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    I worked on the 319 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.

    this is the nicest cabinet I've seen in a while
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    You mean 319 :> Yup, she's a dirty, dirty girl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 310 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.

    I like the cabinet! looks like a nice size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 310 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.

    I like the cabinet! looks like a nice size.
    It was worth the money just for the cabinet. I haven't done any cleaning on it yet. There are a couple lite rings but looks pretty darn good otherwise. They were using the cabinet to hold up a big screen tv. The guy said he didn't know where he got it and had it for at least 10 years and never sewed. What ever.

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    Here is a link to my picture post Singer 319 http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-162425-1.htm#4526337

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 319 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.
    Can't wait to see the process. This is one on my "watch for " list. The keys on it are an interesting feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    Irishrose, Is that a quilt shop in Cadillac? I'm glad that she got a good home.
    Yes, it's the one downtown. The one E of town wouldn't have room for even a small treadle. The female half is the one who knows her older machines. Before she came over, her husband asked me about the motor. I had already told him it was an 1895 patent manufactured in 1904. But that's okay, he's excited about sandblasting her irons if his wife thinks they need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 319 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.
    Can't wait to see the process. This is one on my "watch for " list. The keys on it are an interesting feature.
    right now the keys don't do much - the stack seems to suppose to turn a rod across the back which turns the needle bar. I don't want to use penetrating oil because I don't want to ruin the paint. I painted it up good with kerosene and I'll try hair dryer heat next time I'm over there - see if it will loosen up. I haven't figured out the big knob on the front yet either. I suppose I should read the manual shouldn't I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    I'm picking up a set of straight leg Singer treadle irons tomorrow, it looks like its all there. My current Singer treadle like this is missing a bolt.

    The irons are $15! :-D

    http://austin.craigslist.org/atq/2609205647.html

    Sharon W.
    That's a great deal! Are you switching them out, or just swapping the bolt.
    Mostly swapping the bolt, don't know what else. It depends on what condition they're in.[/quote]

    The irons are in very good condition, only missing the belt shifter. I may just swap the irons out and take the belt shifter off the irons that is missing the bolt.
    The man that sold them to me does a beautiful job of refinishing cabinets and machines. Lots of eye candy. He has a White Rotary in a twiggy cabinet and also a New Home in a twiggy cabinet. He is a woodworker and has replaced parts of the cabinets with new wood. Its just amazing what he's done with them. He repaints the treadle irons too. I was afraid that he might have been one of those nitwits that makes tables from the treadle irons and trashes the rest. I'm so relieved that he doesn't do that.
    I may have him repair my oldest Singer coffin top, part of it is in poor condition and won't hold up the hinged piece on the right side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 319 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.
    Looks like you have a real fixer upper there . She will be fine once you get her cleaned up.

    Texas Jan

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    Pick an excuse:

    1. Yeah, I really do need one more thing on my to-do list. I'm like a squirrel, I have to pack them away for winter!
    2. Ten years is a long time to be a doorstop. (Seriously, I didn't know...but I'm learning).
    3. Once you've cleaned off a test spot and the serial number, you have to finish it.

    I salvaged this from my Grammy's garage after she died. No one wanted it at the estate sales, and I thought it was too interesting to toss. I've no idea where she got it. She didn't sew. It's not a treadle machine that she salvaged the base from. I used it as a doorstop for the last decade, never crossed my mind it could be fixed or used. :oops:

    Really, it's just missing 2 parts, but I ordered them both today. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get the motor cleaned up myself, but I should have fun trying. The crinkle finish is a little worn. What I really like is the embossing, even more than most of the intricate decals on other machines.

    White Rotary, black crinkle embossed. SN 1x62861, so the year is 1931.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 319 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.
    Can't wait to see the process. This is one on my "watch for " list. The keys on it are an interesting feature.
    right now the keys don't do much - the stack seems to suppose to turn a rod across the back which turns the needle bar. I don't want to use penetrating oil because I don't want to ruin the paint. I painted it up good with kerosene and I'll try hair dryer heat next time I'm over there - see if it will loosen up. I haven't figured out the big knob on the front yet either. I suppose I should read the manual shouldn't I.
    You mean a manual isn't the last resort??? :lol:

