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

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    Most definitely!! Lots of couples and even whole families.
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    Would a Husband / Wife team be welcome at a TOGA? We've discussed it and have developed a facination about them and would like to attend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Is there one around here? Or is this a do it yourself? I think when Glenn comes we are going to put together as many treadles as we can. Does that count for a TOGA?
    Well, TOGA actually stands for Treadleon Gathering and Academy, but there are other vintage machine gatherings as well. ISMACS does MAJOR ones; the Oxford, Ohio gathering (which was last Saturday) is known as the Oxford Sewing Machine Gathering. In short, I guess you can't call it a TOGA unless it's a Treadleon gathering, but if you've got old machines and people who love them, you've got a fun time, no matter what you call it!! I do recommend you join Treadleon and see what the fun's all about. They do have a few more rules than this group--more on topic, etc.--but you learn a lot about machines.

    The next one (that I know about) is in Winchester, TN the first weekend in August. BTW, Miriam--there were people from Indianapolis at the Oxford gathering--it's not too bad a drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    Johnny did you get my msg. I am bringing TX Jan to the toga, you remember her from this board and her machine clean ups. Hope to see you soon
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    I'm bummed that I missed Oxford TOGA.
    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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    I have to share this. I have been working on a Centennial 201-2 almost every day for about two weeks now. It is in for a restoration. I am almost done with it and yesterday I was to the point of where I was able to test run it for the first time. This is from my page this morning.

    THE SQUEAK!!! I finished the wiring yesterday and got it back together enough to do a test run of the machine. There was a squeak when it ran at slow speeds. I looked and looked. Squeak. I oiled and greased everything again. Squeak. I used Tri-Flow. Squeak. I started taking it apart again. Squeak. Took more things apart and I still was getting that Squeak. I couldn't even tell where it was really coming from. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.
    I finally found the squeak. The wire cable that runs inside the machine for the light was rubbing on the upper shaft making it squeak. I was able to make it stop and ran the machine. Sweet, sweet music it is!
    I wanted to hear the machine again this morning and, Squeak. The squeak came back. I have some more work to do on it today.
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    LOL, thank you for sharing an Oh so familiar story.... we are not alone.

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    Some times the machine with some tiny little puzzling problem ends up being the most gone over machine. It should be a really nice machine when you are done.
    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 miriam View Post
    Some times the machine with some tiny little puzzling problem ends up being the most gone over machine. It should be a really nice machine when you are done.
    You are right Miriam. The cable/wire went from the light to the electric terminal through the machine. It was reverberating throughout the whole machine. I was chasing a ghost. I couldn't tell for the life of me where it was coming from. I re-lubed everything on it at least twice and saw a couple of "iffy" places along the way and got them even cleaner or shinier too. I posted a before and an after picture in the Vintage/Antique photos section. You can see them here.
    Vintage Sewing Machine Shop Machine Photos
    ~G~

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    Grant, I saw your post on FB - WOW that looks good. I have had machines that I had some stupid thing I had to go over everything over and over. What a machine when it was done!
    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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