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Thread: Pheasant Decal Singer Probably Heading My Way

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    Pheasant Decal Singer Probably Heading My Way

    Almost a done deal- waiting for a final phone call. Got my fingers and toes crossed. Found a nice Pheasant Singer treadle online thats almost 3 1/2 hours away and after trying to put it out of my mind for days, I finally yielded to temptation and called. It's really too far for me to drive due to bad knees, but was going to try the trip. The gentleman was willing to ship just the head, but hated to part it out since it was his Grammy's. I hated the thought of it too, not to mention the risk of damage. On the off chance I asked if he knew anyone who was traveling my way and he'd just made a deal for selling some mechanical parts to someone who lives only an hour away from me. And he'll accept PayPal! So- tomorrow I'll know if this weekend I can drive a little over 2 hours round trip instead of 7! I'm thrilled the gentleman is so nice. I'll need to remind him to remove the head and drawers. Total cost will be about $100. Scary to spend so much without being able to see it in person, but I'm blaming it on the overabundance of sunshine causing March Madness. This Group has been a wonderfully bad influence on me. I now want almost every machine I see, and really can't afford to buy any of them. Even the crappiest machine and cabinet seem be a candidate for rehabilitation through some of you miracle workers. This one looks to be in very good shape, so I'm trying to believe it will all work out. I'll ask the seller to include a note about his Grammy so I can keep some history with the machine. I'd like to name it Millie for my Mom, or maybe Eunice for my Great Aunt who taught me to treadle many years ago. Til now I've only named some of my cars- the Tomato Soup Can (orangish red VW Squareback), The Great Pumpkin (orange Volvo Wagon).
    I haven't found much about the Pheasant Singers online, but I don't think the birds really look like pheasants at all. Don't think I'll sleep much tonight.

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    Good luck, it's nice how people will try and work things out. Hope it all works out well,and please post pictures if you can.

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    So, did the call come? Is it yours? I seem to remember the pheasant decals being not as common. Please post pics when/if you get the machine.


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    The Pheasant decals are not very common...so if you got a decent machine for about $100, then you got a good deal IMO!

    Can't wait to see pics! I agree that they don't look much like pheasants...I thought they looked more like a partridge, without the "topknot"!
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    Still on pins and needles. The seller is waiting to hear back from the other gentleman with the truck who lives closer to me. Might not know til about 3 pm. If not- road trip.

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    Well, hope you get this machine without having to drive so far. Sounds like you got a good deal on it. I am going after a Davis VF in a treadle next weekend, and I'll have to drive about 5 hours round trip to get it. Not looking forward to the drive, but the lady has held the machine for over 2 months for me, and I need to go get it. I'm excited, too!!

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    Crud! Everything was fine when I spoke w/ the seller this am, was going to call me by 3 pm to confirm the other gentleman had room in his truck. I've made two calls an hour apart- both go to voicemail. It's almost 5 pm- guess he sold it to someone else. I told him I'd buy it whether or not the Pony express worked out. Guess I'll go torment some weeds.

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    At 5:20 pm EST the Pheasant is on it's on it's way! Seller just called- said he was too busy to call sooner. I did PayPal while he was on his computer and he gave me the courier's phone # and name. I'll contact the Good Samaritan in the morning and pick it up sometime this weekend. Whew! I was Sure I'd been skunked and was working on forgetting the whole thing. Stewing over crud is just a waste of time- but I admit I gave myself an hour to really steam about it. I'll post a pic when I get it home. I'd do a Happy Dance but with my knees I'd fall and not get up. Maybe I'll just hum a bit- don't think I can get hurt doing it. Need to head to JoAnns for some fabric I promised someone.

    JlJack- have a safe trip, and do a Happy Dance for both of us!

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    YAY!! There's nothing sayin' that a "happy dance" can't be a "chair dance" as well!! Do a couple of spins and whoop it up Girl!!!
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    soon it will be fixture in your home. three cheers for you
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    Congratulations. Looking forward to pictures.

