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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Hello Nancy

    If you are a member of Needlebar, the chap there, Alan, will tell you straight away what year it is.

    If you go to my blog and click on the heading "Jones Family CS"at the side, you will see that it is identical to the Jones machine on there, which belongs to a lady called Maria, and which dates from 1931. You can also see the little dress I made on it - the first thing made with it for decades.

    For needles, get an order in with Helen Howes http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk

    The lever is the stitch length adjustment, and also puts it in reverse.

    There is a close up of the bobbin on the blog so you can see if you have the right one. They are not the same as Singer bobbins - one end is rounded. You can get bobbins from Helen Howes.
    Muv, thank you very much! I will check out your u-tube on the Jones! No, I am not a member of Needlebar. Could you or Charlee get the manufacturer date for me - SS 370051? I should join Needlebar, but it didn't seem like an easy site to join? I will also go to Helen's web site and see if I can get some needles and bobbins! I am anxious to try this machine out!

    Again, thank you so much for the information! I can't stand it when one of my machines is missing something - like needles or the bobbins! I want them all complete! I have never been able to part one out - always end up fixing them!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    That is just beautiful Nancy. Hardly looks like it was ever used. Skip's computer has been down this past week, when he gets back he will be just blown away.

    Texas Jan
    Jan are you holding up ok in this holiday season? I hope you have family around helping you! Keeping very busy for me is a life saver! I spent the day yesterday ringing the bell for Salvation Army. That was interesting!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlebearquiltingboard View Post
    I've really got the bug for vintage machines now. I can't stop buying them, especially the poor, neglected ones. Here's a picture of the latest cabinet, I haven't tried a restore on one in this poor shape before and I'm excited to get started. Clare
    Clare, once you get this bug, there is no going back - especially if you sew and love sewing machines anyway! I keep telling myself I will stop, but I just can't seem to do it! It wouldn't be so bad if all we did was buy the old neglected machines, restore them, and re-home them. My problem is I can't part with most of them once I get them! Is that a little 99 cabinet? It doesn't look like it is in too bad of shape. It looks like it only needs a little sanding, staining, refinishing?

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    My roses are yellow with alot of peachy colors in them. The decals are in pretty good shape. I will attach photos. I would like to clean her up and get her and the case all spiffy, but am TERRIFIED of silvering the decals, so I keep putting it off, especially since I paid wayyyyyyy more for the machine than I should have and the decals are in such good condition already. I just read Glenns post about using linseed oil and alcohol to clean up the finish. I am going to try it first on an electric FR White that I have and then if I get the gorgeous results he showed in his photos, will try on my Jones. Shes sitting on a bookshelf now and no, havent attempted to sew anything yet.

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    Your coffin top and mine sound similar. rectangular. I love the details on these machines. I printed off a manual for using them a long time ago, would you like me to scan and send it? If so, just let me know.

    Jody


    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Qtlrose, have you posted a picture of your Jones machine? We'd love to see it. Most of the Jones sewing machines I have seen are very elaborate. I have seen pictures of the ones with the yellow roses - they are amazing! The coffin top to this Jones is not a dome, more like a rectangle, but it is in nice shape. Have you sewn with your Jones? Is it a HC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jan are you holding up ok in this holiday season? I hope you have family around helping you! Keeping very busy for me is a life saver! I spent the day yesterday ringing the bell for Salvation Army. That was interesting!

    Nancy
    I am doing ok. I have lots of friends and family. Christmas will be sad this year, but I will survive. Have lunch today with a girl friend and am going to quilt guild meeting tonight. One day at a time. I actually went out and painted the irons on my Wheeler Wilson 9 yesterday. Thanks for thinking of me.

