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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    ROTFLMBO I have a bridge to sell too. $100???
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    We need a page just for stupid CL posts... only they never stay up very long... CL is entertaining isn't it
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    CL is like a comic book sometimes it will make you laugh at the silly ads they post but sometimes it will make you cry!!!!!
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    I thought of you and your terrific clean up jobs Miriam...I have a friend in that area that can pick it up for ya!! LOL

    I roared with the "Needs some work"!!

    Glenn...you are SO right!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I just had to do that on 2 machines and my 319 needs it. There is a set screw somewhere - I don't have a 301 but it is likely to the right in the body of the head. You can turn loose and then move the tension. I found helpful info here - nice to have expert help to refer to.... http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ then look at tension mechanism. There are only a few ways those can go... You may have info in your user's manual... http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf but it is only the owners manual...
    Yes, Miriam you are a "super member". I am off to the sewing room/machine to check this out. I looked at the manual and the adjustment manual but no info on what I was looking for!! Thank you very much for this info.
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    Miriam is my hero! I love that she digs right into her machines with no fear...and I love that she encourages others to do so too!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Mine came from Billy. I was thrilled to get it...he had it in stock. I've done business with him before and he's always fast and trustworthy!! 5 stars in my book!!
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Vaccination might work at least for a while - you just put your finger over that little hole where the needle goes in the machine and then run the machine..... it can easily be done by accident....
    How do you know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Pics of Singer 201 (hopefully)
    That is nice. Have you come up with a name yet? I vote for.....Precious!
    “Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 286520[IMG][/IMG]

    Monica that little wall hanging above the 319w on my Murphy Bed is one of the Patchability patterns. I used my 1961 Rocketeer 503A and metallic thread to create a (sort of) tension assembly. I did all the decorative stitches with the 503a! It was a fun little project! But, the 'Singer" name was done on my Pfaff embroidery (very modern) machine!

    Nancy
    First the fabric bowls and now this work of art!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish View Post
    That is nice. Have you come up with a name yet? I vote for.....Precious!
    I also noticed the 201 is a centennial model born in 1951. I didn't even notice when DH brought her home, think I was in shock at acquiring yet another machine and one I didn't have one of already. No name yet but I'm leaning toward Ethel in honor of the sweet woman who owned her forever until the sale. She is a sweet lady and so is her machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish View Post
    First the fabric bowls and now this work of art!

    Dear Santa..
    I made a couple of the fabric bowls you use to set a bowl of food in to put in the microwave to nuke. My DH loves them and they sure make a hot bowl easy to handle. Great idea......

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    I got brave and took the bottom off the FW tonight. Got the red felt circle and screw off ok. Took off the metal plate thing. Whole underneath of it very greasy, all dark grease. Then there is this curved metal piece on the bottom, and it's coated with the same whitish gritty stuff. There is a long metal bar and on the end it turns on like a toothed cog thing, that is covered in balled up oil that looks like a dark grease too. I'm going to go peruse the owner's manual some more. I can't figure out how to get at all the metal pieces under the spool pin. There has to be a way at it. I suppose that is probably where people would use a toothbrush or artists brush. Had a great time looking over those videos. Playing around on the board looking through the tutes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Finding the maker of this machine would be similar to finding the maker of a "Japanese Clone" I would imagine. Great machine, this is too nice and a little light for factory work, probably used by skilled pro without AC or just preferred treddlin. Jon
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    Ok Jon, why do you think this machine is a clone? My Japanese 15 is a clone. I have one "made in occupied Japan" that is a clone. These machines were made by Brother, or White, or somebody with a name stamped on them that has nothing to do with the original maker's name. When White made a machine for someone else to put their name on it, they didn't have "White' stamped all over it? I am confused why this machine that has 'Hitachi" etched, welded, decaled all over the machine would be a clone? I mean it may be, but I am confused as to why you think it can't be made by Hitachi, who makes their own tools right? Just because some clerk told me Hitachi didn't make or sell sewing machines, doesn't mean they never did? You think someone else made the machine and just called it a Hitachi? Anyway, it is fun, but sometimes frustrating to try and find something out about one of these mystery machines.

    Second question, why do you think it is too light for factory work. The machine head is very heavy, all steel. The frame is similar to what Singer used in the 1930's and later on their treadle irons, but still very heavy stuff. The cabinet is a no thrills, wood top with one drawer. - a machine made to produce not look at.

    I am not doubting you, just trying to pick your brain as to why you think the way you do about this machine. Billy is suppose to be putting together a composite of the Japanese made machines - maybe, he will learn something about this one. I personally think it was owned by a family from Japan, the drawer is full of things from Japan including the needles - maybe, someone had it specially made for them? Anyway, it would be really fun to find a second Hitachi treadle or if it is a clone shouldn't there be others like it?

    Nancy
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    Nancy, When I first saw this machine on CL, I told my husband about it. He looked at me surprised and said Hitachi never made sewing machines. He had never heard of a Hitachi sewing machine. IF Hitachi did make sewing machines, it must have been for a very brief period.

