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    I was looking at the various machines here and thought I wonder what mine is. It has the coffin type cover, on the plate on the throat it says, Oct 1886 and I believe the # is 81274. It is a Singer. The drawer pulls are very ornate, unfortunately it is missing one drawer. All the original parts are in the one drawer. Just curious if you know anything about this machine.

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    Has anyone seen anything like this one I saw posted on Craigslist?

    Looks in rough shape, but they say it works!
    http://albany.craigslist.org/atq/1794985469.html

    I am not interested, but thought someone else might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I promised to post some pics of my old Seidel & Naumann before I attempt to clean it up, so here goes: It has a model number of 339 on it, but I can't find a serial number anywhere.

    Even if I can't get it going, I still think it has scope to look prettier than it does at the moment.
    I like your machine. Thanks for posting your photos. Did you find the hand cleaner you needed?

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura59
    These 4 machines followed me home today. Paid $30 for the White, then the New Home and Kenmore were free...

    ... I couldn't believe that it was free, my favorite price. Not to look these up and find out what years they are. I feel so lucky.
    Love your machines. Free is a terrific price! Wonder when that day will come for me? :-D Great photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    Has anyone seen anything like this one I saw posted on Craigslist?

    Looks in rough shape, but they say it works!
    http://albany.craigslist.org/atq/1794985469.html

    I am not interested, but thought someone else might be.
    That's a biggggggggg machine!! :) If I'm not mistaken, I'm betting it was used by a leather type guy for shoes, harnesses, that kinda stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Here's two machines my Hubby won on Ebay. Can't wait until they arrive.
    Your 301A is beatiful. I might have to keep an eye out for one of those. Love it...

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    Sweet.... to lostn51 ! Thanks for showing it to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I promised to post some pics of my old Seidel & Naumann before I attempt to clean it up, so here goes: It has a model number of 339 on it, but I can't find a serial number anywhere.

    Even if I can't get it going, I still think it has scope to look prettier than it does at the moment.
    I like your machine. Thanks for posting your photos. Did you find the hand cleaner you needed?

    :D
    Thanks Linda, I bought some Swarfega, which is the main grease removing cleaner here, and there is no mentionn of any pumice in the ingredients, so I'm going to give it a go in an inconspicuous place. I tried to find info on the cleaner via the manufacturers, but they have just been sold/taken over, so there isn't anything happening with their website.

    My White (ver pale green/celery) FW arrived this morning!!! Thankfully, no apparent damage. There is a small chip on the head of the machine, and that is the only one other than a few small ones on the motor, which I understand happens quite often. I have one tiny concern, in the attachments box there were two pieces of a broken black plastic ring. I can't see where it might have gone, it might not have anything to do with the machine. Does anyone have any ideas please? I love it that the machine came with its LIFETIME guarantee (apart from the motor, that is, which was one year), so perhaps I can get a new, free black plastic ring? LOL.

    It stitches fine, after a little tension adjustment, but slowly compared to anything else I have ever tried. Does this seem normal, or would some oiling improve that? I do intend to oil it anyway, but wondered if I need to get Singer oil, or would my Bernina oil do? Many thanks, sorry for so many questions.

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    Penni, a 99 is NOT a light machine. If you want a light machine for classes and don't have a Featherweight, go with a Singer 301. It weighs 16 pounds to the Featherweigh's 11 pounds or so. It can do a lot more than a Featherweight (Singer 221) anyhow.

    The 99 WILL free motion quilt beautifully if you have the feed dog cover and a darning attachment called a Stoppax, made in Denmark 50 years ago and not by Singer. You can get them on e-bay. That's more than I can say for the 221; I've never liked any free motion quilting it has tried - and failed - to do.

    The 301 free motions like a charm. It also straight line quilts and is a good piecer. It sews through most fabrics.

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    SewExtreme, I do not know what the broken part is. However, if your Bernina oil is actual sewing machine oil, it will be fine with your new Featherweight. That particular Featherweight is the slowest and least able of the Featherweights and it is not surprising it sews slow. However, check the belt. It should be loose yet able to turn the machine. You WANT it to be loose. It was designed to be loose and won't prematurely age the motor that way.

    Cricket

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    Oh, how cute Lesley! Love, love, love the celery color of your machine. I don't know what the ring is. I sew on mine al the time without that type of ring so you should be ok.

    On the oil, boy, I am not the one who could answer with any confidence.

    I am sew glad your experience with eBay was a good one.

