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Thread: Sticking my toe in the waters of Vintage Sewing Machines

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    I want to be an OSMG! The knowledge they have about these machines is amazing!

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    After looking at all the wonderful vintage machines here, I'm going to look at old machines at thrift stores and garage sales differently from now on. And next time I have a box of accessories in my hand, I'm not putting them back, even if I can't use them, someone here probably can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    After looking at all the wonderful vintage machines here, I'm going to look at old machines at thrift stores and garage sales differently from now on. And next time I have a box of accessories in my hand, I'm not putting them back, even if I can't use them, someone here probably can!
    Good girl Quiltingweb. You are getting good training. Sounds like the vintage bug is biting. Can't wait to see pics of the first vintage machine you find. We all know that should happen soon.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Oh Caroline, I have a Kenmore that looks like it's from the 60s or 70s and it works great, a singer from 1969 that needs a little attention and my treadle machine, oh and a Singer ( I think it's a 99) that my neighbor GAVE me. It was her grandmother's. It works perfectly. Yes, this bug is biting all right.

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    because of the badge on the upper right side, I'd guess it's made by national.

    here 's a list of who made what .. I didn't see a Ha ha in this list ? you see many manufactors were only around 2 to 3 yrs

    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/american%20...ufacturers.htm

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    Yes, the Ha Ha too. So, it's likely a National machine? Interesting. This is why people like Singers...easy to identify, good information, manuals, attachments....Something to search for.

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    Can we talk embroidery machines? I feel guilty saying it out loud, but I really don't like ....ack...machine embroidery. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing what other people do, I admire their talent, their skill, their vision, but I just can't get into it. I want to sew. I just want to sew and quilt, make clothes. I like that I can now make myself some fancy labels, but what I think I like my old, hand drawn, hand sewn labels just as well. I don't think I have the patience. Maybe it's the machine I have. I bought a Husq-Viking #1+. I do love all its fancy stitches. I've gotten the hang of lettering. It's just that I don't LOVE it the way I like creating a block, designing a quilt, choosing the fabrics. Should I keep the machine, sell it? I guess I'll keep it, but is there something wrong with me?

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    So, today I felt like getting dirty...well, not really, but that's the way it ended up anyway. I got myself a good supply of sewing machine oil and decided to tackle the Minnehaha.

    I oiled and cleaned. I watched videos and took it apart...not too much...and put it back together. Once I got it back together and well-oiled...maybe too much, but wiping it off is taking off a lot of grime...I wound the bobbin! I watched Muv's video and it worked just the way it's supposed to. I learned how easy it is to load the bobbin in the shuttle and the shuttle into the machine. And you know what? It sews! At first it didn't, but I remember what I've always been told about my other machines...check the way it's threaded! Yep, I missed one hole. As soon as I fixed that, it was sewing like a dream...or at least the way it's supposed to. It's amazing how smoothly it treadles. Each little victory put a goofy grin on my face. What a fun way to spend an afternoon in the garage!

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    Notice I'm missing the front slide plate. Any suggestions? What about a piece of plexiglass?

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    I may need an intervention. I found (an purchased) this today. I kept hearing such good things about them and...what can I say?Name:  WP_001745.jpg
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    Your machine most likely is a National. The round access plate on the front is a giveaway. I have a 1928 Leader with the same shape, but more decals. Is this a full size machine? Mine isn't.

    My first 301 had strange grumble/squeak until I oiled the cross rod and ran the machine standing on end to get oil under the area the noise was coming from. End of problem.

    That's a good looking Necchi.

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    I'm hooked. At this point I don't know what I would be doing if I weren't thinking about the machines I have in the basement.

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    I don't think it is a full sized machine. 3/4 maybe? I think a lot of the decals have worn away, especially the MINNEHAHA across the front. I'm just thrilled that it works and that it's mine.

    The Singer with the squeak most likely needs more oiling and I will try what you suggested to get the oil into all the joints. Thanks!

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    Ah...vintage...sweet machine and that Necchi looks wonderful. Love my 50's Pinnock which I use every week and must get to restoring my Singer Treadle...'til thats done I'm not game to sneak another in.

    Quiltingweb...I don't like machine embroidery either (though the work people produce here is lovely). The only modern, upmarket machine I'm tempted to invest in is a Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen.
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    My mother-in-law does beautiful embroidery work and I thought, if I found a machine like hers, I could do the same thing...nope. I haven't got the patience. I will leave it to her. You'd think we could work together, she could do the embroidery and I could do the quilting, but I think she feels about my quilting the way I feel about the embroidery, it's just not her thing. My newest machine is my Nolting...I think it's a Fun Quilter...long-arm on the big frame. It's in the basement...I think it might be my place to escape from the heat today! Stay cool quilting friends!

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    Brought in my "new" Necchi today and sat in the cool basement and started to learn all about it. It is a nifty machine. Sews so smoothly. I tried out some of the cams, gadgets. It's so COOL!

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    Today I realized a couple of things. First, just because you can UN-screw something, doesn't mean you should. I was going to clean up my treadle and started by shining up some gunky spots and decided to undo the stitch length do-dad. Um, that little part INSIDE the machine is really hard to reach and this brings me to the second thing I learned. Sewing machines get really DIRTY inside. So, it's back together again, but I am re-thinking my idea to just clean it from the outside. Maybe I really should soak it in de-gunker after all....

    OK, I learned something else. I can't wait to piece a quilt with it. I really do love treadling that machine...but maybe I'll make sure it's clean first.

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    Better be careful dipping the toe, I did and now I'm up to my chin, lol....Joy
    Life is SEW great!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    Better be careful dipping the toe, I did and now I'm up to my chin, lol....Joy

    I'm getting addicted. Someone on Craigs List today offered a New Home treadle for free. How am I supposed to pass that up? My 10 year old was out in the garage with me while I was working on another machine (yes, I know) and she was sewing on my "old" treadle machine (had it for about a month now) and she was having a great time. When I asked if she wanted to go along tomorrow to pick up another treadle machine, I thought she would roll her eyes at me, she cheered. She loves the treadle machine! Can't wait to see it. It looks newer than my Minnehaha, or at least the cabinet looks newer. I think the investigating is just as fun as sewing!

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Size:  345.9 KBIt's getting cleaned up, the treadle runs very smoothly, the hand-wheel, when disengaged, runs smoothly, but something seems to be locked up. The needle won't go up and down. Most other things that are supposed to move, make a slight movement when I move the hand wheel...slightly, but the gear on the end of the shaft that comes down from the top and meets with another gear that goes across the bottom does not. Not a bit of play there. So, it seems to me, in my non-expert opinion, that something between that gear and the bobbin casing is locked up.

    Further investigation is necessary. Here's a question...can I shoot some W-D 40 in there or is that a lubricant only zone? Or can I WD-40 first to get it moving then lube it?

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    I wouldn't WD-40 it. I've heard that when it dries, it will gunk up things. Someone else on here will give you some expert advise I think.

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll wait and see if anyone has ideas for me. Besides, I have quilting to do that NEEDS to be done.

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Size:  50.2 KBMy 10 year old DD wanted to sew last night while I was working on the "new"machine. We went to the stash, she picked out some fabrics and we cut them out. Big 12 inch squares. She was bugging her sisters and I needed to find her something to do. She sat down at this machine and she sewed all of the squares together. Random order, 5 long strips then sewed the strips together. Today, she has her first quilt top! She's never sewn anything but for practice before. She is so proud...now she wants me to quilt it. Get in line honey!

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