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Thread: I Am My Brother's Keeper

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    I Am My Brother's Keeper

    I found this in my father's basement.
    I didn't think to have it "properly restored."
    I just had it cleaned and repaired.
    The case was totally rotted. No hope of repair.
    I have no idea what the model or year is.

    It sews a nifty straight stitch. At top speed, it's a ripsnorter.
    there's a dial on top to set the foot pressure for several different types of fabric.

    I don't know how often I'll use it.
    For one thing, it weighs a ton!
    it's much too heavy for the new, plastic case.
    i'll have to figure out a way to reinforce that so the machine sits level.

    For another, it still stinks to high heaven.
    Gotta get some odor eaters for it. LOL
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    What aprety Machine hoe you can use it!

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    It looks great. Hope you can get it up and running.
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    It may be heavy, but Ohhh, it is pretty.

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    Heavy machines work better. They don't skitter all over the table when you use them.

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    Patrice -

    That is a beautiful pink machine. The faceplate is also a nice touch - it has that industrial, robot look. I hope you enjoy it.

    Darren

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    Is it pink or lavendar? It is truly a pretty lady!
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    I love it!

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    I do so love the old 'mechanicals'! Hope you can deoderize it!

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    What a great looking machine.

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    I love the color! And that it was in your family makes it extra special!

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    That is a beauty! Was it your Mom's and did your Dad keep it because it was her? It must have been special for him to have kept a long time!
    I love vintage machines. I didn't know the "Brother" machines had been around very long. I hope you keep and enjoy your "find"...

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    She sure is Pretty in Pink Maybe set her out in the sun/heat to air her out ? I knew cases held an odor- didn't know machines would since they are metal hhhhhmmmmmm

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    What a beautiful machine!!!!!

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    This would be pretty just as decoration. The fact that it stitches well is so much gravy. Neat find!

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    having missed it completely the first 72 times i looked, i just noticed the model number printed inside the throat.
    on the 75th go-round, i found the serial number.
    no luck so far locating a source for a manual.

    it's a pink & (beige?/tan?) colored Model 220 Super Streamliner.
    there's one on ebay for - get this - $239.95, plus shipping.
    it has the original case and foot pedal, but ... really? $300 by the time you factor in shipping?
    puleeze ... as if ... whatever. LOL

    curiosity got the better of me so i went hunting through my jumble of miscellaneous extra feet and gadgets.
    i found a few vintage feet that fit; some specialty feet; and an adapter for snap-on feet.
    i have more than a dozen of the metal bobbins, plus an extra bobbin case.
    (the bobbin winder is a pain in the butt to use so far. no manual, so i can't tell whether it's the winder or the user. LOL)

    i suppose it would be cool to find the correct foot pedal and case, but i don't plan to try selling it so i don't suppose that matters over-much.

    the plastic carrying case is good enough for hauling it from one place to another.
    it isn't sturdy enough to handle the weight of the machine so it sits flush like it should.
    so, more important, i think to eventually find a nice little table or cabinet for it - on wheels - so i can take it into the living room if i want to use it while watching the boob-tube.
    i don't know whether any members of my guild are vintage collectors.
    if any are, i guess i'll take it to a meeting to show it off.

    for now, it's a significant hassle to drag it out for use.
    i'll do that every so often to keep it from freezing up again.
    and to fiddle with the bobbin winder until i figure out how to tame it. LOL

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    Great machine, find a sturdy table to put it in and use it.
    Just passing through!

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    Oh, she's sew pretty!! and, she looks sew nice and clean. You're going to enjoy her sew much!!! I think it's really cool to sew on a family machine.

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    It sure is pretty. I have one from the 50s that was never used. I have pieced several quilts on it but, it isn't as nice as the newer machines to use. I hope you can get the bobbin winder going.
    Another Phyllis
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    Patrice your brother sure is PURDY! I simply love the colour :-)
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    PINK!!! What a find. What is the problem with the bobbin winder???
    Sweet Caroline

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    Hi Patrice...when you close it up, try leaving a box of the refridgerator baking soda in it...it is a screened box so that if it spills....it isn't all over. That may help with the odor.

    The Brother is pretty much a universal machine....they are all pretty much the same with a different face plate...
    You may be able to find an old book from other brands that look alike.

    Try a wooden shim to level that machine out....it worked on an old machine I used to have.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    I LOVE your BROTHER!!! I just fixed one up and sold it I would call that a lavender or mauve depending on how the light hits it. The one I had was in pristine condition and these days, that scares me - I was right the tension spring was not in the right place so the poor machine wouldn't sew. Does the bobbin winder tire not turn - some times one will 'freeze' - put a little Triflow oil on the hole between the spindle and the tire and finger turn it until is loosens up. It is very heavy - it will fit in the same cabinet some Singer machines fit. The one I had was a neat little machine. Feel free to put a picture of yours here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t207877.html
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    Just beautiful! I love pink sewing machines.

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    Patrice, I love the machine and the color. Lucky girl to have such a machine and from your dad, too.
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