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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Well, I am excited about my Davis!! I was messing around with it yesterday, and I decided to thread it up to see if it would stitch. It's still only sitting on a box, not yet in treadle, so I had to spin the wheel by hand. I was fiddling with the needle placement and just couldn't get it to stitch. Then I finally got the needle in correctly, and I guess at just the right height, because all of a sudden she was stitching!! I was just thrilled.....the old girl makes a great stitch. I was going to take a pic but couldn't find the camera this a.m. Anyway, just one more step to getting her going. DH is busy with my other treadle cabinet so I can get my 66-1 back up. As soon as he's done with that, he will get some good wood and make a top for the irons for the Davis. I'm a happy girl today!!
    Looking forward to seeing this machine in cabinet and making quilts. Enjoy!

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    Look what happens when you start digging around in drawers! My 201 cabinet has very large, deep drawers. I was looking for something and found these tucked away in the bottom. I know they came with that machine, but I had completely forgotten about them. The cardboard tube of marking chalk was labeled for 25 cents. And here I just picked up a Greist buttonholer at a garage sale a few weeks ago thinking it would be cool to have one. I need to start an inventory of what I have!

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    I must have 5 or 6 of those type button holers now...I don't think anyone wants them as I see tons listed on ebay. I wish they were actually worth something, I'd be rich:>

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    Miriam, we are biting our nails waiting for news on the baby! Just how tiny is he?
    Nancy....having a friend for 29 1/2 years and then losing him is so very sad. I've always had a special place in my heart for horses. A neighbor from my childhood taught me so much about horses and how to groom, feed, saddle, ride, etc. and in my adult life was very close to a guy who had a couple of grand belgians. It was love at first sight. I do understand your loss. God be with you during your grief. {{{{{{HUGS!!!!!}}}}}}
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    We got to meet Walter Obediah last night. He has a receding hair line with a ton of dark hair down over his little ears so he too looks like a little old man. He only weighed 6 lbs and 11 oz. I forget how tall but he is and inch shorter than any of the others - her smallest baby and the only one on time. The others were over due. DD is doing the best after a baby of any time. Her BFF is an excellent midwife.

    Nancy, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your very special horse - how sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Hi, doesn't seem to be much information on the net out there. Free started out around 1910 so it's not older than that. Around 1930 they bought out New Home and it sounds like you can use their dating system from 1930 on. There's also an address you can supposedly contact for more info,. Here's the link: http://www.ismacs.net/newhome/manufacture_dates.html. If all else fails post a picture and someone can probably give you a rough idea when it was made. Free went out of buisiness around '69 and are part of Janome. Good Luck
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    Is the serial no. behind the head on the base of the machine? My no. reads C242208. On the link you posted, I can't see any match unless I don't know how to read the info. Anyway, thanks so much. I have "Pauline" up and running so nicely and that's what I really want!! It's fun to sew with!! Nancy.
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    Nancy and ValleyQuilterMo, so sorry to hear that you both lost your beloved horses. It sounds like they both had wonderful loving lives with you.

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    Hi Everybody

    I just found this site the other day and love it. I also just found this thread and have been reading it since 6:00 am this morning. I posted the following in the vintage section and got some great info on the machine but thought maybe someone would know more about it here also. Forgive me if I shouldn't have posted it twice.

    This past weekend my mother gave me a 1952 Premier Sewing Machine. It's a dark green with etched plates on front and back with a built in lamp on the back. I can't find a lot of info on it. I do know it was made over seas and supposedly suppose to be heavy duty. One of the ladies said it was a Japanse 15 clone.

    If anyone can give me any info on it I would appreciate it. I would really like to have instructions on how to thread it and the bobin. Like an idiot we left it at my mom's by mistake when we were packing and now I've got a 5 hour drive to go back and get it. I'm really looking forward to spending hours here catching up on all the great info.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x View Post
    Nancy and ValleyQuilterMo, so sorry to hear that you both lost your beloved horses. It sounds like they both had wonderful loving lives with you.
    VallyeyQuilterMo, I hear your sorrow. I am sorry about the losss of your 30 year old horse!

