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Thread: Vintage Giggles aka What are they smoking????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Oh, great. So first you meet Dude in a dark street, then it's "Come on inside, young girl, and try out my sewing machine."

    Yes, I can see you having a -very- hard time explaining that one! ;-)
    LOL! Well, yes, it would have been hard to explain. Luckily DH was with me, so at least it was young girl and slightly older man? At least the 401 and full cabinet disassembled in the trunk may have backed up my story. Or set me up to take the fall for a sewing machine crime spree...

    ETA: I forgot to add, I think it was like 10:30 at night too. Prime sewing machine shopping time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    No Doubt! It would be a GREAT candidate for conversion to handcrank!
    Steve, what is the difficulty level (1-5) on conversion to hand crank? I am a newbie, but willing to learn.
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    Converting to a hand crank is very easy. Check to see if the machine has a motor mount. If so, unbolt the motor. Bolt on the HC. If it does not have a motor mount you can not mount a hand crank. If the motor mount is off center you can not mount a HC. If it has an internal motor you can not mount a HC. If the wheel is spoked you don't have to modify the wheel. If the wheel is solid you have to file a notch for the HC 'finger'. There are instructions on sew-classic's website for cutting the notch and she has HCs some times. I would recommend getting a needle guard, too. It is very hard to watch the needle and then glance at the HC and not get vaccinated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I think I just stopped counting at 20... and the non-serviced, non-working ones don't count, nor do the ones that are just visiting... that will be given away or sold. That's what I keep telling DH anyway.
    Tammi, I must remember to use this line with DH and kiddos. It might keep 'em quiet for about 1 minute if it's a good day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I think I just stopped counting at 20... and the non-serviced, non-working ones don't count, nor do the ones that are just visiting... that will be given away or sold. That's what I keep telling DH anyway.
    I'm not in one little bit of trouble!!! Tammi you have saved me from the hoarder's show.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by brunswickgirl View Post
    Steve, what is the difficulty level (1-5) on conversion to hand crank? I am a newbie, but willing to learn.
    1.5 (maybe 2) Easy Peasy

    Miriam is correct and explains the possibilities for most any machine. For the 28/128 that you were looking at, a flat blade screwdriver should be enough (a single hex head bolt with slot for screwdriver is the only thing holding that machines stuff on) If it is too tight for a screwdriver to remove you can use a crescent wrench (adjustable wrench)

    No notching required as it has the spoked handwheel.

    Steve

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    You can also just get a steering wheel spinner and clamp it onto the spoked wheel. Not all that much cheaper but for little kids it is one turn one stitch and goes slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You can also just get a steering wheel spinner and clamp it onto the spoked wheel. Not all that much cheaper but for little kids it is one turn one stitch and goes slow.
    Now why didn't I think of that?

    Steve and Brunswickgirl, I have seen instructions for hand crank conversions on solid, not spoked, handwheels that tell you to drill a hole in the handwheel to get the drive finger into it. I wouldn't do that though. Spoked handwheels are easy enough to come by, at least the Singer models.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Tammi, I must remember to use this line with DH and kiddos. It might keep 'em quiet for about 1 minute if it's a good day.
    Chris
    The key is repetition. Eventually they believe you. Or give up.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm not in one little bit of trouble!!! Tammi you have saved me from the hoarder's show.........
    Oh no,.. I'm still sending them to your place. I heard about all those Goodwill machines...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I have seen instructions for hand crank conversions on solid, not spoked, handwheels that tell you to drill a hole in the handwheel to get the drive finger into it. I wouldn't do that though. Spoked handwheels are easy enough to come by, at least the Singer models. ~G~
    on the thread for a deployed soldier, I posted a couple of the solid hand wheels that I used my grinder to put in a notch. 5 minutes each.

