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

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickey
    and can this old kenmore be "unlocked?"
    Yes it can it will just take a little bit of time and a can or two of WD-40. After you soak it then you can play with it and see if you can get it moving a bit. A kerosene bath is in order because the machine will definitely need a good cleaning of the mechanics. It could be dust, lint and old gummy oil keeping it from moving.

    It is a good thing to first take a hair dryer and see if you can warm up the mechanics to see if they will move then. If so then it is old gummy oil keeping it from running. Then you can do the Kerosene bath.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia
    Billy asked about the 101, if it was aluminum or not. It is heavy, and I didn't think it was, but I tried to see if a magnet would stick and nope, not a hint of magnetism. Not sure if that means it is aluminum or not.

    Its the aluminum one then and that will make it a 101-11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    ok..so here I go again...I have GOT to stay off this site. I wanted to take a break from my fabric frenzy weekend, so I stopped in to the local 'gift/collectible" store in town to kill an hour on my way to work. And there was a cute little desk/cabinet - 'hmmm....I wonder - that might be a nice table for my machine....and it is compact, in good condition - would keep my projects off the dining table...
    Once we offloaded all the display items on top, I realized it was actually a sewing machine cabinet - with a sewing machine in it...I wasn't even interested in another machine until I opened it up and saw it was another NEW HOME!! I feel like the adoption agency for unwanted New Homes...take a look. Was only $40 and a mile from from home...has TYPE J stamped on the bottom...
    I need to start hanging out with you!!!

    Once you get the first vintage machine it always seems like they start following you home. Before you know it you will be wondering what furniture you can live with out to make room for more machines!

    You did very good buying that one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickey
    charlee or billi what type of machine is this?
    That is a W&G chain stitch machine from somewhere in the mid to late 1800's possibly very early 1900's at the latest.

    Always a good find when they still have the decals on them.

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    So is $75 a reasonable price for it? I was thinking about offering less. I suppose I could go take a closer look tomorrow.

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    I took my 1919 Singer Treadle to my LQS up north and asked that she be tuned up and the treadle belt be replaced so I could use the treadle. Bob the repair guy almost hugged me. He was so happy because previously I told him I was going to have it converted to an electric machine. "Oh it is such a treasure and in such good condition! I am so happy you are going to keep it in its original form!" I will pick "Kate" up over memorial day weekend. That is the next time we will be going up north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerstorm
    My birthday is August 8 th.

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    August 18th the same year. Its nice to know that I am vintage like a fine machine. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryl
    So is $75 a reasonable price for it? I was thinking about offering less. I suppose I could go take a closer look tomorrow.
    Look at her first, and make sure she's going to work....keep in mind that the needles for chain stitchers can be hard to come by...

    And yep! ;) Offer less, and if you decide that you really want it, then settle at a higher price if need be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryl
    So is $75 a reasonable price for it? I was thinking about offering less. I suppose I could go take a closer look tomorrow.
    Make them an offer the worse thing that happens is they say no but the original price of the machine was probably way over a grand depending on the year it was made. ( I am guessing the 60's) Necchi is a really good machine to own.

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    what's a chain stitcher?

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