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

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    "Time Out" sounds like a punishment to sit and sulk rather than soak. Spa or marinate sound slightly better, though whatever you call it I'm sure the machines are grateful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    "Time Out" sounds like a punishment to sit and sulk rather than soak. Spa or marinate sound slightly better, though whatever you call it I'm sure the machines are grateful!
    I give them the Spa Treatment after they get their time out. But I like marinate. I wonder if I should use Italian Dressing to marinate this one instead of sewing Machine Oil since it was made in Italy. Nah, I don't want to ruin it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I have a question about Necchi's. What is the difference between a Supernova, Supernova BU, and a Supernova Ultra? I picked up a Supernova head yesterday that is green in color, and it is an Italian made machine. It is a BU Supernova. And does anyone know where I can find a free manual? Thank you.
    p.s. Miriam, it is already oiled and in it's "Time Out".
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    I have a Universal in time out.
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    New used machines: I have a blue Universal clone AND a black Universal clone both with busted throat plates right at the needle and the same break. Other than that they are remarkable machines. They were REALLY filthy.

    Then I got a Universal that is suppose to have disks - none there. I have no idea what to look for. BUMMER... BUT it has the owners manual with a price of $359.00 and the original tags etc with the machine. It had pretty light use. I think they gave up when the bobbin area got full of lint. I sure wish I knew what the disks look like. Maybe the manual will show something.

    I also picked up a Montgomery Ward with one disk - zz. It has a thing that looks like a zipper foot that sticks up when the button hole goes - at least it looks like it does - I should have shot a pic. I haven't cleaned on it yet. I got it cheap - I figured it had a nice cord if nothing else. I think it is a winner and will work fine. It came with 3 bobbin cases - one broken... and a hand full of attachments and bobbins.

    I got two other machines but I don't remember what they are - didn't get the cases open - I had to mow.
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    Miriam,

    Scan the pics of the cam in the manual if it has one. I still have a box of unID'd cams.

    Two Universal clones with the same busted needle plates? Think maybe the same clutz got hold of both of them?

    Joe

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    Joe, they came from two different places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    You do have to tilt up the machine to change bobbins on it. Even dainty fingers can't make it around that corner to get it out. I think some Pfaff's are that way too, or very similar to it. Maybe it is a German thing.
    Ha! Interesting to read this - almost 100% sure that my Phoenix is the same. I couldn't work out why I couldn't easily change the bobbin. Figured it must be my ginormous 'tall person's hands!
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    [QUOTE=grant15clone;6067561]Oh Joe, that is a pretty wacky way to do things. You do have to tilt up the machine to change bobbins on it. Even dainty fingers can't make it around that corner to get it out. I think some Pfaff's are that way too, or very similar to it. Maybe it is a German thing. As a sewing machine, it does more than make up for that though. I say that if you see one, grab it!

    Grant,
    My Pfaff 60 treadle's cabinet has a little door in the front left to access the bobbin case. I think it's a brilliant idea, makes changing the bobbin so much easier.
    Sharon W.

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    I had to put my Pfaff 1222E in Time Out today, it was sewing really fast and wouldn't obey the foot pedal. I had to turn the power switch off to make it stop. This the machine that I use for binding quilts.
    Anybody got any ideas how to fix it? The local Pfaff dealer is useless when it comes to the older machines. They just want me to buy a new plastic wonder.
    Sharon

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    I have a Bernina with the bobbin toward the back of the machine. The case has a little door on the side. The 319 machines slide to the side but the bobbin goes in the front - I have a fairly small hand but I have to put the bobbin in from under anyway. I believe those machines were set up for the elves that visit late at night to make your shoes...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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