    Sammy was a once in a lifetime horse - I was very luck to have him. Now, my other horses have big shoes to fill, especially the one who is to be Sammy's replacement. I had Sammy in my life longer than any man, although, my DH comes in a close second at 25 years! Thank you all for your concern and well wishes.

    Miriam what a neat name - your little guy has a lot to live up to with a name like that!

    Ok Ya'll I got it! My 'Candace' is sewing a perfect stitch! I am making a little Christmas wall hanging and she is sewing perrrrrrfectly! Ya know what the problem was? I hate to admit it - but, the belt was toooooooooo tight! The treadle belt was slipping ever so slightly, and since I am not use to the sound this machine makes, I didn't notice the slipping! Geeze! Not a needle problem, - and Candace I agree with you I am sticking to the 206X13's that this machine likes - not a treadling problem, not an adjustment problem, a simple belt problem! You guys know the coolest thing about this machine - besides the fact that I am treadling a machine that does decorative stitches - the NEEDLE position is adjustable! The needle can be moved left, right, middle, and in between! That means I can set it up to get a perfect 1/4" seam! I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillnjo View Post
    Is the serial no. behind the head on the base of the machine? My no. reads C242208. On the link you posted, I can't see any match unless I don't know how to read the info. Anyway, thanks so much. I have "Pauline" up and running so nicely and that's what I really want!! It's fun to sew with!! Nancy.
    No didn't see a match. Here's a number you can try, I believe it's for Janome who own the New Home / Free name: New Home Dating: 1-800-631-0183. Also noticed some Free manuals in ismacs.net if you need one and there is a model "C" manual, perhaps the C in your serial number stands for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlsa View Post
    Hi Everybody

    I just found this site the other day and love it. I also just found this thread and have been reading it since 6:00 am this morning. I posted the following in the vintage section and got some great info on the machine but thought maybe someone would know more about it here also. Forgive me if I shouldn't have posted it twice.

    This past weekend my mother gave me a 1952 Premier Sewing Machine. It's a dark green with etched plates on front and back with a built in lamp on the back. I can't find a lot of info on it. I do know it was made over seas and supposedly suppose to be heavy duty. One of the ladies said it was a Japanse 15 clone.

    If anyone can give me any info on it I would appreciate it. I would really like to have instructions on how to thread it and the bobin. Like an idiot we left it at my mom's by mistake when we were packing and now I've got a 5 hour drive to go back and get it. I'm really looking forward to spending hours here catching up on all the great info.