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    I'm home. It's raining, so I've left the machine in the car. Haven't looked it over critically yet, but the head is fairly clean with lovely decals in very good shape- almost no wear, and no "pin rash". I hadn't realized how colorful this style of decal is. I've looked up the serial #- D257812- as being 1908, but the website I went to (oldsingerewingmachineblog) for the corresponding model # comes up with blank pages. The irons have a few light rust spots, but mostly glossy black paint. The case top has some water damage and a broken middle drawer. Haven't mucked out the goodie drawer yet, but no square key. Old razor blades, a few buttons, the usual grodie bra backs saved for their hooks, etc. Some of the decal's birds look like they have a bit of Black Forest influence in them- similar to the old cuckoo clock carvings. Will post pics tomorrow.
    I haven't found anything yet about how many models and machines were made with this decal. For me it was worth all the drama. I can take a drawer from another case, and maybe the top also. I haven't tried to do any refinishing, but maybe this summer I will practice on an old piece of furniture. Plan to do a bit of light cleaning on the head next week. I doubt the story the machine belonged to the seller's Grammy's. The Good Samaritan who brought it partway shared the seller was part antique picker and part hoarder. Thank you for the good luck wishes!

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    Sounds like you got a great deal! The serial shows a Model 27, commmissioned on March 18, 1908.

    A small screwdriver should open the locks on the drawers...
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    Congratulations Monroe ! I am so happy for you. I remember the day I got my beautiful Pheasant baby in a gorgeous cabinet and I love her so much... you will be so thrilled I am sure.

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    Finally got a pic resized to attach. Although the machine looks fairly clean, it shows a whitish haze in some photos, Maybe from the tiny eggshell crazing in the clearcoat reflecting the flash? The decals are in good condition. The machine is much grubbier underneath, but i'll work on that in a few weeks when I clean it up. I'm very happy, and want to get it in good working condition. The cabinet is pretty grubby, but I have a parlor cabinet to clean up for it's new home. Still haven't found much online about the Pheasant decals other than short blurbs and pretty pictures. Anyone know how many were made, and which models they were put on? Thanks for the good vibes.
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    The Pheasant decals were used from 1890 to 1915 on the 15, 27, and 128 models...

    She's really pretty!!
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    This sounds like the same machine my sister-in-law gave me on Monday. I spent most of the day yesterday working on it... cleaning it up. The bobbin winder was rusted and wouldn't move but my husband used some FluidFilm and now it's working perfectly. But I need to buy a belt and don't know the length to buy. Does anyone out there know what size I should get? I looked on eBay and they offer different sizes. Here's a picture of the machine I'm working on. It's a labor of love.......
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    Oh, and I forgot to ask..... what is the knob to the right of the Singer decal? I haven't taken it off because I don't know what it does and I don't want to mess something up. It sews..... I turned the wheel.... it works.... but don't know how to change the stitch length. Yours looks to be in great shape, Monroe....congrats!!

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    That little knob is to change the stitch length. To the right makes it larger, to the left smaller.

    As for the belt, send a PM to Mizkaki...she'll get you hooked up. I don't buy "belts"...even tho I probably should, instead I use leather boot laces, usually 72 inch and cut them to size, connect them with either the old staple from the "original" belt, I've been known to use a bent, cut to length paper clip, or you can sew the ends together with dental floss.
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    Thanks Charlee, I'll PM Mizkaki about the belt. I'm almost done cleaning it up.... now I need a manicure!

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    Isn't Charlee a fountain of knowlege? Please keep it flowing Lady! I haven't cleaned my machine at all. A prior owner had done some cleaning and thankfully hadn't harmed the decals. There's cleaning work to be done on the metalwork and underneath. The cabinet is still in my car waiting for a someone to help me bring it in. Had dbl knee replacement last Fall and many problems. Of course I still need to make a place to put the treadle. The handwheel turns freely so I'm not going to mess with anything internal except for oiling. Need to order some TriFlow. Unfortunately no manual, but I'm sure I'll find one on the internet when I get to it. I picked up a belt last year at a quilt show. It's pretty stiff. I like the idea of a leather boot lace.

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    Monroe & Nanna, I love your new machines! I'm going after that Davis treadle this weekend, come HE__ or High Water!! :-)

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