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    Lets gather our Sewing Machine Manuals!

    I spent hours on trying to find a Necchi Supernova repair manual on line. Eventually I found one on an obscure site...

    I propose that we have a dedicated section to photocopy and compile all of our sewing machine manuals. That would be so helpful to all of us for our vintage machines. I don't know the logistics of getting this done on this site but I think it would be so helpful and informative to all of us.

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    Most vintage sewing machine yahoo groups have many manuals available for free download. All you have to do is join the group and look through their files. If you join the vintage Necchi group there, I'm betting there are several manuals available.

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    Agreed, but it would be so nice to have them all in one place...just a thought.

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    I agree with DanofNJ, sometimes I seach for things and can't find it on Google...but then you ask one of our members and they come up with it....??

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    I have made copies of any and all sewing machine manuals i have, put them into pdf form on computer , then emailed myself a copy. So no matter where i am, I can bring up a copy on any computer. if my computer would crash i could still bring up email i saved with pdf copy. i love that Singer has their manuals online for free!
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    Excellent idea Dan. If we could not have a dedicated section with a "sticky" at least we could have one where we could list the manuals we have in our possession. Or the list of the links where there are free online downloads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I spent hours on trying to find a Necchi Supernova repair manual on line. Eventually I found one on an obscure site...

    I propose that we have a dedicated section to photocopy and compile all of our sewing machine manuals. That would be so helpful to all of us for our vintage machines. I don't know the logistics of getting this done on this site but I think it would be so helpful and informative to all of us.
    Great idea. I have been looking for a manual for a Kenmore 158-18800. I have found manuals for everything but this model. I had a machine given to me and it has a cam stuck in it. I have done everything to get it out and it will not budge. If I had a manual maybe I could figure out what is going on.

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    Speaking as someone who works in IT as their day job, I'm going to play the devil's advocate.

    Hosting these manuals can get extremely heavy as far as the harddrive space required, and the amount of bandwidth used. Bandwidth, as all of the dial up users know, is very limited, and can get very expensive for the company hosting the board if people are downloading these manuals like crazy. It can also slow the site down. If there are a lot of people downloading the manuals, there's less bandwidth available to the rest of the site.

    That said, I think it's a heck of a good idea. I'd suggest that the board have something like a "dropbox" account, and post the links from there. Some sort of "cloud" storage that wouldn't affect the performance of QB.

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    Great idea! I need to figure out how to use my Adobe program, shouldn't be too hard. I'm making a manual for my Belvedere Adler 950-B because there isn't one anywhere, not even for sale. I've taken pictures, etc. and put those on my blog along with the promise to make a downloadable pdf. You're idea will get me motivated to finish it!

    Here's a link to my manual, it's not finished though...
    Belvedere Adler 950-B
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    mjhaess,

    It's not a free download, but Sears has the manual for your machine.
    Here's the Sears listing for the parts:
    http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...hdMod=15818800
    Click on the first diagram then scroll down to the bottom of the right side to where it says manual:
    http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...hdMod=15818800

    It's not free, but it's an idea to think on if you don't find a free one.

    Joe

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    Glad to here that there is support for this. The problem is I don't know how to do it...maybe we could have a flicker account or something like that. I guess the administrator would have to help us.

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    I would love to have a copy of that Supernova repair manual, I just received a Necchi automatic Supernova Ultra from a friend who wasn't using it and it needs a little bit more cleaning than I can do following the normal manual. I have paper manuals for the Necchi Supernova Ultra (both primary manual and supplemental) Sears Kenmore 1750 and 1751 models that are in fairly good shape that I can scan for anyone who needs them, and I have the manual for an Athena 2000. That manual has been a little chewed, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    The problem is I don't know how to do it.
    I had an idea: Put them on your Google drive (assuming you have an account) and post a share URL on a dedicated thread. When someone scans a manual, put it up, set to shared, post the URL to the thread.
    If people don't know how to do this, I have quite a bit of teaching experience and could do a tutorial and/or flash movie to explain it.

    EDIT: For example, sewing machine tension guide
    Last edited by manicmike; 09-11-2013 at 06:17 PM.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I had an idea: Put them on your Google drive (assuming you have an account) and post a share URL on a dedicated thread. When someone scans a manual, put it up, set to shared, post the URL to the thread.
    If people don't know how to do this, I have quite a bit of teaching experience and could do a tutorial and/or flash movie to explain it.

    EDIT: For example, sewing machine tension guide
    your example brought up the excellent article on adjusting the foot pedal action. Isn't there a limit to the amount of Google Drive that is free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsewnsew View Post
    Isn't there a limit to the amount of Google Drive that is free?
    Yes, I think it's 1GB. That'd take a while to fill up with sewing manuals!

    Edit: Heavens above, Gromit! It's 15GB.
    Last edited by manicmike; 09-11-2013 at 07:06 PM. Reason: Added information
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    I've used http://www.mediafire.com/ for file sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I had an idea: Put them on your Google drive (assuming you have an account) and post a share URL on a dedicated thread. When someone scans a manual, put it up, set to shared, post the URL to the thread.
    If people don't know how to do this, I have quite a bit of teaching experience and could do a tutorial and/or flash movie to explain it.

    EDIT: For example, sewing machine tension guide
    LOL! Thanks mike oldsewnsew is right, that one is my pedal adjustment. You might have meant this one if you saved it to your google drive? http://www.archaicarcane.com/fragile...-equal-stress/ or the bobbin one: http://www.archaicarcane.com/bobbin-...obbin-tension/

    I prefer to have the links listed, but to have the docs saved for backup. The main reason for that is sometimes the original will disappear, but if you save it and only refer to the saved copy, you might not get the updates if an error is found in the original. For Instance, I'm very guilty of making changes months down the road if I learn something new.

