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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Sew Classic is probably getting a lot of traffic today! I found the reviews of different machines to be helpful: http://blog.sew-classic.com/categori...e-reviews.aspx

    If I find one reasonably priced, I might just have to pick one of them up. Everyone is making them sound so good! The "modern" styling might be growing on me, just wish they were some other color than tan--always seemed kind of blah.
    Bennett, I'm partial to the 403 but it's just me... I think they thought the tan was easier on the eye than the black - more modern?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    Sooo....or seeeewwwwww.....what is the difference between the 301, 401, 501, 402, 403 and 503 machines??? Does each one use cams? Did each one have an added feature? There is a 402 in a cabinet for sale on our local "for sale" group and I didn't even know they made a 402!! Just trying to sort out these models and if I truly still want a 301 or would something else be just as nice. I already have a 401. Thanks for any help.
    If you read through this thread, all the above questions have been answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Sew Classic is probably getting a lot of traffic today! I found the reviews of different machines to be helpful: http://blog.sew-classic.com/categori...e-reviews.aspx

    If I find one reasonably priced, I might just have to pick one of them up. Everyone is making them sound so good! The "modern" styling might be growing on me, just wish they were some other color than tan--always seemed kind of blah.

    Adding: Looks like I was slow on the draw. Very informative post Miriam, I think I missed that one.
    I'm with ya Bennett! I never wanted one of these machines before. They weren't black, they weren't "old enough" and I didn't see anything pretty about them. (still don't! ) But when this one was available, I HAD to have it! Couldn't tell you why...I just did...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm with ya Bennett! I never wanted one of these machines before. They weren't black, they weren't "old enough" and I didn't see anything pretty about them. (still don't! ) But when this one was available, I HAD to have it! Couldn't tell you why...I just did...
    You'll love it once you start using it. You are right they aren't all that cute looking - beauty is in the eye of the beholder.... I think the insides are what make that machine beautiful. It is all machine work. Very well made. NOTHING like it these days.
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    Oh, I'm excited to have her, and disappointed that I can't just sit and play with her RIGHT NOW! LOL But Saturday nite there will be about 18 people in the house, and I really don't want them to see how I *really* live, so am dashing around and cleaning!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Oh, I'm excited to have her, and disappointed that I can't just sit and play with her RIGHT NOW! LOL But Saturday nite there will be about 18 people in the house, and I really don't want them to see how I *really* live, so am dashing around and cleaning!!
    mine needs a bulldozer.... and a dumpster.....
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Okay..I did some research thanks to you all and why her manual says 402 is a mystery. She is selling a 403. It sews nicely she said....it belonged to her daughter and she wanted a more modern machine, so mom is trying to sell the "old one". She hasn't given a price online yet, but I've asked. Why oh, why, I don't know. I DON'T WANT ANOTHER MACHINE!!! I did enjoy seeing the differences in the machine on the links you all posted. Thanks a million for your help!!
    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 sew wishful View Post
    Okay..I did some research thanks to you all and why her manual says 402 is a mystery. She is selling a 403. It sews nicely she said....it belonged to her daughter and she wanted a more modern machine, so mom is trying to sell the "old one". She hasn't given a price online yet, but I've asked. Why oh, why, I don't know. I DON'T WANT ANOTHER MACHINE!!! I did enjoy seeing the differences in the machine on the links you all posted. Thanks a million for your help!!
    If she is willing to sell that 403 you should buy it. Those are nice. She is crazy. LOL I have a slant-0-matic sitting on CL doesn't move - too many people think those stupid plastic machines do more I guess.
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    I have no more room for machines in cabinets. I'm feeling a bit claustrophobic....gonna have to bust out one of these days. I could sell the 401 and have room. But it is a good machine too! LOL! I'd sure buy it for one of you gals/guys, though. Let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    If she is willing to sell that 403 you should buy it. Those are nice. She is crazy. LOL I have a slant-0-matic sitting on CL doesn't move - too many people think those stupid plastic machines do more I guess.
    Just to put this in perspective...there was a local CL ad requesting a cheap, good working, sewing machine. I responded telling the person I'd sell her my 1970's Japanese made machine for $25. It has about 7 stitches on it and sews well. She replied somewhat rudely the next day, that "someone has offered her a MUCH newer machine for the same price and she'd prefer to sew on a newer machine vs. old." Bet she chose the cheapo-big-box-store brand, that's near it's end of life, over the one I had offered. Whatever!

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    While reading a different thread here in QB, I discovered that my Standard can be set up to do chain stitching.
    So, I googled Standard sewing machine and chain stitching. Found that the gadget needed to produce a chain stitch is called a spider. Also, found an image of the spider, along with manual to purchase. So, I look in my draw that has the attachments...yup I got it. But I'm cheap, won't purchase a manual. So, I look at the gadget and figure out how it slips into the rotary, bobbin area. Slowly turn the wheel...to discover that it works!
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    If anyone comes across a Standard, buy it. Sweet machines!

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    well that is totally cool! Does anyone know if Singer had a similar gadget for their machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMCDA View Post
    well that is totally cool! Does anyone know if Singer had a similar gadget for their machines?

    Joann
    touch and sew had something - the German 401 and 411 is suppose to
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    While reading a different thread here in QB, I discovered that my Standard can be set up to do chain stitching.
    So, I googled Standard sewing machine and chain stitching. Found that the gadget needed to produce a chain stitch is called a spider. Also, found an image of the spider, along with manual to purchase. So, I look in my draw that has the attachments...yup I got it. But I'm cheap, won't purchase a manual. So, I look at the gadget and figure out how it slips into the rotary, bobbin area. Slowly turn the wheel...to discover that it works!
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    If anyone comes across a Standard, buy it. Sweet machines!
    Ooooh, that looks like hand embroidery - I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Thanks! If you find one for sale, BUY IT! They are fun machines with cool mechanics. I'm amazed at what can be done and how well they sew through layers of fabrics. I find myself wanting to share my sewing projects from this machine and other vintage machines with folks here. They, Davis VF, need to be rescued and used- along with other fantastic vintage ladies and gents.
    Well folks, I saw this on out CL:

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/atq/2729752864.html, and got excited hoping it could be the one I'm looking for. I finally called since he's not responding to email. It has a long bobbin. At first he said it does have the feed dogs, but looked at it while I was talking to him and realized it doesn't.

