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    Someone in the Sac area should nab this. Great price for a vintage Bernina. But, better grab it today before it hits ebay. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/art/2746527328.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Anyone in L.A. area looking for a 301 in a cabinet? Good price too!!

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...753328314.html
    Janice, I am on the look out for a 301 but alas, no budget right now. Wonder if they would deliver to San Diego. Seems like a decent price with the cabinet and stool.
    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Someone in the Sac area should nab this. Great price for a vintage Bernina. But, better grab it today before it hits ebay. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/art/2746527328.html
    I'd love to buy this one, but as heavy as this machine is, shipping would be very expensive. (

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    I would have bought it in a hot minute if it were the free arm version.

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    I'd buy it if I were there. What a good deal, free arm version or not.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I'd like to figure out a way to treadle one like this. That would be awesome!

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    Here's what I got today. I paid for a 1931 Singer 66 in a cabinet but left it there!!! (I have to pick my battles with the hubby.) He said NO MORE MACHINES!!! but he found this one at the flea market. He showed it to me because of the attachments and HE determined that the machine was junk! (he has NO mechanical abilities, nor interests in the workings of a machine.) The wheel was rusty, and other things too weren't so great........ So I paid the #25.00 for the machine and left it and the cabinet there. What I went home with is a Singer Pinking Attachment with original instruction book for it, a Singer Hemstitcher and Picoting Attachment in the original box and the instruction booklet for it, a foot hemmer, adjustable hemmer, ruffler, blindstitch attachment, 2 wide zipper feet, a seam guide, A. Colbert Embroidery Guide Braider, ( what ever that is), a short quilting foot, (I think ), that can have the bar put in it, a 1/4" black foot, and 10 bobbins, of which 7 are solid and three have the three holes in the side of them. I think I did quite good for the $25.00, don't you? I hated leaving the machine there, but thought that some one else could use it. I did leave a bobbin in the bobbin case for them. Now I need to know where I can get the special cover for the feed dogs for the 221 so I can use the hemstitcher on it. The plate I got will work on my 99. Also, what about the little rubber feet on the hemstitcher ? They are hard and brittle. Does that matter a lot, and if so, can I get replacements for them? And the bobbins, are the ones for the 66 the solid ones and the ones with the holes for the 99, or are they interchangable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Here's what I got today. I paid for a 1931 Singer 66 in a cabinet but left it there!!! (I have to pick my battles with the hubby.) He said NO MORE MACHINES!!! but he found this one at the flea market. He showed it to me because of the attachments and HE determined that the machine was junk! (he has NO mechanical abilities, nor interests in the workings of a machine.) The wheel was rusty, and other things too weren't so great........ So I paid the #25.00 for the machine and left it and the cabinet there. What I went home with is a Singer Pinking Attachment with original instruction book for it, a Singer Hemstitcher and Picoting Attachment in the original box and the instruction booklet for it, a foot hemmer, adjustable hemmer, ruffler, blindstitch attachment, 2 wide zipper feet, a seam guide, A. Colbert Embroidery Guide Braider, ( what ever that is), a short quilting foot, (I think ), that can have the bar put in it, a 1/4" black foot, and 10 bobbins, of which 7 are solid and three have the three holes in the side of them. I think I did quite good for the $25.00, don't you? I hated leaving the machine there, but thought that some one else could use it. I did leave a bobbin in the bobbin case for them. Now I need to know where I can get the special cover for the feed dogs for the 221 so I can use the hemstitcher on it. The plate I got will work on my 99. Also, what about the little rubber feet on the hemstitcher ? They are hard and brittle. Does that matter a lot, and if so, can I get replacements for them? And the bobbins, are the ones for the 66 the solid ones and the ones with the holes for the 99, or are they interchangable?
    Now I need to know where I can get the special cover for the feed dogs for the 221 so I can use the hemstitcher on it. A button holer plate should work.

    Also, what about the little rubber feet on the hemstitcher ? Like on the ends? Go to the hardware store and ask for electrical shrink wrap and use on there

    And the bobbins, are the ones for the 66 the solid ones and the ones with the holes for the 99, or are they interchangable? yes
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Thanks Miriam for the information. I thought of you today when I said good by to that machine. I knew that you would have given it a good home, or at least tried to clean it up. If I had your phone number, I'd have called you and told you go and get it. After all, I had paid for it. It wasn't frozen up at all, and the wheel would make the needle bar go up and down. But I knew that I couldn't get anywhere with the hubby on that one, so I didn't try. Some day, I would like to take one apart and try to see what I could do with a machine. Some day.... And what I wanted most was the attachments, and I got them!!.

