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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    LOL pickle bowling...hahaha.
    yeah, I work in grocery stores all over town... I would just like to see the reactions. Maybe put it on video. I know I am twisted upstairs. There are a couple stores I would especially love to see what would happen.... but I won't ever win the lottery because I don't ever buy lottery tickets. I pay enough taxes already. The sad thing is that the city stores in the poorest neighborhoods are where they sell the most lottery tickets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Today I am glad that I passed on getting the Brother machine earlier this week. This one re-listed today at a lowered price & I'm going to look at it tonight. A much nicer machine & cabinet. Oh and the guy with the other one relisted too. Dropped price from $80 to $60. Still too much.
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/fuo/2743528417.html
    All that is missing is a little tiny pair of dice to hang on the rear view mirror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Today I am glad that I passed on getting the Brother machine earlier this week. This one re-listed today at a lowered price & I'm going to look at it tonight. A much nicer machine & cabinet. Oh and the guy with the other one relisted too. Dropped price from $80 to $60. Still too much.
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/fuo/2743528417.html
    Be sure to check the stitch out capability of the decorative stitches. The cams on these break inside. If he lets you, unscrew the top and take a look. I just found out that the camstack in my Morse is all busted. Though I've been sewing with it for a year and the decorative stitches are fine. That's why I hadn't noticed. I'm sure I purchased it like that, but being a newbie collector I never checked the camstack. It seems sometimes the cam stack breaks in such a way that the stitching is fine...and other times nope! In any case if the camstack is visibly broken, you may be able to negotiate a better price:>

    Also, the feed dogs do NOT drop on my Morse. I don't know if this is a big issue to you as you were saying that's what you were shopping for. There's a normal setting and a silk/nylon setting(a bit lower but not dropped). This machine looks to be the same in that regards. I FMQ with mine the other day and it did a very nice job of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    All that is missing is a little tiny pair of dice to hang on the rear view mirror.
    Wouldn't it be sweet if it came with a matching '55 Chevy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Be sure to check the stitch out capability of the decorative stitches. The cams on these break inside. If he lets you, unscrew the top and take a look. I just found out that the camstack in my Morse is all busted. Though I've been sewing with it for a year and the decorative stitches are fine. That's why I hadn't noticed. I'm sure I purchased it like that, but being a newbie collector I never checked the camstack. It seems sometimes the cam stack breaks in such a way that the stitching is fine...and other times nope! In any case if the camstack is visibly broken, you may be able to negotiate a better price:>

    Also, the feed dogs do NOT drop on my Morse. I don't know if this is a big issue to you as you were saying that's what you were shopping for. There's a normal setting and a silk/nylon setting(a bit lower but not dropped). This machine looks to be the same in that regards. I FMQ with mine the other day and it did a very nice job of it.
    Thanks Candace - I will check both items out. Though I have my Singer 403 with all of it's decorative stitches. Thanks to Cathy at TOGA I now have the complete set of cams. Re: FMQ - so does it still FMQ ok even though the feed dogs on yours don't drop all the way down? I googled the machine & seemed that all of the comments I found re: FMQ with this model were positive. So just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Thanks Candace - I will check both items out. Though I have my Singer 403 with all of it's decorative stitches. Thanks to Cathy at TOGA I now have the complete set of cams. Re: FMQ - so does it still FMQ ok even though the feed dogs on yours don't drop all the way down? I googled the machine & seemed that all of the comments I found re: FMQ with this model were positive. So just wondering.
    It could vary from one old machine to another how well those dogs drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncowgirl View Post
    wouldn't it be sweet if it came with a matching '55 chevy?
    great match!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    It could vary from one old machine to another how well those dogs drop.
    I'm going to take some fabric swatches & thread and hopefully be able to give her a test drive (the machine not the car)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    I'm going to take some fabric swatches & thread and hopefully be able to give her a test drive (the machine not the car)
    A test drive is a good idea but also take a SCREW DRIVER and open the top and LOOK close at that cam stack - shine a light on it - you don't want to pay that much if it will turn out to be a parts machine.
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    1910 Singer 115

    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Wow, the decals look very nice!! That has to be my favorite style decal, so beautiful. I hope you can get her moving! Keep us posted on your progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    I wonder why the hand wheel spins and nothing else moves? Is the clutch disconnected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Thanks Candace - I will check both items out. Though I have my Singer 403 with all of it's decorative stitches. Thanks to Cathy at TOGA I now have the complete set of cams. Re: FMQ - so does it still FMQ ok even though the feed dogs on yours don't drop all the way down? I googled the machine & seemed that all of the comments I found re: FMQ with this model were positive. So just wondering.
    Yes, it's fine that they don't drop all the way, it still makes a nice FMQ machine. I don't put anything on the feed dogs. I can also FMQ on my 185 and the feed dogs don't drop. It's a different "feeling", but you get used to it. The Morse is not my best FMQ machine, but definitely useable as such. That's good you have the 403, but if you're going to only have a straight stitch only machine, you should know about this beforehand and pay for this accordingly. Of course the cams may be perfect, but it's good to know all the info. beforehand. The camstack in mine has a good 1/16" space and crack in it, yet it doesn't show at all in the decorative stitching....

