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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Steve,

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the electric Singer 20. I am in love with it.

    You're welcome for the needles. Finding replacement needles is a challenge that I love to tackle.
    I can't find a sub for those old curved needles, only the straight ones.

    Cathy
    Cathy, I will call you about those spring needles. I know you sent them back with Bev, but we are not home - except in the morning and evening to feed the animals. We are spending all day between my FIL in the nursing home and running around trying to find an assisted living place he will feel comfortable in to move him to next week. I don't know when I will see Bev? I will let you know when I do see her to get the needles, and how those needles work on the Adler.

    Anyone try using a spring needle on your vintage machines?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy and Glenn,

    I own a Davis NVF, not the New High Arm. Here is a link to the differences in the models of Davis Vertical Feeds: http://www.kelsew.info/domestic/davisVFmodels.html

    I have a copy of that manual that you refer to from ismacs, and it is the only copy of any Davis VF manual I could find off the internet. Well, it was sufficient enough for my use in figuring out how to use the Davis NVF. These machines are simple.

    Glenn, if you wish to clean the parts behind the faceplate, I suggest looking at the tutorial on the Yahoo Davis Vertical Feed site. Someone spent time putting together an excellent tutorial, which is easy to follow. Having those parts cleaned makes a huge difference, and well worth the time spent cleaning vs just oiling and calling it good to go.
    Thank you Monica. Yes, I do remember you have the Davis NVF after looking at the Kelsey sight. I had that sight bookmarked too. Great sight!

    I am a member of the Yahoo Vintage Pfaff group, maybe I should join the Davis group too since I have two Davis machines? Great information on cleaning!

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    We can deal with those spring needles later. Rod and your FIL need you now. I'll say a prayer for him.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy, I will call you about those spring needles. I know you sent them back with Bev, but we are not home - except in the morning and evening to feed the animals. We are spending all day between my FIL in the nursing home and running around trying to find an assisted living place he will feel comfortable in to move him to next week. I don't know when I will see Bev? I will let you know when I do see her to get the needles, and how those needles work on the Adler.

    Anyone try using a spring needle on your vintage machines?

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

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    Nancy and Monica, mine is NVF with the reverse button. Thank you both for the info. I did join the VF group on Yahoo and I am looking forward to using this wonderful machine. I am cleaning it now but will need help on the threading of the machine.
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    Glenn, Here is a picture of the threading for the Davis NVF. I have placed a cellophane tape to keep the thread from coming out of the groove when the arm goes down for a stitch. That's the reason for the piece of tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Steve, I peeked into the photo shop to see your new machines! Wow, you do have a knack for acquiring the most awesome machines! I can't believe how nice those F&R still look. Now, I want one . . . . . but, I want all of them anyway! Geeeeeeeeze!Nancy
    Thanks. I have three more machines on their way to me now, but at this point I have stopped shopping. (always interested in a pre-1885 deal though) I have a nice long list of machines that need lots of TLC.

    I am working specifically on a project to get a few Victorian era machines up and operational by April because I have been working with the local Steampunk Convention folks to take the 1800's machines and to set up and run an educational demo with the idea of building a sense of respect for the older machines and hopefully helping to prevent old machine parts from becoming apparel.

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    Glenn here is a picture of my machine and how to thread it. Hope you can read what I have. Between what Moncia and I have you should be able to thread your machine.
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    Glenn, here is a picture on winding the bobbin.
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    Trish

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    Hey folks,

    I just came across this great article about the Singer being the largest furniture maker in the late 1800/early 1900's and how they developed innovative new methods to make furniture.

    http://www.core77.com/blog/business/...pany_22760.asp

    Steve

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    Hey all,

    Does anyone have any thoughts on how to clean this case without scrubbing the speckled paint (I think it's paint) off? I tried doing a search but didn't come up with anything. I don't have a photo of the whole case handy, but you can see the discoloration on the base here -- it's all over the outside of the case, too. The case isn't in perfect shape even apart from the discoloration, chips here and there with some bare wood showing, but it's not in especially bad shape either, and I'd love to clean it up if I can.

    I tried cautiously taking a magic eraser to it, but all I did was shred the magic eraser. I was afraid to press too hard for fear of sanding the textured bits off.

    This is Lulabelle and the base of her poor sad case (I really need to find a seam guide and get that painter's tape off her, too!)
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    Daisy

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