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

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    I have no idea. It's been 16 years since I was last behind the counter. When I was there then the small belts could cost as much as a big one. It was all dependent on how many belts were sold. They were priced on many were sold. A belt with a high demand was cheaper than one that only a few sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have no idea. It's been 16 years since I was last behind the counter. When I was there then the small belts could cost as much as a big one. It was all dependent on how many belts were sold. They were priced on many were sold. A belt with a high demand was cheaper than one that only a few sold.

    Joe
    so where would be a good source???
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    I'd start with NAPA. Their belts are ( or were ) made by Gates. One of the biggest and best.

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    AH I'll just have to find a NAPA then. What would you ask for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IamaHam View Post
    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!!!
    Tell your wife... My wife was not interested in sewing or old machines but she got the bug and found me 1870 Singer MOB modle12 and 1898 New Home. I can't wait to see the pic of the 66 as a long arm. My 1916 66 is my go to machine. I now have 20 + vintage machines either HC or treadle. I know where Silsbee is yeh another Texan on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    AH I'll just have to find a NAPA then. What would you ask for?
    Hi Miriam,

    There is a Napa online -- http://www.napaonline.com -- or go to Google maps and enter 'napa auto parts near indianapolis, in' (I get 8-9 of them).

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Hi Miriam,

    There is a Napa online -- http://www.napaonline.com -- or go to Google maps and enter 'napa auto parts near indianapolis, in' (I get 8-9 of them).

    pat
    AH HA only a mile away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Steve that is so cool! There are lots of us here that use the vintage machines to free motion quilt, but I don't think anyone has a 66 or 15 or any of the really old machines on a quilting frame! If you are going to put the 66 on a quilting frame, how are you going to FM quilt? The 66 does not drop its feed dogs? I guess, you could cover up the feed dogs, but what about getting a Model 15? Those machine drop their feed dogs with a thumb screw under the needle plate. I FM with my 15 all the time! Please post photos of the 66 in the quilting frame - I just think that is such a cool idea! Yes, the old machines do have a really nice stitch!

    Nancy
    I am going to answer two posts in this one so first how to free motion on the 66. It is my intention to set this machine up and optimize it for the quilting frame. The feed dogs will be removed and I am considering removing as much of the unneeded linkages as possible. These will be kept so that the machine can be restored with out much trouble. I want to keep the option of returning it to original condition. The bobbin threader will be removed and the motor will be raised the level of the upper arm so that the entire harp will be open and available. In stock condition the motor protrudes an inch or so into the area under the harp limiting the area available.


    I do not lubricate with WD 40 I only use it to free up the frozen parts. I follow up by flushing the working parts and bearings with kerosene to get rid of the WD and the goo it would leave if it were allowed to dry. I flush the kerosene with carb cleaner before lubricating everything with sewing machine oil. Each flushing breaks up and washes away more and different types of grime and varnish.


    Finally I am learning as I go and I have become aware that the model 66 bobbin configuration is not optimal. I have started looking at 201s and other vintage machines with larger than modern harps.
    Last edited by IamaHam; 10-24-2012 at 04:52 PM. Reason: spelling error

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    I did see one picture of an old singer on a machine quilting frame the web, and I wish I had saved the link but I did not. It looked like a 66, or 201 but the picture was not that good. Some one has done it though, atleast once.
    Last edited by IamaHam; 10-24-2012 at 05:02 PM. Reason: left out word

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamaHam View Post
    I did see one picture of an old singer on a machine quilting frame the web, and I wish I had saved the link but I did not. It looked like a 66, or 201 but the picture was not that good. Some one has done it though, atleast once.

    How about this blog post?
    http://dragonpoodle.blogspot.com/201...-quilting.html

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