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    April 6, 2019 Colorado Get-together continued

    Paula brought an interesting DVD titled "Still Stitching", authored by eight separate sewing machine collectors, one of them from Denver, although not known to any of us. Here is a cover shot of the DVD.


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    Janey brought a homebrew cam-lifter removal tool that she made at the metal shop where she works, giving it to James, to go with the Elna he recently acquired. Here is a picture of the cam removal tool.


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    Dorothy brought pictures of a new cutter that they got where she works. Made by Gerber, it is a CNC controlled machine that can cut up to 45 inches per second, doing any kind of shape desired. She says that it can do in 5 minutes what had previously taken up to three hours by other means. They just had training on the new cutting machine last Friday. The machine even moves the fabric after cutting to a fresh fabric area to continue cutting automatically.


    Cheryl and Chris brought a Singer 66 for Janey that has Lotus, aka Thistle, decals and a motor boss. Since Janey wants to put a hand-crank on it, she gladly accepted the offered machine.


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    We plan to meet again in May and will post the minutes of that meeting here.
    Janey & John

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    May 4, 2019 Colorado Get-together Part 1

    The Colorado Vintage and Antique Sewing Machine Group met at ten o'clock, Saturday the 4th of May, at Perkins restaurant in Denver. We had a lively and interesting meeting with lots of show-and-tell. The group included Dianne, Dorothy, Courtney, James, Carol, Janey and John.


    We were greeted by the young woman who was our server as "her sewing machine group". She mentioned that she had a sewing machine that had been her grandmother's which had broken several months ago. She said that if any of us had an "extra" machine for not too much money she would be interested. After musing over the concept of an extra machine (after all, who would have such a thing?) we decided that we would try to fix her up with something as similar to one she had as possible.


    Dianne brought an interesting book entitled "Sewing Machinery", containing lots of good information about antique and vintage machines.


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    Dianne also brought the 121706 Adjustable ZigZag Attachment with a sample of the great stitches it makes


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    As we have mentioned before, Dianne has a liking for miniature machines and brought a very nice one made by Essex Engineering. Made much better than a toy, it features a hand crank and a wooden base with an extension bed that slips onto the smaller metal bed of the machine. Pictures of it are shown below.


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    James brought his newest machine, a Singer 401A. He recently acquired it with a nice set of accessories. People went through the accessories, which are always of interest and intrigue to our members. Notice that there are four adjustable zipper feet.

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    to be continued - - -
    Janey & John

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    May 4, 2019 Colorado Get-together Part 2

    Dorothy brought an Adler 187 machine, which appears to be a real workhorse. It has several unique adjustments not found on other machines. It has a complicated underside and some of us were speculating that it can control the zig-zag movement with the addition of a knee-lever, but we're not sure. The handwheel turns in the opposite direction from Singer and many others, requiring a special belt-drive reverse motor. The machine has a black finish with shiny silver trim. It had with it several accessory feet. Pictures of the handsome unit are shown below.


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    Courtney had let us know by email that he would be bringing something of a surprise. Actually, there were two. First, he brought a Singer 301 short bed LBOW (aka Light Beige, Oyster White) machine. It is in beautiful condition and included the trapezoid case. The machine still has the original shine. What is very unusual is that he had to pay a whole five dollars for it at a yard sale. A whole five-dollar bill! The $5 tag was still on the case.


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    Courtney also brought a 3D-printed adapter that he had someone make for him, allowing the attachment of modern snap-on feet to a slant shank machine, such as the Singer 301. He had several made and had one for each of us at the meeting.


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    Courtney also brought pictures of some quilts he recently received awards for. Unfortunately the pictures were on his phone and we have no pictures here, but they were very nicely made and deserving of the recognition he received for them.


    Janey brought hand-out bags of some items for everyone, including some large golf tees which can be used to hold a spool of thread with the bobbin, and some cleaning implements that she uses in the cleaning of sewing machines. She showed how a large golf tee can be used to keep a spool of thread together with a bobbin wound with the same color thread. A small piece of sheet rubber holds the spool and bobbin on the tee.


    Simply an amusing aside, two of our members showed up with machines in trapezoidal cases, Courtney's 301 and James's 401A. A little unusual that two of these cases showed up to the same meeting.


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    In closing, we would like to mention the dedication and regularity of our group members that makes our ongoing monthly meetings possible. A special thank you to all who attend and contribute to our interesting get togethers. We look forward to next month's meeting and will post the minutes here.
    Janey & John

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