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

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    I am addicted!! Looking for a FW but called on a nice looking Nechhi in a cabinet. DH will NOT understand but some of you do, right???? Love to have a Necchi but don't know if DH will blow his top over this machine. I would love to look at it in person. I hear so much good stuff about them. It has a nice cabinet, too.
    DSIL was looking for a machine for 8 year old DGD to learn to sew on and found a Necci 503FA at a local thrift shop for $15. We need a manual for it. Does anyone know where that could be found. Also, wonder if you could give me a little background on this machine. thanks.

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    Hi everyone,

    Does anyone know if the motor for a 201-2 can be put on a model 15 singer? I'm making a frankenmachine with stuff I have at home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneK
    Hi everyone,

    Does anyone know if the motor for a 201-2 can be put on a model 15 singer? I'm making a frankenmachine with stuff I have at home?
    Yes, Unless that machine's motor is meant for European electricity. My 201-3 came with that type of motor, and it sits in my box of motors for now.

    Frankenmachines are fun! I took a spoke wheel off one machine to put on my 15-90 so that it could be used in a treadle. After that I learned here from Purplefiend that I didn't need to change the wheel. She talked about her 237 that she uses in a treadle. From her sharing this bit of information, I realized my 201-3 could be used in a treadle with the wheel that it came with.

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    DSIL was looking for a machine for 8 year old DGD to learn to sew on and found a Necci 503FA at a local thrift shop for $15. We need a manual for it. Does anyone know where that could be found. Also, wonder if you could give me a little background on this machine. thanks.[/quote]

    Try searching online. Many manuals can be downloaded for free or little.

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    Yesterday, DH and I found an old Singer in a nice bentwood case. The electrics on the Singer are shot, so I'm going to put my Red Eye HC in the case and save the old one for parts.

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    [quote=QuiltnCowgirl][quote=kwendt][quote=QuiltnCowgirl][quote=Weedwoman
    My basic understanding of the series 15's:
    15-91 = electric motor - no belt - gear driven
    15-90 & 15-30 = electric motor - belt driven
    15-98 = crank
    15-96 = treadle
    (there are some other series 15 models #'s - these, I think, are the most "common")[/quote]

    The Singer 15s:
    15-88 no motor or handcrank
    15-89 handcrank
    15-90 belted (external)motor
    15-91 built-in motor (potted)


    And here is the information for the 201s:
    201-1 is an original treadle
    201-2 has the "potted motor"
    201-3 has an external motor
    201-4 is an original handcrank

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by whenpigsfly

    Not around Houston!
    CL's prices for "antiques" are ridiculously high (a 201 for $250; a 66 treadle in iffy condition for $140, etc., etc., )
    Every treadle I have bought off of Craigslist was advertised for $100 to $150. The most I have paid is $75 and most of them I got for $50 to $65. They just don't sell for what most people originally want.

    Nancy
    Are you able to get a lower price because of flaws in the machine/treadle/cabinet? If not that, then how?

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    Nancy, You got a white FW for $250! That is excellent! All the blacks I have seen around the Bay area on CLs go for $250 on up, with most being around $350. I saw a beautiful black (don't know what #) in an antique store this weekend for $450. Lucky girl!

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    Would you pay $100 for a FW that doesn't run? Seller says he's "tried everything I can think of" to get the thing going. Don't know if that includes replacing the motor. What else besides a dead motor or bad connection could be the problem?

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    [quote=Randa][quote=Crossstitcher][quote=BoJangles][quote=vintagemotif][quote=vintagemotif]
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    I have been sewing with my NVF all afternoon and the reverse doesn't work...more like a sew in place button. LOL! Oh, well. It needed some tension attention, but after a few rows, I got it worked out and it runs great! Even with the old belt! Just needed some oil....a lot of oil!! She was dry!
    Randa,
    I was thinking about your reverse not working last night while I was cleaning this section of my NVF. Does your machine have a spring attached to the reverse mechanism (inside)? There should be a spring. If not, that could be why yours doesn't go in reverse. I haven't tried mine with fabric yet to see if it reverses, but it looks like it should. I'm still cleaning and oiling the parts.

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