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    A 31 is industrial. It may have a tag on it somewhere that tells which one. Ismacs maybe?
    I'm not sure if some have a walking foot or not. Some for sure are high speed.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Nancy, I know I am late but wanted to tell you how sorry to hear about your horse. I know he must have been very dear to you and your family.
    Also sooo glad you got the 319 going have fun.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    I need help.... my old singer is skipping stitches. Does anybody have any suggestions on what to do? Im not even sure what type of Singer it is. I have used it for years. AK904945

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68 View Post
    I need help.... my old singer is skipping stitches. Does anybody have any suggestions on what to do? I'm not even sure what type of Singer it is. I have used it for years. AK904945
    Judy, here is something I compiled - see if any of it makes sense. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...l-t147275.html
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68 View Post
    I need help.... my old singer is skipping stitches. Does anybody have any suggestions on what to do? Im not even sure what type of Singer it is. I have used it for years. AK904945
    You have a Singer 201. It was allotted on April 16, 1952, with a run of 25,000. Your serial number is in about the middle of the allotted run numbers. Hope this helps.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    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.
    Very common industrial sewing machine. Lots of info on the net and parts available. Some models are walking foot but 31-15 (most common) is not. I understand some use for Quilting with large harp, though I don't have one. $70 sounds about right if motor, clutch, and machine seem OK. This is like the Model 15 of Industrials.

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    I was watching the segment on ABC News tonight on The Great Made in American Christmas. They stated that if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs!

    So, I googled fabrics made in America, only to find out that there isn't any.
    But, I did find a couple of companies that sell quilting/sewing notions and other items that are made in America.

    Well, at least I'm recycling vintage sewing machines that were once made in America (minus one or two).
    And they still WORK!!!!
    Last edited by vintagemotif; 11-29-2011 at 11:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I was watching the segment on ABC News tonight on The Great Made in American Christmas. They stated that if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs!

    So, I googled fabrics made in America, only to find out that there isn't any.
    But, I did find a couple of companies that sell quilting/sewing notions and other items that are made in America.

    Well, at least I'm recycling vintage sewing machines that were once made in America (minus one or two).
    And they still WORK!!!!
    So WHERE do you find made in America? Dollar store??? WM???? Target? Sears? J C Penny??? ah I know GOODWILL!!! People are buying vintage sewing machines for gifts. I still have a couple left but not much.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    You can still buy yourself an American made car or truck for Christmas.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    You can still buy yourself an American made car or truck for Christmas.
    Jon
    Can't afford that!! Wish I were talented enough to take an old car and recycle it, convert it so that old veggie oil will make it run. That would be an awesome project, just that I don't know how to do that.

    I think finding the vintage machines at Goodwill or off CLs as gifts is a great way to recycle!!

    MANKIND needs to learn how to RECYCLE.
    VINTAGE sewing machines are just one way to help SAVE our PLANET.

    Got to love the treadle machines for at least that!!!
    Last edited by vintagemotif; 11-30-2011 at 07:48 AM.

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    Anyone in the Baltimore area looking for a Davis VF? IF so, this may be one for just $29 in treadle.
    http://baltimore.craigslist.org/atq/2720887437.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Anyone in the Baltimore area looking for a Davis VF? IF so, this may be one for just $29 in treadle.
    http://baltimore.craigslist.org/atq/2720887437.html
    Sold. I already tried it. Went a few hours after it was listed. Dote!!!

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    You're right on about that epoxy glue. My DH uses this for all kinds of things. And he fixed on of my FW socket parts with it and machine sews just fine.
    Be kinder than necessary,everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Here's a Davis out in San Fran, cabinet photo only but it's probably a Davis New Vertical feed judging by cabinet style:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/atq/2725545628.html
    Jon
    This one must be gone too, states deleted by poster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    You can still buy yourself an American made car or truck for Christmas.
    Jon
    Right on, Jon!!

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    The top two cars with the most American parts and finished in America are the Toyota Camry and the honda Accord. Most of the GM and Ford vehicles are about 75% or less American made and Chrsyler is owned by an Italian company. My extended family works in the auto industry and it's a shame to see GM plants that cover a mile square closed because of out sourcing.

    On a SM, note: Can one external motor on a vintage e machine be subbed for another? I really don't see how anyone is going to able to get at the connectors on the cord of the Universal and there isn't enough good cord left to splice a new section. I so want to sew on that machine.

