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    Candace, your 301 looks lovely! Now!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
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    Ok for you Rocketeer folks, are any of you having trouble with the cams wearing out? I use my 503a Rocketeer all the time for decorative stitches on my little Patchabilities. I use mostly the #8 cam, which is now slipping and messing up sometimes. I did some research and the only thing people complained about with those machines were the cams. The people who bought them loved the machines because they are all metal, well-made machines, but couldn't understand why Singer made such a nice machine then used plastic to make the cams. The cams wear out! Has anyone tried filing off the rough edges on those cams to see if they will have more life. Now I am a little concerned about getting a 319W -it uses cams too. The top hat cams are easy to find, not sure about the flat cams of the 319w?

    Nancy
    Nancy - yes they do wear out but not to worry & no need to start filing on them yourself. Cathy (who hosted the TOGA) has a whole locker full of the various types of cams!! Seriously - a whole school locker! And they are not expensive at all. I think I paid $2 each for the ones I got from her to finish out my collection of the ones made for my 403.
    Good thing to know. What is her username here? I have a 500 on layaway and thinking I might need a new set to have on hand. I don't know what all is included with the machine yet. Suppose to get that info soon.
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    Jan on 446
    She is not a user here. Let me see if I can get her contact info for you. Or maybe vintagemotif (Monica) has it?
    Ouch. I haven't worn any out yet and I haven't seen any that were worn out. Makes the 401 and 500 look better doesn't it.

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    She is not a user here. Let me see if I can get her contact info for you. Or maybe vintagemotif (Monica) has it?[/quote]


    I have Cathy Nelson's phone number. Kathie S.

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    White Featherweight for $199.95

    Needs work on the bobbin area and case.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WHIT...#ht_500wt_1180

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I found the paint on my Davis to be rather....I don't know that "fragile" is the word I'm looking for, but for lack of a better word, I'll use it. I didn't lose any decals, but every time I cleaned, more black rubbed off. I finally decided that it was paint instead of dirt and quit trying to clean it ALL off! :lol: When I waxed it, I used a caranuba car wax, and in the places where the wax was a little thicker and didn't dry as fast, the black paint turned GREEN!! OMG! I was beside myself and almost in tears to have those green streaks in my beautiful black machine...but as they dried and "cured" it turned black again...

    I think the black is more "sensitive" than are the decals...but if the black UNDER the decals loosens, the decals come off with it...
    Charlee, I have a Davis made around 1886 - 1889. I cleaned it with Blue Magic TR 3 Resin Glaze. It has no decals to speak of left, but boy does the black paint shine! I cleaned until all the black stopped coming off - under that stuff was a beautiful shinny black paint job. I like it better the way it looks now then all rough with a few broken decals showing! At first, I was bummed out that I took all the decals off, but I like the slick feeling it has when I touch it now. It looks like a new machine, all shinny with no dull spaces! I'm thinking it is not the 'paint' that you are getting off, just the crude on top of the paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Nancy - yes they do wear out but not to worry & no need to start filing on them yourself. Cathy (who hosted the TOGA) has a whole locker full of the various types of cams!! Seriously - a whole school locker! And they are not expensive at all. I think I paid $2 each for the ones I got from her to finish out my collection of the ones made for my 403.
    Sheryl, you just made my day! I didn't see that locker - now I want to get Candace's 319w! I bought another treadle today with a 66 from 1926 in the treadle. I am going to take out the 66 and put the 319w in if Candace sells me her 319w!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Ouch. I haven't worn any out yet and I haven't seen any that were worn out. Makes the 401 and 500 look better doesn't it.
    Yeah, and I just gave one of my best friends my 500a as an early Christmas present! I like my 503a better than the 500a, but maybe I should have re-thought that! Too late now!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446
    Good thing to know. What is her username here? I have a 500 on layaway and thinking I might need a new set to have on hand. I don't know what all is included with the machine yet. Suppose to get that info soon.
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    Jan on 446
    Jan the 500 does a lot a stitches without a cam - built in! The 503a has to have a cam to work at all! You'll be ok!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446
    Good thing to know. What is her username here? I have a 500 on layaway and thinking I might need a new set to have on hand. I don't know what all is included with the machine yet. Suppose to get that info soon.
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    Jan on 446
    Jan the 500 does a lot a stitches without a cam - built in! The 503a has to have a cam to work at all! You'll be ok!

    Nancy
    Thanks Nancy for that information. Actually, I am not sure about the model but the gal at the sew&vac kept calling it a 500. I was so excited to find one that I kind of went into a daze!! I wasn't too informed on which model to get, but heard how well they sew from this site.
    Jan on 446

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I found the paint on my Davis to be rather....I don't know that "fragile" is the word I'm looking for, but for lack of a better word, I'll use it. I didn't lose any decals, but every time I cleaned, more black rubbed off. I finally decided that it was paint instead of dirt and quit trying to clean it ALL off! :lol: When I waxed it, I used a caranuba car wax, and in the places where the wax was a little thicker and didn't dry as fast, the black paint turned GREEN!! OMG! I was beside myself and almost in tears to have those green streaks in my beautiful black machine...but as they dried and "cured" it turned black again...

