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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    I'd sure appreciate some help on ID'ing the model number for this machine. I looked on ISMACs, but it seemed all I could find was how to date it. I looked at another site suggested on another topic to identify it visually, but the picture will not let me see how the front looks to see if it is flat or rounded. The owner, when asked said, "This must be model number AL841238." We all know that's the serial number. .

    I tried searching here for the info, but it only tells you the thread it's in, and as we all know, this one is pretty long. I will read all this until I find something if I have to. . .

    I think I was able to post pictures the owner sent me, since he didn't put it in the ad.(http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/atq/2704867044.html)
    edited: I am not having any luck posting the picture. I click the "go advanced" button, manage attachments, tell it to upload then the only other thing I see on there is to close window. Bummer!
    Sorry, can't help with the pics. Here's the link to find the model # and dates, I know there are a few dead ends on ISMACS http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html
    Looks like a 15 Class from '54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I have one with the original instructions PM me with your email and I send you copy of the instruction. It really works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Oh, dear, I don't think I should collect any more machines, do you? Ha, but I know I will.
    If I counted right, thatís 35 machines in your home? Isnít finding a place for them fun?

    My wife and I turned our living and dining rooms into our sewing room back in 2009, since we were spending more time in the small sewing room (spare bedroom) anyway, including our guests that had to see what the latest project was. We have our 401A, 301A, 14SH654 serger, and the White W3300 Embroidery machine set up in a large 3-sided sewing area, with the 404, 221, and Genie 353B in portable cases and the JC Penney 7057 FA setting underneath ready to go when needed. A retired (wifeís first, now on standby) 14U344B serger and nine other assorted heads are stored down under there too. In our parlor area (living room), one of my 29K70 boot patcher treadles, a W&G Type 11 in a Parlor cabinet, my Grandmotherís old White VS3 treadle, and a W&G Automatic treadle are lined up along the wall, with my 28K2 hand crank and 221 hand crank setting on top of them. A Singer 20 and a Singer 24 are on small shelves up on the wall. A Davis NVF head is hiding on the floor between cabinets, and a Wards UHT-J266B (copy of my wifeís very first sewing machine) is trying to blend in with the kidís photos and seasonal decorations on the bookcase built into the adjacent wall. A White Embossed Rotary is inside of the Martha Washington cabinet that is serving time as a coffee table. My Singer 319W hides in its model 56 cabinet and stool in the guest bathroom with my 66-1 hand crank in a portable case setting underneath ready to go, a pair of centennial heads (201-2 and a 15-91) are stashed on shelves in the main bedroom, and two cabinets containing a green Singer 185J and a bright blue Sears 158.443 serve as a desk for the computer that I am using. My newest acquisition, a 201K hand crank and portable case with extension are temporarily residing in the hallway next to some shelving, and Grandmaís 301A and cabinet are waiting in her bedroom for her to finish moving in with us later this month. The National Model J and portable case is hanging out in the bike shop (utility room), and the card table for the 404, 401A, and 301A is in another spare bedroom.

    I think that makes 38 here inside the house, and I have 5 more of my collection at the shop, including another 29K70 treadle that I use there. Oh, and wait a minute, thereís an auction coming up this weekend that I hope to be at that lists a treadle and a portable.....

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    I'd imagine quite a few of us could use a call from "Hoarders", the TV show, myself included. I started collecting Sewing machine trade cards--- small, light, and don't take up much space.
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    Thanks, Glenn, that will come in handy.
    ThayerRags, I guess I can keep on collecting after all. Not sure there is a 'holy crap, you've got too many' number. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Not sure there is a 'holy crap, you've got too many' number. lol
    I'm pretty close to it though....
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Is this the vintage sewing machine shop? I just bought a fw.Is there a site I could learn more about it at? thanks

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    Really like the looks of this machine and table!

    It is very simple and clean (streamlined) looking! Would fit in well with the way I decorate...as if that matters when it comes to vintage machines!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsusie View Post
    Is this the vintage sewing machine shop? I just bought a fw.Is there a site I could learn more about it at? thanks
    Anything specific you like to learn more about?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    I'd imagine quite a few of us could use a call from "Hoarders", the TV show, myself included. I started collecting Sewing machine trade cards--- small, light, and don't take up much space.
    Jon
    Now you made this hoarder think, "Wow, I wonder if I can find the trading cards to match all my machines? What are Sewing machine trading cards? Where can I even get them? I need them."
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Now you made this hoarder think, "Wow, I wonder if I can find the trading cards to match all my machines? What are Sewing machine trading cards? Where can I even get them? I need them."
    Ebay. The makers and shops back in the day made advertising cards. Very colorful and usually inexpensive--I collect the old Davis and Singer cards. Sometimes there stamped with dealer locations and I try to get the ones from my general area. Not as much fun as machine but it helps to curb the buying urge.

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    AARRRGGG!!! I am so frustrated. I put my machine away for the day and have so much work left to do. I am quilting all my Christmas presents on the 66 this year so I can get acquainted with her. I'm putting pics in here too. I want to use the stitch guide thing to follow a seam so I can quilt between two seams. I have no idea if that explanation makes sense. So I wrestled with this darn guide for 25 minutes before I FINALLY figured a way to get it on with the thumb screw. So I get the darn thing on and then the needle won't go down because the thing that holds the needle in keeps hitting the seam guide. How do I get this darn thing on? All that just to avoid marking the middle of the strips on the log cabin! All I want to do is follow the seam!

