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

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    Got it! Because of some advice I got elsewhere that, "dogs don't wear out", I decided to have another look. What I found was that the dog retracted properly when I operated the machine manually to check the height and all that. But as soon as I switched to the motor and got it up to speed, the dog started "floating' and staying above the plate. It was pushing then pulling at the same time. So, I shot more PB Blaster on all the mechanisms that looked like they related to the dog and whatever was hanging it up loosened up and it works great now! Thanks to all for your input.

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    That Universal is a Bernina knockoff if I've ever seen one. It looks really nice. How well does it sew?

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    Yeah, thanks. It's a real simple clean looking machine. My wife is putting it through the paces right now. So far, so good. She says it pulls the fabric a little in reverse and is working on adjusting the tensions to see if she can remedy that. Otherwise, sews well.

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    Hello I am very new to vintage machines. I was given a gorgeous Pfaff 30 yesterday. She is in lovely condition and came from an old clothing factory many years ago (so i am told). She purrs like a kitten and will be put to very good use as I get to know her. Does anyone have any advice though on pitfalls and things to watch out for?

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    Welcome Fairydell, is that Pfaff in a table with a huge motor under it?
    Keep it oiled and used it often.
    I had one a long time ago when I had a business making tents. It was set up for speed sewing. You will need to practice controlling the speed and learn to be accurate.
    I can't think of any pitfalls other than don't put anything too heavy through it... ask me how I know...
    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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    Interesting. I thought the Universal looked a lot like my mystery machine -a Pfaff 64.

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    Good Morning.

    I have several vintage machines (ranging from 1936 to early 60's). I was given an old Seamstress hand crank machine (sans cabinet) which has been identified as an Expert B.T. Vibrator, 3/4 size. The machine has seen some better days, it was stored in a shed and is a bit on the dirty and battered side. I have the mechanisms all moving freely, now I need to find something to clean the body without damaging what is left of the decals. And she is missing her throat plate and the stitch length adjustment screw, the wooden part of the hand crank and needs a new wheel for the bobbin winder.... Any suggestions would be appreciated for cleaning the body and locating parts.

    Thank you.

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    Than you for taking the time to reply. My Pfaff didn't come with a table sadly but it is probably just as well cos i don't have room to put one. My final fledgeling heads off to University this year so i can use his room while he is away :-) whoop whoop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bainridge View Post
    Good Morning.

    I have several vintage machines (ranging from 1936 to early 60's). I was given an old Seamstress hand crank machine (sans cabinet) which has been identified as an Expert B.T. Vibrator, 3/4 size. The machine has seen some better days, it was stored in a shed and is a bit on the dirty and battered side. I have the mechanisms all moving freely, now I need to find something to clean the body without damaging what is left of the decals. And she is missing her throat plate and the stitch length adjustment screw, the wooden part of the hand crank and needs a new wheel for the bobbin winder.... Any suggestions would be appreciated for cleaning the body and locating parts.

    Thank you.
    Muv has made some wonderful videos on cleaning the old SMs
    Link: HOW TO CLEAN UP and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav
    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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    Hello everyone I am new to this community and a brand new quilter. Im in the process of finishing my first lap quilt.
    I have made this quilt with a Kenmore sears machine (http://www.etsy.com/listing/10928622...g-machine-with) I love my machine and only paid $25 for it. I love it so much that much I sold my newer basic singer because it just didn't cut it, it game me too much trouble.
    Anyway I have 2 older machines as well that I purchased one of them is a singer 560 Diana and I paid $50 for it but it came with the original and an amazing table for it and in very good condition...anyways I sold the table (which I regret) due to lack of space and now my Diana wont work the same it has a tension problem that I just cant fix (http://possumjimandelizabeth.com/xht...g_sing560.html) my other machine is a White 764 http://mivintagesewingmachines.blogs...white-764.html and I have not been able to use it either. First one of the tension pieces was broken so I got a new one and replaced it but something was off and when I tried to pull it out I messed up the spring, stretched it and now its nou usable. I plan to get them fixed eventually but my question is that with all this old machines there is something that can go wrong and may need some repair sooner than later. I am interested on another oldie and I just love it. Its a Singer 66 and it comes with the table and stool, seem in pretty rough condition but the machine supposedly works fine except that the tension may need adjustment ..go figure lol anyhow I really want this machine and my question is....is it really worth $50 or should I try to get it for less? The person selling it has never used it. She had the machine in storage and it belonged to her mom.



    I have tried to start a topic but I cant Im guessing because In new to the site, this is my second attempt at posting this...hopefully Im posting on the correct place. Thanks.

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