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

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    Can anyone tell me about the belt that seems to be in white FW's.....

    "There was some cutting-edge technology in the use of a belt instead
    > of gears to connect the upper and lower shafts....."

    I have a white one, now I am worried - do these belts wear out, or ever need replacing?

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    Katia,
    In trying to date my White Rotary machine I came across this website. http://community.webshots.com/user/arachneobsession
    On there is a Serial numbers/Dating List and a ton of information on White machines and loads of pictures. Your machine was made in 1929.
    Enjoy, Judy[/quote]

    Judy I tried bringing up this site. I also tried to a goggle search for arachneobsession -- I can't find the site? What is wrong?

    Nancy

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    Billy, do you currently sell parts for the old machines or working your way into that? I would like to get a couple of shuttles.

    Jenna

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    Billy I have this 1901 treadle that is very gunky. The decals are mostly silver looking. I see some color so I know they had green and gold in them at one time. I followed your part 3 cleaning tutorial, but I can't find anything that refers to what you do with Liquid Gold?

    Is the Liquid Gold just for the cabinet?

    After cleaning this machine, it looks pretty dull.

    I found Part 2 and part 3 or the tutorial, is there a part 1?

    Thanks!

    Nancy

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    OK found this on CL today
    will go look at it this weekend
    but I really like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Can anyone tell me about the belt that seems to be in white FW's.....

    "There was some cutting-edge technology in the use of a belt instead
    > of gears to connect the upper and lower shafts....."

    I have a white one, now I am worried - do these belts wear out, or ever need replacing?
    Lesley,
    From all of the information that I can find the internal belt on the white FWs is every bit as good as the internal gears on the black machines....the sewing machine repair people did not like the internal belt because their method of cleaning the machine was to dip it into a vat of solvent and then lubricate all of the moving parts-it was a fast and easy way to get the job done-the external belt could be removed easily for this process and replaced with the original belt once the job was done--but the solvent destroyed the internal belt on the white machines so it had to be replaced with a new belt-basically it took longer to clean the white machine so they told people that the belt was not a good design....Dave McCallum does a very good job of explaining this quite clearly.

    I hope this information is of some use to you.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulahoop1
    I just purchased a 1946 Featherweight 221 yesterday. She looks pretty well taken care of, her motor is fairly quiet, and her stitch is perfect. Last night, I opened her up, cleaned out some of the gunk (including a fuzzball to end all compacted fuzzballs under the throatplate), oiled her and put her back together. My only problem is that her top speed is granny gear. Is there a way to increase her speed?
    Found this on another website that seemed to work!

    "If your motor is running slow and just doesn't have any zip anymore, loosen the clutch to disengage the needle and step on the gas.* Run it at top speed for a long time until you hear the motor change its sound.* Then itís run itself clean.* It might take 10 minutes, but you will hear the change in the motor's sound when it's finally cleaned."*

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenna p in ga
    Billy, do you currently sell parts for the old machines or working your way into that? I would like to get a couple of shuttles.

    Jenna
    I am selling as we speak, what kind of shuttles are you needing?

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I am going to be selling brand new Japanese 15's in 3 different colors next year badged under my companies name.

    Billy

    Next year like a year away or next year like 6 months away lol
    I gotta know how long I got to save up for one. :mrgreen:
    Are they going to be electric? and if so can they be made treadle?

    Now I am all excited. I got a singer 66 but I was looking for a 15.
    I dont care if its new old so long as it does what I want lol.


    Also Billy have you had any luck finding shuttles and bobbins for the Domestic treadle (boye #7)?
    Thanks
    6 to 8 months and I will be in full swing with factory backing and all sorts of neat services to offer. I am looking into taking out full page ads in a few quilting magazines. They will be sold as treadle heads but I will offer electric versions in bentwood cases.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Billy I have this 1901 treadle that is very gunky. The decals are mostly silver looking. I see some color so I know they had green and gold in them at one time. I followed your part 3 cleaning tutorial, but I can't find anything that refers to what you do with Liquid Gold?

    Is the Liquid Gold just for the cabinet?

    After cleaning this machine, it looks pretty dull.

    I found Part 2 and part 3 or the tutorial, is there a part 1?

    Thanks!

    Nancy
    Liquid Gold is for the machine also, it will not hurt the finish and make it glossy ans have a high luster.

    Yes there is a part one right here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45816-1.htm

    Billy

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