Colorado get-together?

Old 01-10-2018, 07:07 PM
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We couldn't have asked for nicer weather for our meeting. Clear roads, sun shining and in the 50s is pretty good for a Colorado January.


Paula was able to attend, along with Dorothy, Courtney, Janey and John.


Janey recently purchased an embellisher, made by BabyLock. (Even if it isn't a true vintage or antique machine ) It was found, without a controller, at a thrift store for a very good price. And she had a spare controller that worked with it. She brought some examples of the work it can do with felting. The group briefly discussed wet and dry felting.

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The picture above shows on the left side the side one facing the bed and the right side is what you see from the needle side.


Dorothy talked a bit about the work she has done with her Bernina 707, a MiniMatic. Dorothy has quite a bit of sewing experience, both at home and at work. She frequently has tips and techniques that she is able to share with us.


Paula has an heirloom Singer 66 that she has recently been able to get into her swewing room. She shared some details about a sewing machine card table that she likes and wants to keep.


Courtney stole the show (again) with his Singer 24-80 chain stitch machine. It is stunningly cute. He carries it in a featherweigh-like case, with a custom made top tray. It's not a featherweight, though. Picking it up, it probably weighs as much as a few of them.


There are pictures of the Singer 24-80 below.


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The teal/turquoise coloring is a reflection of Janey's blouse.

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The number showing in the bed is the stitch length index.




Thanks to all the people who were there and we'll post again next month.


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Old 03-05-2018, 06:36 AM
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Default March 2018 Get-together

People elsewhere in the US would have the right to be envious of the beautiful weather we had once again for our meeting. There is so much bad weather elsewhere, we should almost feel guilty. Dorothy attended, as well as Diane, Courtney, Janey and John.

Dorothy explained a little of what she does, probably the only one of the group to have sewing as a vocation. Currently she designs accessory equipment and covers for sport and utility vehicles and has a good deal of experience with industrial machines. She knows some things the rest of us don't.

We seem to have a collective liking for cute little machines. Courtney brought two Singer 20s and Diane brought a Foley & Williams.

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Janey and John brought a BabyLock embellishing machine which was recently acquired. There were samples of previously felted materials, as well as some fresh sample pieces on which people could try the felting process for themselves.

Unfortunately no pictures of the machine, but samples from last month.

Diane also mentioned her technique of "needle down...... foot down...... sew". It is a method of preventing thread jams that seems to work well for all machines. She puts this on all of her posts, which I had previously seen, but did not fully understand until it was explained.

More next month.
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Both of my two Frees have rotocillo movements. One with ball bearings, one not. And yea.vibrating shuttles. Don't know the model #s though, Sorry
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And yes, that cabinet folds out to have larger area behind the head.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:18 AM
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Default April 7, 2018 - get-together

Unlike the past two month's meetings, we had cold and crisp weather on Saturday. On Friday, Colorado's unpredictable weather actually snowed on the Rockies season opening baseball game.


Nonetheless, several people showed up. Cheryl and Chris were both there. Dorothy and Paula were there also, as well as John and Janey, making six of us in all.


Paula told us about going to the Washington Sewing Expo, spending one day there. While there, among other things, she said she saw several different colored Featherweights.


Cheryl brought a very small sewing machine which was made in the U.S.S.R., with a label on the front saying so. It has a miniature portable case, just like the larger machines, even with storage space on the right just like the regular sized models do. The case is only ten inches in length, with the machine being even smaller than that. A very nice little chain stitch machine.


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Janey brought a variety of assorted attachments and accessories to look at. We passed them around for all to look at. Some were sort of curious. Dorothy was able to explain the right angle binder and narrow hemmer by using a piece of paper. Some pictures are shown below.


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There were a couple of other things that are pictured on "Unknown items - Can you help?" thread -https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/unknown-items-can-you-help-t296070.html


Janey also recently made a key for the Weed Family Favorite Sewing Machine bonnet from a skewer. It was a tad on the small side so used some shrink tubing to make it the correct size.


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Janey also found a unique (since unable to find anything quite like it) button hook. Maybe tortoise shell or Bakelite. Combined picture of the front and back.


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Until next time,


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There were a couple of other things that are pictured on "Unknown items - Can you help?" thread -https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/unknown-items-can-you-help-t296070.html
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Unknown items - Can you help?

Janey - Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.
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Default May 5, 2018 CO Get-Together

We had a very good turnout Saturday morning at Perkins. We were joined for the first time by Anna. Dorothy was there, along with Diane, Courtney, Cheryl & Chris and Janey and John.

Anna brought a long-shuttle machine called "The Elgin". It features a rotoscillo movement, which is a bit novel and we talked some about it. It came to the meeting, separated from a cabinet, but Anna brought pictures of the cabinet and it is very nice, with wood inlays. The machine is in very good condition with excellent decals and a lot of nicely polished parts. It has a bed that is standard Singer size, but has very square corners. Pictures of it are below.


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The rotoscillo movement which is very smooth.
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Diane brought two small chain stitch machines which were as small as any of us had seen. One of them has a leaf spring tension, the other just a bee-hive spring on the thread spool top. One of them had the word BABY on the sewing bed plate. Both of them worked and we passed them around the table for each of us to look at and try. Here are pictures of the two small machines.


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Casiege handwheel
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BABY hand crank
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Courtney returned after being gone last month. He won a second place prize for a mini-quilt done entirely on his Willcox & Gibbs machine. He also brought some wool pieces for Janey who has been experimenting with a felting machine called an Embellisher. He also brought an old Singer 319 for Dorothy, who was looking for parts for one of her machines. It was in pretty rough shape and an obvious parts donor.

John and Courtney talked about the White Rotary movement, which like the Singer 115 and a few others features a single rotation of the hook for each needle stroke.

Cheryl and Chris recently got a treadle together and talked about it. We posted pictures of the drawers Chris built, I believe a couple of meetings ago. They just applied finish to the wood and were very happy with the results. As good as the drawers looked before, it's not surprising.

Janey brought a complimentary little tool for everyone, actually an orange peeler, but useful to Janey for cleaning dirt and old grease from sewing machines. It could also be used like a purple thang. She also brought some stitch samples done with "Sew Easy Foot" and a "Gauge Presser Foot" shared mostly at one end of an unusually long table! Diane also brought the "Adjustable Guide Foot" and a couple of ankles. For those that might be curious, the "Sew Easy Foot" aka "Adjustable Guide Foot" does work well on the straight stitch machines, but does not get as close to the edge as the "Gauge Presser Foot" does.


We look forward to next month's meeting and will post the minutes then.
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Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading these.

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Old 05-07-2018, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by bkay View Post
Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading these.

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Thank you. I sometimes wonder if anyone outside of the group actually reads this.

It has been mentioned several times by those that attend, how fun it is just to chat about the various things we do. I know John & I really enjoyed meeting Leon & Iris.

Anyone who will be in the Front Range of Colorado (even if not the 1st Saturday of the month), feel free to PM us and we will see how many of us can "get-together."

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