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    Are these machines beautiful or what???? Works of art to me!
    Suzan- now I understand why your bro has it. I'm hoping he changes his mind and let us know when he does! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarge1
    ok ladies, when I got home from work, I dug out the old machine. I feel simultaneously guilty for keeping it boxed up all these years, and excited to try to use it. Can't start it up now (baby's sleeping), but tomorrow! Now, some help figuring out what I've got?! I can't find a model number on it; it seems there are pieces hiding inside the base (I hear them rattling around), but I don't know how to get them out; the bent piece of metal (see pic) seems to fit into a small hole on the base, and turn, but then nothing.This thing weighs about 150 lbs!
    That looks like the Singer 99 that I got from the girl that works at my dentists office. When we were chatting about old machines she told me about her grandmothers machine. I mentioned that if she ever wanted to sell it to think of me :D . She ended up giving it to me!! I'm thinking of converting it to hand crank because the electrical wiring on it is no good. And you are right---it is HEAVY!!

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    That looks like the Singer 99 that I got from the girl that works at my dentists office. When we were chatting about old machines she told me about her grandmothers machine. I mentioned that if she ever wanted to sell it to think of me :D . She ended up giving it to me!! I'm thinking of converting it to hand crank because the electrical wiring on it is no good. And you are right---it is HEAVY!![/quote]

    Yes, you are correct, I looked it up using the sites posted here; it is a Singer 99, made in 1926. I feel a little like I found a buried treasure. Still haven't fired it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Here is a pic of my Singer I am getting a new motor for. I learned to sew on it. Several years ago I cleaned it all up and restored the cabinet back to its original look. It had cigarette burns all over it.
    Wow! You did a wonderful job on the cabinet....it's beautiful!

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    Lucky brother! Have you told him that these machines were meant to be used, not sit in storage, and that she will be much happier in a home rather than being shut away in the dark? Tell him you will keep her lubed and oiled and she will have lots of companionship.

    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    My brother inherited my grandmother's beautiful old treadle. It currently lives in a climate controlled storage locker in Fl. He's in the Air Force. I keep trying to convince him we (the treadle and me)would be happier if she lived with me. Just think of all the freight costs saved when he moves. He's not budging, and I can't convince him. yet! I'm still trying. Say your prayers and keep your fingers crossed. Maybe he'll change his mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Here is a pic of my Singer I am getting a new motor for. I learned to sew on it. Several years ago I cleaned it all up and restored the cabinet back to its original look. It had cigarette burns all over it.
    Wow! You did a wonderful job on the cabinet....it's beautiful!
    Thank you! Unfortunately, a couple weeks ago I over watered a plant sitting on it and messed up the top again. I just got an e-mail saying my new motor and foot pedal have been shipped priority mail. I can hardly wait to get it up and running!

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    The ONLY machine I sew with is a 1941 cast iron Singer. I own 4 other machines, bought with the hopes that I could do more than straight stitch with them but since I just don't have that mechanical "fix it gene"---or the patience to experiment til I get it right----I use the old machine since it is 100% reliable as long as I remember which way to load the bobbin...note to self: the thread comes over the bobbin TOWARDS me! Have made lots and lots of quilts with it and its only problem is that a couple of years ago, it got balky on making bobbins since the little notch thingie that holds the bobbin on wore down too far.... so I bought a bobbin making machine. Also replaces motor and foot pedal a few years back. Plan on using this one til I die----which I'm sure will be before this one gives out!