    I think the black is more "sensitive" than are the decals...but if the black UNDER the decals loosens, the decals come off with it...
    Charlee, I have a Davis made around 1886 - 1889. I cleaned it with Blue Magic TR 3 Resin Glaze. It has no decals to speak of left, but boy does the black paint shine! I cleaned until all the black stopped coming off - under that stuff was a beautiful shinny black paint job. I like it better the way it looks now then all rough with a few broken decals showing! At first, I was bummed out that I took all the decals off, but I like the slick feeling it has when I touch it now. It looks like a new machine, all shinny with no dull spaces! I'm thinking it is not the 'paint' that you are getting off, just the crude on top of the paint?

    Nancy
    Possible, but I really think it's oxidized paint...you know how the finish on a car gets dull and icky? That's what I think this is....and I think it's deep into the finish.... I used the caranuba first, finished with the TR3...that helped. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Ouch. I haven't worn any out yet and I haven't seen any that were worn out. Makes the 401 and 500 look better doesn't it.
    Yeah, and I just gave one of my best friends my 500a as an early Christmas present! I like my 503a better than the 500a, but maybe I should have re-thought that! Too late now!

    Nancy
    I would do the same. The 403 and 503 are so much easier to use and there is so much more selection on the stitch width. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    ...I bought a storage unit with sewing machines and parts in it.....This person was planning to open a repair shop, but died before he could do it. I just hope I haven't bitten off too big a bite.
    I know how you feel, and you know what they say...”Can you ever have too many sewing machines?”

    I blundered into one of those deals back in October 2009. A retired couple collected antiques, specializing in antique farm tractors, until the husband switched to tinkering with antique sewing machines because the tractor parts seemed to get heavier and heavier to deal with as he aged.

    The husband passed on, and the tractor collection was auctioned off, but they ran out of time to auction the sewing machine collection at that time. The lady didn’t want to have another auction, sold some here and there, but finally decided to sell the rest in an “all or nothing” lot. It was a 20-foot shipping container full with machines on shelving up three walls to the ceiling and the floor space filled with cabinets and portables underneath. Extra parts in boxes were poked into any empty spaces. I couldn’t even get in to see them all, but I saw enough.

    There were 215 sewing machines in that container.....

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    ...I bought a storage unit with sewing machines and parts in it.....This person was planning to open a repair shop, but died before he could do it. I just hope I haven't bitten off too big a bite.
    I know how you feel, and you know what they say...”Can you ever have too many sewing machines?”

    I blundered into one of those deals back in October 2009. A retired couple collected antiques, specializing in antique farm tractors, until the husband switched to tinkering with antique sewing machines because the tractor parts seemed to get heavier and heavier to deal with as he aged.

    The husband passed on, and the tractor collection was auctioned off, but they ran out of time to auction the sewing machine collection at that time. The lady didn’t want to have another auction, sold some here and there, but finally decided to sell the rest in an “all or nothing” lot. It was a 20-foot shipping container full with machines on shelving up three walls to the ceiling and the floor space filled with cabinets and portables underneath. Extra parts in boxes were poked into any empty spaces. I couldn’t even get in to see them all, but I saw enough.

    There were 215 sewing machines in that container.....

    CD in Oklahoma
    Wow! And what have you done with all those machines?
    Were there any real treasures in there?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer
    ...I bought a storage unit with sewing machines and parts in it.....This person was planning to open a repair shop, but died before he could do it. I just hope I haven't bitten off too big a bite.
    I know how you feel, and you know what they say...”Can you ever have too many sewing machines?”

    I blundered into one of those deals back in October 2009. A retired couple collected antiques, specializing in antique farm tractors, until the husband switched to tinkering with antique sewing machines because the tractor parts seemed to get heavier and heavier to deal with as he aged.

    The husband passed on, and the tractor collection was auctioned off, but they ran out of time to auction the sewing machine collection at that time. The lady didn’t want to have another auction, sold some here and there, but finally decided to sell the rest in an “all or nothing” lot. It was a 20-foot shipping container full with machines on shelving up three walls to the ceiling and the floor space filled with cabinets and portables underneath. Extra parts in boxes were poked into any empty spaces. I couldn’t even get in to see them all, but I saw enough.

    There were 215 sewing machines in that container.....

    CD in Oklahoma
    Wow! And what have you done with all those machines?
    Were there any real treasures in there?

    Nancy
    I wanna know too!! :) That would be SUCH a find...I'd love to get my hands on something like that!

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    Hey everyone do you you know where or who has a zig zag needle plate for the 319w? I think Candace is going to sell me one of her 319's, but it only has the single hole plate. I will need a zig zag plate so I can use the decorative stitches!

