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    And then there were 14

    I still say it's 13, but the DH says until I actually sell / part out the "spare" 99, it's part of the herd.

    Anyway, I mentioned in the buttonholer thread that I was picking up a machine today. This makes the 14th machine, and the 11th in the last 7 months.

    Hi. My name's Tammi, aka ArchaicArcane, and I have a sewing machine addiction.

    The machine and its accessories were very well cared for. It's still going to get a full once over, probably tomorrow, but completeness of the accessories box, and the fact that it really only required a wipe down (as opposed to the cobwebs and really creepy bugs I pulled out of the 15-90) makes it the best condition I've come across so far.

    Usually I go for the black machines, but the DH seems to be taken with this machine, so maybe now that we have one, I can get him sewing his own damn buttons on.

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    Tammi,

    If your DH is "taken with this machine", I'm flat slobbering over it. That is a gorgeous haul if ever I saw one.
    With all the Singers we have we don't have a single singer oil bottle. Nor do we have a Singer Slant Stitch button holler in the pink egg case.
    The set up you have there is what I'd like to do with my 401A.

    As far as buttons go, I've been sewing my own on for decades. I put 'em on so they don't, wont, can't come off. Seriously.

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    Where in the world do you keep all of these machines?
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    That is a gorgeous Rocketter!!! I'd make room for it too.

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    I wish my Rocketeer looked so good! Congratulations!

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    OMG, I had to run and get a towel to soak up the slobber. Congrats Tammi. Sure hope you can get your DH away from that sewing machine so you can give her a test drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Tammi,

    If your DH is "taken with this machine", I'm flat slobbering over it. That is a gorgeous haul if ever I saw one.
    With all the Singers we have we don't have a single singer oil bottle. Nor do we have a Singer Slant Stitch button holler in the pink egg case.
    The set up you have there is what I'd like to do with my 401A.

    As far as buttons go, I've been sewing my own on for decades. I put 'em on so they don't, wont, can't come off. Seriously.

    Joe
    It's funny, he's more interested in the machines because of the "technology". They're fascinating to him from an engineering stand point. For instance, I learned from him that sewing machines had camshafts before cars did. The rocketeers though, for some reason he's been talking about those since he first saw a picture of one. He was so happy I had reassembled the cabinet already (picked it up in the mustang, took a little dis-assembly to do it, but it made it home), and set it up. LOL!

    It's not without it's challenges though. When I removed the machine from the carry case, I saw the two washers and screws. When I removed the screws, I realized one of the "washers" I was holding was a tension disk. There was a look of horror at the machine, til I saw all 3 are where they belong. I think. It may be a little fun to get her tension set right, if that one belongs, and I have a washer in the tension assembly.

    I can probably send you an oil can... they seem to be like bunnies here for some reason. At first, I was having trouble finding them. Bought the only two I'd seen, and the next 4 machines came with a total of 7 between them!!

    I mentioned to the DH that this machine had officially cured me of shopping for goodies for the machines. I -just- bought a 10 pack of class 66 bobbins, cos I only had a few....

    I have a funny feeling I'll just get tired of him hitching his work pants up and sew them on, but maybe I can sneak a lesson in and show him how easy it is for a rocketeer to do it...

    Quote Originally Posted by lillybeck View Post
    Where in the world do you keep all of these machines?
    Hey Lilly, I finally got a chance to post in the Vintage Machines and Displays thread. Believe it or not, they're so far all still in my sewing room. (http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5374272)


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    That is a gorgeous Rocketter!!! I'd make room for it too.
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    I wish my Rocketeer looked so good! Congratulations!
    Thank you thank you!

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    OMG, I had to run and get a towel to soak up the slobber. Congrats Tammi. Sure hope you can get your DH away from that sewing machine so you can give her a test drive.
    LOL! No problem, he'll oogle it from afar, and suggest "projects" for me to do. To relax, of course.

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    Great looking machine!!

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    "I mentioned to the DH that this machine had officially cured me of shopping for goodies for the machines. I -just- bought a 10 pack of class 66 bobbins, cos I only had a few.... "

    I will gamble on the fact that you will now be shopping for all this extra cams available on Ebay! - Just gotta have them. Congratulations. What a beautiful setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    It's not without it's challenges though. When I removed the machine from the carry case, I saw the two washers and screws. When I removed the screws, I realized one of the "washers" I was holding was a tension disk. There was a look of horror at the machine, til I saw all 3 are where they belong. I think. It may be a little fun to get her tension set right, if that one belongs, and I have a washer in the tension assembly.
    I had a chance to oil, grease and test sew on it last night.
    Well, I don't care if there's a washer in the tension assembly or not. (I don't think there is, it all looks uniform)
    The tension is perfect, even on zigzag, which blew my theory up about vintage machines with cams and zig zag tension. I don't want to even take a screwdriver to this one at all.

