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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    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!! :-)
    You can get the 15 unstuck!!! Just don't try to dis-assemble the whole thing. Have him watch Muv's videos. It is so much easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    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!! :-)
    ACK! It's not there YET??? I'd be pacing...thumping my fingers...pacing...eating....pacing... :lol:

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    Well I know you enablers out there will have an answer. Like I need another 27 Sphinx machine, formerly treadle now motorized, daughter found in a flea market, called me the serial number, and it is the sister of one I already have. Same lot, September 26, 1904. Should I get it? It is $30 marked, not negotiated yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Well I know you enablers out there will have an answer. Like I need another 27 Sphinx machine, formerly treadle now motorized, daughter found in a flea market, called me the serial number, and it is the sister of one I already have. Same lot, September 26, 1904. Should I get it? It is $30 marked, not negotiated yet.
    Well...do you really need to ask? Of course you must get her. How awesome to have sisters! Even if you gift her to your daughter so each of you have one.

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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
    Cindy cool looking machine. What makes you think 1980's? Has the owner told you that is the 'about' age? Anyway, it looks vintage to me and Billy has always told us he considers anything from the 70's back vintage. I'd sure get it for $10!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Well I know you enablers out there will have an answer. Like I need another 27 Sphinx machine, formerly treadle now motorized, daughter found in a flea market, called me the serial number, and it is the sister of one I already have. Same lot, September 26, 1904. Should I get it? It is $30 marked, not negotiated yet.
    Uhmmmmmmmmmmm..... YES!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Nancy, My one Davis does that from time to time. Could be numerous situations: either pulling of fabrics, time for more oil, or behind the cover plate all those metal gears needs a good cleaning. Directions on taking the items apart to clean can be found on the Yahoo Davis VF site. I haven't done that yet. I was told to clean the machine, and after cleaning I would be surprised at how much better it stitches and sounds.
    Monica, if you remember I spent two months trying to get this machine working originally. I cleaned it thoroughly, was ready to give up on her when she decided to start sewing. Since that time, I have used her exclusively for binding, but I always have to go around my big quilts twice. I just decided to throw it out there to see if anyone else has the same problems with their vertical feed machines?

    Nancy

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    Hope I am ok to change subject and ask, about bobbins
    a woman at a quilt shop said only use plastic bobbins,
    that metal were not good for sewing machines.

    I have a babylock embroidery machine, it seems to work better for me with a metal bobbin. Works smoother, and
    better. I also use metal bobbin on my 221-1 singer.
    What did you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian
    Hope I am ok to change subject and ask, about bobbins
    a woman at a quilt shop said only use plastic bobbins,
    that metal were not good for sewing machines.

    I have a babylock embroidery machine, it seems to work better for me with a metal bobbin. Works smoother, and
    better. I also use metal bobbin on my 221-1 singer.
    What did you think?
    When did plastic ANYTHING work better than metal???I am surprised anyone likes the plastic, although I think some new sewing machines are made to use plastic bobbins, so probably should follow the manufacturers directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian
    Hope I am ok to change subject and ask, about bobbins
    a woman at a quilt shop said only use plastic bobbins,
    that metal were not good for sewing machines.

    I have a babylock embroidery machine, it seems to work better for me with a metal bobbin. Works smoother, and
    better. I also use metal bobbin on my 221-1 singer.
    What did you think?
    I think the metal bobbins are heavier and work better.

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    I have heard that you should use metal bobbins with metal bobbin cases and plastic with the plastic ones. Don't know if that is gospel or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Nancy if you send me your email address I will sent you a short clip of the machine in action in the treadle. If you have a red eye with the treadle no modification is necessary except to remove the motor and place in you cabinet. You will need a belt longer than the one on the red eye. I think any singer treadle with same dim as the red eye would work. My 319 fits the back lift hinges on the treadle. You will see an old man working the machine to LOL
    Glenn
    Ok I just watched a very handsome, young, thin man with a mustache and a big smile threadle his Singer 319! WOW! I want one - I am now on the hunt for a 319! Glenn, you are right the 'clip' you sent me is very short, but WOW it looks like so much fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! What year is your 319? That machine sounds so smooth running!

