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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I wish just putting veneer on would help my Federal. It has termite tunnels in it's base. I'm afraid I'm going to have to have a base for that one if it won't go in a cabinet.
    Perhaps you could get someone to build you a base. My DH (who is NOT a carpenter) built one for my Singer 99 and it works great. There are even plans available online for these bases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I wish just putting veneer on would help my Federal. It has termite tunnels in it's base. I'm afraid I'm going to have to have a base for that one if it won't go in a cabinet.
    Perhaps you could get someone to build you a base. My DH (who is NOT a carpenter) built one for my Singer 99 and it works great. There are even plans available online for these bases.
    PLANS???? Now we are talking!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    So did any of go you get to go to the ISMACS convention this weekend? We were going but last night Valerie noticed that I was having another outbreak and this morning I have several really bad areas that are weeping. I think I broke though the meds again or because I got a little over heated when I was fixing dinner the other night. Either way Valerie told me to stay inside and rest all weekend and hopefully I can make it until Monday when I see my Rhuematologist. :( :( :(

    Anyway I have the link to event and here is a link to the auction list for some of the machines that are being sold there. I wanted to go because there are 2 machines that I wanted to bid on.

    http://www.ismacs.net/events.html

    Just click on the auction catalog and be sure to put a bib on!!


    Billy
    Nice machines, aren't they? Posted this a couple of weeks ago, but good that you reposted for those who might have missed it! :)

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    Glenn, Very nice work of the sewing machine case. The machine turned out really pretty too! They look good together the machine must really be proud to be in a case such at that.

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    Billy, I'm sorry you missed the convention. I'm almost 100% certain they are taking phone bids on the auction machines. I can look back through my emails to be sure, if you would want to bid that way.

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    Oh dear...another little orphan with big eyes wants to come home with me. It's in so-so shape, the treadle cabinet was stripped of paint (the shop owner said) and oiled. It's a little wobbly, the works are a little gummy, there is one brace missing on one of the drawers. The handle is missing from the cover, and there isn't a key. There are no accessories.

    But...it has the shuttle, it runs (gummy, but runs). It's just too darn cute. Serial F3196399, a 128k out of Clydebank, 120,000 allotted, date late 1912.

    Really waffling on this one! Shop asking price is $75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Oh dear...another little orphan with big eyes wants to come home with me. It's in so-so shape, the treadle cabinet was stripped of paint (the shop owner said) and oiled. It's a little wobbly, the works are a little gummy, there is one brace missing on one of the drawers. The handle is missing from the cover, and there isn't a key. There are no accessories.

    But...it has the shuttle, it runs (gummy, but runs). It's just too darn cute. Serial F3196399, a 128k out of Clydebank, 120,000 allotted, date late 1912.

    Really waffling on this one! Shop asking price is $75.
    Go ahead and get it Bennett. I haven't been able to find a cabinet like that for any of my machines.

    Texas Jan

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    So that sad looking machine is in my kitchen now. $5 for the machine and a shoebox of miscellaneous parts. Some of them are attachments that I recognize, like the ruffler, others are various plates for other machines, some odd wheel cogs, and some sort of side plate that I don't recognize. Here's a photo of the old girl, serial number B146995: a 27-4, with 10,000 allotted on Jan. 2, 1904 in Elizabethport, NJ.

