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

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    Quote Originally Posted by NapaJohn View Post
    That's very sad, Sharon. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope someone else will love Big Bertha as much as you have.
    Someone will, she's a keeper.
    Enjoy yours
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    221 Featherweight 1948 sad condition I think she wants to be pink

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    Sharon, that is beautifully written. When I purchased the 237, I didn't think much about it other than it's a vintage bargain. My opinion of it has changed considerably since then. Like John, I'm sorry for your loss of your son. And I'm also blessed that I've once again been reminded that a sewing machine represents a world of good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenmoreRulesAll View Post
    Sharon, that is beautifully written. When I purchased the 237, I didn't think much about it other than it's a vintage bargain. My opinion of it has changed considerably since then. Like John, I'm sorry for your loss of your son. And I'm also blessed that I've once again been reminded that a sewing machine represents a world of good.
    Ahh thank you for your kind words. I never thought sewing machines could have a soul but Big Bertha has a big piece of mine.
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    Ken,
    The correct needle placement for the Singer 237 is needle flat right and threads from left to right. Bobbin goes in with the thread coming over the top toward you.
    Sharon W.

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    Sharon W. -- thank you. After reading your post, I had to check to make sure I hadn't inserted the bobbin into the case incorrectly. It seems to be just like most of the other machines I have but I think I broke the needle because it was bent and extended beyond the hole in the plate when I put the zig-zag setting at its widest.

    Btw, what brand thread do you recommend? I have a mix of spools that came with the machines. I bought a box of Gutermann, 10 spools, but maybe there's a brand that's less expensive but decent for practicing. I have some Coats & Clark that seems OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenmoreRulesAll View Post
    Btw, what brand thread do you recommend? I have a mix of spools that came with the machines. I bought a box of Gutermann, 10 spools, but maybe there's a brand that's less expensive but decent for practicing. I have some Coats & Clark that seems OK.
    Ask 2 quilters and you'll likely get 3 opinions, but Coats & Clark should work fine for practicing. You'll probably find that it produces quite a bit of fuzz...but I'm sure you know how to clean that out. I'd be leery of the thread that came with machines. A lot of that will be really old and rotten. Pull on it and if it snaps really easily, toss it.

    I would recommend watching for sales at whatever stores you have locally. I'm signed up as a member with both Joann's and Hancock's because they both have frequent sales and coupons. When the thread goes on 40% or 50% off, which is not uncommon, then stock up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NapaJohn View Post
    Ask 2 quilters and you'll likely get 3 opinions, but Coats & Clark should work fine for practicing. You'll probably find that it produces quite a bit of fuzz...but I'm sure you know how to clean that out. I'd be leery of the thread that came with machines. A lot of that will be really old and rotten. Pull on it and if it snaps really easily, toss it.

    I would recommend watching for sales at whatever stores you have locally. I'm signed up as a member with both Joann's and Hancock's because they both have frequent sales and coupons. When the thread goes on 40% or 50% off, which is not uncommon, then stock up.
    Excellent advice. I haven't been to a fabric store since mom dragged me there when I was a kid and I'm not sure what to look for but all-purpose should be fine for starters. I will definitely sign up to become a member -- thanks for that tip. And I may get a tabletop air filter system. I'm a member of Wawak Sewing Supply and their sales seem pretty good. I'm also considering getting a commercial-grade iron with boiler, but that's in the distant future. This whole sewing thing is getting out-of-hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenmoreRulesAll View Post
    Excellent advice. I haven't been to a fabric store since mom dragged me there when I was a kid and I'm not sure what to look for but all-purpose should be fine for starters. I will definitely sign up to become a member -- thanks for that tip. And I may get a tabletop air filter system. I'm a member of Wawak Sewing Supply and their sales seem pretty good. I'm also considering getting a commercial-grade iron with boiler, but that's in the distant future. This whole sewing thing is getting out-of-hand.
    It will quickly get out hand. Welcome to the insanity of it all.
    Stocking up on thread is an excellent idea if you're going to use a lot of it but keeping it stored out of sunlight will lengthen its shelf life considerably and I have found for myself that eventually the thread can overtake you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenmoreRulesAll View Post
    Sharon W. -- thank you. After reading your post, I had to check to make sure I hadn't inserted the bobbin into the case incorrectly. It seems to be just like most of the other machines I have but I think I broke the needle because it was bent and extended beyond the hole in the plate when I put the zig-zag setting at its widest.

    Btw, what brand thread do you recommend? I have a mix of spools that came with the machines. I bought a box of Gutermann, 10 spools, but maybe there's a brand that's less expensive but decent for practicing. I have some Coats & Clark that seems OK.
    I like Schmetz and Organ brand needles. I just bought 2 boxes of 100 Organ needles online, sorry I can't recall which website. I like Gutermann and Aurifil threads. Coats & Clark just isn't the quality that it used to be. Don't ever buy the really cheap threads like from Wal-Mart.
    I've been sewing for almost 50 years, quilting for 25 years. I love collecting machines and learning about them.

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    My sister bought 100 organ needles on line and got really low quality. They broke thread or the needles broke. Not much good.
    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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