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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I'd love to start a mini collection, but why does the ad say pale pink? It looks pale blue to me?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I'd love to start a mini collection, but why does the ad say pale pink? It looks pale blue to me?

    Nancy
    It shows as a tan or mocha on my computer...like the 401s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Woohoo! Just won a bid on ebay for a vintage Pfaff 332 for like $35 plus $25 shipping...sweeeeet. I had offered the seller $100 for it a few weeks ago and he wouldn't take it. Now, I guess I got a bargain:> My only other ebay, vintage machine purchase was a nightmare so I hope this one works out! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:1123#ht_7187wt_1142
    Candace, I love the Gold Pfaff 332! I have a real soft spot for Pfaffs! Congratulations! I hope it arrives in great shape! Let us all know when you get her!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by ncredbird
    I think I read somewhere on the vintage site that 15-91 and featherweight accessories were interchangeable. Can someone affirm or deny that for me please. Ann in TN
    Are you talking about the presser foot attachments? Yes, they're interchangable. :)
    Hallelujah to this!!!! :thumbup: You are a god send... I spent half the day yesterday looking for a hemming foot to use on Lil itty bitty aka Lillian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I'd love to start a mini collection, but why does the ad say pale pink? It looks pale blue to me?

    Nancy
    It shows as a tan or mocha on my computer...like the 401s...

    Shows up tan on my computer also...must be the lighting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S
    I removed the shuttle-race and shuttle and gave them a good cleaning. That was easy. The manual does not show the red plastic thing at the bottom of the shuttle race. Among some of the paperwork that was taped in the cabinet was a round tag that said that stated that Quote: a "SHUT-L-KLEEN" had been installed on this machine for your sewing machine convenience, NO JAMMED MACHINE WITH SHUT-L-KLEEN, prevents clogging by lint or thread. Now I don't know if the tag pertains to Marilyn or some other machine. There was an instruction book for "The Eldredge Two Spool Sewing Machine" along with the Belair manual. So, who knows? I think that the only reason both the manuals survived was that they were taped to the inside of the cabinet and were very oil soaked.

    I think that the cabinet Marilyn came in is much older than she is. I have never seen one like it. The oval top folds back and rests on a pull out support to create a table. Really cool. But it looks as if it spent some time in a garage because the top is marred by what looks like paint can rings, scratches and one big cigarette burn.
    WOW two projects for the price of one! There is a book by George Grotz called "The Furniture Doctor" might be of help on that lovely table. http://books.google.com/books?id=P1r...page&q&f=false The book is a really good read. Sounds like the red thing is a nifty invention there to clean your shuttle! I think I saw a black one once.
    Thanks for the book referral. I will order it today. A couple more pictures of the cabinet attached. The second photo shows that the cabinet had been modified to accept another machine besides Marilyn. The beige stuff inside is a thread catcher made of two scraps of upholstery or drapery fabric, old stuff. Any ideas as to it's age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Phooey. Thought there was a sub thread for just vintage photos, but can't seem to locate it any more. At guild show and tell a few months back, I showed some photos of my new vintage acquisitions. I was asked to display the machines at the quilt show, which was this weekend. Unfortunately, I had also volunteered to fill a booth at a local county fair, not realizing that the two overlapped. So I set up at both. Here are photos from the show.
    Olebat, Great job of displaying those machines! You need to go to the Vintage Sewing Machine photo shop and post those machines there too! It would be great if you posted the machines with their Manufacturer name, Model name and their years!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-130994-1.htm

    Nancy

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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
    Texas Jan and Glenn WOW! What a nice little WW, and Glenn love the throne!

    Nancy

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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
    Billy, I hope you are feeling better today! I hope your Dr. is working with you and trying to find a med that has longer staying power!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    I'd love to start a mini collection, but why does the ad say pale pink? It looks pale blue to me?

    Nancy
    It shows as a tan or mocha on my computer...like the 401s...

    Shows up tan on my computer also...must be the lighting...
    Yes - looks like a Model 20 - it also looks like it has a Centennial badge on it - it looks just like my Sewhandy - only not black.

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    I'm wondering if anyone has a feed dog plate (embroidery or zig zag) for a Singer 319 or 306 that they'd sell or know anyone who does? I've googled and not found one for sale on the net or on ebay. When I purchased my black 319 it came with a straight stitch plate only. Up until now I've been sharing the zig zag plate with my green 319, but would like to get one so it has it's own. Thanks.

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    Have to share something with you folks. Saturday I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover. I used a size 18 needle and she didn't balk one bit. Will probably get used a lot for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Have to share something with you folks. Saturday I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover. I used a size 18 needle and she didn't balk one bit. Will probably get used a lot for that.
    That's great Grannysewer, I love having a machine that sews with no complaining.
    I have a Singer 15-90 treadle and use it for making my potholders,
    none of my newer machines will sew them without making horrible noises and skipped stitches. :-D
    Sharon W. in Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
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    Hey, Charlee & Monica & Nancy...guess what...I won a Davis Vertical Feed machine on auction this weekend, along with some attachments of some kind (haven't seen a good pic of them yet). It's just the machine, no cabinet or base, but I am sooo excited!!
    That sounds exciting. I just looked up on the net to see what they look like. A neat old machine. I know nothing about them. About how old a machine are they? I want to see pictures of your machine too.
    The first patent for a Davis machine was 1860. My machine is from approximately 1887-1888.

