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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Grant did you take that Minnesota out of a treadle and put it in that case? That bobbin winder won't work the way you have the machine now unless you know a secret I don't know? Did you get the machine with the friction pulley motor added? That was one of the problems when people put a motor on their treadles - the bobbin winder! Or maybe, you could put a tire on the bobbin winder so it will connect to the hand wheel when you try to use it? Interesting!

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    Nancy, I'm not Grant but forum member Jon let me in on a neet trick to make the bobbin winder work without a treadle belt.
    You move the winder base from the side of the boss on the machine to the other. This will align the winder wheel with the hand wheel. Then you just stick a bobbin winding tyre on the winder wheel and you can wind bobbins. I've done this to both my Minnesota A and B. Works good.
    Here's a pic of my A:


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    grant15clone,

    The little silver knob in the center of the hand wheel, disengages the small pulley from the hand wheel. The hand wheel is mounted solid to the main shaft. Just the reverse of most machines.


    Joe

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    Joe (Jon?) I was trying to do it in the conventional way like you described but like Nancy noticed, it was going to be difficult. I just went with the path of least resistance nad it works great.
    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    grant15clone,

    The little silver knob in the center of the hand wheel, disengages the small pulley from the hand wheel. The hand wheel is mounted solid to the main shaft. Just the reverse of most machines.


    Joe

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    Grant,

    I'm J Miller = Joe. Jon is another member who collects and documents Davis made machines. I forget his forum name.

    As for the clutch release knob on the Minnesotas I found it out by accident. When the pulley freed up and the hand wheel didn't, I thought I'd broken the machine. Then I realized they were different.

    Joe

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    I admit that this a strange question but here goes.

    If you had to give yourself a grab bag gift from your sewing/crafting area and it's readily available (as in I don't have to buy it) what would you gift yourself?

    I ask because I was voluntold /put in charge of the production and certain people are receiving "special" gifts, while other s are receiving nice, but not specifically picked for them, gifts in a paper grocery sack. I did all the finding/buying and am willing to bet that the leaders didn't and haven't thought about me. Not whining there but stating a fact.

    I have several things in mind but would like to see some suggestions and keep in mind that $6-$7 is the price range.

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    This is my little Morse. I don't know if it is considered a clone or just a Morse badged machine but it was made in Japan. But I suppose the #228 on it should be a clue. The case it was in, wasn't in great shape but it must have done it's job and served this little Morse well. If this machine did more than hem a pair of pants in it's lifetime before I got it, I would be surprised. What I'm trying to say is, It was essentially unused. Even the paper UL sticker was still on it and was fully in tact. No scratches, no rust, just sitting in it's little cocoon waiting. The original protective packing grease was still on the underside. The finish on it was just remarkable. Name:  Morse1.jpg
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    Pink, that is sad. When I was refurbishing this machine I was amazed at the engineering that went into just that bobbin winder. It is a work of art! Can you have the piece welded back together? If it is just black paint that needs to be done after, it is easy to match. Any body shop can do this for you including the paint and shouldn't be too expensive. A college welding or even a High School Welding class might be able to do it for you too but the quality work might be at the body shop. And if it is like mine, it sews nice! Wind a bobbin on another machine and try it out!Name:  Anker sews.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    Grant - I believe the my New Home CZ is just a rebadged Anker RZ. Pity you didn't find parts as the bracket that attaches the bobbin winder to the machine was broken on mine in shipment It's nice to hear how well it sews, though!

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    And yes, they are the same machine.
    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Pink, that is sad. When I was refurbishing this machine I was amazed at the engineering that went into just that bobbin winder. It is a work of art! Can you have the piece welded back together? If it is just black paint that needs to be done after, it is easy to match. Any body shop can do this for you including the paint and shouldn't be too expensive. A college welding or even a High School Welding class might be able to do it for you too but the quality work might be at the body shop. And if it is like mine, it sews nice! Wind a bobbin on another machine and try it out!Name:  Anker sews.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Pink, that is sad. When I was refurbishing this machine I was amazed at the engineering that went into just that bobbin winder. It is a work of art! Can you have the piece welded back together?
    I'm not sure. If you look at the break it's a brittle fracture so I'm guessing the material is cast and I'm not sure how well welding would work. My thought was to try JB Weld first and look at either having it welded or refabricated if that didn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I admit that this a strange question but here goes.

    If you had to give yourself a grab bag gift from your sewing/crafting area and it's readily available (as in I don't have to buy it) what would you gift yourself?

    I ask because I was voluntold /put in charge of the production and certain people are receiving "special" gifts, while other s are receiving nice, but not specifically picked for them, gifts in a paper grocery sack. I did all the finding/buying and am willing to bet that the leaders didn't and haven't thought about me. Not whining there but stating a fact.

    I have several things in mind but would like to see some suggestions and keep in mind that $6-$7 is the price range.

    Chris
    Chris, I would maybe include a seam ripper always need a new sharp one. Some of those little fat quarters that Jo ann sells for 1.19 or something. Package of straight pins. Maybe one of those marking pens that has disappearing ink. Also a few spools of thread. I would be very happy to receive that bag. Thought of something else. If some of the people are crafters you could include squares of felt and bottle of glue or glue sticks.
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