuasion. The first machine makes really nice stiches and being a treadle is nearly silent. I hope to use the one I am working on now on a machine quilting frame for my wife (it is an electrified model). As best as I have been able to tell you have to spend close to $1000 dollars to get a new machine with a harp as big as the old singer 66. Any thoughts on using a 66 on a machine quilting frame would be welcome. Ok, that is who I am and what I am up to, just having fun working on a couple of old sewing machines.

    Looking forward to chatting with you all.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamaHam View Post
    Hello my name is Steve.
    When searching the internet for information the Quilting Board keeps coming up so I decided to just join.

    I recently got my Wife's Great Grandmother's model 66 treadle up and sewing again and have started working on another 66 that arrived from eBay yesterday. Both machines were completely frozen and I have been amazed at how well and quickly these old singers respond to a little WD 40 and kind persuasion. The first machine makes really nice stiches and being a treadle is nearly silent. I hope to use the one I am working on now on a machine quilting frame for my wife (it is an electrified model). As best as I have been able to tell you have to spend close to $1000 dollars to get a new machine with a harp as big as the old singer 66. Any thoughts on using a 66 on a machine quilting frame would be welcome. Ok, that is who I am and what I am up to, just having fun working on a couple of old sewing machines.

    Looking forward to chatting with you all.

    Steve
    Welcome Steve many of us have way more than two vintage machines and we sew with them all the time making quilts or whatever. The members here in VSMS will be more than happy to answer your questions. You are going to have fun here on the Quilting Board.

    Skip By the way I see you are in Texas, I am a Texan from Decatur Tx
    Last edited by Glenn; 10-23-2012 at 06:20 PM.
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    Miriam,

    Please do come. I even have a room for you, so no hotel bills.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    WAH WAH WAH I wanna come too...
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Peg,

    You are just down the road from me. I'm in Orangevale (think Folsom). Pat (also on this board) & I are having a gathering of like minded sewing machine nuts in December. I hope you can join us. More will get posted as the details get worked out.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by pegschock@att.net View Post
    Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying reading all the threads regarding vintage machines. I have the bug. I'm learning how to fix them as I get them. It is sooo much fun. Almost as much as quilting free motion which I am learning as well. Definitely the novice.
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Welcome Steve many of us have way more than two vintage machines and we sew with them all the time making quilts or whatever. The members here in VSMS will be more than happy to answer your questions. You are going to have fun here on the Quilting Board.

    Skip By the way I see you are in Texas, I am a Texan from Decatur Tx
    Glenn I am from a little town called Silsbee just North of Beaumont. I teach Middle School Choir, Health, and coach High School Tennis. The eye of Hurricane Rita passed through Silsbee about two miles from my house! I only have two machines now but I am already looking at a 201 for the follow up to these first two!

    Don't tell my wife!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Nancy- not to worry- there is a piece of red felt under the machine to protect the table. Sorry the pics are so awful, but I figured I had to post something or it would all seem like a dream....next pictures will be more organized.

    Had a frustrating evening- was sewing away on the pink quilt when a piece of the free motion foot broke off- didn't hit it or anything, just the spring sproinged. Well that little bit went down into the bobbin case and I marred the bobbin case and broke a needle, all in a matter of a minute! So now I am waiting for my industrial to have a new case and replacement foot to arrive before I can finish this hospice quilt. Good news is the bobbin case for an industrial is cheap. I guess the machine knew I was in a hurry! laura
    Laura I have started to learn from personal experience never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry-so sorry that has happened, that is one of my fears using that foot.
    Looking forward to more pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Dee, you are right about turning the National into a HC. Mizkaki on here might be able to help you with that issue?

    Miriam, so glad to hear the guy that hit your son has insurance! Also, I would like to see a better photo of the outfits you made for your trip! Here I thought you only played with machines and didn't sew much - shows how much I know!

    Nancy
    Nancy I need to live in Rescue , between stray pets & sewing machines finding their way to my house...lol Seriously I am a born & raised Calif gal but currently live in Utah. I am open to any suggestions on my National hand crank situation, maybe Mizkaki will see this message and chime in. I am pretty new at all this repair stuff and yes still somewhat a chicken, afraid I will do more damage then intended...lol
    Miriam I wanted to send good wishs for your son.
    Have a great day Everyone.
    dee
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi View Post
    Nancy I need to live in Rescue , between stray pets & sewing machines finding their way to my house...lol Seriously I am a born & raised Calif gal but currently live in Utah. I am open to any suggestions on my National hand crank situation, maybe Mizkaki will see this message and chime in. I am pretty new at all this repair stuff and yes still somewhat a chicken, afraid I will do more damage then intended...lol
    Miriam I wanted to send good wishs for your son.
    Have a great day Everyone.
    dee
    Well Dee, I do live in the perfect town for me - from rescuing sewing machines, to rescuing dogs and horses - it is a very appropriate town for me to live in!

    It is always a problem to change anything on any machine, except the Singers, unless you have a donor machine. I don't have a National, so I am not familiar with that machine. I have a beautiful little New Home that I wanted to turn into a HC. It has a friction pulley motor. I wanted to get rid of that motor 2 years ago, but I have not found a New Home in bad shape with a HC I could steal. The HC's you can buy today work great on Singers, but they don't work on most of the other machine makes. If anyone can help you with the HC issue, it would be Mizkaki, Cathy!

    Cathy, what can Dee do to turn her National into a HC?


    Nancy

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