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Thread: How to Clean Up and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav

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    I don't remember the ring around the tub but I am sure that after 4 kids bathing in it there was a some kind of ring. Oh yeah, I forgot that mother would gather the kitchen chair around the tub and drape blankets on them to help keep the heat localized around the galvanized tub. She had to heat the water on the stove for hot water. We did not have running water or indoor plumbing at that time. The water was hand drawn from a well so water was not wasted. Oh the not so good old days. Us kids did not know we were dirt poor. We ran around barefoot most of the year and had one pair of shoes a year for school and a couple of dresses.
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    I am so happy in the middle. I would run away screaming from a treadle...just seems like too much work....too scared of hand crank. Worried more about accidental vaccinations than breaking the machine. Computerized machines scare me just as much. Give me a plain electric machine that goes forward and back and I'm a happy girl. I don't use a zig zag stitch often enough to worry about a zigzagging attachment. I just get my little janome out and zigzag with her. She's my first purchase and I simply can't part with her, even if she is so young compared to my others. I am thrilled with all the videos though.
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    We had indoor plumbing but I remember one of my friends had 8 kids in their family and a out house... tub in the kitchen, bucket of water on the table with one dipper for all.... One summer their dad and uncles built a room addition. This was totally cool. It had a door from the out side with a sink and a hose with a floor drain just inside the door, 2 potty stalls for privacy, a shower, a tub, 2 more sinks and an awesome big mirror - oh and it had a door from inside the house too.
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    does anyone have the web addy where you can go and get a free manual? I had it and cant find it...was something like AISDA or some kind of one word name like that............
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4dogs View Post
    does anyone have the web addy where you can go and get a free manual? I had it and cant find it...was something like AISDA or some kind of one word name like that............
    Which manual do you need? http://www.ismacs.net/searchresults....&sa=Search#754
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    THANK YOU MUV - I found a manual at last for my 411G!!! YIPPIE!
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    I finally looked at the manual for the 411g - now to set it up to do chain stitching!!!!!! I also have a 401g on a treadle. That manual is made with no words. Take a look even if you don't have one - very interesting find. I would assume it is only pictures so the 411G could be put on a treadle & sent to countries where they don't read English or German.
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    I do believe this is the best way to clean up the old machines - no point in giving them any harsh treatment with hammers or torches.
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    [QUOTE=miriam;4669032]These have gotten lost in the shuffle of the new QB format so I am posting them right here.
    Thanks Miriam you are the best. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    These have gotten lost in the shuffle of the new QB format so I am posting them right here.
    Fav & Muv have made fantastic videos about old sewing machines. You most likely will so not have a sewing machine exactly like the machines in the videos, however, the cleaning principles will apply to just about any vintage sewing machine without a lot of dis-assembly. Be sure to pour yourself a nice cup of tea to enjoy while you watch these videos.

    How to clean an oil a vintage sewing machine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidpJ..._order&list=UL

    Don't go away, relax, pour some more tea, and stay tuned for part 2!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKR5t..._order&list=UL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S43_-..._order&list=UL
    the long bobbin

    How to thread a vintage round bobbin sewing machine - Singer 99K
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    How to remove a motor
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hStB5..._order&list=UL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC3Ex..._order&list=UL
    How to use a Seam Guide on a Vintage Sewing Machine - 1937 Frister and Rossmann transverse shuttle

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgkO5..._order&list=UL
    Threading a Vista

    How to adjust the Tension on a Vintage Long Bobbin Sewing Machine - 1934 Singer 128K Indian Star
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S43_-..._order&list=UL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wswW..._order&list=UL
    How to thread a Singer long bobbin sewing machine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4PhA..._order&list=UL
    How to wind a Singer sewing machine long bobbin and load the shuttle the correct way
    I just thought my machine was cleaned and oiled, well back to the drawing board. I have learned so much from this, thanks so much.
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    I think these videos need to be bumped to the top again so people can find and enjoy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I think these videos need to be bumped to the top again so people can find and enjoy them.
    I agree with you Miriam. To whom do we make the suggestion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    I recently figured that out! Go to the top of the page while you are in the thread you want. Under the page number and title there is a line of text on the right side. Click on "thread tools" to make the drop down pop. Click on "subscribe to this thread". Then there is another drop down where you can choose between thread subscriptions and bookmarks.
    Thank you. I haven't been able to do that either since we got this new format.

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    Thanks for the links. I'm sure I will need it some time down the road. Now that I have been able to finally bookmark this for later.

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    Thank you for the links, Miriam, and thanks Muv, for the videos. I will be watching and re-watching (slow learner, here) as I clean up my 'new' machines.

    Is there also a series on how to care for the cabinets and cases? I have two treadles that need the wood and irons worked on, and I want to do it myself, but am afraid the techniques may be too modern for these grand ladies.
    Last edited by Quilt Mom; 02-27-2012 at 08:16 AM.
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    Glenn is the one you want for that - you can pm with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Glenn is the one you want for that - you can pm with him.
    Thanks! I'll do that.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsFOI...re=uploademail
    If you find mitred corners tricky when binding a quilt, this method may be the answer for you. No fancy gadgets needed - just hairgrips and an unpicker on a new video by Muv
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    Thanks Muv for making the videos. I have kept my Singer shuttle treadle oiled but I was afraid to clean it. I watched you cleaning your hand crank and applied many of the hints to give mine a good clean.

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    Great info thanks...


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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsFOI...re=uploademail
    If you find mitred corners tricky when binding a quilt, this method may be the answer for you. No fancy gadgets needed - just hairgrips and an unpicker on a new video by Muv
    Well done Muv. I am going to try your method for binding.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Muv has sent another new video
    This one is about how to treadle a Serata Sewing Machine
    The instructions are most likely good for most treadles. Enjoy!
    Thanks Muv.
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    Loved the video on binding. I do mine that way except use double fold. so now have another technique to try. Good idea on the hair pins. Will definitely do that.

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    Thanks Miriam. Love her videos.

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