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    Well folks, I started a thread for our vintage toy sewing machine. This should be the link.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post4741448
    Please post your pet's - past and present -pictures at http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...ds-t32280.html

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    Oh, Melinda. How quickly our lives can change. I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's illness. Prayers going out for you all.
    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 mpeters1200 View Post
    So I am quilting my runners in my attempt to get acquainted with my 66-16. A funny thing keeps happening though. I've taken some pics so you can see too. To start with, when I try to bring the bobbin thread up to the top of the quilt, at least half the time the top thread pops up with no bobbin thread at all. No real rhyme or reason to it. I've had to just keep turning the wheel until a stitch finally took.

    Also, it seems like the thread keeps unraveling on itself. It starts in the take up lever and goes all the way down to the hole in the needle. Most of the time, once the thread is "thicker", you'll see in the picture, the thread breaks. Other times, it gets quilted right into the quilt and then it looks like it's skipping stitches. It's just weird. Has anyone seen this before? It's happening so often, I'm worried either something isn't right with the machine or I'm doing something wrong. I had a needle break last weekend, so I replaced it with a size 14. I've been having problems ever since. Is this one of those machines that take some kind of funky needle?

    Chunky thread next to the needle hole 1


    Chunky thread next to the needle hole 2


    Skipped stitches and the thick thread mess it left behind:


    This is what it looks like after the thread breaks and I get it all out of the machine.
    Check and see if your needle is in the right way. Check your manual to be very sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I wish somebody would start a photo gallery of old toy sewing machines.
    Me too! I have 3 and would love to see more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Check and see if your needle is in the right way. Check your manual to be very sure.
    Also make sure that walking foot is the correct walking foot for a Vintage Singer; not all will work.

    I realized my problem that I had recently was my walking foot, even though it was the correct one for a Vintage Singer. I tested with and without. Make sure the walking foot in screwed in tightly. And make sure your bobbin thread is positioned correctly too. Sometimes you just have to play with it.

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    My machine will not sew if the bobbin thread isn't in right. Learned that lesson right off. I took a picture of the needle as I took it out and as I put it in. The flat end is on the right. I've rethreaded it countless times. I did notice that the side screw that holds the walking foot on keeps loosening. I make sure to retighten it at every start. I have no idea how to test out my walking foot. I've quilted 4 of them so far and this was the first time it's happened. I was getting chunky thread the last time I used the yellow, but not to this degree.

    I've never had bad thread. Is that possible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    My machine will not sew if the bobbin thread isn't in right. Learned that lesson right off. I took a picture of the needle as I took it out and as I put it in. The flat end is on the right. I've rethreaded it countless times. I did notice that the side screw that holds the walking foot on keeps loosening. I make sure to retighten it at every start. I have no idea how to test out my walking foot. I've quilted 4 of them so far and this was the first time it's happened. I was getting chunky thread the last time I used the yellow, but not to this degree.

    I've never had bad thread. Is that possible?
    Test your thread without the walking foot. I have one Singer 66-1 that only likes one type of thread. Is your walking foot a generic one or one specifically for vintage Singers.

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    Melinda...I am so sorry to hear about your mom! Please keep us posted, and let us know if we can do anything...I know it can be difficult to help from so far away, but most of us have broad shoulders!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Test your thread without the walking foot. I have one Singer 66-1 that only likes one type of thread. Is your walking foot a generic one or one specifically for vintage Singers.
    Ok. I can try it without the foot, I have some spare fabric I can play with.

    As far as the generic or vintage foot. I know it's not a vintage foot since it looks just like the one for my modern Janome. It doesn't look anything like the penguin or any of the older attachments I've seen. I've quilted 3 others on the same system with no problems. I kept the box the foot came in. It doesn't say much. It's a plain white box that says Walking Foot in English, French and Spanish. Then there is a picture of it and it says "contents, 1 piece". Does this help?

    OH....thread to my little runners.... http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...n-t164440.html

    So you can see them.
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    Melinda,
    I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. Ya'll are all in my prayers.
    Sharon W.

