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    Old 07-30-2018, 06:05 AM
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    I gave the VSM museum a Singer 115. but there were thrifts and antique shops on the way.

    Acquired a Rough red eye with a problem you will see. A Spartan I had been wanting, just 'cause.
    and a Sew Gem just because it has a chain drive to under bed stuff..

    The Spartan didn't have a serial # in the regular place. Do they hide them? or is that something that makes it a Spartan. It had an aftermarket motor that didn't quite fit. Previous owner said Spartan came out before Singer. I gently corrected her.



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    Old 07-30-2018, 06:06 AM
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    Dangerous wiring all the way around.
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    Old 07-30-2018, 07:09 PM
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    That chain drive is interesting. I can see why you picked it up.

    Is that a mouse nest in the Spartan? It looks like fiberglass insulation. I do hope that someone did not let lint build up that much without cleaning the machine.
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    Old 07-31-2018, 02:21 AM
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    I think the Spartan had the serial number embossed under the bed, in front there some where. I like the chain driven model, it looks very durable. You might have to invest in something with teflon, I swear by Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube for chains like that ;- ) I hope you have a few extra feet for it, or it might have to be a dedicated zipper machine. It looks like class 66 bobbins, better make sure it's the correct type for the machine. It's a drop in bobbin case, so maybe 66 bobbins are correct?

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    Leo for, if you lived in Illinois I would be stalking you when you go shopping! You find the greatest stuff. I am desperately searching for a featherweight table and can’t find one around here! Love those machines.
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    Old 07-31-2018, 06:20 AM
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    The 66 redeye had the mess at the bobbin/feed dog area. It was all just sewing fluff.

    I had a FW nearby and the first foot out worked, Sew gem stitches by hand. There is quite a bit of slack in the chain. I don't think it will really be a user. I'll see.

    I've been looking for a FW table for years now. I haven't found one I want to shell out the $ for though.
    Yes, I'm cheap.
    Thanks for the hint on the Spartan ID.
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    Why does the Sew-Gem have two bobbin covers? Unusual and intersting setup. You have to let us know how it runs and sounds. Sometimes you get the most fantastic finds Leon.
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    Leon the Sew Gem bobbins look like a class 66 but they're not, the inner hole is smaller and they don't have the notch that's needed for a 66 to work on the bobbin winder. Right now there's someone on a FB group with a bunch of them, it's been an ongoing discussion for a couple days.

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    Thanks. all I knew is that mine came with thread on it. and under it..hehe.

    Under the front cover looks pretty bare. I'll take a pic.
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    leonf- I have about 10 machines, (not a lot with this crowd lol) and not one has a drop-in bobbin.
    What are the pros/cons of one?
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