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

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    201-2 has a potted (built in) motor and gear driven, the 201-3 has an external motor and belt, I believe.
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    I am sure that is right, and Helen, my 201-3 does have a belt and external motor. Such a great machine and as it was in family since new and I have had it last 30-35 years, it was always taken care of. Have had a number people borrow it and want to buy it but I would not sell it.
    Thanks, didn't know difference and now I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I'll let you know tomorrow if I win it.
    Got it for the starting price
    Look forward to playing with it after the weekend.
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Painted Red and Cream Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (or 15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 206k11 (1950), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s)

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Caroline, can you just post a blank of it here? I'm sure lot of us would appreciate it too!
    One place that is readily available, that I use to store data n stuff like this, is Google Docs. There you can create a spreadsheet, saving it in cyberspace, otherwise known as Google Drive. Then you can access it even on an android phone or other similar tablet, etc. It's pretty easy.

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    Glenn, I like your new machine, The Lee.

    Miriam, Your studio is taking shape. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the finished studio with all the cute sewing paraphernalia decorating the walls and space.

    Manicmike, Your green Singer with the gorgeous box is a nice machine to own for working on sleeves and other small circumferential items. NICE!

    Dreid, That is one beautiful Bartlett! I love what the treadle pedal says, " Our Very Best", pretty machine and cabinet.

    Jeanette Franz, Lucky you to inherit your husband great-grandmother's National Two Spools. Please use that machine! They are one of the finest vintage machines to sew with, excellent for piecing.


    Folks are posting some very nice machines in the vintage photo thread!
    It was fun looking at all the pretty new vintage ladies and gents. Have fun with those new toys. And don't forget to post pictures of your quilts and other projects that you have made with those NICE machines!

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    Jeanette, I agree use the two spools. You won't wear it out - you will keep it alive.
    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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    My Howe Model C is in the mail, on the way!!! Woo Hoo!

    Sorry for the advance post, but I am sooooooo excited to finally have this paid for, I could not wait to shout it out!

    This will be/is the rarest machine I own. The dealer I got it from has been a full time antique sewing machine dealer for decades and this is the only one of these he has ever even seen. I could not even find a single photo on Google to compare it to.

    I have most of the history of this particular machine as well.

    I have some photos, but only ones from the Seller. I will take pics when it arrives and post those in a separate thread.

    This is like one of the Howe A or B machines that I have posted previously, except it is a long arm machine with a roller presser foot...
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    Now to find the Unicorn.... A Howe model D (a cylinder bed version of the Howe) to complete the set.

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    Steve, your new machine looks like a pistol!! You'll have to resist the urge to try and fire it
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Painted Red and Cream Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (or 15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 206k11 (1950), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s)

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    Very happy for you Steve! Could you share some of the machine's history? I have never seen a roller presser foot before. Awesome machine.
    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!

    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Caroline, can you just post a blank of it here? I'm sure lot of us would appreciate it too!
    My Excel spreadsheet is on my old PC and is the old version, 2003, of MS Office. The new PC only has the starter version of Excel which I do not like so I have not transferred the data to the new PC. Following are the column headings I use: Date Purchased, Make, Model, Type (treadle or electric, portable or cabinet), Serial Number, Date Mfg, Date Allotted (if Singer), Place Mfg, Bobbin/Shuttle Type, Manual (yes or no if I have original or copy), Needle Size, Attachments (yes or no if the machine came with them), Cost (what I paid), Source (where I purchased it), Location (where it is stored/hidden or located), Condition. I am currently updating the sewing machine condition using this chart. Much better than my old description of good, fair, poor.

    http://www.ismacs.net/condition.html

    Last edited by Caroline S; 09-20-2013 at 05:38 AM.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    Very happy for you Steve! Could you share some of the machine's history? I have never seen a roller presser foot before. Awesome machine.
    This is it's story abridged from the dealer I bought it from.

    "It originally came from an old ladies home in Freedom, NH.
    This lady worked at our local auction hall and always saw me buying antique sewing machines.
    One day she approached me & told me about her Howe.


    So I went the next day... and purchased it.


    The Howe was then sold to a client of mine in Illinois.
    When those people decided to sell their entire collection, they sold the Howe to a couple in Kentucky.


    When they decided to sell some of their collection, the Howe was returned to me on consignment, and eventually, I purchased it back, as you know.


    Now the Howe goes to you, and I doubt I'll ever see it again!
    You may never seen another one again!


    Fix the table, or find or make a new one, but hold onto this one... it's a rare machine!


    My favorite feature is it's brass wax holder on the arm.
    When I found the Howe in Freedom, the lady had, many years earlier, put a candle in the wax holder, and used to
    sew by candle light after dark! Neat!


    The Howe came to her from her grandfather... who got it from another family member, who's family purchased it new."

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