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    I'm thinking you may have a burr on the eye of your needle. Can you try a different needle? Either that or there is a problem with that spool of thread. If it still does it with the new needle then it is most likely the thread. Good luck!
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    My Singer 201K got "new" treadle irons today, she is very happy to have new "legs". I bought a better set of straight leg irons last month from a Craig's list seller. DH and I swapped them out this afternoon, the old set was the donor for a few missing parts. I'm amazed how smooth and quietly the new irons treadle. Sewing is so much easier. I'm making double Friendship stars with either a 3" friendship star or a 9 patch in the center square.
    Sharon W. in Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    I'm thinking you may have a burr on the eye of your needle. Can you try a different needle? Either that or there is a problem with that spool of thread. If it still does it with the new needle then it is most likely the thread. Good luck!
    I'll switch out the needle tomorrow and see if that fixes it. Too late tonight to keep going. I know that I'll spend more time ripping out if I keep going tonight.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    My Singer 201K got "new" treadle irons today, she is very happy to have new "legs". I bought a better set of straight leg irons last month from a Craig's list seller. DH and I swapped them out this afternoon, the old set was the donor for a few missing parts. I'm amazed how smooth and quietly the new irons treadle. Sewing is so much easier. I'm making double Friendship stars with either a 3" friendship star or a 9 patch in the center square.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Congrats on your new legs!!! Please post picture of your Friendship stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    I had been working on the things for our Christmas bazaar booth, but things can change so fast. My mom went to the doctor on Tues. to have her under active thyroid checked, and try to find out what was causing weakness in her left hand. A ct scan to check for a small stroke revealed a brain tumor, that had potentially spread from lung cancer. Also in most major organs. Starting radiation today, to hopefully control the growth and pressure on her brain. If that is successful, then possibly chemo for the rest. Too widespread for surgery. We are somewhat overwhelmed but our new family motto is "make every day count" so yall keep us in your thoughts please.
    So sorry to hear about your Mom, You are in my prayers
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    Ok. I can try it without the foot, I have some spare fabric I can play with.

    As far as the generic or vintage foot. I know it's not a vintage foot since it looks just like the one for my modern Janome. It doesn't look anything like the penguin or any of the older attachments I've seen. I've quilted 3 others on the same system with no problems. I kept the box the foot came in. It doesn't say much. It's a plain white box that says Walking Foot in English, French and Spanish. Then there is a picture of it and it says "contents, 1 piece". Does this help?

    So you can see them.
    Even though the walking foot is new that doesn't matter. What is important is that the feet on the walking foot need to line up with your feed dogs on your machine. The walking foot needs to line up with the feed dogs to carry the fabric evenly though together. Top fabric must move along with bottom fabric at same rate.

    The term generic is used to state it will work on most (modern) machines, doesn't mean all.
    I had a generic foot that I used on a Janome TB30 that I had problems with. I then purchased the correct walking foot for that machine and problem was gone.

    Sew Classic sells a walking foot for vintage Singers, just make sure it is the correct one for your Singer 66.

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    Originally Posted by miriam
    I wish somebody would start a photo gallery of old toy sewing machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by MisDixie View Post
    Me too! I have 3 and would love to see more.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post4741448
    Please post your pet's - past and present -pictures at http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...ds-t32280.html

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    Thank you everyone for your kind words. My mom will get to go home tomorrow, and next week we will get a game plan together.
    Melinda

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    Melinda, just learned about your mother. Sorry to hear and hope she can get better soon. Keep us posted like Charlee said even far away we might beable to help in some way.
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    Checking out local craigslist and found this. http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/2731573512.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Thank you everyone for your kind words. My mom will get to go home tomorrow, and next week we will get a game plan together.
    Sorry to hear about your mom. Hope everything works out...
    “Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post

    I've never had bad thread. Is that possible?
    Yes, bad thread is possible. I have had that problem in the past. Try a different thread and see what happens. Whe my machine did the "thick thread" thing I changed to a different spool of thread and no more problems. I then only used that spoll for bobbin thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Sorry to hear this. With your new family motto, make every day count, may each day be special. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Melinda, I join in this. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

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