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

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    Nancy,

    Good point about how to use a HC 31. I never thought about it that way, but then again I don't have a horse ( I only have a cockatiel (my baby)). And my 31 is a treadle, so he's a real slow kind of guy.

    I haven't seen your Hitachi in person, only pictures. I agree, he's real purrrrrty.

    Cathy



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    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!

    Nancy

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    Cathy

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

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    Out of control? Gee I never cold understand how anyone could ever get out of control.




    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok you guys, I am out of control! I just bought another Pfaff

    Nancy
    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 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?
    I just found a post from the main forum about them that says it's roughly 10.5" clear space. Not that I've ever seen one, mind you.

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    OUT. Of. CONTROL??? AHEM.... sigh... aren't we all??? But who else will rescue all those sewing machines before they hit a land fill???
    I always bite my nails waiting to be sure that the shipping is ok. I hope that got there safely Nancy. They guy over at FedEx loves your address. He says, 'You're always shipping something there...." He is a hoot. He also remembered that my sister helped me pack one up.
    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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    I am not out of control at the moment. I left one of the pretty gold colored New Homes at the resale store yesterday. It was another 15 clone, though very basic. Interesting note was the motor set up very high and the wheel ran off a rubber ring similar to a bobbin winder and the bobbin winder was on the back. Machine looked good with new wiring, but the cabinet was a little rough.

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    I recently aquired a Pfaff 229. After searching for information on it, I have come up empty. There are a lot of 230's out there and they look the same on the outside, but no info on the 229. This machine was a challenge. Motor and cabinet wiring was shot, sparks were coming out of the dirty foor controller, upper shaft was siezed and the stitch width controll was siezed too. I have it running great now though. This is a brute of a machine that can stroll or sprint with precision. I was impressed with it when I was finished with it. Does anyone else have a 229?Name:  Pfaff done2.jpg
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    QUOTE=Mizkaki;5612858]Laura,

    Tomorrow is Friday. Got any machines that are misbehaving?

    Cathy[/QUOTE]

    aww. spent the day doing errands. stopped in at the thrift store and did find a cool jacket and some flannel sheelts for rags, only two machines, both stylists, bith missing foot control, plates, feet, etc. left them there. sorry i missed a chance to see you! Laura[

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I am not out of control at the moment. I left one of the pretty gold colored New Homes at the resale store yesterday. It was another 15 clone, though very basic. Interesting note was the motor set up very high and the wheel ran off a rubber ring similar to a bobbin winder and the bobbin winder was on the back. Machine looked good with new wiring, but the cabinet was a little rough.
    Think tose take an odd needle- a short one. but I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    Good point about how to use a HC 31. I never thought about it that way, but then again I don't have a horse ( I only have a cockatiel (my baby)). And my 31 is a treadle, so he's a real slow kind of guy.



    I haven't seen your Hitachi in person, only pictures. I agree, he's real purrrrrty.

    Cathy



    [ QUOTE=BoJangles;5613293]

    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!

    Nancy
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    Nancy- that Hitachi is a beast! Yum! Laura

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    I went to the Goodwill outlet and bought a bunch of fabric scraps - one was 7yds long. Others were pieces cut for a 9 patch and a few looked like binding. Then my DGD Miss G (the oldest) wanted to know if she could have them. AWE sure kid do me proud with that Spartan. I think I'm going to let her have the 7 yds for the backer then cut some more squares and let her go to it... sigh... Oh and I only had $5 out of pocket. Oh and I got 5 vintage patterns. WHEE!

    And I sold that ugly orange MW electric sewing machine last night! I figured out a few things - it wasn't a bad little machine... just ugly.
    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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