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    I LOVE my Featherweights!!! I also have a nice, expensive Bernina. When I travel or go to classes, I take my Featherweight--such a beautiful straight stitch. She is more controllable---if you want some good reading materil about old Singers, visit April's 1930s website. Enjoy your machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    It might sound silly but I like the vintage machines because of the sense of continuity I feel when I use them. Like I'm part of a long line of (mostly)woman using them. My mother and grand mothers have all passed and I feel closer to them when I use these old beauties. Like a part of the whole. It feels like a tribute to the women that have gone before. It sounds kind of sappy when I read it, but there you have it.
    I feel the same way. I could have wet my pants when I picked up a 1924 Singer treadle last week for $40! (Of course, I can always wet my pants at my age.) I have ordered a new belt for it and can't wait to try it out. I can picture my grandmother using something like it. Sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish
    I LOVE my old vintage Singers. I hate the newer ones they make today with all plastic gears. I have a Feather weight, Singer 99, 223, 301, 401, 500, and 774 and I love them all. I also have a "Pink" atlas sewing machine and a green Montgomery Ward sewing machine that I got at an auction for a song. They sew the straightest seams, and are still very easy to find parts for. I can do most of the maintence myself, so I don't have to take tem in for repairs so much. Pull out that old machine and use it. You'll love it.
    Katfish, i have my Mom's Pink Atlas. unfortunately it's been in the basement forever and i don't know if it even works. But this thread has inspired me to get it out of the basement, into the daylight and see if it works. all the neat little attachments are there too. i also have a treadle that was my great aunts that needs a new belt. maybe i'll get that working too. as soonas i can get my room cleaned enough to get near it! LOL

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    I have a featherweight (actually more than 1), but 1 I use most. I have a love affair with it. It is just the best little machine. Sews like a dream in a perfect straight line EVERYTIME. I have an expensive Bernina that I love too, but nothing beats the featherweight! I also have several treadles (on display - some), and another featherweight...also gave daughter a featherweight for Christmas a couple of years ago...she cried! :) I pretty much just LOVE all things quilty related, including older sewing machines....

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    I have several old machines, use and love my featherweight the most, but just love the perfect straight stitch those old machines give you.

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    It has been wonderful reading about all of your old sewing machines. I am so glad that the old machines are used, loved and appreciated here! I love old sewing machines and have several myself.

    In fact the newest machine I have is now 41 years old. I love it and I use it all the time!

    I do have a story to share about my machine though. Two years ago I was in a nice quilt shop in Ohio, and I paused my fabric browsing to watch an employee demonstrate to someone else a beautiful new machine with all of the bells and whistles on it. As she finished talking to the one person she asked me if I was interested in trying out the machine. I told her – no thanks. I was happy with my machine that I have. She asked me what kind of machine I used and I (rather proudly) told her that I still use the Singer that my parents bought me for high school graduation 38 years ago. She got a SHOCKED look on her face and yelled (yes – YELLED!) across the store at another employee – “She is still using a sewing machine she got in high school!!!!! She then turned to me and in a condescending tone said – “You simply MUST get a NEW machine!!! I just can’t imagine that you are still using a machine THAT old!”

    I suppose she was trying to embarrass me into getting a new sewing machine, but I thought at the time that, even if I was in the market for buying a new sewing machine, that woman would have been the LAST person I would have bought one from. She was rude, rude, rude!!!!!

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    Hey quilterguy27.... I'd love to have a link to Billy's tutorial service info for Singer Featherweights...It'd sure save me some money taking or shipping it to SE Missouri to have it serviced. Would you be willing to share the info for others again?

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    All of my machines are older, the newest one is from 1977. I use all my machines, even the one from 1910. I find the older machines are work horses and hold up much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom
    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish
    I LOVE my old vintage Singers. I hate the newer ones they make today with all plastic gears. I have a Feather weight, Singer 99, 223, 301, 401, 500, and 774 and I love them all. I also have a "Pink" atlas sewing machine and a green Montgomery Ward sewing machine that I got at an auction for a song. They sew the straightest seams, and are still very easy to find parts for. I can do most of the maintence myself, so I don't have to take tem in for repairs so much. Pull out that old machine and use it. You'll love it.
    Katfish, i have my Mom's Pink Atlas. unfortunately it's been in the basement forever and i don't know if it even works. But this thread has inspired me to get it out of the basement, into the daylight and see if it works. all the neat little attachments are there too. i also have a treadle that was my great aunts that needs a new belt. maybe i'll get that working too. as soonas i can get my room cleaned enough to get near it! LOL
    Love the manuel that came with mine. Has a 50's housewife sewing in pearls and a lace. I feel so under dressed when I use it. LOL :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattiannie
    Hey quilterguy27.... I'd love to have a link to Billy's tutorial service info for Singer Featherweights...It'd sure save me some money taking or shipping it to SE Missouri to have it serviced. Would you be willing to share the info for others again?
    I'll second that! I want to keep mine in good condition to pass on to kids and grandkids - it's a 1924 Singer treadle. I haven't found a good source for maintenance.

