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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Been browsing Shopgoodwill.com & Ebay for 15 clones. Any thoughts on this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Excellent-Po...item415ee727d2
    You should be able to find one cheaper or at least close to home. The clones are pretty cool machines.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish View Post
    Miriam,

    She does explain it well. However, when reading the info on the attachment numbers on the uksinger site... some are described as "standard foot"

    What is a standard foot???
    Short shank = standard foot - most of them are standard foot
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Threading for White FR machines

    Okay, I didn't think it was really that intuitive and the manual wasn't that easy for me to understand, but I figured it out. I used some yarn so the points would be more visible (It didn't fit, but I hope you get the idea).

    1. Bring the thread from the spool to the guide at the top. There were several types. The small disks may be flat or upright, or it may just be a guide without the disks.
    2. Bring the thread down to the slot at the bottom of the tension mechanism. It may look solid, but there is a cut or slot to bring the thread up into. Pull this up.
    3. It should now hook through the small hook end of the spring that is visible. It is like a small wire.
    4. Now, pull the thread up to the arm. You don't "thread" it, you slide the thread into it through the slot.
    5. Take your thread down to your needle. On one of my machines, it has a little dent at the bottom to help guide the thread. Another has nothing. From here, it's just like any other, pull thread through the guide on the needle. Needle threads left to right.

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Okay, I didn't think it was really that intuitive and the manual wasn't that easy for me to understand, but I figured it out. I used some yarn so the points would be more visible (It didn't fit, but I hope you get the idea).

    1. Bring the thread from the spool to the guide at the top. There were several types. The small disks may be flat or upright, or it may just be a guide without the disks.
    2. Bring the thread down to the slot at the bottom of the tension mechanism. It may look solid, but there is a cut or slot to bring the thread up into. Pull this up.
    3. It should now hook through the small hook end of the spring that is visible. It is like a small wire.
    4. Now, pull the thread up to the arm. You don't "thread" it, you slide the thread into it through the slot.
    5. Take your thread down to your needle. On one of my machines, it has a little dent at the bottom to help guide the thread. Another has nothing. From here, it's just like any other, pull thread through the guide on the needle. Needle threads left to right.

    Hope this helps!

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    What a fancy lady!!! Does it sew like that??? I guess that's what counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    What a fancy lady!!! Does it sew like that??? I guess that's what counts.
    Not quite with anything that thick That's the one I cleaned that came in the Mission style cabinet (which I have yet to get started on). The decals aren't bad. She makes good stitches. I really wish I had a way to switch out the wheels on this one and Cookie. The embossed one would look great in the treadle! Just can't figure out how in the world to remove either one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Just want to share the project I was working on yesterday while chatting (or should I say babbling away) with all of you. I started the layout in morning and pieces sewn together by midnight. Just need to sew rest of strips together. This is going on the back of a quilt that I'm working on right now. Piecing done with my Singer 201.Attachment 283364
    Once again, lovely! I really enjoy seeing your quilts. (I think I found about 3 fabrics I have in my stash somewhere).

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    Bennett, I'm always fascinated by the way some of the vintage machines are threaded. The first time I threaded my Two Spools I thought is this really going to stitch...boy was I surprised! Just another reason to collect vintage machines, the mechanics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Once again, lovely! I really enjoy seeing your quilts. (I think I found about 3 fabrics I have in my stash somewhere).
    Thanks! It's fun seeing folks quilts to see if you have the same fabrics.

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    fabric bowls

    Gonna try to upload some pics of the fabric bowls. Hope it works.
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    I love it too!!! I would like to see what the other side looks like!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Exactly! There are many very easy strip quilts that can be done. I have been using up my scraps. This was the remaining 2x2s. Just look around on QB to find an easy quilt to piece.