    Does anyone know what these parts are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S
    Ok, here we go. I purchased two sewing machines this past Wednesday at GW. Due to having oral surgery on Thursday I finally got a good look at them. Both have had the foot controllers cut off from the motors. Why would they do this? Is this an easy repair? Sew Classic has resonably priced controllers for sale. Which ones should I buy? Or should I find a repair shop to do the repairs?
    Yes it is easy. There will be instructions with the new ones. Either control will work, but you can ask them which one they would recommend. Check the rest of the wiring and make sure you cannot see any cracks that show copper, and you will just have to open the bottom of the new controllers and screw wire on two places and replace cover. If your current wiring is bad you may can buy the controller already wired with a new plug that will fit your machine. I have done this many times with success. I like the machines though. The older singers are neat, but I grew up sewing on an un-singer, so I like them a lot. Pretty color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I wish just putting veneer on would help my Federal. It has termite tunnels in it's base. I'm afraid I'm going to have to have a base for that one if it won't go in a cabinet.
    Perhaps you could get someone to build you a base. My DH (who is NOT a carpenter) built one for my Singer 99 and it works great. There are even plans available online for these bases.
    PLANS???? Now we are talking!!!
    Check out this link at TreadleOn: http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/bu...dingbases.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I wish just putting veneer on would help my Federal. It has termite tunnels in it's base. I'm afraid I'm going to have to have a base for that one if it won't go in a cabinet.
    Perhaps you could get someone to build you a base. My DH (who is NOT a carpenter) built one for my Singer 99 and it works great. There are even plans available online for these bases.
    PLANS???? Now we are talking!!!
    Check out this link at TreadleOn: http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/bu...dingbases.html
    THANK YOU!!!!! I'm doing the happy dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    So that sad looking machine is in my kitchen now. $5 for the machine and a shoebox of miscellaneous parts. Some of them are attachments that I recognize, like the ruffler, others are various plates for other machines, some odd wheel cogs, and some sort of side plate that I don't recognize. Here's a photo of the old girl, serial number B146995: a 27-4, with 10,000 allotted on Jan. 2, 1904 in Elizabethport, NJ.

    Does anyone know what these parts are?
    OK now that looks like my kind of box of goodies. Obviously you have a Wheeler Wilson, some kind of slide plate, but not for the WW8, because it is different. I haven't a clue what the majority of the things are, but what fun. Billy !!! We need your parts knowledge or Glenn do you know what they all are, not in your wood line, but I know you know the old machines.
    Your machine will look so much better after a spa treatment. I think you got a good buy there. Is the shuttle and bobbin under the slide plates??

    Texas Jan

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    When DH and I went to New York in August, I wanted to find a special machine to bring back to Texas. My sister in law went to calling every second hand shop and antique place in the Ithaca and Groton area. She found something that the sales lady said was really old but wouldn't be able to be used, for $20. Right up my alley (I hoped) Got there and bought it and could see it had an "8" on the front. Upon further inspection we could see it was a Wheeler-Wilson Model 8, without any kind of base or treadle. Pretty sad looking, but I could get it on the plane and bring her home, so I was happy.
    I got home and started cleaning and could see the newest patent date was 1878, and from what I can find out, from the shape of the wheel, that is a good estimate. The first wheels have a flat edge on the outside, where later Model 8's have a rounded edge wheel. Her Serial Number is 385288. If anyone can find a place that has dating numbers for WW8's I'd love to know for sure (and to bookmark the spot). Here is is when she made it home to Texas.

    Texas Jan

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    Sorry Double post.

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    I got the Wheeler Wilson 8 all cleaned up, but she needed a display box to show her off. I found a picture of a WW8 hand crank on line and sent the picture to Glenn. With a lot of pictures and lots of measurements, he made my little lady a beautiful throne to sit upon. Perhaps someday I will find a WW8 cabinet that I can afford, but she is perfectly content to be upright and well tended. Thanks again to Glenn for his beautiful workmanship !!

    Texas Jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    OK now that looks like my kind of box of goodies. Obviously you have a Wheeler Wilson, some kind of slide plate, but not for the WW8, because it is different. I haven't a clue what the majority of the things are, but what fun. Billy !!! We need your parts knowledge or Glenn do you know what they all are, not in your wood line, but I know you know the old machines.
    Your machine will look so much better after a spa treatment. I think you got a good buy there. Is the shuttle and bobbin under the slide plates??

    Texas Jan
    There was no shuttle or bobbin. I have a few extra bobbins, but no shuttle. It's also missing the back plate cover and where the motor head would sit is just an empty hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    I got the Wheeler Wilson 8 all cleaned up, but she needed a display box to show her off. I found a picture of a WW8 hand crank on line and sent the picture to Glenn. With a lot of pictures and lots of measurements, he made my little lady a beautiful throne to sit upon. Perhaps someday I will find a WW8 cabinet that I can afford, but she is perfectly content to be upright and well tended. Thanks again to Glenn for his beautiful workmanship !!

