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    Monograms

    Vintage White Sewing Machine Company Monogram maker

    I mentioned some time ago I had a little monogram dohicky. Someone asked me to take some pics and post. Well I'll try with the pics - some will stick and some might not but I'll get them up here eventually.

    This little monogram maker was a gift from my sister. She knew I was wanting one and she found it at a rummage sale and thought of me. It only works with low shank machines. That rules out my 403 and 411 I love to use. So I put it on the Phoenix. The Phoenix decided not to sew today. So I got out an old 15 clone even though it does not zz. I loosened the tension a little - well a lot - the end fell off... Then I figured out there was a bit of dried up oil on the disks... Usually this machine is so reliable it isn't funny. I cleaned out the dried up oil with a q-tip - I could not see the oil but it sure felt draggy in there. Then I dropped the feed dogs. Then I put the parts on the machine per instructions. Then I sewed a little monogram. I hope pictures will show up in the next windows. I think some letters work better than others. I think a zz machine might work better than a clone. Maybe a lighter needle, too. I think I had a jeans needle in the machine.
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    Ok let's see if a picture of the box will come up.
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    so far so good. Let's open the box and see what is inside.
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    I like it that this one had instructions. I'm not real good with instructions - usually I try to figure it out... I really do need instructions to do monogrammers and buttonholers.
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    I hope those pictures stay up there. Making sure the tension is cleaned up and adjusted to flow nice. Dropped the feed dogs - may as well clean there when done.
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    Ok drum roll - are you ready to see the little doohicky? Pulling up a bobbin thread to start it out - just like free motion.
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    Then the last picture - the finished 'monogram'
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    Looks like the thing it rides on was taken apart already in the second picture. It is a little tricky to put it together the first time. The first picture is the way it should go. Now I should go get out the Singer Slant-o-matic monogrammer and see if I can get it to work - Nah - no time. I haven't gone to the grocery in a while and it has to happen... DH likes to be well fed.
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    OK so none of the pictures came up. I am so inept with computers. Name:  monogram maker 003.JPG
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    Ok that was picture number 1.
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    Try again for picture #2Name:  monogram maker 004.JPG
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    sheesh - I don't know if the new ones are coming up or not...
    so you all know how to clean out a tension with a q-tip or you can figure it out... Lets try the picture of the dohicky in action.
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    Oops that pic has the nose plate off to have the tension cleaned - looks like the machine could benefit from a clean up anyway. I'll try one more pic of the finished monogrammer coming off the contraption.
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    Very neat; I never knew those old machines could do monogramming. Thank's for showing us.
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    They can do all kinds of stuff with attachments. I think it would work to use a marker that washes out etc and then free motion. Those monogram letters are pretty simple. I think a zig zag machine could be used with that dohicky then taper the letters as desired - might take a bit of practice. I also think the letters could have decorative stitches added later. It would all take practice.
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    Even though I have an embroidery machine, I would love to have one of those to use on my Kennie or Morse. If you ever see one would you think of me and let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Looks like the thing it rides on was taken apart already in the second picture. It is a little tricky to put it together the first time. The first picture is the way it should go. Now I should go get out the Singer Slant-o-matic monogrammer and see if I can get it to work - Nah - no time. I haven't gone to the grocery in a while and it has to happen... DH likes to be well fed.
    Gee, I was thinking today I need to find the slant o mattic monogrammer myself. I just got a 403 Friday so I was excited to see i could get this. Now to find one. Really think I am going to like this machine.

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    This is the only one I've ever seen. I have seen some other types for Kenmore and some for Slant-o-matic but the letters aren't as big. I'm thinking the key is to drop the feed dogs and to loosen the tension. Make sure thread flows real easy. About like you would adjust for FM.
    I'm hoping someone knows how to use the Kenmore monogrammer. I have one but no instructions. Maybe someone has the instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    Gee, I was thinking today I need to find the slant o mattic monogrammer myself. I just got a 403 Friday so I was excited to see i could get this. Now to find one. Really think I am going to like this machine.
    The 403 is what I use at home. I love it. I don't love that not everything works on it. This monogrammer does not work on it or a high shank machine. I had to dig out that old clone to find one that the dohicky worked on. The Phoenix is another nice machine but the attachment did not connect - some where it's a hair off or I was.
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    Miriam,

    Thanks for posting your doo-hickey! Basically it works as a stylus with a small hoop around the fabric. Neat idea!

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    Miriam, thanks for an interesting post. I love your idea of going back and adding decorative stitches to the monogram letters. That would look awesome!

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    This looks complicated. You are a genius!
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    That is really cool - and to think that we thought only Modern machines could monogram

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    Miriam,
    Thank you for posting pictures of the monogrammer, was beginning to think I'd never see them. Interesting contraption.
    Sharon

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