    Kathie, can you e-mail me Cathy's number from the TOGA - I lost it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Hey everyone do you you know where or who has a zig zag needle plate for the 319w? I think Candace is going to sell me one of her 319's, but it only has the single hole plate. I will need a zig zag plate so I can use the decorative stitches!

    Kathie, can you e-mail me Cathy's number from the TOGA - I lost it!

    Nancy
    Those 319s have an odd plate. I wonder if you can have it drilled out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by debbiewi
    Charlee,
    what was the name of the stuff you clean up the cabinets with? I think you said you got it at Menards??
    thanks
    debbie
    It's called "Howard's Restor-a-finish" followed by Howard's Feed n Wax (I know Glenn, the wood's dead and doesn't need fed! :lol: but I like the way the stuff makes the wood look!) ....I've not found it at Lowe's, but have found it at Home Depot, and most of the antique stores around here carry it. :) Hope that helps!
    Charlee using the Howard products is okay. It is basically cosmetic fix and you like the looks go far it. As a furniture restorer I go with the old fashioned restoration techniques(restoring the old finish by repairing such as french polish the shellac) I agree with you I don't refinish by stripping I just make the old finish look new again. By the way love your new machine.
    Glenn
    Thanks Glenn! This "New Old Girl" is going to present some problems with my normal methods tho...those decals are gonna get in my way!! She's missing some shellac/varnish, and I don't know how to go about fixing that without damaging them! They already have a few silvered spots... ~sigh~ I'm gonna have to learn something new...and find out where to learn it! :lol:
    I just picked up a, "the FREE," treadle sewing machine w/Peacock decals and w/o treadle, or cabinet. I totally covet your cab! If anyone sees parts, cab, decals, etc. for this machine, please let me know...thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Wow! And what have you done with all those machines?
    Were there any real treasures in there?

    Nancy
    So far I’ve:
    Kept 24 heads and 3 cabinet/treadles for myself
    Re-homed 34 heads and 12 cabinet/treadles to others
    Parted out 26 heads and 1 cabinet
    The rest are waiting to be re-homed, or used for donor parts.

    Yes, there were some treasures.....at least to my way of thinking. (Notice that I’m keeping a bunch of them? ;)

    CD in Oklahoma

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    [quote=ThayerRagsSo far I’ve:
    Kept 24 heads and 3 cabinet/treadles for myself
    Re-homed 34 heads and 12 cabinet/treadles to others
    Parted out 26 heads and 1 cabinet
    The rest are waiting to be re-homed, or used for donor parts.

    Yes, there were some treasures.....at least to my way of thinking. (Notice that I’m keeping a bunch of them? ;)

    CD in Oklahoma[/quote]

    CD, what fun you must of had. And of course lots of work. I never run into this kind of deal. But I guess I would have to retire to be able to deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Hey everyone do you you know where or who has a zig zag needle plate for the 319w? I think Candace is going to sell me one of her 319's, but it only has the single hole plate. I will need a zig zag plate so I can use the decorative stitches!

    Kathie, can you e-mail me Cathy's number from the TOGA - I lost it!

    Nancy
    Those 319s have an odd plate. I wonder if you can have it drilled out.
    Hummmmm, so Miriam you think I am going to have a hard time finding a zig zag plate for the 319?

    Thayerrags, do you have a 319 plate in your bunch you can part with?

    Nancy

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    Hi there-I'm pretty new here although I have been lurking for some time!! Love the board...Now I have a question about an old singer I found at a thrift store. It has a serial number of AL 752504 but I don't know what model it is. How do I tell the model? I looked the machine over good but that was the only # I found. I did look up the # and found it was made in 1954. Can someone help me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alabam49
    Hi there-I'm pretty new here although I have been lurking for some time!! Love the board...Now I have a question about an old singer I found at a thrift store. It has a serial number of AL 752504 but I don't know what model it is. How do I tell the model? I looked the machine over good but that was the only # I found. I did look up the # and found it was made in 1954. Can someone help me?
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    I checked the charts. It appears you have a model 15. 50,000 were allotted on May 11, 1954. I do not know when they started putting the model number on the machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alabam49
    Hi there-I'm pretty new here although I have been lurking for some time!! Love the board...Now I have a question about an old singer I found at a thrift store. It has a serial number of AL 752504 but I don't know what model it is. How do I tell the model? I looked the machine over good but that was the only # I found. I did look up the # and found it was made in 1954. Can someone help me?
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    It should be a singer 15. You can confirm that by looking for the location of the tension knob. The Singer 15 has it on the chrome faceplate, and it threads down the faceplate. Good sturdy machine!

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    Thanks for the info!! Is it worth $30 that the thrift store is asking for it? It really needs alot of cleaning up & I haven't ever restored a sewing machine before, it is in a cabinet & looks to have all its parts.

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    Quick question for someone in the know. Started working on a very dirty find, cant wait to see the transformation. Anyhooo, looked up the info, she is a 1904 27K, #J229956. In the notes field there is an "R". Anyone know what it means? That run of 45000 has the note, the following run, also 27K, of 2000 does not have the note. TIA

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