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

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    Super Member SteveH's Avatar
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    I can make side plates if people want. no biggie. Glad to help.

    I am not trying to make it sound trivial, but I have a "stomp shear" with a graduated backstop. so I can cut very accurate strips, then turn them 90 deg and set for length. I do 16ga steel on a regular basis, so it has the umph.

    I have a bench punch that can do holes up to 1.25"dia (for the ones with a"bite:" out of them.

    I have a 2"x36" professional grade vertical belt sander with a backstop for making the bevels.

    It only takes me about 30 minutes to make a pair of "regular rectangular" slides.

    I would make them a hair large so people could file them to a perfect fit. (unless I have the machine in question, then I can fit it)

    I am making a replacement slide for a W&W8 this weekend. (the one with the bent down end that seems to be missing 1/2 the time) and I am making a pair of slides for Cathy(Mizkaki)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Well someone wanted to hand crank this Japanese 15, but I guess then decided it wasn't worth it! Anyone want a Japanese 15 HC? This is funny - a Japanese 15 with a Chinese HC added! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3706034162.html You know, I might have to consider getting this myself!

    Nancy
    I would remove the hand crank and drop the machine into my Singer cabinet and we would happily treadle the day away. I'd love to have machine that was a different color than the usual brown/tan or black that currently inhabit my sewing room.
    It would be awfully expensive to ship it to Texas though.(big sigh)
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I can make side plates if people want. no biggie. Glad to help.

    I am not trying to make it sound trivial, but I have a "stomp shear" with a graduated backstop. so I can cut very accurate strips, then turn them 90 deg and set for length. I do 16ga steel on a regular basis, so it has the umph.

    I have a bench punch that can do holes up to 1.25"dia (for the ones with a"bite:" out of them.

    I have a 2"x36" professional grade vertical belt sander with a backstop for making the bevels.

    It only takes me about 30 minutes to make a pair of "regular rectangular" slides.

    I would make them a hair large so people could file them to a perfect fit. (unless I have the machine in question, then I can fit it)

    I am making a replacement slide for a W&W8 this weekend. (the one with the bent down end that seems to be missing 1/2 the time) and I am making a pair of slides for Cathy(Mizkaki)
    Steve, I mentioned this a few days ago. I am glad you picked this up. I think I have one or two that could use one. I will have to check. Can you do them in Aluminum too, so they can be polished?
    ~G~

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    Steve-
    The reproduction slide plates I've ordered are expensive and fit poorly. The Singer 66/99 plate is terrible and I had to peen the edge so it would fit and even then it's still very prone to coming off. Nothing is made for a 128 without it being a 1/2" too long, I've looked everywhere there all for the 127. I've given up on them and order used parts IF available. Great service making difficult to find plates.

    Jon


    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I can make side plates if people want. no biggie. Glad to help.

    I am not trying to make it sound trivial, but I have a "stomp shear" with a graduated backstop. so I can cut very accurate strips, then turn them 90 deg and set for length. I do 16ga steel on a regular basis, so it has the umph.

    I have a bench punch that can do holes up to 1.25"dia (for the ones with a"bite:" out of them.

    I have a 2"x36" professional grade vertical belt sander with a backstop for making the bevels.

    It only takes me about 30 minutes to make a pair of "regular rectangular" slides.

    I would make them a hair large so people could file them to a perfect fit. (unless I have the machine in question, then I can fit it)

    I am making a replacement slide for a W&W8 this weekend. (the one with the bent down end that seems to be missing 1/2 the time) and I am making a pair of slides for Cathy(Mizkaki)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Can you do them in Aluminum too, so they can be polished?~G~
    I have cut mild steel, tool steel, aluminum, brass, copper, cardboard, card stock, and some heavy paper on the shear so far. (gotta love old tools... this one is from the 50's)

    ANY metal can be polished.

    I made a set of brass ones for my Howe that I polished and am planning to have engraved with the correct info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Steve- The Singer 66/99 plate is terrible and I had to peen the edge so it would fit and even then it's still very prone to coming off. Nothing is made for a 128 without it being a 1/2" too long, I've looked everywhere there all for the 127. Jon
    Jon,

    I have a 66, a 28 and a 128 to test with. what do you need?

    I am curious what "expensive" is? how much do they usually go for?

    I have no real interest in making money this way, so I'd be more than willing to make them for folks for cost of materials and shipping.

    The biggest challenge with these that I see so far is that they sometimes have a cutout or ground out portion underneath that would have to be accounted for. Not too difficult but if we do not have an original to view, it could get messy.

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    to keep things a bit cleaner i started a thread for this.

    If you need slide plates, check this out.

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    [QUOTE=SteveH;5960521]Jon,

    I see sew-classic is having a sale and even added the 128 since the last time I checked. When I needed them they were going for $8-15 each (not too bad) but they were almost unusable, especially the 66/99. I believe I'm in good shape but it's comforting to know who to contact when I need one that is rarely available.

    Jon

    I have a 66, a 28 and a 128 to test with. what do you need?

    I am curious what "expensive" is? how much do they usually go for?

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    I have purchased several of the 66-99 slide plates from Sew Classic. So far I've not had a bad one. Knock on wood. But they do not look like the originals and wouldn't do for a collector piece. Not that I have any of those.

    I've not purchased any aftermarket slide plates for a shuttle bobbin machine ... yet.

    Joe

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    Steve,

    If one of my machines is needed for fit testing please let me know.

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

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