    Here's a bit of history about Job Davis:
    http://www.vdta.com/HOF/Davis.html

    These machines were a popular export to Australia...I think because the competition made it difficult to get a start in the US and be successful.
    Thanks for that info, Charlee...

    Here's a pic of my machine -- this is the pic from eBay, so it's not good. http://www.ebay.com/itm/230684835535?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
    With a serial number of 431930 your machine is just 5041 machines after mine...and it looks as if it may have had the same decals... so you're looking at a 1887/1888 machine made in Watertown, NY. :) Nice! You're going to love her!
    OK!! Thanks for that information. I was going to ask you about that after I got the machine home, but last night I was tired, and I didn't even notice that I could see the serial number on the plate in that pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Hey, Charlee & Monica & Nancy...guess what...I won a Davis Vertical Feed machine on auction this weekend, along with some attachments of some kind (haven't seen a good pic of them yet). It's just the machine, no cabinet or base, but I am sooo excited!!
    Janice, Congratulations! Once you start binding with the Davis you will not go back! I use my Davis all the time and mine is very old 1886. Her decals are gone, we had re-do her cabinet because it was in terrible shape, but all worth it! That is one machine I will not sell, trade, etc.!

    Be careful cleaning that machine, her decals will come right off! Check my Davis first pictured on page 474 - she had some decals. Now look at 1178 - decals gone! I got so into cleaning her that I cleaned the decals right off! Now, I am extremely careful about what and how I clean - no non-pumice Goo or anything like it over the decals!

    Nancy
    Thanks, Nancy. I will be very careful with it when cleaning. Like Charlee recommends, I think I'll only use machine oil to clean it. That rust will have to be worked on, so I'm thinking the Evaporust and chrome polish like Glenn recommended.

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    [quote=BoJangles

    Texas Jan and Glenn WOW! What a nice little WW, and Glenn love the throne!

    Nancy[/quote]

    Thanks Nancy, He did a great job. She's happy in her retirement home, rather than a cold barn on the second floor of an antique place. in NY

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Have to share something with you folks. Saturday I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover. I used a size 18 needle and she didn't balk one bit. Will probably get used a lot for that.
    YAY!! They are great little workhorses, aren't they?? Love these stories!

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    I suppose I should let you all know that my 301 can sew through a rotary mat and not miss a beat.
    I had forgotten I had it under the needle using it to cut a few wings from a block. Since my foot is a 1/4" foot, there was no need to use the needle plate for aligning my next step to sew. I always guide the needle first into the fabric for the first stitch. Didn't even notice it was a little stiff. LOL
    I sewed about two inches and then saw why sewing was so difficult.
    I know the modern plastic machines couldn't do that.

    Hope you all enjoy the laugh like I did when I realized what I had done.

    Blessings,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S
    My Belair 929 (circa late 1950s?). Billy thinks she was made by Morse. She's a "dirty girl" and has seen a lot of use judging from the wear on the front of the bed. The foot controller was cut off and I had an EUREKA moment when I realized that I did have a foot control that came with the Plymouth, a model 15 Japanese clone, that I purchased last July. I plugged her in and she runs. Now to begin the deep cleaning and oiling she needs. BTW, a manual came with her. Whoohooo!

    What is the red plastic thing in the shuttle case?
    I think I will name her Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe.
    Pretty machine. That's my favorite color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...
    Uncle Jr.? ;) :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    I suppose I should let you all know that my 301 can sew through a rotary mat and not miss a beat.
    I had forgotten I had it under the needle using it to cut a few wings from a block. Since my foot is a 1/4" foot, there was no need to use the needle plate for aligning my next step to sew. I always guide the needle first into the fabric for the first stitch. Didn't even notice it was a little stiff. LOL
    I sewed about two inches and then saw why sewing was so difficult.
    I know the modern plastic machines couldn't do that.

    Hope you all enjoy the laugh like I did when I realized what I had done.

    Blessings,
    Sandi
    ~laffin~ I'm still not sure how you did that, but it's funny stuff!!!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...
    Uncle Jr.? ;) :lol:
    nah not him.... MIL maybe... Uncle Jr died not too long ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    .....I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover.
    I sewed my hip pocket back onto my coveralls on the tailgate of my pickup at a motel while on a job one time. I was glad I’d taken my old Singer 66-1 Hand Crank with me. I call it my old “Silver-eye”, since the Redeye decals are badly silvered. I had a couple of guys come by and say they wished they had one to carry with them too. Finding a place to get mending done in a strange town is tough, especially when you’re driving a truck.

    I do a lot of my sewing out in the yard, and some in the alley at the shop.

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    That's a SewHandy. My sister gave me hers since she isn't into sewing or collecting vintage machines.

    It's a "toy" real sewing machine. Take 24x1 needles Manual show that it quilts, does tucking, pleats, and ruffles.

    Cute little gal!

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