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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Has anyone ever heard of a "Belvedere" brand sewing machine?

    ~ Cindy
    picture?

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    I can do that. I believe this machine is not terribly old...Ca. 1980s???? I love the color and the sleek, little package this machine makes.

    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    I can do that. I believe this machine is not terribly old...Ca. 1980s???? I love the color and the sleek, little package this machine makes.

    ~ Cindy
    it's probably a 'badged' machine - Japanese

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    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    OK...I'm up to page 8 and I already have a question. I have a 403A Slant-O-Matic, which I dearly love. I went to the Singer site to try to date her and I found conflicting information. It's my understanding that the Slant-O-Matic series started in 1958, but Singer says that the serial number on my machine dates it at 1951. Please help, I'm confused. Thanks.

    ~Cindy
    I have the same question - my 401A, according to the serial number dating (and the certificate I got from Singer) date it at 1951. Same thing with the 603 - the date is 1959 and I read some place that it was introduced later. I'm confused, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?
    I dunno. :?:

    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?
    I dunno. :?:

    ~ Cindy
    :lol: :lol: :lol: so offer $25

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?
    I dunno. :?:

    ~ Cindy
    :lol: :lol: :lol: so offer $25
    They're only asking $10! LOL

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    I picked up a beautiful machine at a yard sale last week...or rather, lol, dh picked it up, not the lightest thing. It started life as a treadle, but someone long ago converted it to electric and put it in a case. You can see where it used to say OLSON, but the lettering is worn off. I can't find anything about Olson, and it does not have a manual. It is missing a plate, I think, on the front, which probably had a number on it. Under the machine, on the front, there is a number, S 58068.

    I am trying to get a decent photo, but with my flash, it reflects so much I get mostly a blur. Anyone know anything about an OLSON?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?
    I dunno. :?:

    ~ Cindy
    :lol: :lol: :lol: so offer $25
    I'd definitely ask to see the front!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?
    I dunno. :?:

    ~ Cindy
    :lol: :lol: :lol: so offer $25
    They're only asking $10! LOL
    I rarely pass up a $10 sewing machine. You can learn a lot about fixing them if they don't work... Some times they do work. If you get enough $10 sewing machines maybe you can combine a couple and have one that works.

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    I had an odd encounter at a yard sale this weekend. I always ask if they have an old sewing machine to sell. A lady who was helping said she did and gave me her number to call later. My cousin and I called and went to her house. She led me to a Singer 15. I started to look it over and she left me to call the sewing machine guy that works on her stuff to see what it was worth. Huh?

    It had no feet or accesories, a potted motor, the foot pedal had been replaced with a modern wedge but that cord was so bad rubber was falling off the wires. The decals were not in that great a shape. No case, no cabinet, just short of being a boat anchor.

    After a couple of minutes I went looking for her. She was still talking to the guy asking, is that for selling to an individual? Hmmmm. Then she hangs up and asks me what I thought it was worth. Told her some people give them away, you see them at yard sales for 15 or 25 dollars depending on the condition and maybe $65.00 if they are in perfect working order and good decals. Well, she said, I'd sell it for $25. I said I'd think about it and thanked her for letting me see it.

    Ya'll think this was as weird and uncomfortable as I did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Ya'll think this was as weird and uncomfortable as I did?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Ya'll think this was as weird and uncomfortable as I did?
    Yes.
    maybe it was her BIL... yes weird - she had plenty of time to sort it out before you got there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    I've been busy this past weekend. Our 100 member quilt guild had its quilt show. Last Friday I worked 8 hours helping set up, then volunteered at the show Saturday and Sunday, and helped with take down. It is a tremendous amount of work to put on a show. My hat is off to anyone who has ever been the Chairperson for an event like that. I was just one little committee person. Lots of beautiful quilts. I'm hoping for the next show, that I can have a roped off area and display some of my antique Iron Ladies. It won't be for 2 years. I did get a Blue Ribbon in my division, so I was a happy quilter.

