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    I'm looking at all of these great looking sewing machines on the board and then comparing mine to these... Getting a serious complex here!

    All these GORGEOUS shiny Singers and my poor Alvah with her mostly gone shellac, chipped paint, and dingy damaged decals pales in comparison. I know my machine is well over 100 years old and still sews beautifully but the whole image thing is the pits! Maybe if I just blur my eyes a bit more when I look at her I'll feel better. lol

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    Didn't your mother ever tell you:

    ...Don't judge a book by it's cover
    ...Beauty is only skin deep
    ...Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it (Confucius)
    ...beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    ...Beauty takes many forms
    ...Beauty lies on the inside
    ...Beauty is as beauty does
    ...Age before beauty

    LOL

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    Oh I completely disagree with you!
    My Bernina is fancy but cannot compare to the beauty of my old Singers. NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D

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    Do you realize how many of us would love to have a machine with the history that yours does?? The machine in your avatar is great, which I had one.

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    I don't have anything fancy...and in fact, am happy to use any machine to sew with.

    I really enjoy looking at all the fancy and historical machines though.

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    My Singer 128 is a blueface model. Made with no trim and no shine during wartime. The chrome was needed for guns. She is not a pretty girl, but you've got to love her anyway.

    Have you given Alva a coat of car wax? There's a lot to be said for a nice shine, even on chipped paint. The decals can be cleaned off if they don't add to her beauty. Then her cool shape could be the focus. I'd love to have a machine like Alva.

    I just bought some rose decals for my 301. Those were made very plain and her name is AnnieRose, so she's getting some roses. Will she be authentic then? No. Do I care? No, she mine and not for sale.

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    Your Alva is a beauty! I'd love to have one like her! If she could only talk-what a history she could share! :)

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    And long after the newer machines are no more shiny , new and humming along- yours will still be working :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    Your Alva is a beauty! I'd love to have one like her! If she could only talk-what a history she could share! :)
    It's funny to see how folks spell her name. I have it in gold decal right on the front (and the back) "Alvah." Boye spelled it wrong all those years ago and the misspelling stuck. In fact, that's one of the reasons I didn't strip it all off! I've not found another picture of these machines badged this way. And I used tons of search engines. The spelling is also on the sidebars of the treadle. I guess that should be proof enough.

    I am going to try car wax again. Where do you find those decals? I'd love to clean her up so her outside matched her sewing. She sews like a dream as long as she is well oiled and I load the bobbin correctly. Whenever I sew, I can't help but think of all the clothes she made for the family. What a Godsend these treadles were!

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    On ebay - Artistic Balance is the company. She lists which ones need to be fired and which don't. I think Billy on the vintage site knows a source for vintage decals. I think these slip/slide ones will be fine for AnnieRose. I got red roses for my tan 301A and purple roses for my light blue vintage Elna. None for the 128.

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    Thanks! btw- love your name and avatar.

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    Sorry i don't have one.It works doesn't it?I would think that's all that counts.Yours is just as good as all the others.

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    Keep in mind that pretty, pristine, old machines weren't used much. Just think of the thousands of miles of thread that have gone thru your machine!!

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    I would love to have a machine with history. I am so sad my Mother sold hers. It was a treadle that Daddy made into an electric. I learned to sew on it.
    You know that galloping horse we all talk about, well if you do not think you little machine is pretty, just get on the horse! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrothead
    I would love to have a machine with history. I am so sad my Mother sold hers. It was a treadle that Daddy made into an electric. I learned to sew on it.
    You know that galloping horse we all talk about, well if you do not think you little machine is pretty, just get on the horse! LOL
    You are completely right! I feel better now. Thanks friends!

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    And here I am dying to get my treadle cabinet in shape so I can put my 66 head in it. This head is very basic but oh, she does a wicked good stitch and I can't wait to get her installed. There is a 127 Phoenix in the cabinet now, but she only has one bobbin, the long skinny vibrating shuttle type, and I like the round better that the 66 has. Ny Featherweight had been horribly abused too and then shut up in an attic for many years. She was so dirty and grimy and had old tape goo imbedded in her surface. She leaned up good but has paint chip aread on her edges but she also has a stitch that today's machines can't do any better. I use her a lot for small piecing. I honor their long service and think that their owies are badges of endurance.

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    One of my Mother's favorite sayings was, "Beauty fades, but ugly holds it own."

    Think about it a little. Have you ever been to a reunion and was amazed at how so "many" the beauties didn't hold up very well, while the ones that may have been considered "ugly" had either improved amazingly or really hadn't changed very much at all.

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    I sometimes feel that way, too. Especially those that have multiple machines. I have a Brother that I bought at Costco for $150 and an old black Singer that my Mom saved and saved to buy me for Christmas when I was 18. My best friend has a very expensive Pfaff that she loves. But I am as much in love with my Brother. It has everything I wanted: needle up/down and serpentine stitch. It sews like a dream, is light weight enough to take places. If what you have works for you, that is all that matters:-)

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    She's beautiful and think of her long history! Boy if she could talk. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    One of my Mother's favorite sayings was, "Beauty fades, but ugly holds it own."

    Think about it a little. Have you ever been to a reunion and was amazed at how so "many" the beauties didn't hold up very well, while the ones that may have been considered "ugly" had either improved amazingly or really hadn't changed very much at all.
    Indeed. So much of life is beyond what meets our eye. Tonight, my little gem stitched together pieces from my sweet neighbor, my mother, my sister, and my children. Loop by loop, our lives entwine. Living has etched its experiences in us all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    I'm looking at all of these great looking sewing machines on the board and then comparing mine to these... Getting a serious complex here!

    All these GORGEOUS shiny Singers and my poor Alvah with her mostly gone shellac, chipped paint, and dingy damaged decals pales in comparison. I know my machine is well over 100 years old and still sews beautifully but the whole image thing is the pits! Maybe if I just blur my eyes a bit more when I look at her I'll feel better. lol
    I would not worry about this. Your old machine probably makes better stitches anyway. That is why you use her isn't it. I have a red singer just waiting for me to clean and put back together so that I can sew my quilt tops with her. I am the one that is just too intimidated to start putting her back together. So be proud of your machine. You do not always have to have the most up to date machine to do the quilting.

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    I would keep the "Old Singer" it will sew long after all the new plastic wonders are dead. If the Singer makes a great stitch KeepIt!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    Didn't your mother ever tell you:

    ...Don't judge a book by it's cover
    ...Beauty is only skin deep
    ...Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it (Confucius)
    ...beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    ...Beauty takes many forms
    ...Beauty lies on the inside
    ...Beauty is as beauty does
    ...Age before beauty

    LOL
    Beauty was a horse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    Your old machine probably makes better stitches anyway. That is why you use her isn't it. I have a red singer just waiting for me to clean and put back together so that I can sew my quilt tops with her. I am the one that is just too intimidated to start putting her back together.
    It does make better stitches!! I'm the one that's going to be your cheerleader to help you believe that you can do it!!! There is a little slice of heaven just waiting for you.

    A friend of mine often quotes this, "When you have come to the edge of all the light you have known and are about to step out into the darkness. Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly."

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    You are overlooking something important--it sews beautiful. I have had three top of the line vikings in the past 17 years and nothing sews like my 20+ year old new home DX2022. The sewing head on my latest quilt designer from viking is gone and I am not having it fixed. I am now using my Dx2022 and I am quite happy.

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