    Thank you!

    Nancy
    I had to pull out my medicare card to make sure you were watching the right clip :lol: I think if I remember correctly I dated it to 1964. I don't have all the flat cams for it yet but have not really looked for them. With the one I have and the keys I can do many stitches. It is a great machine to sew with.

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    Can anyone figure out when this old Singer was made?
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/atq/2668127062.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj
    Can anyone figure out when this old Singer was made?
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/atq/2668127062.html
    It's a German made machine, the C numbers began about 1908. All of the records were lost when the Russian Army invaded Wittenburg in 1945.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Nancy if you send me your email address I will sent you a short clip of the machine in action in the treadle. If you have a red eye with the treadle no modification is necessary except to remove the motor and place in you cabinet. You will need a belt longer than the one on the red eye. I think any singer treadle with same dim as the red eye would work. My 319 fits the back lift hinges on the treadle. You will see an old man working the machine to LOL
    Glenn
    Ok I just watched a very handsome, young, thin man with a mustache and a big smile threadle his Singer 319! WOW! I want one - I am now on the hunt for a 319! Glenn, you are right the 'clip' you sent me is very short, but WOW it looks like so much fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! What year is your 319? That machine sounds so smooth running!

    Thank you!

    Nancy
    I had to pull out my medicare card to make sure you were watching the right clip :lol: I think if I remember correctly I dated it to 1964. I don't have all the flat cams for it yet but have not really looked for them. With the one I have and the keys I can do many stitches. It is a great machine to sew with.
    I wanna see!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Nancy if you send me your email address I will sent you a short clip of the machine in action in the treadle. If you have a red eye with the treadle no modification is necessary except to remove the motor and place in you cabinet. You will need a belt longer than the one on the red eye. I think any singer treadle with same dim as the red eye would work. My 319 fits the back lift hinges on the treadle. You will see an old man working the machine to LOL
    Glenn
    Ok I just watched a very handsome, young, thin man with a mustache and a big smile threadle his Singer 319! WOW! I want one - I am now on the hunt for a 319! Glenn, you are right the 'clip' you sent me is very short, but WOW it looks like so much fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! What year is your 319? That machine sounds so smooth running!

    Thank you!

    Nancy
    I had to pull out my medicare card to make sure you were watching the right clip :lol: I think if I remember correctly I dated it to 1964. I don't have all the flat cams for it yet but have not really looked for them. With the one I have and the keys I can do many stitches. It is a great machine to sew with.
    I wanna see!!!
    Ok, Charlee coming your way
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian
    Hope I am ok to change subject and ask, about bobbins
    a woman at a quilt shop said only use plastic bobbins,
    that metal were not good for sewing machines.

    I have a babylock embroidery machine, it seems to work better for me with a metal bobbin. Works smoother, and
    better. I also use metal bobbin on my 221-1 singer.
    What did you think?
    I think with the Babylock, you should probably be using the bobbins that were made for it, i.e., plastic.

    The 221 is going to work better with the bobbins that were made for it which would be metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Nancy if you send me your email address I will sent you a short clip of the machine in action in the treadle. If you have a red eye with the treadle no modification is necessary except to remove the motor and place in you cabinet. You will need a belt longer than the one on the red eye. I think any singer treadle with same dim as the red eye would work. My 319 fits the back lift hinges on the treadle. You will see an old man working the machine to LOL
    Glenn
    Ok I just watched a very handsome, young, thin man with a mustache and a big smile threadle his Singer 319! WOW! I want one - I am now on the hunt for a 319! Glenn, you are right the 'clip' you sent me is very short, but WOW it looks like so much fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! What year is your 319? That machine sounds so smooth running!

    Thank you!

