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    If you need slide plates, check this out.

    Hey folks,

    I am not starting a business doing this but since I have all of the tools necessary to make these quickly and easily, I have offered to make folks here slide plates for the cost of materials and shipping.

    I can make them out of steel, brass, copper, or aluminum.

    I have a plating machine and silver salts (plating solution) currently, but others can be purchased.

    If you know the size and thickness of yours let me know. I am starting to compile a list of dimensions for known slides. If not we can discuss how to go about finding the correct information.

    A couple of notes:

    1. Sometimes the front and back slides are different lengths
    2. The width measurement we need is the width at MAX if you have the original
    3. The width measurement without the original is the width of the slot at it's widest.
    4. Sometimes the "inboard" (closest to the needle) portion is slightly smaller than the outboard portion.
    5. Most slides are 16ga or 14ga in thickness. (.0508 to .0641 respectively), some are thinner.
    Last edited by SteveH; 03-28-2013 at 09:56 AM.

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    Thank you for this info!

    delma

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    Steve ...... You are Minerva's newest besstest buddy. Stand by for specs.

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    Steve,

    Ah, you caught my suggestion - great!

    I need a front slide plate for a Singer VS2 - but - how in the world would we figure out size-wise what we'd need?

    My VS is a fiddle base like this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/12191610...ng-machine-and where the front edge follows the taper of the fiddle base. We would need someone who has one in order for you make a duplicate......

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    or you could do a pencil trace of the shape then put a ruler on top of it and take a really clear picture....

    I could extrapolate from there.

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    Steve,

    You have a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    or you could do a pencil trace of the shape then put a ruler on top of it and take a really clear picture....

    I could extrapolate from there.
    Steve, how about if I make a tracing of my VS2 front slide plate and put it in the mail to you for those who are needing one? Or I could send it to you so you can make an exact replica. I know I am not going to do anything with my sewing machine till summertime.
    Last edited by Caroline S; 03-28-2013 at 03:53 PM.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Steve, how about if I make a tracing of my VS2 front slide plate and put it in the mail to you for those who are needing one?
    A tracing would be great! measurements of the original to be compared against the tracing would be perfect. Thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Steve,You have a PM.Joe
    You have an Email

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    I'll pm you over the wkend...great idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    A tracing would be great! measurements of the original to be compared against the tracing would be perfect. Thanx
    I will PM you
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline, Got it. Thanks again.

    This is looking like it is going to be fun. I get to learn some cool details about a bunch of machines and help collectors make their machines more "displayable"! how cool is that!

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    This is great that you will be making side plates since I have seen vintage machine that look to be in working order and reasonable priced but will not go ahead and pick it up since the hunt for the plate often takes years - well maybe not that long but you so often will find one and it way to costly and/or a rust damaged plate.

    Not we just need to learn to make more of the sewing machines parts!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caroloto View Post
    Not we just need to learn to make more of the sewing machines parts!!!
    Like what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Like what?
    If you'd want to get REALLY ambitious, you could figure out how to re-hab my Singer 29-4 with a M size bobbin, delete the walking foot, hab up a hopping foot for it and then electrify it so I can use it like a HQ Sweet Sixteen. Wouldn't that be sweet? A 4' tall cast iron early, early deep throated 1900's machine doing free motion quilting............. ah, I can dream, right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPjXssycDnk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    If you'd want to get REALLY ambitious, you could figure out how to re-hab my Singer 29-4 with a M size bobbin, delete the walking foot, hab up a hopping foot for it and then electrify it so I can use it like a HQ Sweet Sixteen. Wouldn't that be sweet? A 4' tall cast iron early, early deep throated 1900's machine doing free motion quilting............. ah, I can dream, right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPjXssycDnk

    Well, the walking foot is kinda integral to the function of that one (I have one too) I have made parts for mine ot get it working (presser foot spring and block) and a folding table. I am in the process (slowly) of rigging up a bicycle generator and light to mine so that I can work later at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    ...bicycle generator and light...
    Somehow that intrigues me!

    Have you ever looked into just a smooth-bottomed presser foot? That would at least negate the walking motion....... it would still be 'hopping' but not walking. Actually what I would need would be a darning foot instead of a split-toe presser foot.

    Shari

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Like what?
    LOL I can't type today, plus long day at work! "Now we just need someone (hit like you) to learn to make more of the sewing machine parts!!!

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    I'm going to need a slide plate or two but am having surgery soon so will wait until I'm able to walk around and get to my machines to see if you are still interested in making plates. Thanks for being so generous with your time (and machines) to make these plates. The "fit" and the costs of the plates from you are bound to be better since we have seen some of the work you do with your own machines.
    Donna

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    Hey folks,

    I did some experimenting lat night and found that the VS2 slide plate curved end is NOT a "radius" curve, but a compound curve. No biggie, but I wasted a couple bits of metal, before I was clever enough to hold it up against the original... duhhh

    I got "roped" into playing WoW with my girls last night so I didn't get much else done...

    Two questions come to mind regarding the VS2 plates.
    1. Are the two side mirrors of each other?
    2. Is the bevel on the underside of the back plate the same as on the front plate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Two questions come to mind regarding the VS2 plates.
    1. Are the two side mirrors of each other?
    2. Is the bevel on the underside of the back plate the same as on the front plate?
    Appears to be. Do you want the back slide plate from my VS2?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Appears to be. Do you want the back slide plate from my VS2?
    Nahh, if they look the same that is ok. The Bevel also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Nahh, if they look the same that is ok. The Bevel also?
    Yep, appears to be the same
    Sweet Caroline

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    FYI - I cut the strips for the VS2 bed slides last night. I started the process to make a jig to set the edge angle grind. My plan is to set the edge angles on the whole strip then cut to length, cut the curved end, and buff.

    I am still working on how best to do the under plate grind...

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