    Justtrish, Start using that FW now! Forget about trying to learn the feet at this point in time and just start using your machines. Most likely the foot that is on the machine is the foot that you need to use for piecing. Have Fun!
    I did, I was sewing on her on Saturday and sewed on the 301 on Sunday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Gonna try to upload some pics of the fabric bowls. Hope it works.
    Nice! I like the bottom one. I have one as a key catcher that I made years ago (not on a vintage machine, though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Gonna try to upload some pics of the fabric bowls. Hope it works.
    I love those fabric bowls!!! Did you make them? If so how? I would love to make one too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish View Post
    I did, I was sewing on her on Saturday and sewed on the 301 on Sunday!
    Oh, GOOD!!! I love seeing folks using their vintage machines. Please post your finished projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nellybelle View Post
    I love it too!!! I would like to see what the other side looks like!!!!
    Are you referring to my quilt? I will be posting the finished quilt on the thread "Quilts made using vintage machines".
    But for now, you can take a peek by clicking on my name, then up pops a box, click on visit homepage, and that will redirect you to my blog where you can see the quilt top. This heart will only be the center of the quilt back. I have to add more fabrics to the back. So, later this week I should have a picture of the finished back posted on my blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Just want to share the project I was working on yesterday while chatting (or should I say babbling away) with all of you. I started the layout in morning and pieces sewn together by midnight. Just need to sew rest of strips together. This is going on the back of a quilt that I'm working on right now. Piecing done with my Singer 201.Attachment 283364
    Monica, that quilt back is so cute!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I love those fabric bowls!!! Did you make them? If so how? I would love to make one too!
    Yes, I made them and many more that I gave as gifts. You can buy patterns for fabric bowls but I'm more of a get the graph paper out and make my own. I love doing that. You use heavy pellon, maybe called Timtex. Satin stitch around the center bottom then start adding 'petals' and when they are all done, you satin stitch around the top of the bowl. They are alot of fun and you can just go nuts on designing them for whatever size you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Been browsing Shopgoodwill.com & Ebay for 15 clones. Any thoughts on this one? Bidding closes in 6 hours (5:00-ish PST)http://www.ebay.com/itm/Excellent-Po...item415ee727d2
    I thought of you when I saw it....it's in great condition and look how cheap!!! How can you lose??? Yep, that's me being an enabler!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Monica, that quilt back is so cute!!

    Thanks! I can't take credit for this design. I found it while googling quilt backs. I was looking for a design for the back that would use up the remaining 2x2s that I had leftover from the front. Funny thing is that I still have squares...those dang squares must multiple in the tin box that I have them in when I'm not looking. Anyway, looks like I will be using those remaining squares in a future scrappy quilt.

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    He got the little man quilt for his 2nd birthday today - studied it a bit and said BOO (BLUE) - hugged it and wouldn't let anybody look at it. I think maybe he likes it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Yes, I made them and many more that I gave as gifts. You can buy patterns for fabric bowls but I'm more of a get the graph paper out and make my own. I love doing that. You use heavy pellon, maybe called Timtex. Satin stitch around the center bottom then start adding 'petals' and when they are all done, you satin stitch around the top of the bowl. They are alot of fun and you can just go nuts on designing them for whatever size you want.

    I learned something new today from you! Never heard of pellon or Timtex; had to google them.
    I'm going to have to read up on this project. Looks doable! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    He got the little man quilt for his 2nd birthday today - studied it a bit and said BOO (BLUE) - hugged it and wouldn't let anybody look at it. I think maybe he likes it.
    I love seeing little kids hugging their quilts. That's a very special quilt that should last him a very long time!

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    So before placing a bid on that 15 clone on Ebay I sent a message to the seller asking if they would consider shipping vis UPS rather than USPS & how would they be packaging the machine for shipping in order to avoid damage. Here's their reply:

    "I guess I would consider UPS. I've never been asked that. Why does it matter? I was just going to pack it in a box with shipping paper. I'm not too concerned with damage as it is in it's own sturdy case."


    So Eek! What would you do? The seller has a 99.6% positive feedback.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    So before placing a bid on that 15 clone on Ebay I sent a message to the seller asking if they would consider shipping vis UPS rather than USPS & how would they be packaging the machine for shipping in order to avoid damage. Here's their reply:

    "I guess I would consider UPS. I've never been asked that. Why does it matter? I was just going to pack it in a box with shipping paper. I'm not too concerned with damage as it is in it's own sturdy case."


    So Eek! What would you do? The seller has a 99.6% positive feedback.

    How much is this going to cost you? for machine and shipping. And case, he means the hard top that covers the machine.I guess it just depends on how badly you want this machine.

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