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    I am not sure whether to laugh or cry.

    http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ516040900

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Converting to a hand crank is very easy. Check to see if the machine has a motor mount. If so, unbolt the motor. Bolt on the HC. If it does not have a motor mount you can not mount a hand crank. If the motor mount is off center you can not mount a HC. If it has an internal motor you can not mount a HC. If the wheel is spoked you don't have to modify the wheel. If the wheel is solid you have to file a notch for the HC 'finger'. There are instructions on sew-classic's website for cutting the notch and she has HCs some times. I would recommend getting a needle guard, too. It is very hard to watch the needle and then glance at the HC and not get vaccinated.
    Miriam, thank you for such detailed instructions. I think I might consider trying this. Just picked up a 185K and a99K today and looking at more tomorrow and Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    1.5 (maybe 2) Easy Peasy

    Miriam is correct and explains the possibilities for most any machine. For the 28/128 that you were looking at, a flat blade screwdriver should be enough (a single hex head bolt with slot for screwdriver is the only thing holding that machines stuff on) If it is too tight for a screwdriver to remove you can use a crescent wrench (adjustable wrench)

    No notching required as it has the spoked handwheel.

    Steve
    Thank you for all this great information, I am ready to give it a try.
    Linda K Stafford

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    What is this? A repainted 66? It looks old but the hand wheel and tension look newer.

    Sheila

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    Here's a Singer 66 with no motor mount/boss I rigged up for the kidos: Name:  4H 010.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    I am not sure whether to laugh or cry.

    http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ516040900
    I LOVE that case!!! I'll cry for you. I live in the states.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    Being that the motor is 240 Volt, does that give it any more power than a 110 Volt motor?
    Yes. Double the power. The formula is P= IV where P is Watts, I is amps and V is voltage.
    So it is equivalent to a .76 A motor running on 110/120 V
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    301 needing overhaul, priced at $25. And cabinet leaf appears to be broken. But I would buy it if I lived closer and had a little more space.
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/for/4016931174.html
    Sheila

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    Another sowing machine. I'm digging the old seam binding, and the cams in their original boxes, but really, "PRICELESS amount of notions, a lifetime worth of collecting"?
    Too bad the cabinet has been painted, but still a 503 for someone to clean up.
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/app/4010429475.html
    Sheila

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    Another sowing machine. I'm digging the old seam binding, and the cams in their original boxes, but really, "PRICELESS amount of notions, a lifetime worth of collecting"?
    Too bad the cabinet has been painted, but still a 503 for someone to clean up.
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/app/4010429475.html
    Not a bad deal. Those 503s are good machines. Easy to use and maintain. No stitch selector to get all stuck up.
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    I forgot I had this one, picked it up as a freebie when I bought another machine a few months ago.
    It does not have a cord would it be a candidate to convert to HC?Name:  honeymoon 001.jpg
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    Linda K Stafford

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    Quote Originally Posted by brunswickgirl View Post
    I forgot I had this one, picked it up as a freebie when I bought another machine a few months ago.
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    That one would make a wonderful HC. You can notch the wheel or buy a spoked hand wheel and put it on. I worry about notching - what if my finger gets caught in the notch. I'm kinda klutzy. Cost for the cord would be cheaper than a hand wheel and a HC. If it needs new wiring, too, it might be a toss up.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    Another sowing machine. I'm digging the old seam binding, and the cams in their original boxes, but really, "PRICELESS amount of notions, a lifetime worth of collecting"?
    Too bad the cabinet has been painted, but still a 503 for someone to clean up.
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/app/4010429475.html
    Well, at least 2 of the 3 spool pins are missing, one of the flip up ones and the auxiliary one. The one where that spool of thread is may or may not be missing. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but the auxiliary one may be hard to replace.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    301 needing overhaul, priced at $25. And cabinet leaf appears to be broken. But I would buy it if I lived closer and had a little more space.
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/for/4016931174.html
    Wow. I hate when they don't show the front of the machine, though.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    Wow. I hate when they don't show the front of the machine, though.
    Parts might be worth that... does it have a bobbin case?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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