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    I recently found a Featherweight and thought I'd use it only when my Janome was in for service, wrong. It sews so beautifully I think I'll only use the Janome when my Featherweight isn't available. I love the stitching it does, perfect even with me at the pedal.

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    I absolutely love the vintage sewing machines. I recently acquired a Necchi Bu Supernova, two Singer 201-2's, and a Singer 301-a. I would love to have a Featherweight. They're a little too expensive for me right now, but maybe sometime in the future. How to I obtain a link to Billy's site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarge1
    ok ladies, when I got home from work, I dug out the old machine. I feel simultaneously guilty for keeping it boxed up all these years, and excited to try to use it. Can't start it up now (baby's sleeping), but tomorrow! Now, some help figuring out what I've got?! I can't find a model number on it; it seems there are pieces hiding inside the base (I hear them rattling around), but I don't know how to get them out; the bent piece of metal (see pic) seems to fit into a small hole on the base, and turn, but then nothing.This thing weighs about 150 lbs!
    What you have is a Singer 99, should sew beautifully! I have one just like this and I put a hand crank on it. It came
    with a 220 volt motor. The bent bar is the what is used to power the machine, you use it with your knee .
    The machine threads from left to right, needle goes in with the flat to the right.
    You can use the manual from a Singer model 66, same machine just bigger. To get to the stuff you hear rattling around, try undoing the thumb screw to the right on the plate thats to the right of the hand wheel.

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    I sew more with my 2 Singer treadles, 201K and 15-90. I also have 4 featherweights and a 301. They all sew a beautiful straight stitch, no plastic parts to wear out, they are all metal.
    Here's my sewing machine album:
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...60310442BRuLem

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    This is Billy's thread on old machines. I have found lots of info here. I have never tried to do a link before, so I hope this works. Billy is really involved with his dog Lola right now and isn't answering a lot, but you could PM him. His screen name is Lostn51

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterexp
    Quote Originally Posted by Pattiannie
    Hey quilterguy27.... I'd love to have a link to Billy's tutorial service info for Singer Featherweights...It'd sure save me some money taking or shipping it to SE Missouri to have it serviced. Would you be willing to share the info for others again?
    I'll second that! I want to keep mine in good condition to pass on to kids and grandkids - it's a 1924 Singer treadle. I haven't found a good source for maintenance.
    you really can maintain these machines yourself. regular cleaning & oiling. rarely does something go wrong if you keep up on this. just not much to go wrong !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarge1
    I notice a lot of you have old Singer (or otherwise) machines, and post pictures of them, ask questions about repairing them, etc.
    I have one; my question is, do you just have these for display, or do you use them, or...? If you use them, what is the advantage of the old machine? I've never used mine (given to me by an aunt), and actually don't even have it on display.
    I am very pleased to say I have my mother-in-laws Featherweight sewing machine and table. It is in mint condition. When my Pfaff is in the shop, I use it the Featherweight. It sews perfectly!!! I also have a Singer treadle that I use when my power goes out. It was a gift from a friend ( how fortunate am I) and it is in perfect condition. I just light the Kerosene lamp and start peddling. Use yours and enjoy. Sophie

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    Well, I'm new on here! I was reading all the posts on the old sewing machines. We've had my husband's grandmother's old sewing machine in our bedroom for almost 20 years and I've never really opened it. I guess I'll open it tomorrow just to take a look at it and see what condition it is in. Maybe I'll start using it.

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