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

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    I'll send up some prayers for your little finger. Those kinds of things throb so badly.

    I cleaned up the 404, took it to a sewing day and brought it back. The tension is too tight, the pressure on the presser foot was too tight and the doodad that raises the plate around the teeth was frozen. That one I don't need except for cleaning. A pair of pliers and a bottle of gun oil and we are in business. Now to play with the tension. I want to leave this one at church, but not if it isn't sewing perfectly. Have my 301s spoiled me? When I take it back, it will be carried in without the case. The machine isn't heavy, but the case, which is in perfect condition is very heavy.

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    Ouch! Takes a while for fingertips to heal. Look for a "birdcage"splint at the drugstore. The cage tip's bands will prevent you from bumping that sore fingertip. Congrats on your machine haul. Too bad it came with critter calling cards, but at least the critters weren't home. I learned the hard way to always empty drawers into a ziploc bag before placing any machine in the car. Saw fresh poop but no mouse. Mice moved into my car vents and cost $200 for eviction and vent deodorizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I received a surprise call today. A guy had 4 machines and 3 complete cabinets plus 2 partial cabinets and he wanted to know if I wanted to at least look at them. Of course I do!! All were Singer machines, 1 pretty rusty, and the other 3 are doable. 3 if not 4 of the cabinets are are Singer cabinets and one is a mystery. Bought it all plus a box of sewing machine paraphernalia for $100. 1 machine is a 99, 1 is a 15, 1 is a 66 and the other is a Sphinx. The last one is the rusty one and the seller said he thought maybe cats had gotten to it but it had the bullet for the shuttle in it. That one will be looking for a new home for postage only if anyone's interested.
    The partial cabinets are the tops only with some ornate carvings plus mouse or rat leavings in at least one of them. I will attempt picture tomorrow.
    I do have a bum hand due to a freak garage door accident that took part of my right pinkie fingertip (like down to the bone or almost there). Waiting to see orthopedic surgeon on Monday for his analysis and verdict.
    He also had a Hinterberg floor hoop that he and his wife hadn't decided on for the price. I may be interested in that but not decided yet. He inherited all this stuff from his mom's estate I'm guessing. Tons of stuff.
    Chris, wow it sounds like you are going to have some fun! The Sphinx is either a 27 or 127. I am sorry about the finger tip - I agree with Monroe about getting a finger tip splint! At least a splint would protect your finger from further injury.

    Steve I had planned on stopping by Cathy's yesterday, but my FIL - who has lived alone completely independent is in the hospital. He got the flu, which took him out! He has nearly died, very weak. Now DH has it along with my SIL, SIL's husband, a granddaughter, I was afraid yesterday I was coming down with it too! So far I am tired from sitting at the hospital all day, but not sick!

    Sorry, Cathy about last night too. I had intended to be at Girls Night Out. I certainly don't want to expose anyone if I am getting the flu!

    Nancy

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    I restored a special machine for someone. It is a Singer Model 66 from 1950 that has not been in working order for several years now. Like many machines, it is special because it has a special story. This machine was purchased new by a woman that sounds as stubborn as I am and German too. She had a daughter and her daughter learned to sew on this very machine. In the 70's her daughter wanted a newer machine that did Zig Zag. She never bought that new Singer Touch and Sew and kept using the reliable old 66. Well, more time passed and sadly, the mother passed away too. The 66 was passed down to the daughter. The daughter had the machine for several years and wanted it restored. That is where I came in. She contacted me about restoring her mom's 66, and I finished it here this past week.
    I finished the 1950 Singer Model 66 and yesterday was the "Reveal" day. I cannot express here how nice it was to bring back a machine to, as close as I could, to it's original condition of 63 years ago. I put a lot of extra effort into this machine in restoring it because it was a truly special machine to it's owner. That made it special to me as well. I have already admitted that I am kind of a sap so when I say I got a little choked up and a tear was in my eye when the owner saw it again, as it was new, so long ago, I was more than pleased. It was for me, a joy to be a part of bringing it back to how it should be. It once again sews as nice as it looks and will be appreciated for many more years to come.
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    way to go, Grant. I think we would all get choked up, too.
    what started me into vintage machines was having my gran's 201 restored.
    Cil




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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    I picked up an uuuuggggly 27 yesterday.It's a fiddle base with the Victorian decals-what's left of them. It was a if i can't get $20 for it it is going to the recycler kind of thing. of course i had to save it. I tried Skip's clear coat restoration but it only helped a little. then I put a layer of paste wax on it and it looked worse. so back to square one, I guess. The treadle stand is perfectly smooth, even without oil, though I oiled it anyway. The cabinet should have a coffin top but it is long gone. These machines that don't tuck into the table are much harder to fit into the house! I will have to find this one a new home, because I do not have room for it. The worst part is someone added some ugly plywood drawers to it. Functional but.....plywood. Oh well, I saved it from the recycler, i guess. I'll work on it for a while. I need the gear with the heart shaped cam that goes on the bobbin winder- anyone have a long bobbin winder as a part? Or just the gear? Cathy? Anything in that Aladdin's Cave of a garage of yours? Laura
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    Forgot a pic of the base- this is the back, but these are the fronts of the drawers- they were in backwarks. The pic doesn't show the bubbling veneer.Name:  uglytreadle.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    way to go, Grant. I think we would all get choked up, too.
    what started me into vintage machines was having my gran's 201 restored.
    awwwww grant great job and sweet! laura

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    Grant- what a wonderful story. Too bad most of the machines we find have lost theirs. Laura- what an incredible transformation! I would have passed it by.

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    It always amazes me when a machine can be transformed like that.
    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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