    I did put all of my manuals (service / repair / owners) up on drop box, but I don't know the legality of making them public,.. anyone know?

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    Hey quite right. Try this one: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1hliI...it?usp=sharing
    (the real adjuster's manual has now stood up).
    Tammi, your foot adjustment info is awesome. Not sure if I mentioned it but I've used it at least twice, and have it (obviously) on my Google drive
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I did put all of my manuals (service / repair / owners) up on drop box, but I don't know the legality of making them public,.. anyone know?
    I'm not a lawyer, but I've researched this, and here is what I've found. If the manual is in the public domain, then it's legal to publicize it. The copyright rules are a little complicated because they've changed over the years, and new rules were not "grandfathered", but here is an overview of how to determine copyright status:

    If the article was copyrighted in the U.S.A. prior to 1923, it is in the public domain (there may be exceptions for some foreign publications).
    If the article was copyrighted between 1923 and 1963 and the copyright was not renewed 28 years (or in some cases 27 years) after the initial publication* (see note below), it is in the public domain. If the copyright WAS renewed, then it is under copyright for 95 years after the initial publication.

    Here is a chart that outlines it better than I can:
    http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

    Now, to find out if the copyright was renewed, you have to search the Catalog of Copyright Entries. This is mostly do-able online. Here is a good resource with links and info: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/cce/

    Other links:
    US Copyright Office (1978 to present)http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwe...cal&PAGE=First

    Internet archives (1891 thru 1977)http://archive.org/details/copyrightrecords/.

    * Many publications have been copyrighted one or more times after the initial publication. These are called derivative copyrights (re-published with new information). In these cases, only the new information gets the new copyright date, but knowing what is new and what is old would require comparing all the publications. I haven't been able to find out exactly what to do in these situations, so I search the Catalog of Copyrights 27 and 28 years after the initial publication and the last publication. My reasoning is that if the first and last copyrights weren't renewed, it's unlikely that the intermediate ones were. But I think to be thorough one would have to search 27 and 28 years after EACH copyright date.

    From my personal research, I have found that most of the older Singer educational materials are in the public domain. Some of their older manuals may still be under copyright.

    As an aside, I posted a thread on QB that was deleted because it had an image from a Singer book (not a manual). It was in the public domain and legal to publicize it, but QB said they needed written proof. Of course I can't expect QB to look through Copyright Catalogs every time someone posts an image or to trust that board members have done their research, so this is understandable. (If anyone wants a copy of the parts list that I posted, PM me.)
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    I have manuals but I sure don't know how to make files of them.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Hey quite right. Try this one: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1hliI...it?usp=sharing
    (the real adjuster's manual has now stood up).
    Tammi, your foot adjustment info is awesome. Not sure if I mentioned it but I've used it at least twice, and have it (obviously) on my Google drive
    When I click on that link I get this:
    You need permission

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    You are signed in as arch****@gmail.com.


    Which brings up a point. To view a lot of Google drive stuff, I don't know how much of that is permissions, since your first one didn't do this, you need to have a Google account, gmail address, etc.

    I'm really glad to see that that tutorial is useful to you. It IS actually one of the most viewed posts on my site. That and the thread cost comparison, and the bobbin case stuff for the 99/66 style machines. The tension and timing ones definitely are up there too. Yeah, I'm a stats geek, but it tells me what people want to see.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    I'm not a lawyer, but I've researched this, and here is what I've found. If the manual is in the public domain, then it's legal to publicize it.
    <snip>
    As an aside, I posted a thread on QB that was deleted because it had an image from a Singer book (not a manual). It was in the public domain and legal to publicize it, but QB said they needed written proof. Of course I can't expect QB to look through Copyright Catalogs every time someone posts an image or to trust that board members have done their research, so this is understandable. (If anyone wants a copy of the parts list that I posted, PM me.)
    See that's the problem, I have probably over 100 manuals up there, and to research each one of them would take days. I suspect that DB and Google would just delete before checking too.

    Which book did you post from? I have a number of them here, but I'd be interested in knowing what was deleted, especially if I haven't seen it. I have various parts charts here that may or may not be public domain, I know that they say on them that they're or Singer employees only, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have manuals but I sure don't know how to make files of them.
    Which manuals? Some will already be "out there". If I was closer to you, I'd offer to scan them and turn them into PDFs, but,.. uh... 3300kms (2050mi) one way assuming I didn't get lost at all... that's a lotta driving.

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    In earlier posts on this thread, I mentioned I was writing a manual for the Belvedere Adler 950-B sewing machine. The manual has been on my blog but now I've finished the pdf file of the Belvedere Adler 950-B manual.
    Download the pdf file from my blog if you need one!
    Last edited by Christine-; 09-12-2013 at 04:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
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    I double-checked and it says it'll share it with anyone who has the URL. Seems I had the URL wrong. Google gave me the "signed in" version.
    Try it now: adjuster's manual for 201
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    In earlier posts on this thread, I mentioned I was writing a manual for the Belvedere Adler 950-B sewing machine. The manual has been on my blog but now I've finished the pdf file of the Belvedere Adler 950-B manual.
    Download the pdf file from my blog if you need one!
    manicmike, the url you posted doesn't last. You'll need to repost the new link soon, and then it will only last a few days as well. That's why I have people go to my blog, since I'm able to edit the link there every time it changes. My blog page will never change.

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    I just realized, you were referencing a different pdf file than mine. Sorry! Going to get more coffee now.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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