    My only small complaint is that the fiber gear sounds a little loud, even after greasing. It looks fine, but for the "sawdust" in the area that says it ran dryish in the past. I'll keep an eye on it though.

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    Great looking machine!!
    Thanks AuntieD, it's growing on me. The 400 and 500 series never really caught my eye, but I'm starting to really enjoy how solid a machine they are.

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    I will gamble on the fact that you will now be shopping for all this extra cams available on Ebay! - Just gotta have them. Congratulations. What a beautiful setup.
    LOL! I have all the cams I want for the 403A, I think the two can share. I don't have the whole set, but I have the ones I can see myself using. (0 - 11 I think it is) Doesn't mean I don't haunt fleabay though.

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    As long as each machine has its own stash things will be ok----No one should feel left out. This is how I justify my collection of both

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    Beautiful machine!
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    WOW. Looks brand new. Congrats.

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    Truly beautiful.

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    Nice looking machine, good for you to find a really good one that doesn't need a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchit123 View Post
    As long as each machine has its own stash things will be ok----No one should feel left out. This is how I justify my collection of both
    They both have their original 8 cams, and there are 3 that they share. Ditto on the attachments. They share things like the zipper foot and walking foot, but the rest, they have their own. It also makes it easier to grab a case, which each have their attachments boxes mounted inside, and go and not have to worry about forgetting the bits I need to sew with.

    With the exception of the attachments boxes, I try to keep only one of each "toy", so I don't run out of space. It's still touch and go anyway.

    I figured out how to be productive that many sewing machines in the room yesterday. I took the 503 and the serger outside and worked on the deck.

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    Beautiful machine!
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    WOW. Looks brand new. Congrats.
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    Truly beautiful.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Nice looking machine, good for you to find a really good one that doesn't need a lot of work.
    Thank you!! I spent the day bonding with it yesterday. I made curtains for the gazebo. Not a single hiccup that I didn't introduce myself. I even tried things I've never tried on a sewing machine before (40 buttons and buttonholes)

    In fairness, I've done buttonholes before, but on a "4 step buttonhole" sewing machine, and I hated them. They almost always turned out some weird trapazoidal shape. I also tried one on my treadle that didn't go well, but I later figured out that the needle was backwards, so I can't blame any one but me one that one. I agree with what people say here about these buttonholer attachment ones being so much nicer.

    I sure think this one's a keeper. I'm even getting used to the knee lever, though I do think the pedal needs an adjustment.

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    She is gorgeous! Enjoy your new baby! I have one too, but yours...hmmmmmmmm, nice!

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    I am sitting her reading about your machine and just laughed hard when I read about your husband sewing his own buttons on. It was your witty way of saying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I am sitting her reading about your machine and just laughed hard when I read about your husband sewing his own buttons on. It was your witty way of saying it.
    Well don't tell anyone, but I managed to show him how to sew the buttons on himself.
    The thunderstorm put the kibosh on our outdoor plans for the evening, so I sat him down after setting the machine up. He used the knee lever and everything! Those buttons and pants have been waiting easily 2 months, and he's been wearing his ripped worn out pants. Today I notice he has a new looking pair of pants on.

    I also managed to get the final and most important seal of approval for the machine.... The kitty seal of approval.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    My only small complaint is that the fiber gear sounds a little loud, even after greasing. It looks fine, but for the "sawdust" in the area that says it ran dryish in the past. I'll keep an eye on it though.
    She is a Beauty! I love the Slant-O-Matic series. As for the sound, they do seem to have a "growl" about this series that the others' do not.

    Check out your local thrift stores for Singer cam boxes. I have found numerous cams and attachments for my machines from local thrift stores for about $4-$5 a box. Be warned: The sewing machine addiction is closely followed by attachment, fabric, and sewing box addictions. :O
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    I noticed that the 403 and 503 are a little noisier. Or should I say different noisy. I can almost tell which machine is running by the sounds it makes. They're all fairly distinctive.

    I don't know if it's just that our thrift stores suck or what, but I've only ever found buttonholers (and once a rotary cutter) at the thrift stores, and I was haunting a lot of them for a while when I was trying to find all of the Singer Sewing Reference Library books.

    I'm already afflicted by the attachments and sewing box addictions. So far, I think the fabric one is under control, I only have a half closet full at the moment.

    Oh. Uh oh.

    It may be a perfect trifecta after all.

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