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    A guy in NW Arkansas

    I知 slowly learning to sew beyond the simple patch job. Right now I知 mostly into collecting machines and bringing them back to useable condition. I love the complexity of the mechanics of the old machines. Frankly I find a lot of them sexy, like guys think of the curves on old cars. Lol in the past 3 months or so I have inherited 2 of my grandmothers singers. A 758 touch n sew (massive headache) and 9410. And have been given a Universal (singer clone) a white model 77, a severely gummed up Bel-Air (that I can稚 find any info on) and my newest, a singer 600. I知 loving the 600.

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    Welcome to the board from New Hampshire. Glad you joined us!
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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    You've come to the right place! I have avoided the urge to collect old sewing machines but I love to look at them and there's some folks who post regularly in the antique and vintage section.

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    Hi and Welcome from North Carolina! You've come to the right place for friends who collect, fix, love those old sewing machines. Enjoy!

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    Howdy & welcome from Texas. You will like it here as this board is full of knowledge. There are several great people here who know a lot about fixing up older machines so ask questions & you will surely find an answer. I do have to warn you that this board is addicting.

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    Welcome aboard, I think it was LeonF who recently said a line about men needing to learn how to use power machines with needles. LOL, I think that's great and might make up a t-shirt that says "Power Machine" on top, a picture of a sewing machine, and then "with Needles" on the bottom.

    Welcome to the board!

    I don't do as much as I once did cleaning up and renovating sewing machines. I used to get them and gave them to a charity that gave them to immigrant families. Recently though my mom told me to take the nice Sears machine I gave her years ago, it's been sitting in the garage near the salt water. I'm hoping that a bit of oil will be all it needs but it might be ruined now... haven't opened up the case to look yet.

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    Welcome, love my 600 series Singer also.

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    Welcome from Virginia--you'll find lots of inspiration here!

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    I stole the power tools line from
    • chris_quilts I sometimes call them power tools with thread, too.

      I too am a gear head in love with old machines and that is how I got here. Your BelAir is a Japanese clone. Most likely a clone of a Singer 66, 15 or 99. Their manuals can be used.

      if you want a huge challenge, find a locked up Necchi Supernova. Very close tolerances and stuffed full of mechanical wonders. They often lock up if they haven't been used for a while and the old oil hardens.

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    Welcome to the board. You will find a bunch of machine enthusiast here, myself included. We are all learning more and more everyday about quilting from the basics to the more complex. You will fit right in.

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    Welcome to the board from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome from MD. There is real beauty and charm in the old machines for sure .I have three. I really like the chrome dashboards and. Cool colors of the 1950s machines.

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    Welcome, fellow old machine collector! Got pics of any of the machines you have?
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    a warm welcome from western Ky. I have 4 old singers 221's and just love them and with my book and DVD I can service them my self, which me a lot of cash.
    dare to dream

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