    Texas Jan

    OK, I confess (raising hand!!) I'm the chair for our guild's quilt show in January 2012. But I have tons of help, and I was very involved the last 2 shows, so I am pretty confident we'll do OK. :shock:

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    Question???
    Will the bobbin winder from my dead Singer 99 fit a FW? If so Hershey, don't tell mom I want to surprise her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Congrats on your blue ribbon. We are proud of you.
    Glenn
    Congrats on your ribbon!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Moving on to my next problem child machine. I have a 15 clone. Some times it goes 1 or 2 stitches and snaps the thread then if I'm lucky it will go 3 inches and snap. SO I re-threaded left to right and right to left... which ever - one of them doesn't work. Then I played with the upper threading - I think I've had everything right from the start. I put in a new needle - experimented with which way it goes. I had it right. I played with the tension. Then I swapped a face plate off another machine. It is not tension. It is not threading. It is not the needle. Then I took out the bobbin hook. I polished it with a crumpled up piece of aluminum foil just to make sure there aren't any burrs. Still snaps thread. I took off the presser foot. The needle does not hit the plate but it comes close. That needle hole looks like a star from all the needle hitting going on. I'm wondering if it is tearing up the thread at that spot. I can't seem to see it happen. I left my long screw driver at the shop and the screw is in too tight to get with a skinny little Susy Homemaker screw driver. I was thinking maybe pull the plate and swap it out with the other clone or maybe polish it up a bit - stuck until I come up with some other brilliant idea. The Singer manual I found on line does not match my machine. I wonder if I need a service manual to figure out how to center the needle a bit better in the hole. That needle all but hits the hole.
    Miriam I have the same problem with the 15 clone I got recently. I am still fiddling with it between other projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    That's terrific Jan! Congrats on the ribbon, are you going to post pics? :)
    Forgot to attach the pictures. this is a needle turn, hand quilted quilt 65 x 70". Took about a year to do. I got so tired of looking at it. No more large quilts for me.

    Texas Jan
    That is one VERY nice piece of work!!! WOW a year? I doubt if I would EVER get anything that intricate done - not enough patience here.
    I echo that!! Lovely quilt, and I admire your ability to finish it all by hand. I would never have the patience!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Moving on to my next problem child machine. I have a 15 clone. Some times it goes 1 or 2 stitches and snaps the thread then if I'm lucky it will go 3 inches and snap. SO I re-threaded left to right and right to left... which ever - one of them doesn't work. Then I played with the upper threading - I think I've had everything right from the start. I put in a new needle - experimented with which way it goes. I had it right. I played with the tension. Then I swapped a face plate off another machine. It is not tension. It is not threading. It is not the needle. Then I took out the bobbin hook. I polished it with a crumpled up piece of aluminum foil just to make sure there aren't any burrs. Still snaps thread. I took off the presser foot. The needle does not hit the plate but it comes close. That needle hole looks like a star from all the needle hitting going on. I'm wondering if it is tearing up the thread at that spot. I can't seem to see it happen. I left my long screw driver at the shop and the screw is in too tight to get with a skinny little Susy Homemaker screw driver. I was thinking maybe pull the plate and swap it out with the other clone or maybe polish it up a bit - stuck until I come up with some other brilliant idea. The Singer manual I found on line does not match my machine. I wonder if I need a service manual to figure out how to center the needle a bit better in the hole. That needle all but hits the hole.
    Miriam I have the same problem with the 15 clone I got recently. I am still fiddling with it between other projects.
    I found a service manual and it was very helpful. http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/15-91.pdf
    It even has motor info. I found the adjustment hole and am waiting for DH to come home. I found a screw driver to fit the space. I cut my finger tip pretty bad - it sure did bleed. Bummed out for working on anything for a few days though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    Sorry...I realize that Blilly would like us to post about earlier machines, but this one is on the cusp and has piqued my curiosity. I hope that you don't mind.

    ~ Cindy
    where else can you go with it???
    Exactly! Besides, "vintage" is a matter of opinion!! :lol: ;)

    I love the color of that machine! Don't know a thing about it, but I like it! :)
    What does the front look like?
    I dunno. :?:

    ~ Cindy
    :lol: :lol: :lol: so offer $25
    They're only asking $10! LOL
    What are you waiting for? You can practice taking a machine apart and cleaning it for that price...even if you break it, it's worth the experience.

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    Miriam!! YUCK!! Cuts hurt so bad!! Thanks for that link. Besides my 15 clone, someone gave me a DOA 15 that my DH wants to practice working on. He wants to see if he can get it to move...it's frozen stiff right now. I call it bait to reel him into loving the machines as much as I do!! :thumbup: :lol:

    Still patiently waiting for my Davis VF to arrive....I am counting the days!! :-)

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