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    I'll have to see what she wants to be called. I had originally wanted to name my other FW Lila after a neighbor woman when I was growing up. Then I named the 99 Tillie, and later when I was using the FW, she told me she really wanted Lilly. Lila was too serious a name for her. She lives in a rolling yarn tote from Michaels that is hot pink inside, so she needed a more playful name. Maybe my serger can be Lila as that's a more serious and practical type of machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    I can't wait to try her out. Now I need to come up with a name for her.... When I wrote that about wanting a 1945 FW, I never dreamed that I'd find one so quickly, if at all!! I don't do ebay or buying on line, I guess I'm what you call an 'old foggy' so I didn't think I'd ever find one. The happy dance is what I'm doing. It's finally sinking in.. But I had to promise my hubby that I wouldn't buy any more. He said that they'd have to be paying me to take them for me to get any more machines. I do have a 1939 FW, that I got in May, an old serger (yard sale) in June, and my 1928 99 in Aug., and now this one in Oct. I guess that's quite a few in a short amount of time!!
    LOL! I think you are doing great for being an old "foggy". There are no keepers of my treasures in the future so I don't know where they might end up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    I'll have to see what she wants to be called. I had originally wanted to name my other FW Lila after a neighbor woman when I was growing up. Then I named the 99 Tillie, and later when I was using the FW, she told me she really wanted Lilly. Lila was too serious a name for her. She lives in a rolling yarn tote from Michaels that is hot pink inside, so she needed a more playful name. Maybe my serger can be Lila as that's a more serious and practical type of machine.
    They DO tend to "talk" to us, don't they? :)

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    None of my other machines have talked to me like these vintage machines. Maybe because they have a lot more plastic in them and aren't a pretty. They just don't hold a candle to the vintage in beauty.
    My eyelids are getting heavy, I think it's getting bed time for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    I just received this beautiful pink machine. It is a really beautiful shade of pink. The paint got scraped to the metal in two areas. It had a long journey. What can, or should I do if anything? Thank you for your advice.
    Anamaria, I love your new 15 clone! That one drops its feed dogs so it will be a great quilting machine!

    Nancy
    Thank you Nancy, I just got her, and don't know anything about her. I just fell in love with the color and the style. Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    Anamaria

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    Since Janis' wish came true on this forum, I'll put mine in. I'd like a 1949 FW. Did they make 'em then? I have a 54 that I wouldn't give up as it came as a gift from my sister, but would really love to have one from '49. Any genie's in a bottle out there?? LOL!

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    I know where there is a plain Jane white FW from 1964. send pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammygirlqt
    A couple weeks ago I asked you for your opinion on a Singer 404 and thanks to you I bought it with cabinet for $35.00. She is beautiful and runs perfect.

    Earlier this year I bought this clone "Fabric" that I call the Tank because it is the heaviest machine I own. We put a new foot and wiring on it for a grand purchase total of $57.00

    I wanted to put the clone in a cabinet as it weights too much to be lifting up onto the table. I took my new cabinet for the 404 and refinished it (again with some help from here)
    Sammy I love your 404 and the "Fabric" clone! Are you saying that the Fabric machine fits in your 404's cabinet, and that you are going to put the Fabric in the cabinet? Nice job on the cabinet too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    I can't wait to try her out. Now I need to come up with a name for her.... When I wrote that about wanting a 1945 FW, I never dreamed that I'd find one so quickly, if at all!! I don't do ebay or buying on line, I guess I'm what you call an 'old foggy' so I didn't think I'd ever find one. The happy dance is what I'm doing. It's finally sinking in.. But I had to promise my hubby that I wouldn't buy any more. He said that they'd have to be paying me to take them for me to get any more machines. I do have a 1939 FW, that I got in May, an old serger (yard sale) in June, and my 1928 99 in Aug., and now this one in Oct. I guess that's quite a few in a short amount of time!!
    Janis I am so happy that you are getting your 'dream' machine, the 1945 FW, but you know that 1939 FW is something to be proud of. They didn't start making the FW's until 1933 so those really early ones are especially nice to own! I have a 1935 - first run - of that year, a 1939, 1953, and 2- 1964's - love em!