    Texas Jan

    NICE!!! I like it...a LOT! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    I got the Wheeler Wilson 8 all cleaned up, but she needed a display box to show her off. I found a picture of a WW8 hand crank on line and sent the picture to Glenn. With a lot of pictures and lots of measurements, he made my little lady a beautiful throne to sit upon. Perhaps someday I will find a WW8 cabinet that I can afford, but she is perfectly content to be upright and well tended. Thanks again to Glenn for his beautiful workmanship !!

    Texas Jan

    NICE!!! I like it...a LOT! :)
    Thanks Charlee !!!

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    When DH and I went to New York in August, I wanted to find a special machine to bring back to Texas. My sister in law went to calling every second hand shop and antique place in the Ithaca and Groton area. She found something that the sales lady said was really old but wouldn't be able to be used, for $20. Right up my alley (I hoped) Got there and bought it and could see it had an "8" on the front. Upon further inspection we could see it was a Wheeler-Wilson Model 8, without any kind of base or treadle. Pretty sad looking, but I could get it on the plane and bring her home, so I was happy.
    I got home and started cleaning and could see the newest patent date was 1878, and from what I can find out, from the shape of the wheel, that is a good estimate. The first wheels have a flat edge on the outside, where later Model 8's have a rounded edge wheel. Her Serial Number is 385288. If anyone can find a place that has dating numbers for WW8's I'd love to know for sure (and to bookmark the spot). Here is is when she made it home to Texas.

    Texas Jan
    OK, I live in Groton, so tell me what shop had the nice machine for such a good price! Maybe they have another one....for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    I got the Wheeler Wilson 8 all cleaned up, but she needed a display box to show her off. I found a picture of a WW8 hand crank on line and sent the picture to Glenn. With a lot of pictures and lots of measurements, he made my little lady a beautiful throne to sit upon. Perhaps someday I will find a WW8 cabinet that I can afford, but she is perfectly content to be upright and well tended. Thanks again to Glenn for his beautiful workmanship !!

    Texas Jan
    Looks wonderful, what an interesting journey your machine's had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    I got the Wheeler Wilson 8 all cleaned up, but she needed a display box to show her off. I found a picture of a WW8 hand crank on line and sent the picture to Glenn. With a lot of pictures and lots of measurements, he made my little lady a beautiful throne to sit upon. Perhaps someday I will find a WW8 cabinet that I can afford, but she is perfectly content to be upright and well tended. Thanks again to Glenn for his beautiful workmanship !!

    Texas Jan
    Wow, what a difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    So that sad looking machine is in my kitchen now. $5 for the machine and a shoebox of miscellaneous parts. Some of them are attachments that I recognize, like the ruffler, others are various plates for other machines, some odd wheel cogs, and some sort of side plate that I don't recognize. Here's a photo of the old girl, serial number B146995: a 27-4, with 10,000 allotted on Jan. 2, 1904 in Elizabethport, NJ.

    Does anyone know what these parts are?
    The parts would look awesome in some sort hung, window-box type display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    When DH and I went to New York in August, I wanted to find a special machine to bring back to Texas. My sister in law went to calling every second hand shop and antique place in the Ithaca and Groton area. She found something that the sales lady said was really old but wouldn't be able to be used, for $20. Right up my alley (I hoped) Got there and bought it and could see it had an "8" on the front. Upon further inspection we could see it was a Wheeler-Wilson Model 8, without any kind of base or treadle. Pretty sad looking, but I could get it on the plane and bring her home, so I was happy.
    I got home and started cleaning and could see the newest patent date was 1878, and from what I can find out, from the shape of the wheel, that is a good estimate. The first wheels have a flat edge on the outside, where later Model 8's have a rounded edge wheel. Her Serial Number is 385288. If anyone can find a place that has dating numbers for WW8's I'd love to know for sure (and to bookmark the spot). Here is is when she made it home to Texas.

    Texas Jan
    OK, I live in Groton, so tell me what shop had the nice machine for such a good price! Maybe they have another one....for me!
    It was in an antique shop on the other side of the lake from Ithaca. I can't remember the name of the shop, I'm sorry.

    Texas Jan

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    Look at my latest find. Glenn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Look at my latest find. Glenn
    Oh Glenn, She is beautiful!!!!

    Texas Jan

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