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    New member

    Hi

    I have just joined the forum. I have been collecting old sewing machines for about 5 years. I currently have 9 treadles and about 50 hand cranks (30 of which have to go), plus the odd electric like a Frister & Rossman Cub and a Willcox & Gibbs lockstitch industrial in a cabinet. I live in the UK in rural Leicestershire with my partner and lots of animals. I would like to start quilting, but spend most of my time restoring and repairing old machines. I buy most of my machines at auction, and the ones I don't want to keep I sell to pay for the ones I do.

    I like all my machines to be in working order. I recently bought a Ward Arm & Platform machine which is the centrepiece of my collection, but I don't have any needles for it and no clue which needles it uses. I also recently won a Singer 206, which was the first zigzag model Singer made.

    I also moderate the ISMACS Digest and belong to a few other forums like the Weavers and Spinners UK.

    Jacqui

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    Welcome form Wisconsin, USA!

    There are So many vintage sewing machine owners on this board. You are in the right spot! mary

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    Hello and Welcome aboard Sounds like you have a wealth of information to share
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    Welcome! You will have fun here. Sounds as if you have a lot of wonderful machines.

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    Thanks for the welcome. I am happy to help anyone if I have the knowledge. I've learnt quite a bit in 5 years, but there is always more to learn. I have worked on Singers, Jones, German and several other makes of machines, and managed to get most of them working as long as I had the parts. It helps to have ISMACS members on hand to ask if I get stuck. Most of the have been collecting and restoring for many years

    Jacqui

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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    Welcome from WI. Good luck with starting quilting.

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    Hi Jacqui! It's VERY nice to meet you!
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    Hello from Ohio!
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    Hi Jacqui. Welcome to the Quilting Board.

    Now that you have told us about your machines how about posting a couple of picture of your favorits. I love looking at old machines. I have a few vintage machines but no actual antique machines.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada! Your collection sound enviable, would love to see some pics of your favorites!

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    Hi Jacqui, welcome from NE Ohio, USA.

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    Welcome from another Minnesotan!

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    welcome Jacqui from Jacquie in OK

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    Welcome from Texas!

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    Thanks for the welcome. Pictures, hmmm -

    This is the star of my collection, a Ward Arm & Platform circa 1875, the first free arm model.

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    This is an old Jones Family Cs, the only one I've ever seen with these decals.

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    This is a pretty German Simplex machine bought before Christmas which my other half refused to let me sell -

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    I have so many machines, it would be quicker to look at my Webshots - http://community.webshots.com/user/alchemillasilverhair. My original Singer 27 treadle and Singer 12 hand crank are on there. They started it all off and came from Freecycle.

    I will have to take some updated pictures of recent acquisitions and add them to my Webshots.

    Jacqui

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    Welcome anybody who knows about the old machines!!!!
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    Welcome aboard--would love to see some pics of the Crank ones!!
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    Welcome Jacqui, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Quilting Board.

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    Thank you so much for those pictures of your beautiful antique machines. I'm off to check out your webshots album now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cacklinghen View Post
    Welcome aboard--would love to see some pics of the Crank ones!!
    click the link to her webshots albums. She has several there. Lovely.

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    Welcome. It is nice to have a new member that is already addicted to Vintage Sewing Machines.
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    Definitely an addiction, I can't resist them. I didn't intend collecting them in the first place, I got my first treadle to turn it into a chunky spinning wheel, fell in love with the machine and it was downhill from there. I still haven't made that spinning wheel.

    I prefer treadles to hand cranks, but I always have at least one hand crank ready for action.I sell sewing machines in the Winter and tents in the Summer. All bought at auction. I repair the tents using my hand crank Singer 201. It will sew virtually anything.

    Jacqui

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