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Thread: You've just gotta love the 'Little Old Ladies' (3/4 size or smaller vintage machine)

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    yes you remember correctly, that one IS a 128 and it is the same decal set as the one I got for my Daughter, I hope hers cleans up that nice. She really liked the fancy decals on my 27 and has learned to thread and use the old VS machines so will be very comfortable with the smaller one ( at least I hope so )
    They do spin remarkably freely don't they ? Little secret... they handle at LEAST # 69 nylon thread with no issue and Maybe heavier. I think one of those little straight stitch VS machine would prove VERY capable for many things.
    Nice Collection you have there, I find the 3/4 really interesting. Thanks for sharing

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    I did not intentionally collect a bunch of 3/4 size machines. Like I said the Domestic came from shopgoodwill auction. The Spartan and the Alden came from a country auction. The 185J and the 185K were sent to me from my sister. The Singer 99, the Singer 128 and the Cinderella and the FW were all CL finds.
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    Please feel free to add your 3/4 size or smaller sewing machine pictures - I love looking and I love to hear the stories!
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    The 185s, the Singer 99 and the Spartan are all about the same really - parts will interchange. They all have a drop in class 66 bobbin. Many of the Cinderella and the Alden parts will interchange with the bigger Japanese 15 machines - they use the same bobbin. That little Cinderella holds a lot of bobbin thread - amazing.
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    some links to a couple recent posts:
    Franken-Zilla
    How to dress a naked Singer
    you are welcome to put pics here too.
    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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    The best information I have found is:
    http://www.tfsr.org/pub/technical_in...echanism_2.pdf
    I could not explain how the tensions work any better in a hundred years. That manual is worth it's weight in gold.
    The first time you do one have someone around that is supportive. Take some pictures as you go. Keep track of how things come off - they go back in the same order and in the same direction.
    My first spartan looked like it had never been used. I thought I found a cheap machine for once that didn't need any work. Then I tried to sew on it. The tension spring wasn't engaged right. That manual told how to get it in the right place - it was an easy fix. If you can follow a pattern you can do a tension.
    The finish on that little 99 looks about like my FW did before I cleaned it off. Glenn has a tutorial on refinishing or you can pm Glenn to get the info. Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell or window #32981 for the start March 31,2012 lots of fun on there.
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    Awesome machines, thanks for posting.

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    There should be some little Sears and Elna machines in 3/4 size - pics?
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    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Love the older machines!
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