    Miriam, my children weighed from over 9 pounds down to 5 and a half pounds. They all grew up to be about the same size, though my shortest baby girl is now over 5'10".

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    The top two cars with the most American parts and finished in America are the Toyota Camry and the honda Accord. Most of the GM and Ford vehicles are about 75% or less American made and Chrsyler is owned by an Italian company. My extended family works in the auto industry and it's a shame to see GM plants that cover a mile square closed because of out sourcing.

    On a SM, note: Can one external motor on a vintage e machine be subbed for another? I really don't see how anyone is going to able to get at the connectors on the cord of the Universal and there isn't enough good cord left to splice a new section. I so want to sew on that machine.

    Miriam, my children weighed from over 9 pounds down to 5 and a half pounds. They all grew up to be about the same size, though my shortest baby girl is now over 5'10".
    I always thought the external motors were the same. Although the external motor on my Singer 201 was for European usage; didn't work here when plugged in, but looked the same as any of my other motors.

    My daughter was always 99% in weight and height as a young kid. Doctor told us that she will most likely be very tall, 5'10"ish. She is only 5"2".

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    The top two cars with the most American parts and finished in America are the Toyota Camry and the honda Accord. Most of the GM and Ford vehicles are about 75% or less American made and Chrsyler is owned by an Italian company. My extended family works in the auto industry and it's a shame to see GM plants that cover a mile square closed because of out sourcing.

    On a SM, note: Can one external motor on a vintage e machine be subbed for another? I really don't see how anyone is going to able to get at the connectors on the cord of the Universal and there isn't enough good cord left to splice a new section. I so want to sew on that machine.

    Miriam, my children weighed from over 9 pounds down to 5 and a half pounds. They all grew up to be about the same size, though my shortest baby girl is now over 5'10".
    I'd add that to my shopping list, Toyota or Honda made in USA but I'm partial to GM. The motors for Clones and aftermarkets for treadle machines are usually interchangeable. You can also open up your old motor and solder on a new length of cord which isn't difficult and rather useful if you tinker with old sm motors on occasion. If you need the motor to match the color of the machine (unless black) you should go the soldering route.
    Jon

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    My kids were all close together, in age as well as weight and length. My 3 are all only 2 ounces apart. My earliest baby was premature and he was my heaviest. I think he would have been a ginormous baby if he went to term. He was 7 pounds, 2 ounces 19 1/2 inches long. My smallest baby was 6 pounds 14 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. He was born on his due date. The baby came in the middle at 7 pounds even. But he was 22 1/2 inches long! He looked like string bean! He got really sick when he was a week old. He lost 3 pounds, almost half of his birth weight. When we were at the PICU and he started to get better, we had to keep him in the hospital until he got up to 5 pounds. He wore preemie clothes then and everything. He didn't wear newborn clothes until he was almost 3 months old. Healthy as an ox now. Short for his age, but everything else is fine.
    Proud mom/step-mom to 8 children. We promote awareness of Autism and Huntington's Disease. Please pm me if interested in sending Campbell's Soup Labels or box tops which we collect for our kids' schools.

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    I can find batting made in America from cotton to recycled plastic bottles, but fabrics aren't.
    This batting made from recycled bottles looks interesting.
    http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/dream-green.htm

    Has anyone tried this in their quilting? IF so, how well does it quilt?

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    Found a place to design your own fabrics:
    http://www.spoonflower.com/about

    This looks fun!!

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    has anyone rescued a vintage machine where someone has a fine mist of white paint on it... I need to get this off somehow without ruining the decals.
    Ideas?
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    Ohhh my last rescue was an ..umm... Singer Starlet 495..made in France.... $20.00 no manual

    Apparently it is a sibling to the Genie!

    I wanted a plastic singer with a built in zigzag for buttonholes and finishing off my seams!!
    Last edited by justtrish; 11-30-2011 at 12:19 PM.
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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.

    Nancy, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your very special horse - how sad.
    Nancy, we had our old "Susie" (AKA Sunbonnet Sue) for nearly 30 years as well. A big 'ol Morgan, as sweet natured a horse as ever lived. She's been gone for many years, but you never forget a family horse.
    Miriam, glad to hear of your new grandbaby, and that he's hale and healthy!! I expected a tiny little guy, but he's a perfect size--nice and compact for hauling around!! Have fun with him!!
    Miz Johnny

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