    He doesn't know of any other Hitachi company, and says most likely a Singer with Hitachi name on it. It does look like one of the Singers that we had compared it to; I just can't remember which one right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711 View Post
    Yes, Miriam you are a "super member". I am off to the sewing room/machine to check this out. I looked at the manual and the adjustment manual but no info on what I was looking for!! Thank you very much for this info.
    Look on that site http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ under tension mechanism - it is under section #2. Look for a tension going forward and use that info and you will get it fixed. I'll look for more info - it may have to be a different service manual - possibly a 401 or a 500 - the tension is the same on them. That one was the one most helpful to me on doing the springs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok Jon, why do you think this machine is a clone? My Japanese 15 is a clone. I have one "made in occupied Japan" that is a clone. These machines were made by Brother, or White, or somebody with a name stamped on them that has nothing to do with the original maker's name. When White made a machine for someone else to put their name on it, they didn't have "White' stamped all over it? I am confused why this machine that has 'Hitachi" etched, welded, decaled all over the machine would be a clone? I mean it may be, but I am confused as to why you think it can't be made by Hitachi, who makes their own tools right? Just because some clerk told me Hitachi didn't make or sell sewing machines, doesn't mean they never did? You think someone else made the machine and just called it a Hitachi? Anyway, it is fun, but sometimes frustrating to try and find something out about one of these mystery machines.

    Second question, why do you think it is too light for factory work. The machine head is very heavy, all steel. The frame is similar to what Singer used in the 1930's and later on their treadle irons, but still very heavy stuff. The cabinet is a no thrills, wood top with one drawer. - a machine made to produce not look at.

    I am not doubting you, just trying to pick your brain as to why you think the way you do about this machine. Billy is suppose to be putting together a composite of the Japanese made machines - maybe, he will learn something about this one. I personally think it was owned by a family from Japan, the drawer is full of things from Japan including the needles - maybe, someone had it specially made for them? Anyway, it would be really fun to find a second Hitachi treadle or if it is a clone shouldn't there be others like it?

    Nancy
    Maybe someone was trying to get something started over here and made up a sample.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    I got brave and took the bottom off the FW tonight. Got the red felt circle and screw off ok. Took off the metal plate thing. Whole underneath of it very greasy, all dark grease. Then there is this curved metal piece on the bottom, and it's coated with the same whitish gritty stuff. There is a long metal bar and on the end it turns on like a toothed cog thing, that is covered in balled up oil that looks like a dark grease too. I'm going to go peruse the owner's manual some more. I can't figure out how to get at all the metal pieces under the spool pin. There has to be a way at it. I suppose that is probably where people would use a toothbrush or artists brush. Had a great time looking over those videos. Playing around on the board looking through the tutes too.
    You're on it! Keep going - put anything you take off back asap so it doesn't wander
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish View Post
    How do you know?
    It worked for a long time after I vaccinated myself when I was under 5 - I had a hand crank to learn on. It was mounted on 2X4s. It disappeared soon after and I got to use the FW after that. Mom had me piecing rag rug strips and I sewed on the dress I wore to first grade - mom did the hard parts. I still couldn't read or write my name. Mom and I won a blue ribbon on that dress - took it to the fair. She made one for my sister. My third sister had to wear them as hand me downs for ever LOL Mom never sewed dresses all alike again. My daughter has 3 girls and then the boys. When she sews dresses alike she does something to make them different on them, but her second daughter pretty much destroys her clothes so the youngest doesn't have much to worry about.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Miriam is my hero! I love that she digs right into her machines with no fear...and I love that she encourages others to do so too!
    Ha. I do have fear on some things. Here is how I figure it. If I don't try I have automatically failed. If I try and fail, I still have parts and can try again when I have more information. I do have some parts machines - and I do have some not yet done machine projects that have dragged out. Ask Iris. I read your blog Charlee - wow....
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Look on that site http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ under tension mechanism - it is under section #2. Look for a tension going forward and use that info and you will get it fixed. I'll look for more info - it may have to be a different service manual - possibly a 401 or a 500 - the tension is the same on them. That one was the one most helpful to me on doing the springs.
    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/2011/07/do...sion.html#more another resource
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Miriam is my hero! I love that she digs right into her machines with no fear...and I love that she encourages others to do so too!
    and if your close enough, she's even will to show. I'm going to have so much fun with this lady and the list she already has for us to do. Thanks in advance Miriam

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    Nancy! Look what I found wandering the net, googled Hitachi sewing machines and images.


    Yahoo Japan Auction: http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionI...714#enlargeimg

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    And another one!
    http://yahoo.aleado.com/lot?auctionID=n97244844

    OMG! Looks like Hitachi made sewing machines!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris View Post
    and if your close enough, she's even will to show. I'm going to have so much fun with this lady and the list she already has for us to do. Thanks in advance Miriam
    No problem - it is nice to have a sister around
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