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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    This should be a manual for that machine.
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf or two http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...uals/15-91.pdf
    I would use a walking foot sewing machine to sew on very much leather or heavy canvas - there is nothing worse than a bent needle shaft - ask me how I know.
    I probably won't sew very heavy leather - I sent most of my heavy hides up to my gson, since he was interested in working with them. Most of what I have left around here is soft garment leather. I have been sewing on quite a bit of upholstery fabrics lately (I seem to have gotten sidetracked from my quilt), and that has been on my Kenmore. I have two cane back chairs that keep insisting I redo them, too. Lol. For someone with nothing but spare time, I don't seem to have any spare time lately.

    I need to rearrange the family room, which seems to have gotten crowded somehow (no dear, I didn't need another machine....it just showed up at the door), and then try to get a photo and see if I can post it. Looking at this machine, I believe there are parts missing off the Olson. Or not. But they are not quite the same.

    I would say I also need to stay away from yard sales, but I think I may be addicted, lol.
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    I put a quilt on the quilt pictures - I had a horrible time getting the last picture to not go up... Maybe another time?
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Yeah! Nancy got it to work!!!!I think the new system upload of images is better. I think the images look better.
    If your image is too large, you will have to resize before uploading here; so, remember that too just in case you can't get the image to load.
    How come 2 pictures will load and not the 3rd? How do I resize?
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    I am trying to find a hand crank for my New Home "Clark" sewing machine 1931-36. If any one has one, or any information on where i can find one, please pm me. Thank you very much. I don't know if the picture will post. I resized it, lets see what happens. Anamaria
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    How come 2 pictures will load and not the 3rd? How do I resize?
    My techie son isn't home right now to help me answer your question.
    I don't know how many pictures they will allow at one time. So try to just submit a new post with picture number pict#3. Hope that helps!

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    I tried - here goes again... it failed too - how come the other two off the same series off the same camera failed?
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    Email it to me Miriam...let me try?
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    I guess it is garage sale season. I went by a couple this morning, and always ask, is there a sewing machine? Well, one lady said she was holding one for an earlier customer, but did I want to look at it? Kenmore 17--, $25. Had all the attachments, super high shank stuff, so I said, I usually like older ones and sort of collect them. She said $20. I said, it just isn't what I am looking for. She said $15. I said maybe someone will come along, and if you don't sell it, you can donate it to one of our local churches that teaches sewing lessons to a group of teenagers. She said $10, please take it. I did and it sews really good to make a long story longer, and doesn't miss any of its 22 stitches it is capable of. She paid $300 twenty years ago. Go figure. The ticket was in the manual. Worst thing is I have a machine that is good enough to sew on that the next person who comes in and wants one of my vintage machines may get lucky.

    Another girl has her old grandmother in law's that she didn't bring to town because her husband said no one would want it. She has my number to call me the model. All I know is green singer and old. Wish me luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    I guess it is garage sale season. I went by a couple this morning, and always ask, is there a sewing machine? Well, one lady said she was holding one for an earlier customer, but did I want to look at it? Kenmore 17--, $25. Had all the attachments, super high shank stuff, so I said, I usually like older ones and sort of collect them. She said $20. I said, it just isn't what I am looking for. She said $15. I said maybe someone will come along, and if you don't sell it, you can donate it to one of our local churches that teaches sewing lessons to a group of teenagers. She said $10, please take it. I did and it sews really good to make a long story longer, and doesn't miss any of its 22 stitches it is capable of. She paid $300 twenty years ago. Go figure. The ticket was in the manual. Worst thing is I have a machine that is good enough to sew on that the next person who comes in and wants one of my vintage machines may get lucky.

    Another girl has her old grandmother in law's that she didn't bring to town because her husband said no one would want it. She has my number to call me the model. All I know is green singer and old. Wish me luck.
    Melinda, they just keep following you home and you keep letting them in the house. Some of those old Kenmores are quite the bomb. I had one once that was pretty cool - it had some special disks that could REALLY adjust the stitches and come up with all kinds of variations.