    Nancy
    I had to pull out my medicare card to make sure you were watching the right clip :lol: I think if I remember correctly I dated it to 1964. I don't have all the flat cams for it yet but have not really looked for them. With the one I have and the keys I can do many stitches. It is a great machine to sew with.
    I wanna see!!!
    Ok, Charlee coming your way
    Glenn
    Thanks Skip! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj
    Can anyone figure out when this old Singer was made?
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/atq/2668127062.html
    It's a German made machine, the C numbers began about 1908. All of the records were lost when the Russian Army invaded Wittenburg in 1945.
    Nazi German era? Thanks for the info.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Nancy if you send me your email address I will sent you a short clip of the machine in action in the treadle. If you have a red eye with the treadle no modification is necessary except to remove the motor and place in you cabinet. You will need a belt longer than the one on the red eye. I think any singer treadle with same dim as the red eye would work. My 319 fits the back lift hinges on the treadle. You will see an old man working the machine to LOL
    Glenn
    Ok I just watched a very handsome, young, thin man with a mustache and a big smile threadle his Singer 319! WOW! I want one - I am now on the hunt for a 319! Glenn, you are right the 'clip' you sent me is very short, but WOW it looks like so much fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! What year is your 319? That machine sounds so smooth running!

    Thank you!

    Nancy
    I had to pull out my medicare card to make sure you were watching the right clip :lol: I think if I remember correctly I dated it to 1964. I don't have all the flat cams for it yet but have not really looked for them. With the one I have and the keys I can do many stitches. It is a great machine to sew with.
    I wanna see!!!
    Ok, Charlee coming your way
    Glenn
    Thanks Skip! :)
    I'm with Nancy...pretty handsome young fella in that clip!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Nancy if you send me your email address I will sent you a short clip of the machine in action in the treadle. If you have a red eye with the treadle no modification is necessary except to remove the motor and place in you cabinet. You will need a belt longer than the one on the red eye. I think any singer treadle with same dim as the red eye would work. My 319 fits the back lift hinges on the treadle. You will see an old man working the machine to LOL
    Glenn


    Ok I just watched a very handsome, young, thin man with a mustache and a big smile threadle his Singer 319! WOW! I want one - I am now on the hunt for a 319! Glenn, you are right the 'clip' you sent me is very short, but WOW it looks like so much fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! What year is your 319? That machine sounds so smooth running!

    Thank you!

    Nancy
    I had to pull out my medicare card to make sure you were watching the right clip :lol: I think if I remember correctly I dated it to 1964. I don't have all the flat cams for it yet but have not really looked for them. With the one I have and the keys I can do many stitches. It is a great machine to sew with.
    I wanna see!!!
    Ok, Charlee coming your way
    Glenn
    Thanks Skip! :)
    I'm with Nancy...pretty handsome young fella in that clip!! :)
    Thanks guys you make this old man feel good
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    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!! :-)
    You can get the 15 unstuck!!! Just don't try to dis-assemble the whole thing. Have him watch Muv's videos. It is so much easier!
    OK...will do.

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    You don't look old to me!! ;) That wife of yours is a lucky lady! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    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!! :-)
    ACK! It's not there YET??? I'd be pacing...thumping my fingers...pacing...eating....pacing... :lol:
    Tracking with USPS says it should be here tomorrow. I was hoping for today, but it didn't make it from the main sorting PO here to our local PO, so, 1 more day!! I'm excited!!!! I got the boat shuttle, a bobbin and some needles off of eBay, and I can't wait to try it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Well I know you enablers out there will have an answer. Like I need another 27 Sphinx machine, formerly treadle now motorized, daughter found in a flea market, called me the serial number, and it is the sister of one I already have. Same lot, September 26, 1904. Should I get it? It is $30 marked, not negotiated yet.
    Uhmmmmmmmmmmm..... YES!!!!!!!!
    Hahahahaha!!!! Did you REALLY expect a different answer from any of us???? :-o

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