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    Bennett you got you work cut out on this but it is a nice machine.
    Here is my 319 that I treadle. I got it from a good friend.
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    Miriam,
    There is a free manual on Ismacs for your Singer 319.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    What I really like is the embossing, even more than most of the intricate decals on other machines.
    That's what I noticed first, I like that too. I'm looking forward to seeing her all cleaned up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    I worked on the 319 today. What a mess. I'm going to make a post - I took a ton of pics so it maybe a long post. Here is a teaser I guess.
    Can't wait to see the process. This is one on my "watch for " list. The keys on it are an interesting feature.
    right now the keys don't do much - the stack seems to suppose to turn a rod across the back which turns the needle bar. I don't want to use penetrating oil because I don't want to ruin the paint. I painted it up good with kerosene and I'll try hair dryer heat next time I'm over there - see if it will loosen up. I haven't figured out the big knob on the front yet either. I suppose I should read the manual shouldn't I.
    You mean a manual isn't the last resort??? :lol:
    Well, I printed the manual... I haven't read it yet. Hurray for last resorts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Miriam,
    There is a free manual on Ismacs for your Singer 319.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf
    Yes and it is a very long manual over 100 pages. So have fun with your 319 Miriam.
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Miriam,
    There is a free manual on Ismacs for your Singer 319.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf
    Yeah, I printed it last night... I just am not into reading them first... I just wait to see what I can't figure out and then go look it up... DH is the opposite of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    What I really like is the embossing, even more than most of the intricate decals on other machines.
    That's what I noticed first, I like that too. I'm looking forward to seeing her all cleaned up!
    Looks sort of like a cookie with the embossing

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Miriam,
    There is a free manual on Ismacs for your Singer 319.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf
    Yeah, I printed it last night... I just am not into reading them first... I just wait to see what I can't figure out and then go look it up... DH is the opposite of course.
    Sometimes a manual is essential for those things that just don't make any sense at all. A good example is how to attach the darning foot on a Pfaff 2040, its very odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Miriam,
    There is a free manual on Ismacs for your Singer 319.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf
    Yeah, I printed it last night... I just am not into reading them first... I just wait to see what I can't figure out and then go look it up... DH is the opposite of course.
    Sometimes a manual is essential for those things that just don't make any sense at all. A good example is how to attach the darning foot on a Pfaff 2040, its very odd.
    I'm thinking that 319 manual might be essential too.

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    I am very irritated at my local antique store. They have a 66 Lotus treadle in an awesome cabinet for $325. Way too high, in my opinion. But I went in to visit it today and they had the cabinet open with a set of iron fireplace log grates setting on the leaf!!! It is now all scratched up and dented. What idiots. I want it bad, but not for that price, now especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    I'm picking up a set of straight leg Singer treadle irons tomorrow, it looks like its all there. My current Singer treadle like this is missing a bolt.

    The irons are $15! :-D

    http://austin.craigslist.org/atq/2609205647.html

    Sharon W.
    That's a great deal! Are you switching them out, or just swapping the bolt.
    Mostly swapping the bolt, don't know what else. It depends on what condition they're in.
    The irons are in very good condition, only missing the belt shifter. I may just swap the irons out and take the belt shifter off the irons that is missing the bolt.
    The man that sold them to me does a beautiful job of refinishing cabinets and machines. Lots of eye candy. He has a White Rotary in a twiggy cabinet and also a New Home in a twiggy cabinet. He is a woodworker and has replaced parts of the cabinets with new wood. Its just amazing what he's done with them. He repaints the treadle irons too. I was afraid that he might have been one of those nitwits that makes tables from the treadle irons and trashes the rest. I'm so relieved that he doesn't do that.
    I may have him repair my oldest Singer coffin top, part of it is in poor condition and won't hold up the hinged piece on the right side.[/quote]


    You're lucky to have someone close by that refinishes cabinets. That's a lot of work in my opinion, but I know for someone like Glenn it's just part of the hobby- not mine.

    I would swap out the treadles if the one is better than the other.

    Post pictures of your finished work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Bennett you got you work cut out on this but it is a nice machine.
    Here is my 319 that I treadle. I got it from a good friend.
    glenn
    What did you have to do to it to treadle it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Pick an excuse:

    1. Yeah, I really do need one more thing on my to-do list. I'm like a squirrel, I have to pack them away for winter!
    2. Ten years is a long time to be a doorstop. (Seriously, I didn't know...but I'm learning).
    3. Once you've cleaned off a test spot and the serial number, you have to finish it.

    I salvaged this from my Grammy's garage after she died. No one wanted it at the estate sales, and I thought it was too interesting to toss. I've no idea where she got it. She didn't sew. It's not a treadle machine that she salvaged the base from. I used it as a doorstop for the last decade, never crossed my mind it could be fixed or used. :oops:

    Really, it's just missing 2 parts, but I ordered them both today. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get the motor cleaned up myself, but I should have fun trying. The crinkle finish is a little worn. What I really like is the embossing, even more than most of the intricate decals on other machines.

    White Rotary, black crinkle embossed. SN 1x62861, so the year is 1931.
    Bennett, Even if you don't get this machine working, it's a beauty cleaned up. You can give it an honorary spot on a bookcase or special spot in sewing room. I love the look of these Whites.

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