    I'm afraid my family is ready to do an intervention around here... I went to GW today - we have one where they weigh stuff. So I'm in there digging around thinking it's awfully busy. Then this lady says thank God it's half off today... WAHOO!!! Then they brought out a new cart - I picked up a garbage bag full of heavy weight lycra for $8 - enough to do up some modest swim suits for the GDs. DD was bemoaning that you can't find any - then my sister said she would help design and sew them. She had a healthy business at one time making little dance costumes. I found a small stack of FQ for my sister. (gotta keep her off the streets) I saw a sewing machine with parts missing - no tension, not bobbin holder, no slide plate, no feet, no cord, no sale... it was a Singer Merritt. it did NOT follow me home. I was looking for pink purple and teal blue shirts or something to make a quilt for DIL. Didn't happen.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Melinda, they just keep following you home and you keep letting them in the house. Some of those old Kenmores are quite the bomb. I had one once that was pretty cool - it had some special disks that could REALLY adjust the stitches and come up with all kinds of variations.

    I'm afraid my family is ready to do an intervention around here... I went to GW today - we have one where they weigh stuff. So I'm in there digging around thinking it's awfully busy. Then this lady says thank God it's half off today... WAHOO!!! Then they brought out a new cart - I picked up a garbage bag full of heavy weight lycra for $8 - enough to do up some modest swim suits for the GDs. DD was bemoaning that you can't find any - then my sister said she would help design and sew them. She had a healthy business at one time making little dance costumes. I found a small stack of FQ for my sister. (gotta keep her off the streets) I saw a sewing machine with parts missing - no tension, not bobbin holder, no slide plate, no feet, no cord, no sale... it was a Singer Merritt. it did NOT follow me home. I was looking for pink purple and teal blue shirts or something to make a quilt for DIL. Didn't happen.
    Did the Singer Merritt have the fashion disks with it? One Singer Merrit I have has the disks that fit the 319. Another one I have has built in stitches. Dang, did I just admit to having two Singer Merritts in my house? LOL
    Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Did the Singer Merritt have the fashion disks with it? One Singer Merrit I have has the disks that fit the 319. Another one I have has built in stitches. Dang, did I just admit to having two Singer Merritts in my house? LOL
    I dug frantically through the whole store hoping to find some - I couldn't see where that machine took any disks - I think someone stripped it.
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    Bleeeeeeekkkkkkk!!!! Why does my profile show I have 147 subscriptions? And 45 Bookmarks! I didn't have that many BU (Before Update)? I don't know where I'm going or even where I've been!! I just want to bookmark the VSMS Topic and Billy's Personal Topic! Why can't it just be simple??????

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    ok Charlee I will try to load it from the email. SCORE!!! Now let's hope that little opinionated darlin' likes his new quilt.
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    Cigar Box

    This is something I made to hold bobbins, shuttle and tools for White Peerless since it did not have a storage box in the case. It was raining and I wanted to do something fun. This is an old vintage cigar box I got in Germany.
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    this will turn out to be one of my favorite spots on the board...... thanks much , , and I do hope you will keep posting pics. of your machines, and also,,,,,,,,the cars.......... go friend. you are tops. jacie

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Did you know you can go to the place where a quote originated by clicking the blue arrow thing on the left next to the quote??? WOW I like that - don't have to scroll back!
    that is just to cool, so much easier to find the original post. I really like that

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    Glenn your cigar box rocks!

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    anyone looking for belts, attachments and accessories for featherweights..... http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/search.aspx?find=featherweight&log=false&category= 1

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    hey have had everything i needed for my treadles and featherweights.....

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    Miriam, I love that picture! Your background adds to the beauty of the quilt.
    Glad you were able to get this photo loaded here.

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    Glenn, You did an awesome job on the cigar box! I like to take my leftover metal cookie and chocolate tins to use for sewing notions. I love seeing how others recycle items. That box is handsome.

