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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop Machine Photos

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    the VS stands for Vibrating Shuttle. the 2 is the second version of that technology.

    Vibrating shuttle refers to the shuttle swinging back and forth under the two silver plates. Prior to this method, most machines used the TS or Transverse Shuttle movement which is the shuttle moving side to side from the perspective of the user.

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    steveH why the kidney shaped cut out on the back? the date on mine is 1893. thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by haylillan View Post
    steveH why the kidney shaped cut out on the back? the date on mine is 1893. thanks
    That's an oiling access cover Esther. The kidney shape on earlier models (was changed to round later on) is probably because it's prettier. My 1891 VS2 also has a fiddle base, which is prettier than the rectangle. I'd be guessing but Singer may well have changed to simpler shapes to save money on tooling.
    SteveH may know more about this.
    My Singers: Singer 12 MOP (1885), 2xImproved Family (1886, 1888), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), 29k58, 96k41 (1949), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1959), 319K (1960), 320k2(1959), 411g
    Others: Bernina Record 530-2 (1958), Bernina 642-1 (1960)
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    ok that makes sense, i worked in manufacturing for years should have realized this thanks
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    Terrifying foot pedal!

    Rusty, filthy and is that mouse fur? Attic-fresh indeed. A co-worker gave me a Pfaff 230 found in an attic. This is not its original footpedal. I cut it off with a scissors and - gasp - threw the pedal away!
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    I said I would not even plug it in, let alone try it, my DD said "I'd hit it with a stick from 10' first..."

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    I have been doing a restoration on a Singer 201-2. I have over 100 hours into this machine and it is finally done. I couldn't wait to share it.
    Here is the before picture.
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    I did extensive documentation on the restoration process while doing this machine. Unfortunately, I can't reproduce it here, but you can see the transformation on my page. the link is below.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    A 1962 Singer 328K in treadle.
    So does treadling the 328's make them quiet(er)? I've heard them nicknamed "the tractor"...

    I have one in my hallway that I've barely looked at but was interested in it for its treadling capabilities. Recently picked up a manual too. I'd love to know what you think of it as I can't decide whether to pursue it or not.

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    try turning it by hand
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    So...I finally got my Featherweight all cleaned & shiny. Thanks Muv! Now I want to use it but I don't want to destroy the decals on the front of the bed. Any suggestions?

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