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

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    I wish I had an answer for you Miz Polly! I suspect Billy will be here shortly tho, and I'm betting that he does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjaye44
    Hello again,
    This is getting to be an obsession...lol. I was running some errands this morning and went past a thrift shop I had never been to before. I found 2 machines that needed a new home. I want to practice on them. One was a Kenmore in a cabinet 158.342 that dates to 1963, not too old but a year older than my son. The other was an Emerson which I can't find anything on. The serial # is A106531. A Singer clone?? The badge says Deluxe, "the machine that satisfies" and made in Japan. On the top of the head it says Emerson Sewing Machine Company. And the foot control is pink which may or may not be original. It runs like a racehorse but is noisy..so definitely needs cleaning and oiling. I got a real deal of only 20 for both of them.
    BYW, would you happen to know anyone in the Pensacola area who is familiar with vintage machines? I've been cleaning my 15-91 but now I don't remember how to put back the motor and light assembly. Also, I would like someone to take a look at the motor itself. Electrical stuff scares me silly! Can you tell you are dealing with a technical newbie lol
    $20 for both you did REALLY good!!!!!

    The Emerson I think might be made by Koyu (the Deluxe badge is the same as the ones I have seen come out of that factory) And it has a lot of the features that was also offered by that particular factory.

    As far as the electrical I am going to put a tute out about the electrical first this weekend. So I might be covering the issues that you might be experiencing.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I wish I had an answer for you Miz Polly! I suspect Billy will be here shortly tho, and I'm betting that he does!
    I hope I do......According to what little I found on the NB the machine is around circa 1969 and it had the option or being treadle operated of electric. I imagine the 457K was the treadle optioned machine.

    Most of the "K" machines were external motors and you can easily make them into a treadle machine. That is why I am looking for a 201K.

    Billy

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    I have a Golden Touch and Sew Singer which I bought brand new in 1972... gee,is that vintage?? Doesn't seem to me like it could be, but I do have a question about it. The bobbin tension is great but the upper thread is not right at all. I took it to 2 repair shops in hopes that they could fix it. They said they fixed it, but it continues to have an upper thread tension problem. So I gave up and bought an Elna 7200 about 5 years ago. But now, I have hope that perhaps I can fix the darn thing myself! I found a "fix-it" website that says the tension discs located on the front of the machine are creating the problem and just a good cleaning with dental floss should do it. I haven't hauled the Singer out of the back of the closet yet (it's heavy!), but is this a likely fix for loose tension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    I have a Golden Touch and Sew Singer which I bought brand new in 1972... gee,is that vintage?? Doesn't seem to me like it could be, but I do have a question about it. The bobbin tension is great but the upper thread is not right at all. I took it to 2 repair shops in hopes that they could fix it. They said they fixed it, but it continues to have an upper thread tension problem. So I gave up and bought an Elna 7200 about 5 years ago. But now, I have hope that perhaps I can fix the darn thing myself! I found a "fix-it" website that says the tension discs located on the front of the machine are creating the problem and just a good cleaning with dental floss should do it. I haven't hauled the Singer out of the back of the closet yet (it's heavy!), but is this a likely fix for loose tension?
    It might just do it. The idea behind the dental floss is that it will clean any lint or dirt that may be keeping the disc from sandwiching together enough to create the tension.

    Or you can take the tensioner apart and clean it yourself. It is not hard at all just unscrew the dial and slide the disc off of the stud. Remember how they come off so you can put them back the way that they are supposed to be. When you have it apart you can check and clean the disc and what lint may be in the tensioner.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    I have a Golden Touch and Sew Singer which I bought brand new in 1972... gee,is that vintage?? Doesn't seem to me like it could be, but I do have a question about it. The bobbin tension is great but the upper thread is not right at all. I took it to 2 repair shops in hopes that they could fix it. They said they fixed it, but it continues to have an upper thread tension problem. So I gave up and bought an Elna 7200 about 5 years ago. But now, I have hope that perhaps I can fix the darn thing myself! I found a "fix-it" website that says the tension discs located on the front of the machine are creating the problem and just a good cleaning with dental floss should do it. I haven't hauled the Singer out of the back of the closet yet (it's heavy!), but is this a likely fix for loose tension?
    It might just do it. The idea behind the dental floss is that it will clean any lint or dirt that may be keeping the disc from sandwiching together enough to create the tension.

    Or you can take the tensioner apart and clean it yourself. It is not hard at all just unscrew the dial and slide the disc off of the stud. Remember how they come off so you can put them back the way that they are supposed to be. When you have it apart you can check and clean the disc and what lint may be in the tensioner.

    Billy
    Thank you so much!! I have always loved that old gear driven machine. It was a hard worker. :mrgreen:

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    Hi all, just wanted to share my FW 221-1 (Feb. 1956) with you. I decided to call her Judy. I purchased her from a LAQ from our guild that was downsizing her collection. She runs like a dream. I take her to class and to friend's house to piece. I have no idea how to use the attachments but have the book for the zig zagger and there is some in the manual for the ruffler. Does anyone know what the item is Griest turqous box? It sort of looks like a walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Hi all, just wanted to share my FW 221-1 (Feb. 1956) with you. I decided to call her Judy. I purchased her from a LAQ from our guild that was downsizing her collection. She runs like a dream. I take her to class and to friend's house to piece. I have no idea how to use the attachments but have the book for the zig zagger and there is some in the manual for the ruffler. Does anyone know what the item is Griest turqous box? It sort of looks like a walking foot.
    It is a walking foot I believe.

    But I am seeing some "Blackside" attachments!!!!!

    I am going to have a full set of them one of these days. I do love your machine and it is so well cared for.

    Thank you for sharing with us!!!

    Billy

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    It is a walking foot I believe.

    But I am seeing some "Blackside" attachments!!!!!

    I am going to have a full set of them one of these days. I do love your machine and it is so well cared for.

    Thank you for sharing with us!!!

    Billy[/quote]

    Billy what are blackside attachements? I can take closer pictures if that will help identify them. I am going to use Judy and my new Singer that I picked up last night from Criag's list to go through your tutorial. I really look forward to learning more about them. Maybe I have to change my name to machine addict.

    Also, thanks for opening the shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Billy what are blackside attachements? I can take closer pictures if that will help identify them. I am going to use Judy and my new Singer that I picked up last night from Criag's list to go through your tutorial. I really look forward to learning more about them. Maybe I have to change my name to machine addict.

    Also, thanks for opening the shop!
    You are so welcome I love that we have a "Shop" to go to and hang out and shoot the breeze and show off out machines!!!

    Now the Blackside is the type of finish that singer used during the Korean war era and after. It took the place of plating the parts so that the nickel could be used for the war effort. It was a bluing type of finish like the fire arms had on them and eventually they use a paint towards the end.

    They are sought after by collectors and often bring premium prices depending on the item. I am just now getting into the attachments and have a few of them I use but no Blackside finish ones yet!!

    Billy

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