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    Actually, Miriam in this Morse, I don't believe they drop but googling pictures and info. on this exact model will tell you. This model is earlier than the one I have and mine don't drop..so I'd imagine the even earlier model aren't designed to drop either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I wonder why the hand wheel spins and nothing else moves? Is the clutch disconnected?
    Nothing else moves due to extensive rust inside. The rear inspection plate is all rust on the outside. I can loosen the clutch easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Nothing else moves due to extensive rust inside. The rear inspection plate is all rust on the outside. I can loosen the clutch easily.
    I wonder how much dis-assembly you will HAVE to do? I've painted them up with kerosene before and helped it a lot right quick. I'm pretty chicken when it comes to total dis-assembly... My BIL uses diesel since it is cheaper.

    I have a Franklin still in my car. It turns - lots of grime and cobwebs... bare dangling wires... rust.... dangling light... I wonder if the top could come off the cabinet and go right on a treadle base? This one might have to wait for spring when I can work outdoors. I'm going to have spring fever early this year - in fact I'm already showing symptoms..........
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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!!!!
    I hear what your saying! I too, have saved several vintage machines and love them. I am all about buying here in America every chance I get.

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    Finally Found One !!

    I was reading CL today (Dallas)and have been watching an add pop up and be resubmitted for a week or so. The title was 1950 Singer and case $150.00 obo The body of the add didn't say much more and no pictures, so I decided to call and ask. The lady was kinda ditzy, but she remembered the machine had a fold up side and was in a black box. She read me the number and sure enough it is a Featherweight !! It needs a new power/cord assembly, so she was thrilled to take $100. for it. It is a Centenial machine and looks in good shape with very little wear to the decals. I have my Mother's featherweight, so I can plug it in tomorrow and check it out. Can't believe it was on CL for that long before I lucked into it. Pictures tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Wow !! she is a pretty one. I'm betting when you evict the mud daubers and do some work on her, she will be fine !!
    What city in West Texas ?? I'm from Midland originally.

    Texas Jan

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    I wonder how much dis-assembly you will HAVE to do? I've painted them up with kerosene before and helped it a lot right quick. I'm pretty chicken when it comes to total dis-assembly... My BIL uses diesel since it is cheaper. Turn it upside down and paint the inside like crazy. Then turn it another direction and paint some more. See how much good you can do that way. The Triflow oil does wonders.... don't know about solid rust - vinegar can clean up rust and so can muriatic but it will also CAUSE rust and eat paint. We have a blacksmith friend who restores a lot of old tools and that is what he says he uses. I'd say you want to get some oil on it after that.

    I have a Franklin still in my car. It turns - lots of grime and cobwebs... bare dangling wires... rust.... dangling light... I wonder if the top could come off the cabinet and go right on a treadle base? This one might have to wait for spring when I can work outdoors. I'm going to have spring fever early this year - in fact I'm already showing symptoms..........
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    Well. HHHMMM. I just called on one on CL and I'm picking up an unknown treadle in a cabinet tomorrow. The lady is wanting to change her decor. The machine is stuck down so any thoughts how to rescue her??? The lady says it begins with D and is very ornate. I hope I can sleep tonight...
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Nice! On the dirt dauber nest, use a screw driver and vacuum to chip out what you can, the rest should come out with a good kerosene rinsing and a bottle brush. (Ask me how I know. ). One trick I've used to really getting a good amount of kerosene over all the internal parts is a turkey baster, just be careful of getting kerosene on the bulb part (might melt it).
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Nice! On the dirt dauber nest, use a screw driver and vacuum to chip out what you can, the rest should come out with a good kerosene rinsing and a bottle brush. (Ask me how I know. ). One trick I've used to really getting a good amount of kerosene over all the internal parts is a turkey baster, just be careful of getting kerosene on the bulb part (might melt it).
    I wonder if the thrift store would have a cheap turkey baster now that Thanksgiving is over...
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I was reading CL today (Dallas)and have been watching an add pop up and be resubmitted for a week or so. The title was 1950 Singer and case $150.00 obo The body of the add didn't say much more and no pictures, so I decided to call and ask. The lady was kinda ditzy, but she remembered the machine had a fold up side and was in a black box. She read me the number and sure enough it is a Featherweight !! It needs a new power/cord assembly, so she was thrilled to take $100. for it. It is a Centenial machine and looks in good shape with very little wear to the decals. I have my Mother's featherweight, so I can plug it in tomorrow and check it out. Can't believe it was on CL for that long before I lucked into it. Pictures tomorrow.

    Texas Jan
    Lucky you! Much better deal than the one listed for $600+ I saw tonight. Can't wait to see pics.

    This one caught my eye. Pretty in pink, and actually a very reasonable price: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/2743177862.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Lucky you! Much better deal than the one listed for $600+ I saw tonight. Can't wait to see pics.

    This one caught my eye. Pretty in pink, and actually a very reasonable price: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/2743177862.html
    Very cool pink Nelco and for the money - WOW - I wonder how much work it needs.
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