    Texa Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Clare, once you get this bug, there is no going back - especially if you sew and love sewing machines anyway! I keep telling myself I will stop, but I just can't seem to do it! It wouldn't be so bad if all we did was buy the old neglected machines, restore them, and re-home them. My problem is I can't part with most of them once I get them! Is that a little 99 cabinet? It doesn't look like it is in too bad of shape. It looks like it only needs a little sanding, staining, refinishing?

    Nancy
    Nancy, yes I do sew and I love the old sewing machines. I am purposely losing count of how many I have now. I have only rehomed one of them, to my Mum, and she is also having two cabinets. Luckily I have a sewing machine supportive husband!

    The cabinet in the picture houses a 201k. I have only seen one other cabinet the same as this and that one houses a 99k (it's currently on ebay but too far away for me to collect ).

    I'm glad you think it looks like it will only need a little work, that sounds good to me

    Clare

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    Jody - Your machine is really pretty and should clean up very nicely. Interesting bobbin winder.

    All you need to clean the decals is a dab of machine oil on cotton wool or a soft cotton cloth, then rub it dry again with fresh cotton wool or a cloth. You won't silver the decals with machine oil. The residue of oil on the presser bar and foot will come off easily with Peek metal polish. You will find all the information you need about cleaning vintage machines and using long bobbin machines in my Youtube videos and on the blog - links are below. On the blog you will find a link for the metal polish.

    Nancy - the tension discs need to come off so you can reposition the thumb tab. If I could stick my hands into the computer I would do it from here.
    Needlebar isn't difficult to join. They get irritated if people want values of machines or just go in for a bit of information but make no real contribution. It's worth joining just to get access to the picture gallery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Jody - Your machine is really pretty and should clean up very nicely. Interesting bobbin winder.

    All you need to clean the decals is a dab of machine oil on cotton wool or a soft cotton cloth, then rub it dry again with fresh cotton wool or a cloth. You won't silver the decals with machine oil. The residue of oil on the presser bar and foot will come off easily with Peek metal polish. You will find all the information you need about cleaning vintage machines and using long bobbin machines in my Youtube videos and on the blog - links are below. On the blog you will find a link for the metal polish.

    Nancy - the tension discs need to come off so you can reposition the thumb tab. If I could stick my hands into the computer I would do it from here.
    Needlebar isn't difficult to join. They get irritated if people want values of machines or just go in for a bit of information but make no real contribution. It's worth joining just to get access to the picture gallery.
    Lately I get irritate with people wanting to know the values - anybody can say anything. I tried to join Needlebar once but it was so complicated I didn't bother. There has been a time or two I wanted to reach into the computer and fix something...
    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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    This November/December I'd say about 95% of the machines I've sold have been bought by men. Men are actually sewing. Several were very shy about it - some are boldly saying hey I WANT to learn to sew can you show me how. Some already have a business going and want another machine. Some are buying for a sister or mother or daughter or wife to have a business. They are very specific what they want, too. They have researched. Today I advertised a machine and a man came right quick to see it. His jaw dropped when he walked in my little shop. He was as awestruck as a kid in a candy store. He had to check them ALL out. He settled on the turquoise Brother 190 Flairmatic. He had a massive crush on the pink and gray Fabri-matic, too. He owns a vintage car shop. He was mentally matching up cars and machines. The real reason he came is because he sent out some upholstery work 2 years ago and it isn't back yet. He wants to figure out how to do his own upholstery work. I spent quite a bit of time showing him how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, put it in the case - etc. He LOVED it. He said his wife has a two year old plastic wonder and it is junk already. I told him the old sewing machines were made just the same - the good ones are old. It is SSSSOOOOOO cool when someone 'gets it' Then I showed him the stuff in the back of the shop - the old Japanese machines - he totally drooled. He went nuts. When he left he said he would be back. OH and he knows what car my brother in law shows - couldn't think of BILs name though LOL they park next to each other because they both have Tbirds.
    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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    Hey anybody in Dallas area, I will be in town for a Census Bureau convention from Jan 7 to Jan 10. anybody interested in meeting up?

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