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

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdgiffin
    Does anyone know much bout a Singer 66-? I looked up the serial number and it ssays it was made in 1949. It has all of its parts except for the power cord. I have pm'ed Billy about that. I also need a manual since I have no idea on how to operate it.

    I saw it at a second hand store, and it looked at me and "asked" me to take it home with me, so I did. I hope I have not done something stupid.

    Also what is an average price on thise 301s that everyone keeps talking about? I take it that they are ideal for quilting. Gosh - this is SO contagious!
    I have two 66's, one is the Redeye. They are a great machine, but neither of mine is electric. Mine are both treadles!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    HELP, I was sewing along on my 306k as I had done for two days with no problems and all of a sudden it just won't move. The needle is down and I can't get it back up and the bobbin case isn't turning and it's a mess. We finally got the thing to move after taking the foot off, needle out. It looks like the needle was hitting the bobbin case but it was fine for two days, what happened? My DH has worked on it but hasn't a clue as to what it needs other than he thinks it needs timed. How do we do that? I found a service manual on line but the pics are so dark it's hard to understand what they are saying. I love to sew on this machine but I guess that's over.
    Are you using the 206 style of needle? If you use a 15x1 modern needle it will hit the bobbin case. It doesn't need to be retimed, it just needs the proper needle

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I think my celery colored Featherweight is a 1964 and it still has all metal parts.
    I think when I read " . . . . the slant needle model machines were the last all-metal gear machines that Singer made," quoted from New England Simple Living, that they meant for a 'new' model. The 503a was a new machine, only manufactured from 1960-1962, even though the serial numbers were issued by the company starting in 1951, "most of the machines, if not all, were made between 1960 and 1962."

    The FW, on the other hand, had been manufactured since the early 30's! Geeze, if you have one made in 1964, you have one of the last made. I have one of the first FW's made in 1935 and another one made in 1953. Love those FW's!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by smitty

    should have stuck with the 15 for piecing too ! can't beat those vintage ladies for dependable stitching.
    LOL! This forum is extremely contagious! I have plenty of the 'vintage ladies' and two 'vintage guys' to sew on. I am just afraid to piece on a treadle; but I am going to give it a go! Not with my Mystery Quilt, but with a simple Turning 20 Again patern!

    Nancy
    You really need to try it--you won't want to go back to an electric for piecing.

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    OT. Just want to say that I love the new avatars of Billy and Featherweight; both have their beautiful quilts. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdgiffin
    Does anyone know much bout a Singer 66-? I looked up the serial number and it ssays it was made in 1949. It has all of its parts except for the power cord. I have pm'ed Billy about that. I also need a manual since I have no idea on how to operate it.

    I saw it at a second hand store, and it looked at me and "asked" me to take it home with me, so I did. I hope I have not done something stupid.

    Also what is an average price on thise 301s that everyone keeps talking about? I take it that they are ideal for quilting. Gosh - this is SO contagious!

    I recently did the same when I went into a second hand store. The machine kept screaming take me home. I left the store without the pretty lady the first time since I found out that all items are half price on Saturdays. Went back two weeks later to find her waiting for me. So, now I have a second Singer 66-1 with the brown decals. I do believe they find you.:)

    Just google for a free manual, that is what I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I think my celery colored Featherweight is a 1964 and it still has all metal parts.
    I think when I read " . . . . the slant needle model machines were the last all-metal gear machines that Singer made," quoted from New England Simple Living, that they meant for a 'new' model. The 503a was a new machine, only manufactured from 1960-1962, even though the serial numbers were issued by the company starting in 1951, "most of the machines, if not all, were made between 1960 and 1962."

    The FW, on the other hand, had been manufactured since the early 30's! Geeze, if you have one made in 1964, you have one of the last made. I have one of the first FW's made in 1935 and another one made in 1953. Love those FW's!

    Nancy
    I love all of mine too. I will have to go check for sure the date. I would hate to mislead anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    OT. Just want to say that I love the new avatars of Billy and Featherweight; both have their beautiful quilts. Thanks!
    Thank you very much. I just noticed that Billy changed his. I like to keep everyone guessing.

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    I just changed my avatar picture. Its a double sawtooth star quilt top, made with my Singer 201K treadle. Its almost
    all pieced now, just 2 more blocks to finish and then it needs borders.
    Sharon W.

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    Love the quilts used as your Avatar. Billy, Sharon W., & Featherweight.

    Happy sewing,
    Sandi

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