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

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish
    My Singer 301 is skiping stitches when I sew anything heavy weight, like flannel, jeans, and anything with fusable web. Can anyone tell me what to look for. I rethreaded and changed the bobbin but no such luck.
    Did you try a new needle?

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    You might want to try a Singer 99K. It's a light machine and sews as good as a FW. They usually come with a case to carry where ever. We have a Singer 128 VS that we are going to put a HC on and take with us camping.

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    Yesterday a man we know called DH and told him he had a sewing machine in a tradle cabinet he wanted to sell. We went to look today and it's a Singer 66 Red Eye year 1919. He also had (are you ready for this Nancy), a Davis VF machine in the cabinet. Looks real good and the shuttle and bobbin are still in the machine also a pack of needles. The 66 has several orginial bobbins. Both have the orginial boxes of jewelry. All the drawers are full of goodies. Anyway to make a long story short we will pick them up next week. There is so much snow we can get out the driveway with 2 wheel drive truck but can't get back in. Also like Ms Johnny we have two of our granddaughters with us ages 7-10. In the mean time have to find a place to put them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    You might want to try a Singer 99K. It's a light machine and sews as good as a FW. They usually come with a case to carry where ever. We have a Singer 128 VS that we are going to put a HC on and take with us camping.
    They are still pretty heavy.

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    Semi-related: A friend told me to put a drinking straw over the spool pin to accommodate larger spools. Works great!
    Thanks for sharing this; I will give it a try.

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    [quote=Crossstitcher9. He also had (are you ready for this Nancy), a Davis VF machine in the cabinet. Looks real good and the shuttle and bobbin are still in the machine also a pack of needles.[/quote]

    Way cool! Do you know what year or model? Maybe you will be able to help Nancy out with hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    You might want to try a Singer 99K. It's a light machine and sews as good as a FW. They usually come with a case to carry where ever. We have a Singer 128 VS that we are going to put a HC on and take with us camping.
    They are still pretty heavy.
    Info on the 'net says the 99s weigh about 22 lbs, the 301 - 16 lbs. Does that sound in the ballpark?

    But, Featherweight, I think it was you or Miz Johnny who mentioned how ubiquitous 99s are, which "should" make it more economical. (Plus, the hand crank option is very appealing, too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Geeze, I guess I will have to find a 301 now! Well, that gives me something to look forward too! I am already looking for a 201 because of this thread!
    What I really like about my 301 is that it is so "familiar" to me. I was able to thread it and load the bobbin without even looking at the booklet because that's the way all of my machines have threaded. My Phaff threads in such a strange way that I still need to look up the instructions every time I re-thread it. Winding the bobbin is weird, also.

    I bought the book, "The Featherweight and I" by David McCallum, and I was able to fix the tensioner on my 301 just by reading his instructions because the FW and the 301 are quite a bit alike. I never would have thought that I could do it!!!!

    ETA: 99K's are super HEAVY!!! My dental hygienist gave me her grandmother's 99K and when I went to pick it up I was shocked :shock: at the weight of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    . . . I just don't have room! I need to cut down a little so I can make more room for some machines I really want! I just counted and I have 21 machines!

    Nancy
    Piker. I lost count at 100+. I'm guessing around 150 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Have a question about a vintage Japanese machine. The spool holder lies flat for storage and stands up for the spool when sewing. Someone, not me, lost the pin (a cotter, perhaps?) which should be there and jury-rigged it with some type of bristly wire. The wire hurts fingers/hands/whatever part of body it comes in contact with and I've been wondering: Can I replace the old jury-rig with my own? I would use some heavier jewelry wire which I can cadge from older DD who makes jewelry. That at least won't be bristly and I think it would work. Does anyone else have any ideas? I'm wide open to suggestions but the spool holder has to be able to move to lay flattish for storage in the cabinet. Thanks in advance. :D
    Take a picture of the spool-pin area; I MIGHT (possibly) have one that will fit. Have you considered a thread stand? I use them with all of my machines because I use the giant cones of thread.

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