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

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    ouch.... My Knight is a horseman as well and I am familiar with the stress. My condolences.

    I am hopefully going to be getting the Howe Model B that is on ebay now.

    I currently have "most of" three Howe Model A units. Once things get settled out, if i am able to do the repairs and/or re-manufacturing of a few parts, I will really only want one or two.

    and SURE, go ahead and PM my your hard to find list. Ya never know what i could find.

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    Steve, I was searching for some info on my Pfaff treadle and came across this blog. She has one of your Howe machines too and thought you might like to see her machine. The decals look pretty good. She's got it in a treadle. http://treadlestreasures.blogspot.co...e-treadle.html

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    Thanks! That is beautiful! I posted a comment and shared a link to my rebuild thread. That set of irons is amazing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Ok, I "accidentally" just bought an amazing machine....

    I was trolling on Ebay and saw an "Early White SMC" machine for $120 plus 33.27 shipping. with that most glorious of options "Make offer" I have kind of a rule about not paying over $100 for any machine, so I made the silly offer of $66.73 to make an even $100. I figured since it was 1/2 of their asking price, it would go the way these usually do, ignored or a quick NOPE... In this case I got a quick reply, but accepting the offer!!

    Allow me to introduce the latest addition to my "harem" a first model White Model A vs1 (1876-1882)
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    here is a Stunning example of what it could look like from the NeedleBar library
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    Geeze what a find!!!!!!! I just love the little rose bud in the center of the bed! Steve how did you get that machine clean without ruining that beautiful rose? What a really cute machine! Lucky you!

    Ok, I got the stars out of my eyes and read your post! The last photo is not your machine! I want to see 'your' machine when you get it clean!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    Steve you find some of the best "accidents" to come home to live with you. Maybe I should just give you my wish list and see what you can find. I would so love to have one of those Howe machines, if only for display.

    I have to put my sewing machine collection on hold for a while though. We sadly had to put down one of our horses this week, and we were so not prepared for that, as he was only 2. Between what it cost for a vet to come out, put him to sleep, then pay another company to come and get him, I'll be eating little more than ramen noodles at our house for awhile. Several hundred dollars we did not have laying around.
    Jenn, so sorry about your little 2-year old! That has to be hard. We expect these guys to live to be 30! My oldest horse is 31 this year. That is the way it is suppose to happen. Again, I am very sorry to hear about the young horse.

    Nancy

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    Red face help Pfaff

    Hope this is the wright place to ask ,,, I need a user manel for a pfaff ,life style ,type (a) ,serial # 302572379, need to now how old this machine is also. can anyone help. Dottiebug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    Hope this is the wright place to ask ,,, I need a user manel for a pfaff ,life style ,type (a) ,serial # 302572379, need to now how old this machine is also. can anyone help. Dottiebug
    Dottie, I have Pfaff serial numbers through 1978. Your serial number indicates the Lifestyle is much newer than that. In fact, I think you can still buy Lifestyle's today. They are a computerized machine, much newer than most of us are looking for. Here is a site to download a Pfaff manual, but you need to have more information than Pfaff Lifestyle - you need a model number. http://s2.vsmgroup.com/VSM/Pfaff/pfaffmanual.nsf

    Nancy

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    Nancy, do you need the serial number to tell me what year the Pfaff is from? I'm guessing early 70s.

    I was in the LQS yesterday and in the second room, surrounded by new Janomes, was a lilac Kenmore with cams. I asked who was sewing on it as it obviously was in use. The owner, whose husband doesn't care for vintage machines, said she was and she loves it. She was so excited, it was cute.

    My daughter went downstairs in the turn of the century restaurant she works in and saw a 'black machine with a big wheel on it'. I told her to venture further into the old basement and find out what it is. A handcrank? Hmm.

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    Oh, the Pfaff's model number is 64.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Oh, the Pfaff's model number is 64.
    Yes, Judy I need the serial number. I only have dates for machines from 1978 back.

    I got the Adler treadle listed on Craigslist today! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3577363926.html

    Now my problem is, I don't know what model this treadle is and I have no idea what needle it uses? I pulled up ISMACS needle site, but I still have no idea about needles. It looks like this machine takes something other than a normal 15x1 needle! Darn! I don't have a problem with that, except I need to know what needles to be on the look out for! The pitman on this machine is wood, which tells me this is probably a pre 1900 machine. It is pretty cool looking with back clamping feet and a bobbin like a Wheeler and Wilson's. The machine is complete as far as I can tell - I just need to get some needles! Anyone have an Adler treadle like mine?

    Nancy

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