    I love the green machine! Yes, it is a Japanese 15 clone! You won't be able to date your machine, but by the face plate it was probably made sometime between 1945 and 1960! Here is a manual. http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    No didn't see a match. Here's a number you can try, I believe it's for Janome who own the New Home / Free name: New Home Dating: 1-800-631-0183. Also noticed some Free manuals in ismacs.net if you need one and there is a model "C" manual, perhaps the C in your serial number stands for that.
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    Nancy, Jon is right Free operated from 1910 to 1958. The 'C' is something I have been trying to figure out for a while now. Several people on here have a Free treadle, including one of my best friends. Some of the treadles have a 'c' in the serial number and some do not. The machines look identical. The best I can come up with is that the 'c' signifies the machines that were made at the Chicago Factory as oppossed to the Rockford factory. In 1927 Free mergered with the New Home company, then in 1953 Free merged with National. I have researched the Free since I got my machine and I don't think any of our treadles are newer than 1927, when Free and New Home merged. My Free has the serial number C83642, and I had original paperwork with the machine that dates my Free 1913. Your serial number is a larger number, which means it has to be a later machine than mine, but I'd bet it is younger than 1920. Wish I could help more, but you are not going to be able to date the machine exactly unless you have the original receipt. I don't know if there is a Yahoo Free group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Bennett, This will sound crazy, but flip the bobbin to turn the other direction and try it, from clockwise to counter clockwise, or opposite from how it is turning anyway. Some machines are sensitive to this. Go figure. Worth a try.
    I don't know why, but my 66 is very particular about which way you put the bobbin in. Simply gets stuck, won't sew and creates a rats nest in the bobbin if it goes in the wrong way.
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    Nancy, I'm so glad you figured it out! I was feeling badly that you were having problems. On my black 319, I use a low shank 1/4" foot with needle in the center position and it does a great 1/4" seam. There are a couple low shank 1/4" on the market and any will work. The 319's are really gems and are wonderful machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    We got to meet Walter Obediah last night. He has a receding hair line with a ton of dark hair down over his little ears so he too looks like a little old man. He only weighed 6 lbs and 11 oz. I forget how tall but he is and inch shorter than any of the others - her smallest baby and the only one on time. The others were over due. DD is doing the best after a baby of any time. Her BFF is an excellent midwife.
    Great news about the baby & mom....both my babies were in that weight range, so I don't think he's small. And my DD's 2 babies were both around that size, too. Anyway, so glad to hear both are doing well.

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    Congrats Miriam on your little peanut! Very small baby to me, since my last one was over 9lbs. and I'm a tiny person to start with! This will make your Christmas very special.

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    my babies were 6.10 and 6.12 so that's not so small to me either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I love the green machine! Yes, it is a Japanese 15 clone! You won't be able to date your machine, but by the face plate it was probably made sometime between 1945 and 1960! Here is a manual. http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf

    Nancy
    Thanks for the link. I've downloaded it and will read through it.

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    Miriam, I can see why she might think he is tiny if her others were much bigger. But they were both late, so might have been close to Walt's weight. My first three were 9.10, 9.1, and 9.4. Baby four was 7.13! Very small for me! But I had to have a C-section with him, so God took care of me. He knew I couldn't carry anything more than 10lbs for a while. I am sure your little guy is just precious!
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    Can anybody say what a singer model 31 might be worth, good shape, cabinet ok also. Person asking $70.00. I know nothing about the 31, does anybody have one?

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    Miriam,
    Congratulations on the new grandson! My DS weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz., he grew up to be 6'1.5"
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    I spied a couple old sew and sews today in a TS. It was snowing & raining and my car was full from something else so I had to pass. One was a Franklin with back clamp and it is electric - it was $15 & in a cabinet. Anybody looking? Send a pm - I didn't get a very good look at the other it was one of the old brown Godzilla machines in an odd case. They wanted too much for that one IMHO - both are going to need some clean up.

    My last kid weighted 9 lb 13 oz so 6 lb and 11 oz is small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Can anybody say what a singer model 31 might be worth, good shape, cabinet ok also. Person asking $70.00. I know nothing about the 31, does anybody have one?
    31-15 high speed industrial machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    31-15 high speed industrial machine?
    All I got was the serial number and when I looked it up it said it was a model 31, that's all I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    First all the hub bub of Thanksgiving and company, which was so much fun! Then yesterday one of my horses, who I have owned his entire life - all 29 1/2 years - died. Not a good day for my DH, the kids, the grandkids, (who all rode him), and especially me! That horse did it all, drill team, shows, parades, rodeo grand openings, barrel races, cut cattle, camping, jumped, pulled a cart, won buckles, blankets, horse coolers for me, won one of the largest horse shows in California - the Gold N Grand -, and mostly he was my trusted friend and companion his entire life - from the time he dropped on the ground from his Momma. He safely taught everyone of the kids, grandkids, and some in-laws and friends how to ride.
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    Nancy, so sorry for your loss. Of all my furry family, the horses are the hardest to deal with. What great memories you have to share.
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