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

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    I have a bid on one - I'm pretty sure there are things broken on it. The Cinderella works like that underneath, too.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Uh oh, maybe I better cancel that 285

    The Singer model 285 was a development of the 185 model which it replaced. The 185 had in turn a few years earlier been a cosmetically re-packaged version of the long serving model 99K, re-using many of the same parts as the 99. Although the 285K looks almost identical to the 185K it had a competely new oscillating rack and pinion drive arrangement to the lower hook mechanism under the bed. Unfortunately this 'improvement' was not well received, as it tended to make the 285 machines both noiser and subject to vibration.

    At least I'm not paying 75 to over 100 dollars plus shipping.

    I will give the little bugger a go for 25.00
    Last edited by Sideways; 08-15-2013 at 05:55 PM.
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

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    Got a quick question on a fiddle base treadle. I have never seen one in person but found one on Kijiji and was wondering if you can dismantle them? For instance, can you sewing machine off the base? I tried to look for hinges but it is hard to see in the pictures. Also if need be, can I take the irons off the table?
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    Thanks for any advice.
    Jackie

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie99 View Post
    can you sewing machine off the base?
    Yes. The hinges are in the usual spot and you can separate them with no problem. Looks like a VS2 - nice
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    I have purchased a lotus singer in a treadle case. I have model #27-4 and a 66 listed on ismac. The serial number isD1121621 singer lotus. I am needing an owners manual. Can't seem to get around this Internet menu. Thanks how do I get one?

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    go to www.singerco.com scroll down an put the number in the box then you get a few choices to get free ones to print out or pay $15.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brbrmaza@gmail.com View Post
    I have purchased a lotus singer in a treadle case. I have model #27-4 and a 66 listed on ismac. The serial number isD1121621 singer lotus. I am needing an owners manual. Can't seem to get around this Internet menu. Thanks how do I get one?
    You've listed two different models, and haven't said which one you need the manual for. Is it the 27 or 66?
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    go to www.singerco.com scroll down an put the number in the box then you get a few choices to get free ones to print out or pay $15.
    Oops I had to go to a box called Support & Resources then click on that box. Then I had to go to a box called "Instruction Manuals" Then I had to follow instructions to find the manual. You can only type in the numbers.
    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 rosie99 View Post
    Got a quick question on a fiddle base treadle. I have never seen one in person but found one on Kijiji and was wondering if you can dismantle them? For instance, can you sewing machine off the base? I tried to look for hinges but it is hard to see in the pictures. Also if need be, can I take the irons off the table?
    Here is a picture
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    Thanks for any advice.
    Jackie
    Jackie why do you want to dismantle that VS2 fiddlebase Singer? The cabinet looks like it could easily be lightly sanded and refinished? The decals called the Rose and Cornflower are still really nice for a pre 1900 machine! I'd get that baby, clean it up a little and use it!

    Nancy

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    Fizeos, I saw your Pfaff treadle machine in our Photo shop. We are not suppose to chat in the photo shop, cause it will end up like this board - hundreds of pages long!

    Anyway, the Pfaff head is in really bad shape - lots and lots of rust, peeling/chipped paint. The machine is not worth much at all except to someone who appreciates the old girls. The irons could be re-done with a new table top if you are handy that way. The machine will never look good the way it is all chipped/peeling but it would be a candidate for a re-paint if you wanted to go to the trouble. It would look good on a shelf too just the way it is, but as far as what you could get for it - where I live you'd be lucky to give it away. Sorry, but the prices you see on Craigslist, etc., are really not indicative of what the machines are really selling for - they are mostly wishful thinking on the part of the sellers!

    Sorry, I don't mean to sound mean, I'd get that machine just cause it is a Pfaff, but unfortunately, there are not a lot of people who really appreciate the really neglected/abused machines unless they get them for practically nothing or the machine is really rare!
    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 08-19-2013 at 05:48 AM.

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