    Nancy

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    I just wanted to say that I tried to join the 'N' site several months ago - maybe last year? This was after we all got locked out. It takes weeks to get accepted - after filling out all the information - I waited and tried several times to get into the site. I finally gave up. It is a shame that people like me who just really enjoy the history of all the vintage machines can't access information openly to help us learn. I never understood the need to exclude others from the privilege of learning. It is a good thing all sites are not like that - knowledge should be available to all who want to be educated.

    Sorry Billy, just had to add my two cents. I will not go there again.

    Nancy

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    What can you tell me about this Wizard machine.
    I've never seen one like this. Does anyone else have one?
    How do I find out the year or anything about it?
    The wiring is all bad and the mount for the motor is Broken.
    Can I get new wiring and a foot pedal for it?
    I love this shop!
    Thanks

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    Ooh! I love the Wizard! Cool decals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    After seeing the listing and the dates of the different machines that they have listed that Charlee gave the web site to, I'm wondering how hard or easy it would be to get a FW made around my birthday in 1945. Oh shoot!! There were just 20,000 made in the whole year of 1945. I'll bet it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Guess I'd better forget about that. :(
    Janis anything is possible you know!

    Billy
    YES!!!! JaneK PM'd me and said that she had a 1945 Featherweight for sale, and then e-mailed me pictures of it. I said YES!!! I WANT IT!!!! I'm sending her a check tomorrow and then she'll send it to me. JaneK is providing that needle in the haystack!!! I am so excited!!!! Can you tell???? :D :D :D[/quote]

    WOOHOO!!!!! That's EXCITING!! I know I was thrilled when the spousal unit bought me my 56 for my birthday...wouldn't trade that machine for the world! :) Congrats!!!!![/quote]

    Yes that is EXCITING. Last year my DH bought a FW in the year of 1946 and when it arrived we looked up the serial numbers and found out it was alloted on the same day as I was. Talk about being EXCITED well I guess you can tell I will not part with that machine. So glad you were able to do the same. Enjoy your new treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammygirlqt
    I have one more picture of the refinished cabinet with the clone installed.

    The Singer 404 now becomes a portable and I found a little suitcase in WM that just molds the machine, has wheels and a handle and it is light enough I can carry it. I think I am done on the machines, I have 4 now. I also have a Featherweight but can't locate picture. I sew on all my machines and really enjoy them.
    Just a beautiful job on the cabinet.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    What can you tell me about this Wizard machine.
    I've never seen one like this. Does anyone else have one?
    How do I find out the year or anything about it?
    The wiring is all bad and the mount for the motor is Broken.
    Can I get new wiring and a foot pedal for it?
    I love this shop!
    Thanks
    I really love the decals on that Wizzard and it looks like a nice machine in the background too.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    What can you tell me about this Wizard machine.
    I've never seen one like this. Does anyone else have one?
    How do I find out the year or anything about it?
    The wiring is all bad and the mount for the motor is Broken.
    Can I get new wiring and a foot pedal for it?
    I love this shop!
    Thanks
    Darlene very cute machine, but why put a motor back on it? It may be hard to find a HC for that machine, but that is what I'd do!

    Both Standard and Davis made a machine they called the Wizard. The Standard Wizard was a rotary machine. I am betting that your Wizard is a vibrating shuttle type bobbin? If it is the vibrating shuttle, it is probably a Davis - the machine looks like a Davis/Eldredge type machine.

    Oh a second hint would be the needle size. The Standard Wizard took a regular 15 x 1 needle. The Davis takes a 20x1 needle.
    Nancy

