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

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Joe,

    I did. No problem. I am not doing the engraving at this point. I am planning to take mine to the local hallmark engraver. I can make the plate with the odd shaped hole. It the drawing accurate for the hole location and size as well?

    Steve
    Yes, the placement of the odd shaped hole is correct. No problem about the engraving.

    Joe

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    Judy,

    You are welcome. Always glad to help.


    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post

    Cathy and Miriam, what great enablers you are
    Cathy

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Judy,

    You are welcome. Always glad to help.
    Uh - now what did I do?
    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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    A lady came to the shop with an old Elna. She wanted me to put on a new foot control. We checked it over and decided it wasn't the foot control. I had one from another machine - it did the same thing her's did - ran then quit. So I asked if I could look inside the machine. I ran it with the top off - blue streaking out of the motor. Too bad - it's a nice machine. Those machines have the motor ways inside - lots of stuff has to come off...

    Tomorrow I'm hoping I can have a clean up the shop day for a while.... I hate it when things get all cluttered up. Seems like it gets a point of no return awful fast. Must be the elves that live in the Cinderella machine's case.... Sneaky little buggers - some how they let machines in there, too and they never ever fix them.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    Is this a treadle?? I have several of these machines because I love the decal!! Usually, they are electric, but also have at least one hand crank.
    Miz Johnny!!! You're back! Been a long time.

    The Empress could be in a treadle, but now it sits in box on my bookshelf looking very very pretty, like a true empress. She's missing the plates, cabinet, and treadle. One day I should make a top for her to sit in and swap some treadle feet for her, but for now she sits smiling while overseeing the other machines doing the work. She's a cute machine!

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    Hi Folks- I've been reading along but haven't had much to say for a while. For some reason, no new machines have crossed my path untill today ( Wait a minute. I haven't seen Mizkaki in three weeks, I haven't had a new machine in three weeks....coincidence?) Annnyhoo I picked up a GREEN Necchi BU and it is clearly wired wrong. It came in a cabinet, with a knee control that had burn marks. And horrible, crumbling wiring. No problem, I'd rather have a foot control. So, I find a spare foot control and wire that to the place where the knee control was wired. So far, so good. I plug it in. It takes off, full speed. I didn't change the wiring that went to the power- it looked like it had been redone lately, as it was brown instead of green. So, either I did something to the machine when I changed the knee to a foot control, or whoever re-wired it did something to the machine, and that's why. Anyone got any ideas? Laura
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    Laura, It was most likely rewired wrong before you got it. The motor is wired directly to the power side so it will run full speed when you plug the machine in. The current is not passing thru the foot control in effect you have by passed it.
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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)
    I believe you may have just found a way to support your machine hobby, Steve. Better figure out your pricing, because I am going downstairs to count how many plates I need. As an aside, do you ever wonder where all of the slide plates go? Sure, they fall out, but doesn't anyone ever pick them up? Somewhere, somehow, there is a little mountain of the things. Laura

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    It's a conspiracy! They are probably holed up with all those missing socks.

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I believe you may have just found a way to support your machine hobby, Steve. Better figure out your pricing, because I am going downstairs to count how many plates I need. As an aside, do you ever wonder where all of the slide plates go? Sure, they fall out, but doesn't anyone ever pick them up? Somewhere, somehow, there is a little mountain of the things. Laura
    Cathy

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

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    OK, think I found the wiring problem. On the back is a plastic contact point that fits a cord. The picture is with the cord removed. The contacts pierce the cord when the cover is screwed down tight. Only two of the contacts were touching the cord. I'm sure that the third is not a spare. So, I just have to figure out which way the cord goes in. Does anyone have a Necchi BU that they could look on the back of and tell me if the cord exits left or right? Laura
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