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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
    her local SMG if he would work on her vintage machines. A 66 and a 201-2. He said that they were too old, and declined to take them in for maintenance. ...Has anyone else had that happen to them? A local shop here has started to take in restorations and I am doing them for him because he only knows the plastic machines.
    When you walk into my LSMG's shop there is a small foyer where he has a 'graveyard' of plastic machines and he uses a permanent marker to scrawl "RUBBISH" and "ANOTHER CRAPP" across the top of each one so that you know what you're going to be in for when you walk in with your new plastic machine that isn't working properly!!! LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    ...I like that place. The bigger thrift stores aren't so willing to work things out - at least not around here.
    Finding a business with courteous, friendly people is similar to finding that WOW​ machine. A good feeling.
    Ron in NW MO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vridar View Post
    Finding a business with courteous, friendly people is similar to finding that WOW​ machine. A good feeling.
    Yes - I know where I will donate from here on out, too.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Manicmike,

    My #1 Singer 66 treadle came with one of those button hollers in a drawer. They work quite well on treadles.
    Much better than the built in systems on more um .... modern machines.

    Joe

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    not about Sewing machines, but the clothing in these Victorian London street pictures is AMAZING!!

    http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2...t-photographer

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My #1 Singer 66 treadle came with one of those button hollers in a drawer. They work quite well on treadles.
    Much better than the built in systems on more um .... modern machines.
    Hi Joe. The only modern machine I've used was a 1970 Singer 498 which did (does, I still have it) have a built-in one. And you are right: The buttonholer doesn't work well (the reverse doesn't engage well enough, probably through wear - tried to fix it once). Followed the instructions on my 320k to make one and it's fiddly and nowhere near as good as any straight stitcher with any Singer buttonholer. Got a 1960s version a few weeks ago that takes cams for different shaped holes (the green plastic box) and there's no reason this won't work on any of my VS2/27/66/201/FW. Just realised I have multiple machines for every one of those models!
    Has anyone ever tried a SS buttonholer on a ZZ capable machine? I assumed it wouldn't work because they produced the "professional" meant for ZZ machines.
    On another topic, I made a romper suit from a 1950s Simplicity pattern (S27) and embroidered for the first time ever! Here is the result (used the 320k for the entire project except button holes). Incidentally, worst pattern instructions I've ever seen.
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    The engine and cars are felt and the chains, wheels and smoke were embroidered using the foot that came with the machine. For my god daughter's son.
    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 SteveH View Post
    not about Sewing machines, but the clothing in these Victorian London street pictures is AMAZING!!

    http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2...t-photographer
    Steve; Thank you!! That was amazing.
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    How cute is that train?
    My Viking has a program to do a train but I think yours us much cuter! LOL
    Cathie in Ut
    Who tends to be like a bird who is distracted by sparkly and shiny things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Hi Joe. The only modern machine I've used was a 1970 Singer 498 which did (does, I still have it) have a built-in one. And you are right: The buttonholer doesn't work well (the reverse doesn't engage well enough, probably through wear - tried to fix it once). Followed the instructions on my 320k to make one and it's fiddly and nowhere near as good as any straight stitcher with any Singer buttonholer. Got a 1960s version a few weeks ago that takes cams for different shaped holes (the green plastic box) and there's no reason this won't work on any of my VS2/27/66/201/FW. Just realised I have multiple machines for every one of those models!
    Has anyone ever tried a SS buttonholer on a ZZ capable machine? I assumed it wouldn't work because they produced the "professional" meant for ZZ machines.
    As long as the buttonhole attachment is for the correct presser bar setup, slant or regular, it should work whether the machine is straight stitch or zig zag. They all pretty much have the same mechanism, and only the exterior shell is different.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    As long as the buttonhole attachment is for the correct presser bar setup, slant or regular, it should work whether the machine is straight stitch or zig zag. They all pretty much have the same mechanism, and only the exterior shell is different.
    Thanks Mark, I'll give that a go. Thought the attachment might shift the needlebar and screw up the zigzag or some such thing. Don't know why I didn't just give it a try.
    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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