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    Love those machines and their names - Fabric and Wizard!
    I'm trying not to feel too guilty this morning - I bought my 401A (for $25) at a garage sale given by the SIL of my neighbor. I told her at the time I would show her how to use a serger - she sews these bowling shoe cover bottoms that could be done much easier on a serger. Anyways, to the point, she came last night and also brought her 'new' sewing machine so I could show her how to do a blind hem stitch. It was a Singer, and the most pathetic piece of gray plastic that I have ever seen. All I could think was - you sold your mom's sewing machine and bought this? Anyways, she hadn't even opened the accessories packet that came with it and only used it for straight stitching, which she is now going to do on the serger for the shoe bottoms and the tops on this machine. It does sew, but I had never seen or sewn with a new Singer up close. And this was one of the cheaper ones (I think, well, I hope it wasn't a lot of money.) She came with her SIL (my neighbor), they want to have sewing lessons,I suggested we just get together and sew and learn as they go.
    (ps - I shouldn't feel too bad - her machine couldn't have sewn too bad - She made $20,000 last year making her shoe covers! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
    Since Janis' wish came true on this forum, I'll put mine in. I'd like a 1949 FW. Did they make 'em then? I have a 54 that I wouldn't give up as it came as a gift from my sister, but would really love to have one from '49. Any genie's in a bottle out there?? LOL!
    I hope you can find one!!! The Featherweight machines were made from 1933-1964, with the exception of 1942-1944, from what I have learned, so they should be out there. Good luck!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    I can't wait to try her out. Now I need to come up with a name for her.... When I wrote that about wanting a 1945 FW, I never dreamed that I'd find one so quickly, if at all!! I don't do ebay or buying on line, I guess I'm what you call an 'old foggy' so I didn't think I'd ever find one. The happy dance is what I'm doing. It's finally sinking in.. But I had to promise my hubby that I wouldn't buy any more. He said that they'd have to be paying me to take them for me to get any more machines. I do have a 1939 FW, that I got in May, an old serger (yard sale) in June, and my 1928 99 in Aug., and now this one in Oct. I guess that's quite a few in a short amount of time!!
    Janis I am so happy that you are getting your 'dream' machine, the 1945 FW, but you know that 1939 FW is something to be proud of. They didn't start making the FW's until 1933 so those really early ones are especially nice to own! I have a 1935 - first run - of that year, a 1939, 1953, and 2- 1964's - love em!

    Nancy
    I love my little 1939, and wouldn't part with it for anything. She stays and will welcome her little 1945 sister to the family. Now to get my hubby interested in sewing..... then more could join the family! Really, I'm happy to be able to get the ones I have. And this one is from the only run of 1945, my birth year, and the first run since the July, 1941 run is really special to me.

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    [quote=quiltdoctor]
    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    What can you tell me about this Wizard machine.
    I've never seen one like this. Does anyone else have one?
    How do I find out the year or anything about it?
    The wiring is all bad and the mount for the motor is Broken.
    Can I get new wiring and a foot pedal for it?
    I love this shop!
    Thanks
    I really love the decals on that Wizzard and it looks like a nice machine in the background too.

    Thanks the one in the background is a Singer # G8292942, I got it from my mom, she got it from a yard sale long ago and never used it and I have 2 others as well. I am a lucky girl.
    I need belts and they need cleaned and a lot of TLC.
    I will be asking for a bunch of help

    Thanks
    Darlene
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammygirlqt
    I have one more picture of the refinished cabinet with the clone installed.

    The Singer 404 now becomes a portable and I found a little suitcase in WM that just molds the machine, has wheels and a handle and it is light enough I can carry it. I think I am done on the machines, I have 4 now. I also have a Featherweight but can't locate picture. I sew on all my machines and really enjoy them.
    I love the 115!!

    Billy

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    My sister saved this singer from the junk yard, her coworker's DH was going to pitch it (it's worthless)
    So she called me and of course I took it.
    All these accessories were with it, 2 instruction manuals, oil can.
    But it smells of cig. smoke, ahhhhh.
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    So where do I start???
    What would you do first?

    Right now I need to get some work done.

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    Wow, how beautiful - great save! I look forward to following your restoration (if that is what you are planning to do). :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    So where do I start???
    What would you do first?

    Right now I need to get some work done.
    The place I would want to start is to get the smell of smoke out. A good citrus cleaner diluted in water and sponged on the cabinet, inside and out, or a vinegar/water mix. Then let it air in the sunshine if you can. After that I might put dryer sheets in the drawers to absorb any lingering smell.
    Meanwhile, the machine can be gently cleaned. Does it turn? Maybe all it needs is a good de-linting and oiling.
    If it is frozen look to the tutorial section under home and search for vintage sewing machine and you will find good directions. Be careful around the decals, the cleaner will take the gold off, work around them.
    You are lucky to have the original instructions and accessories!

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