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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Could someone go back on page 640 and tell me about the machine I finally got a picture uploaded to.
    Boy that is a very cute machine! What does it say on the head?

    Nancy
    It says Sharpleigh, so it is a badged machine, does it look like a 99 to you? It's on craigslist.

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    Update on the Morse Apollo 6400 that I got at a thrift store. She sews very well, but definitely needed a new tension assembly if I wanted it "restored." Someone had drilled a hole through the middle and put a big a**ed screw in there. It worked, but needed tender loving care should you want to adjust it. You kind of had to push it in and turn it until it grabbed, and then see if you could make it tighter or looser.
    Any way, I digress.
    I went out and bought the Elna Supramatic, so I thought, I really didn't need the Morse, and I really don't have room more the cabinet it came in.
    So, I listed it on Freecycle. Within 24 hours I had 8 people wanting it.
    I gave it to a young(ish) lady who had 3 kids and made their clothes but due to moving out of her home for safety, did not have her machine anymore. I showed her how to manage the tension thing and she'll have no problem.
    It will have a good home, and I consider the $20 I spent on it a good will gesture.
    Well, the story doesn't end there.
    A lady at church asked if I would teach the 6 girls in her girl's club about quilting. Of course I said "sure." The girls are 11 yrs old. So, I got to thinking that, with my Janome 6260 and my Elna and my Janome Horizon, I'd have lots of machines as they could pair up. Then my 6260 decided she needed a spa day. I knew it was coming but of course these things always happen when it's inconvenient. Right? She started having "Fn" alarms. (No, I am not cussing) She also needs new electrical and footpedal cords due to an overzealous foster puppy chewing on them.*he has a good home now. I also put a chunk in the needle plate that I did buff out a bit, but needs some better hand to do a good job, AND I have a gouge in the side of the hook from a broken needle. Now that I was able to smoooth off and allow her to sew again. So, basically, she's in for a spa week or two, or three...
    I decided in the store to have a "peek" at the trade ins. There was a White "jeans machine" sitting there for @ $100. It weighed a substantial amount so I knew she wasn't all plastic inside. Considering the bench fee for a tune up was $80, and she was tuned up, clean as a whistle and came with a 3 month warranty, I bought it. Now I will have 3 machines again that the girls can go crazy on. And that one I can leave at the church so I don't have to lug three machines around every week. Well, that's my life story for now. Wish me luck!

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    Thanks for everyone's help. I will try adding more pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Now I will have 3 machines again that the girls can go crazy on. And that one I can leave at the church so I don't have to lug three machines around every week. Well, that's my life story for now. Wish me luck!
    Sounds like you have been wheeling and dealing like crazy!! But I am glad to hear it is all working out and everyone will be a happy camper. And I know the young lady will be enjoying the new machine that you gave her.

    By the way I really love your avatar quilt!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Could someone go back on page 640 and tell me about the machine I finally got a picture uploaded to.
    I have one just like it that is a customers machine in the studio. Hers was badged Western Electric" but was made by National I believe. Billy
    Looks like a National Model A type Rotary, they were badged by lots of company's/stores, etc... see Needlebar at the following (model A's at the top of the page):

    http://needlebar.org/cm~nb/thumbnails.php?album=260&page=6

    The earlier Model A's seemed to be treadles, but the later ones were made with handcranks and electric too. See the "New England" model A picture. The NE Model A is dated to the early 1900's. There's a Damascas Model B that has the dual raised spool pin I don't know why it's labeled a "B" Billy might be able to shed more light on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    There's a Damascas Model B that has the dual raised spool pin I don't know why it's labeled a "B" Billy might be able to shed more light on the subject.
    I am not sure either but it could be the second design or the second run of the design.

    Billy

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    Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    I ordered a new reproduction hand crank and it arrived today.
    I have an original also, the craftmanship quality of the new one is rather crude when compared to the Singer
    part that came with my Singer 201K-4. I like using a treadle machine much better, but my granddaughters liked
    using the handcrank much better.
    Sharon W.
    I would NOT put anything branded "Made in the People's Republic of China" :evil: on one of my Singers! UGH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    I ordered a new reproduction hand crank and it arrived today.
    I have an original also, the craftmanship quality of the new one is rather crude when compared to the Singer
    part that came with my Singer 201K-4. I like using a treadle machine much better, but my granddaughters liked
    using the handcrank much better.
    Sharon W.
    I would NOT put anything branded "Made in the People's Republic of China" :evil: on one of my Singers! UGH.
    LOL... I wonder if now is the time to experiment with either purposefully cleaning off the decals, or painting over them. At least the HC works great. I bet the granddaughters don't care a bit... !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    I ordered a new reproduction hand crank and it arrived today.
    I have an original also, the craftmanship quality of the new one is rather crude when compared to the Singer
    part that came with my Singer 201K-4. I like using a treadle machine much better, but my granddaughters liked
    using the handcrank much better.
    Sharon W.
    I would NOT put anything branded "Made in the People's Republic of China" :evil: on one of my Singers! UGH.
    LOL... I wonder if now is the time to experiment with either purposefully cleaning off the decals, or painting over them. At least the HC works great. I bet the granddaughters don't care a bit... !!!
    I wouldn't clean off those decals on the HC because it is part of the sewing machine HISTORY.

    Purplefiend I love your HC. I love it on your Singer. I love it because it is a Frankenmachine! A mutt! and mutts are the sweetest dogs out there. Where did you buy that HC? I want one.

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