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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Weedwoman those are very cute little thread catchers/pin cushions, but how did you get them round like that?

    Nancy
    I couldn't find anything that was recommended for the project (boning or the heavy strapping used for shipping) so I raided my cupboard and found an empty margerine container and cut strips, stitched them end to end on Elaine and covered the strip with batting and it worked great. Pretty cheap way to go. I live in a very small town with basically zero shopping options so you make do but I kind of like putting the old brain to work like that.

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    Happy Birthday Miriam!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Like the thread catchers. My is called a plastic white trash can sitting next to machine, but for some reason I have more threads on the floor than in the trash cans.
    I never hit a trash can so I like my little fabric bowls better for at the sewing machine. This one I made to use when I sit in my ez chair doing hand work or cross stitching to catch threads. It's weighted and sits well on the arm of the chair. It was a new project I just had to try.

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    Thanks everyone for all your feedback about clicking/clacking noises. Lillian and Pocahontas both sew wonderfully regardless of their clicks and clacks.
    “Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Sold by "Hale's Good Good's", attached is add from 1910.
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=2023,2749104
    Fascinating! My sister and I started to look at other articles and soon discovered that it's from San Jose, California, where we grew up! How did you find this? It would be interesting to see more of the newspaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    Was rusty, no cabinet, no attachments, rough. I told her it wasnt worth anywhere near that.
    Seems like a lot of sewing machine pricing on CL and ebay is done while "under the influence" of something.
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    Happy B'Day, Miriam!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://bloomington.craigslist.org/atq/2712280568.html
    shazam that is a neat little piece.
    I just got one of those last Wednesday. Needs a needle. I spent "forever" looking for directions on how to thread it and what kind of needle. I need to do some rust cleaning on the foot and that thingy that helps keep the seams constant.

    It's cute and I'm looking forward to giving this a go. The felt is nearly gone -- I guess I should replace that. BTW, I paid $50 plus tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    I couldn't find anything that was recommended for the project (boning or the heavy strapping used for shipping) so I raided my cupboard and found an empty margerine container and cut strips, stitched them end to end on Elaine and covered the strip with batting and it worked great. Pretty cheap way to go. I live in a very small town with basically zero shopping options so you make do but I kind of like putting the old brain to work like that.
    Wow! I figured you used some of those round inserts for purse handles! Very innovative and the margarine tubs work! I take it Elaine didn't complain too much about sewing them together? Nice job!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 11-21-2011 at 07:48 PM.

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    I think you can use pieces of metal tape measures. My DH is a carpenter and sometimes he breaks his and I take 'em apart and cut them for different things. Must be careful of sharp edges, though.
    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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    Happy Birthday, Miriam!!
    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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    Happy birthday Miriam! I hope you had a lovely day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Wow! I figured you used some of those round inserts for purse handles! Very innovative and the margarine tubs work! I take it Elaine didn't complain too much about sewing them together? Nice job!

    Nancy
    Elaine didn't even stutter when introduced to two layers of the plastic. She's a tough one for sure and, thanks, glad you like the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Hi Miriam A happy birthday to you and many more
    Hey Miriam!! Happy Birthday girl!! Hope it was great!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Uh oh! Janice, I bet your friend will now be on the lookout for a FW!

    Nancy
    Maybe....but she's not into the vintage machines at all...at least not yet!!

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    How many spankings are we going to give Miriam on her birthday?

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    Nobody gave me 60 spankings - but I had a lot of phone calls, and LOTS of wishes. I love the wishes- thank you. My son and I spent the day together reconnecting. We went on a road trip and had lunch. It was a very good day. I was hoping my DD would have her baby but she let me down.... LOL My Dad has his 87th on Thanksgiving so maybe.... He's been lobbying for it... She isn't due for another 2 weeks or so anyway. I guess the only gift I got was a body bag from my BFF... I've been thinking about quilting or decorating it up. Why not green burial. But then again the straps might rot before I desperately need it. I sure would hate for the straps to fall off when somebody picks it up with my remains in it... BFF's DH got a bunch from work. Don't ask me.... It was being pitched... I wonder what all that nice fabric could be used for. It is a very heavy nylon. BFF says I would think up something to do with the fabric. (I have two bags) Maybe we can cut the poison ivy/sumac off to the ground and cover the ground with bag parts... I would need more bags though. With my luck those weeds would grow back around the bag 4 times as many....
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    wow...love the pics, makes me think there is hope for mine; when I can get to doing them. Please continue to show your progress. Lovely work, going to be really nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Yes, to much of the finish is gone for Howards to you any good. You have two choices, sand it down until the finish is removed then stain and apply two or three coats of shellac. You can also use denatured alcohol and lots of rags rag to remove the shellac without removing the original stain. If you need to even out the stain you can do this with stain of you choice I use aniline dye(water soluble) then apply shellac. If you want I can Pm you with instructions on applying shellac with a rag and using linseed oil a lubricant to rag from sticking while wipping on the shellac with a soft lint free rag.
    Oh Glenn, are you willing to help another in need? I have a few cabinets I'm looking to do sometime soon and have no clue about what I will be doing. I've read where you've helped a couple of others, mind if I take a number?

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    Anyone in the area of Grand Rapids, MI. Check this feather weight out.
    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/2714611965.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Wow! I figured you used some of those round inserts for purse handles! Very innovative and the margarine tubs work! I take it Elaine didn't complain too much about sewing them together? Nice job!

    Nancy
    Someone made one of those and gave it to me. She used the plastic tubing that is used in aquariums. Worked real good for me when I could find it!
    Dirty1mom
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    I sent her an email. It is a drive for me, but well worth it. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    I think you can use pieces of metal tape measures. My DH is a carpenter and sometimes he breaks his and I take 'em apart and cut them for different things. Must be careful of sharp edges, though.
    Fishtank tubing works well, too.
    -Karen
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats View Post
    Fishtank tubing works well, too.
    You guys are so full of cool ideas! I have made a clutch type purse using metal measuring tapes cut up! That works really good when you need the bag to snap shut. The tubing, either medical or aquarium tubing, is a great idea! I never think about sewing plastic with the machines - did you use a leather needle, heavier thread?

    Nancy

    Miriam, I hope you had a great birthday!
    Last edited by BoJangles; 11-22-2011 at 06:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    You guys are so full of cool ideas! I have made a clutch type purse using metal measuring tapes cut up! That works really good when you need the bag to snap shut. The tubing, either medical or aquarium tubing, is a great idea! I never think about sewing plastic with the machines - did you use a leather needle, heavier thread?
    Nancy
    Didn't even enter my mind to use a heavier needle. I just slapped it under the foot and off she went. Used reg thread cause I went over it a few times so it would be secure. I like the tubing idea also. Isn't it fun to see what works for a way lesser cost? That's the fun of being creative. Keep the ideas coming.

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