    Oh yeah, my FW doesn't sew slowly. Billy, Charlee or someone else would be able to tell you what is causing that problem. (FYI:one can't ask too many questions in the shop ;-) )

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute
    SewExtreme, I do not know what the broken part is. However, if your Bernina oil is actual sewing machine oil, it will be fine with your new Featherweight. That particular Featherweight is the slowest and least able of the Featherweights and it is not surprising it sews slow. However, check the belt. It should be loose yet able to turn the machine. You WANT it to be loose. It was designed to be loose and won't prematurely age the motor that way.

    Cricket
    Thanks for the help, Cricket, the belt does seem a little tight, so I'll see if I can slacken it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Oh, how cute Lesley! Love, love, love the celery color of your machine. I don't know what the ring is. I sew on mine al the time without that type of ring so you should be ok.

    On the oil, boy, I am not the one who could answer with any confidence.

    I am sew glad your experience with eBay was a good one.

    Oh yeah, my FW doesn't sew slowly. Billy, Charlee or someone else would be able to tell you what is causing that problem. (FYI:one can't ask too many questions in the shop ;-) )
    Thank you Linda - it wasn't packed anything like the suggestions I have seen here, so I took photos as I undid everything, in case it was damaged. Cricket has said that my Bernina machine oil will be OK, so I'll oil it everywhere the hand book says, slacken off the belt a little, and see if it goes a little quicker. I'm not really bothered, as I have quicker machines, I just wasn't sure about this one, as I have never seen one working.

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    Thats a cute little FW! Love that color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Thank you Linda - it wasn't packed anything like the suggestions I have seen here, so I took photos as I undid everything, in case it was damaged. Cricket has said that my Bernina machine oil will be OK, so I'll oil it everywhere the hand book says, slacken off the belt a little, and see if it goes a little quicker. I'm not really bothered, as I have quicker machines, I just wasn't sure about this one, as I have never seen one working.
    With the belt too tight the machine will indeed sew slower. Loosen it up a tad and see how she runs, it needs to be tight enough to not slip but loose enough to not burn the motor up.

    Billy



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    Thank you for the info. I will be on the hunt for one or the other.. Penni

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    Lacelady, I am SO in love with your machine. Lucky lucky lady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    Has anyone seen anything like this one I saw posted on Craigslist?

    Looks in rough shape, but they say it works!
    http://albany.craigslist.org/atq/1794985469.html

    I am not interested, but thought someone else might be.
    That's a biggggggggg machine!! :) If I'm not mistaken, I'm betting it was used by a leather type guy for shoes, harnesses, that kinda stuff...
    Its shoe sewing machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Thank you Linda - it wasn't packed anything like the suggestions I have seen here, so I took photos as I undid everything, in case it was damaged. Cricket has said that my Bernina machine oil will be OK, so I'll oil it everywhere the hand book says, slacken off the belt a little, and see if it goes a little quicker. I'm not really bothered, as I have quicker machines, I just wasn't sure about this one, as I have never seen one working.
    With the belt too tight the machine will indeed sew slower. Loosen it up a tad and see how she runs, it needs to be tight enough to not slip but loose enough to not burn the motor up.

    Billy



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    Thanks Billy, I will try that next. I have spent the afternoon cleaning up my old Seidel & Naumann according to your tute (well, partially.) I wasn't brave enough to take it all apart, as it's a hand crank, and I couldn't loosen some of the screws in spite of judicious use of WD 40, but the Swarfega I got has really shined up the body. Sadly, most of the decals had already lost their gold - there is just a ghost image of them left. I know that new ones are available for FWs, wouldn't it be nice if they were universally available for all machines?

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    Just got home with "Dani" (named for the dear sweet man Dan, who gave her up for $25)

    She is a Singer 99, AC094862, 15000 made,
    date allotted April 10, 1928

    She does run, but needs some TLC, and a few missing parts...key, instruction manual, box cover on right side.

    I figure she will be a good machine to work thru Billy's tutorials.

    I think she was a pretty good find.

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    Here are some pics

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    Oooohhhh, pretty......you are going to have a great time getting this machine cleaned up and ready to sew......enjoy!

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    Nice machine Monkee ditto what Darcene said.

    Thank you Billy and Darcene re my white FW, I have slackened off the belt to the point that it will just sew, so it is now a whole lot looser than before, and the machine ticks away nicely, much more what I thought it might do. I am so in love with this little baby.

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    These little machines may be small but they sew with the best of them and they just make my heart melt into a puddle each time I look at them.....as much as I enjoy the larger machines they will never bring me the joy the FWs do.....the sound they make when they are purring along is just so sweet.....

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    I agree. It is a shoe sewing machine, and if the guy knew what he had, he wouldn't sell if for so little.

    Cricket

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