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    Hi everyone... phew. 52 pages to read! Love the new 'look' of the QB.
    1. Whom ever it was about 20 pages back that got the 401k for $10, with the attachments stored up in the box. WAY cool. I'm jealous!
    Glenn, your cigar box DOES rock. Great idea. I'm jealous - and stealing your idea the first chance I get!
    Welcome to the new folks just discovering the fun of vintage machines....

    Okay... I'm psyched to report my progress in the last week or so:
    I got my Singer 115 treadle back together, the head totally cleaned up/oiled and re-furbed! Beautiful!!!!! I'll post pictures soon. At some point, I'm going to dismantle the irons and have them blasted and repainted... but for now... it's fine. I haven't sewn with her yet, but she's running smoothly without thread. I have to download a manual ...

    So... here's another story... (takes sip of coffee): Today I'm out Garage sale-ing around town. Drive to a sale where I know they've got a Singer cabinet/machine/stool. I get there, and the poor 15-91 is half out of it's hinges, about to crash through the bottom panel of the little cabinet 50. I immediately RUSH to the rescue of the poor thing, demand tools from the poor older lady and fix the thing. Meanwhile, we (her husband, her daughter and herself) all get to talking. I tell the lady, she needs to keep her 15-91 if she's going to do FMQ, 'cause it's great for that. But no, she's moving tomorrow, and doesn't want to take it. When asked if I'd take it, I truthfully say... I need another 15, like I need a whole in my head (I have three already). (Meanwhile, tinkering with the cabinet to get it fixed to work right). Well, how much would I pay for it? Truthfully, I say.... I think it's worth what you're asking ($45) even tho the wiring needs to be redone. Would I take it? (No, I don't need another...). Do I charge by the hour for fixing sewing machines? <sigh> No, I don't! lol. So we got to talkin some more...
    The more I said it was a great machine and she should keep it AND that I didn't want another...the more they kept trying to get me to take it. So guess what... an hour later, she GAVE me the machine, the attachments, cabinet and stool, and a huge bag full of buttons. I STILL do not need/want it! lol. However, I'm already planning to put my Jap. 15 clone in the cabinet, fix up the 15-91 and rewire it.... then sell it. I guess I'm now in business. ?????

    So does this happen a lot to everyone who's got a lot of machines? The first 15-91 I bought for $80! Spent another $60 fixing her up, and then GAVE her to a friend to sew with. So I guess this evens things out?! Now if someone would 'gift' me with a 411G or 201K treadle.... I'd be a happy woman!
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    Speaking of 411g treadle capable machines, there's one on ebay right now.... with a min. bid of $350! Comes with attachments/manual. It's in Canada, so the shipping to south florida would be... high. <grin> What do you all think? That seems like such a lot of $$ to me, it does have the treadle knockouts both front and back... ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt View Post
    Speaking of 411g treadle capable machines, there's one on ebay right now.... with a min. bid of $350! Comes with attachments/manual. It's in Canada, so the shipping to south florida would be... high. <grin> What do you all think? That seems like such a lot of $$ to me, it does have the treadle knockouts both front and back... ????
    I can see why they are pricy - they are REALLY COOL & REALLY RARE. $350 probably still costs less than they cost new and there are people paying gobs of money for a new plastic machine and they don't bat an eye. This machine will last for a VERY long time. People will spend more than that on a Bernina and Bernina doesn't have replacement parts. Singer does. The machine does come ready to treadle - we did it on the 401G I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Glenn, You did an awesome job on the cigar box! I like to take my leftover metal cookie and chocolate tins to use for sewing notions. I love seeing how others recycle items. That box is handsome.
    I like the cookie tins with hinged lids. I put a strong magnet inside the top so I can throw pins at it. Then I put other stuff inside for each machine I sell.
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    ok so why did nothing change when I re did my settings? I poked all kinds of buttons and nothing changed and it won't put a picture up on the left where my name is... ah I just messed with my profile - there must be settings for the pages as well...
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