    HELP!

    This is what the seam guide looks like before I tried to wrestle it on the machine:



    This is what it looked like when I FINALLY got it on.


    And this one has the seam guide on, and my finger is next to the thing that holds the needle in. It keeps hitting the guide and it won't let the needle go down into the fabric to make the stitch. I'm sure it's operator error, I just cannot get it figured out.

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    Is that a walking foot I see MsPeters? If so, it should have a place on it for the seam guide...The seam guide shouldn't be on the needlebar...I'll have to check my attachments...there's another foot that will take the seam guide too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    Thanks Charlee. I will go with black. I'd love to have decals for it, but finding them is another matter. I'm no artist and haven't been able to find decals online that would work. Have you ever seen any? The only ones I have found have been the Featherweight decals.

    Texas Jan
    No, the only commercial decals available are for the FW. HOWEVER!! I'd go with the "Singer" from one of them...and then I'd be for finding either a decal that will work under a clearcoat, or I'd find someone that would paint pretty flowers and swirlies on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Sorry, can't help with the pics. Here's the link to find the model # and dates, I know there are a few dead ends on ISMACS http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html
    Looks like a 15 Class from '54.
    Thank you so much! I'll try to keep track of that link from now on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    No, the only commercial decals available are for the FW. HOWEVER!! I'd go with the "Singer" from one of them...and then I'd be for finding either a decal that will work under a clearcoat, or I'd find someone that would paint pretty flowers and swirlies on it!
    I'll be looking for decals with swirlies, but so far no luck. Am tempted to make my own decals, if I can find the right graphics.

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    Singer 301

    What is your opinion of the 301? Pros, Cons? I just purchased one, it's on the way, and I'm not sure that I should have purchased it.
    I've never seen one in operation, just read about them. Hopefully, it will have been a good buy ($163) It looks to be in nice condition. Anyway, I suppose I'm just looking for a little affirmation .
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    Tina, I'm sure that Candace will chime in, but everyone that has a 301 loves it that I've seen! Congrats!! Is yours tan or black?
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    mpeters, that guide is for quilting a seam at certain intervals on a quilt. I think what your looking for is a guide for stitching in the ditch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Is that a walking foot I see MsPeters? If so, it should have a place on it for the seam guide...The seam guide shouldn't be on the needlebar...I'll have to check my attachments...there's another foot that will take the seam guide too...
    It is Charlee. The walking foot for my janome has a nice slot in it that the seam guide goes with. This seam guide came with the attachments with the machine separate from the walking foot I purchased for it. This walking foot is different than the one I have for the other machine. It has no slot that a seam guide would go in. I just can't figure out how this sucker goes on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    mpeters, that guide is for quilting a seam at certain intervals on a quilt. I think what your looking for is a guide for stitching in the ditch.
    How would you use this guide? Is it possible to use the curved piece as the guide and follow it? I'm repeating straight stitch quilting and I will have to mark it all with tape or chalk to create the look I'm wanting. I thought the seam guide would be perfect for it. If anyone has suggestions, I'm certainly open to them. I know I'll have to chalk out the stencil, but I was saving that for the outer border. I would rather not SITD a majority of it. I've designed different quilting motifs for each of these little runners I'm making. Without some type of guide, the free hand stuff is about to get much more daunting.
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    My 301

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinabug View Post
    What is your opinion of the 301? Pros, Cons? I just purchased one, it's on the way, and I'm not sure that I should have purchased it.
    I've never seen one in operation, just read about them. Hopefully, it will have been a good buy ($163) It looks to be in nice condition. Anyway, I suppose I'm just looking for a little affirmation .
    I love Rebecca, my 301. She is my go-to machine until I get my 201 up and running - wiring issues. She travels with me if I'm gone for more than an overnight and she stitches so pretty. You got a great price on that buy - wish I'd been so lucky with my price. My Rebecca is a black long bed and I will not part with her. God forbid I should only be able to have one machine but right now she's the one I'd have to choose. I hope this helps you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    How would you use this guide? Is it possible to use the curved piece as the guide and follow it? I'm repeating straight stitch quilting and I will have to mark it all with tape or chalk to create the look I'm wanting. I thought the seam guide would be perfect for it. If anyone has suggestions, I'm certainly open to them. I know I'll have to chalk out the stencil, but I was saving that for the outer border. I would rather not SITD a majority of it. I've designed different quilting motifs for each of these little runners I'm making. Without some type of guide, the free hand stuff is about to get much more daunting.
    Will the guide mount facing other direction, with the hardware part where is adjusts (or flexes or whatever you call it) on the back of the needle bar instead of on the front of the needle bar?

    Edit: Presser bar maybe. Where you attach it to the machine under the presser foot screw.
    Last edited by melinda1962; 11-16-2011 at 09:05 PM. Reason: Second thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinabug View Post
    What is your opinion of the 301? Pros, Cons? I just purchased one, it's on the way, and I'm not sure that I should have purchased it.
    I've never seen one in operation, just read about them. Hopefully, it will have been a good buy ($163) It looks to be in nice condition. Anyway, I suppose I'm just looking for a little affirmation .
    Congrats and just to let you know, I have a decent collection of vintage machines, but have 3, 301's!!! I think they're a much better choice than a featherweight and cheaper too:>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Tina, I'm sure that Candace will chime in, but everyone that has a 301 loves it that I've seen! Congrats!! Is yours tan or black?
    hehehe:> What, someone mentioned a 301 and my ears were burning!

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