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

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    There are kids you want to just put in your pocket and take home
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    The Franklin was the machine the boys all wanted to try. DH cut the top out of the Franklin table - it was icky - then he put that part on a box frame. Then he painted it. The table was coming apart other wise - it was painted white and not a good job either. The black was an improvement and set off the machine very well. This will go on a display shelf in my shop. Or maybe somewhere kids can test out machines. They also liked the Vindex Special. Some kids wanted to try all the machines. Some stuck with one. Some didn't come near. Some parents were real happy because the kids aren't allowed to touch the machine at home.
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    BTW while big sisters weren't around Wilbur gave the baby (Walter) a hair cut. snicker
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    The shirt covers were very handy.
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    Thanks for sharing Miriam!! All the kids really look like they loved working with your machines. Your granddaughter is lovely, you are a very lucky grandma! Love your Wilbur stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    Thanks for sharing Miriam!! All the kids really look like they loved working with your machines. Your granddaughter is lovely, you are a very lucky grandma! Love your Wilbur stories.
    The girl with the top button of her pink dress unbuttoned is Messy - oops I mean Mercy... It was because she thinks she is not as hot if it is unbuttoned. The steering wheel spinners are much better for her than the hand crank. She loves to go fast but she doesn't have any good control with the hand crank. Her hand eye coordination isn't up there with her desires. She did a very good job showing other kids how to 'sew'. BTW she broke her new glasses this morning. I'm hoping momma lets us take them places ever again.
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    Thank you for sharing miriam, I think you started another generation of sewers. They all look so intense, good to see them try something that is not push button and instant. The Franklin looks great that way.
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    The kids were very intense. The parents were more in a hurry to leave than the kids. The parents mostly did not try the machines. One pair of sewing machine collectors came along and were a little freaked out. The adult reactions were very mixed. Some thought I was crazy when you can get computer machines. Some were excited that the old machines could still work. There was a couple disgusted with themselves for throwing out grandma's machine in better looking shape. I'm so glad I took the derelicts.

    The Franklin's was the only box that got painted. I think the others need paint before we take them any more places. The poplar boxes were made from some old shutters DS dug out of the trash a few years ago.

    We hauled the machines in plastic cases hoping to protect a bit more.
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    WoW!! It looks like everyone had a great time..... sew much fun!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
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    very intense
    Great pictures. This picture gives a good view of the finger guard.

    What is it about kids, hair and scissors? They'll have a heck of a time cutting paper but hair seems to be no problem.

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