    He said he's not real technical and can't send or post any pictures. I told him I'd have to find out from my friends what else I need to ask to figure out if this is what I'm looking for. It's about 80 miles away from me, and I'd have to figure out how to get it home.

    Is the fact that it has no feed dogs, a long bobbin and is a Davis make it what I'm looking for?

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x View Post
    Ooooh, that looks like hand embroidery - I love it!
    It does, doesn't it?
    Please post your pet's - past and present -pictures at http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...ds-t32280.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    Well folks, I saw this on out CL:

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/atq/2729752864.html, and got excited hoping it could be the one I'm looking for. I finally called since he's not responding to email. It has a long bobbin. At first he said it does have the feed dogs, but looked at it while I was talking to him and realized it doesn't.

    He said he's not real technical and can't send or post any pictures. I told him I'd have to find out from my friends what else I need to ask to figure out if this is what I'm looking for. It's about 80 miles away from me, and I'd have to figure out how to get it home.

    Is the fact that it has no feed dogs, a long bobbin and is a Davis make it what I'm looking for?

    Thank you!
    Absolutely!! That is, if you're looking for one like we have....yes. This would be the one!
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    Dang it Monica...now I have to have a Standard too! With a spider.

    ~sigh~
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    I ordered some 20x1 needles from SewClassic only to be told they don't have them. Whaaaaaaaa Sniff, sniff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    While reading a different thread here in QB, I discovered that my Standard can be set up to do chain stitching.
    So, I googled Standard sewing machine and chain stitching. Found that the gadget needed to produce a chain stitch is called a spider. Also, found an image of the spider, along with manual to purchase. So, I look in my draw that has the attachments...yup I got it. But I'm cheap, won't purchase a manual. So, I look at the gadget and figure out how it slips into the rotary, bobbin area. Slowly turn the wheel...to discover that it works!
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    If anyone comes across a Standard, buy it. Sweet machines!
    Monica, that is a very pretty chain stitch! I never heard of a spider? Leave it to you to discover something new for us all to pine over! I am with Charlee - I want a Standard now too! You know the Wilcox and Gibbs does a very pretty chain stitch too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    Well folks, I saw this on out CL:

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/atq/2729752864.html, and got excited hoping it could be the one I'm looking for. I finally called since he's not responding to email. It has a long bobbin. At first he said it does have the feed dogs, but looked at it while I was talking to him and realized it doesn't.

    He said he's not real technical and can't send or post any pictures. I told him I'd have to find out from my friends what else I need to ask to figure out if this is what I'm looking for. It's about 80 miles away from me, and I'd have to figure out how to get it home.

    Is the fact that it has no feed dogs, a long bobbin and is a Davis make it what I'm looking for?

    Thank you!
    Celeste, it probaby is the Davis Vertical Feed like the one I have. The last date on the slide plate for several of our Vertical Feeds is 1883. Mine, from paperwork with the machine is a 1886 model. There are several people on here who have that Davis. If the machine is complete - has the shuttle and shuttle bobbin - I'd find a way to get that machine! If the shuttle were missing, you'd be looking at about $50 just to get a new 'Davis' Shuttle - they are very pricey! The needles are available on e-bay - you will need Boye 10's or Davis longs 1x2 needles! I hope you can find a way to get the machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Monica, that is a very pretty chain stitch! I never heard of a spider? Leave it to you to discover something new for us all to pine over! I am with Charlee - I want a Standard now too! You know the Wilcox and Gibbs does a very pretty chain stitch too!

    Nancy

    Charlee and Nancy, This is way cool!! Now I don't have to use my toy Singer for chain stitching. Well, After reading the thread, I was on a hunt for information-part of the fun in collecting and learning for me. Thanks to google images, I was able to see what the spider looks like. I have another gadget, attachment, that looks very strange-don't know what that's for. So, at first I didn't know which one was the spider, but I should have realized that something has to fit into the rotary area to take the place of the bobbin. Another interesting mechanical device that fits cleverly into the machine to use. The Standards are very nice machines.

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    Does anyone know what this is used for? How it attaches? It looks deadly. It was with all the other attachments that came with my Standard.
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    Anyone looking to buy a Featherweight card table in the Modesto, CA area? You can probably get it in the $70-$80 range if you're interested. I'm looking for a 400/500 series card table, so can't use it, but I can hook you up with the seller...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I was given a Singer 127 this weekend. Fella is making a table out of the irons. Grrrr !!! The only part of the wood that was any good was one side drawer and one center one. He was thrilled that I would take the machine so it wouldn't be scrapped. (I told him to keep me in mind in the future). She is a Sphinx decal Made in 1926, but in awful shape. Locked up tighter that a drum !! I found a rusted box of attachments in the drawer I got, plus two shuttles and 3 bobbins.
    Some kind of bug like a dirt dauber had built nests inside the face of the machine about 1" deep. I cleaned the face out all last night. I bought PB Blaster today and it really does work to loosten rusted parts. I was able to completely disassemble the inside of the face and get all the mud out. The wheel came off easily, but none of the innerworkings are moving yet.
    Free though, so I'm up for another crazy challenge.

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    YIKES Jan!!! What a challenge you have taken on!!!

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