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

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    Senior Member grant15clone's Avatar
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    I wish all of the machines I have worked on had this provenance. Thanks for sharing Steve.
    ~G~

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    Thanks Steve, very interesting history. Love that one of the owners sewed by candlelight. Where there is a will there is a way.
    Never met a scrap or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 25, and counting.
    Love a good treasure hunt each and every day.
    Susan

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    Does anyone have a Singer 66 Clone? Not a 15 Clone. I just posted pictures here, Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up
    Does anyone have one? The one I posted pictures of came to me for some wiring fixes. I was floored at the fact that it looks like it is an exact copy.
    ~G~

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    Here is the ALUMINUM Clone 99 we sent to Kevin in Afghanistan.
    Looking for help for a Deployed Soldier

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    I have changed my avatar - that old machine (Ms Perty Face) has saved the life of many machines - I've lost count - I think she needs to be recognized - I would have spent a fortune in parts somewhere else and probably pulled out a few hairs. Besides DD doesn't like it when I put pics of the DGKs on line...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    To be honest I don't blame her. I very much avoid putting pics of my daughter in public.

    On a positive note: Got the 401g this afternoon! Looks like your avatar, and yes it has plugs where it can be treadled. Quite excited now.
    My Singers: Model 12 (1883), VS2 Painted Red and Cream Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Model 15 (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 66 Lotus (1922), 96k41 (1949), 96k41 (1947), 103k (1950), 201k (1953), 206k11 (1950), 222k (1959), 306k, 319k, 320k2, 401a, 411g
    Others: Necchi Supernova Ultra 2, Climax, Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Bernina Record 830, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    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

    A nice old wooden 3x5 index card box is nice. I fill out a card for each one as I bring it home, add info to it like Brand, Model, Serial# cost, what it needs, what I did, part #s and vendors, and notes. Eventually I plan to type up a more formal one on a typewriter, then laminate it and store it with the machine, for a future owner.

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    Steve,

    Do you actually sew with the Howe machines, or do you just display them. They are quite interesting too look at.


    Joe

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    I have made one of the A's sew.
    They are not the best machines in my opinion. Inventor, maybe... Great engineer, nahhhh....
    They do make the MOST train like sound of all of the machines I use.

    Both B heads Sew, but share a base until the 2nd one arrives from my folks.
    I am hoping to get some time this weekend to try a few of the Howe accessories on the B.

    Box 1 of 3 - 1/2 of the base for the Howe C arrived TODAY!!!! This is really weird. He mailed it Wednesday from the east COAST.

    The table needs LOTS of work... The iron parts that have arrived are no worse than most Howe's have been.

    I will open a thread on this when the rest arrives.

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    I bought a portable Redeye with a nice bentwood cover for $5 today. I know they are a common machine, but I like them. It will nice to have a model when I put mine back together. It's an e machine for now, but I can't say I care for the looks of the wiring. The head looks well loved but has quite a bit of color left.

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