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

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Is that that 3/4 size machine you posted? I think the place where the motor went might be sloped too much - Does it have two boss holes? I bet those holes are not original - someone might have converted it to electric. You might be able to HC with a knife sharpening crank or something. You might have to get creative on that one - put the machine in a box made of 2x4s or something then put a crank of some kind on the end of that. Nancy is right those HCs you buy won't assemble. They might go on a clone though - I've had one on a Japanese deluxe zzer so you never know - the place it goes on has to be flat enough for the HC to go flush and at the right angle.
    ahhh I hadn't even thought about the slope...good thinking on your part-huge thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Steve,

    All of the class 15 machines are vertical bobbins and so are many of the Stylists. So are the 115, 301, 221, 206, 306, and 319. The 31-15 and -20 are also vertical bobbin machines and these have a huge working space to the right of the needle. As the class 31 is an industrial it weighs a ton. I think the class 31 would be a great FM machine especially on a frame.

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    I have been looking up the class 31 machines today and they look like they would work great on a machine frame. Exactly what do they measure from needle to post?

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    Steve,

    I'm not home until tomorrow afternoon. I'll get that measurement for you then, unless someone else with a 31 pipes in first.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by IamaHam View Post
    I have been looking up the class 31 machines today and they look like they would work great on a machine frame. Exactly what do they measure from needle to post?
    Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Laura, couldn't you finish the quilt on a different machine? I always get in trouble when I am in a hurry - I think it is some kind of unwritten rule!

    Nancy
    I'm going to have to, but I am worried the stitching will look different- not from the machine, from me being unused to the machine. But oh well, I guess no one will notice, laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Steve,

    I'm not home until tomorrow afternoon. I'll get that measurement for you then, unless someone else with a 31 pipes in first.



    Cathy
    Don't know about exactly, but with a quilters ruler 14 1/8 inches. Laura

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    I'd say that that makes the 31's throat/ working space about double that of the average home machine. I'd also say that the 31 would make one heck of a FM machine.

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    Don't know about exactly, but with a quilters ruler 14 1/8 inches. Laura
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    Laura,

    Tomorrow is Friday. Got any machines that are misbehaving?

    Cathy
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Don't know about exactly, but with a quilters ruler 14 1/8 inches. Laura
    Geeze, even I didn't realize the 31's were that big! That is getting close to a long arm size! I would have measured my two 31's, but they are in the barn. Now I want to go measure them, and measure my Hitachi treadle just to see how large it is - I love that Hitachi!

    Cathy I can see HCing a 31 if you just want to mend something like horse tack. My 31's scared the heck out of me when I first started to use them - they are so extremely fast! With a HC, I could go really slow to get perfect stitches - especially in something where the stitches are part of the design!

    Cathy, have you seen my Hitachi? I need to take a new photo - I sanded and re-stained the table - he is very purrrty now! This is an original photo - before his re-do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I'm going to have to, but I am worried the stitching will look different- not from the machine, from me being unused to the machine. But oh well, I guess no one will notice, laura
    Laura, I'd bet you won't see much of a difference in your stitches! Besides, you might find that you have another great FM machine! It is always great to have a back up machine!

    Nancy

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    Ok you guys, I am out of control! I just bought another Pfaff from Miriam - how could I resist? She shipped me a Pfaff 230 - it should arrive in the next few days! I am really excited to get this new machine. It is very similar to my Pfaff 260 - also from Miriam!

    Then yesterday I bought a Pfaff 360 off of Craigslist! I haven't shown that one to my husband yet! I can't help it, I have a real soft spot for the vintage Pfaff's! Now, even after giving away and selling a few of my machines last summer, I still have over 50 machines - out of control I tell you! I need to thin my herd again, but I won't part with any of the Pfaff's, Singer 301's, Rocketeers, FW's, or any of my treadles! Hummmmmm, yep out of control!

    I will post photos when my new 230 arrives! Miriam is the best at packing and shipping sewing machines!

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