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    Man, have one family emergency and miss out on 12 pages of junk. I am starting to play catchup now.

    Bug guts coming out of machine??? Yikes, I didn't even THINK about them not coming out dead. Yucky.
    Managed to get almost all of my table runners quilted, then said family emergency...none of them bound yet and we are at 10 days and counting. So...they will get all their gifts in January and be done.

    I did go to the local guild Xmas party and won a raffled set of books. Mostly 70's stuff, but I'm excited because they have a ton of pictures of quilting motifs that you can blow up and make your own stencils. Lots of pretty scallops shapes and wavy lines...oh the hand quilting possibilities!

    Just trying to catch up now....
    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 Janis View Post
    Thanks Miriam for the information. I thought of you today when I said good by to that machine. I knew that you would have given it a good home, or at least tried to clean it up. If I had your phone number, I'd have called you and told you go and get it. After all, I had paid for it. It wasn't frozen up at all, and the wheel would make the needle bar go up and down. But I knew that I couldn't get anywhere with the hubby on that one, so I didn't try. Some day, I would like to take one apart and try to see what I could do with a machine. Some day.... And what I wanted most was the attachments, and I got them!!.
    AW I wish I could have had it..... It is amazing what you can do with them - if nothing else - parts. i'm working on a redeye sort of half heartedly. It is mechanically fantastic. The paint isn't too bad but it sure is crudded up with black goo on the chrome parts. I think I'm going to have to try the barkeepers on that. The balance wheel is really rusty but I think the barkeepers might help it. The nose and the circle plate have chrome coming off around the edges. It isn't too bad inside. The bobbin winder is gross. The bobbin wick is gone. Any body know what to do about those?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Aww, catching up on American Pickers and wishing I could control the camera! Four treadle machines all in a row, and they barely show them.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Someone in the Sac area should nab this. Great price for a vintage Bernina. But, better grab it today before it hits ebay. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/art/2746527328.html
    That would be fun to treadle! Too far a drive for me. Hopefully someone in the Sacramento area picks it up, but if no, it will be fun watching it on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Here's what I got today. I paid for a 1931 Singer 66 in a cabinet but left it there!!! (I have to pick my battles with the hubby.) He said NO MORE MACHINES!!! but he found this one at the flea market. He showed it to me because of the attachments and HE determined that the machine was junk! (he has NO mechanical abilities, nor interests in the workings of a machine.) The wheel was rusty, and other things too weren't so great........ So I paid the #25.00 for the machine and left it and the cabinet there. What I went home with is a Singer Pinking Attachment with original instruction book for it, a Singer Hemstitcher and Picoting Attachment in the original box and the instruction booklet for it, a foot hemmer, adjustable hemmer, ruffler, blindstitch attachment, 2 wide zipper feet, a seam guide, A. Colbert Embroidery Guide Braider, ( what ever that is), a short quilting foot, (I think ), that can have the bar put in it, a 1/4" black foot, and 10 bobbins, of which 7 are solid and three have the three holes in the side of them. I think I did quite good for the $25.00, don't you? I hated leaving the machine there, but thought that some one else could use it. I did leave a bobbin in the bobbin case for them. Now I need to know where I can get the special cover for the feed dogs for the 221 so I can use the hemstitcher on it. The plate I got will work on my 99. Also, what about the little rubber feet on the hemstitcher ? They are hard and brittle. Does that matter a lot, and if so, can I get replacements for them? And the bobbins, are the ones for the 66 the solid ones and the ones with the holes for the 99, or are they interchangable?
    Nice find! Enjoy them all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I'd like to figure out a way to treadle one like this. That would be awesome!
    I googled images and found one like this, Bernina 730 Favorit. The photos showed the back side of machine. Looks like an easy remove the external motor and should be good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Aww, catching up on American Pickers and wishing I could control the camera! Four treadle machines all in a row, and they barely show them.
    That is the first thing I notice on that show too. I'm always saying out loud "open up that treadle and show us what's in there" but they never do. I think I may write in and tell them ppl are interested in seeing those old ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Aww, catching up on American Pickers and wishing I could control the camera! Four treadle machines all in a row, and they barely show them.
    I love that show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    That is the first thing I notice on that show too. I'm always saying out loud "open up that treadle and show us what's in there" but they never do. I think I may write in and tell them ppl are interested in seeing those old ladies.
    Yeah, but there's no money in old treadles to resell and that's what they're there for. Not to waste their time. I started watching Picking Sisters too, but I don't know if that one is still on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    That would be fun to treadle! Too far a drive for me. Hopefully someone in the Sacramento area picks it up, but if no, it will be fun watching it on ebay.
    Well, I took a stab at it on ebay. But, for a non-operable machine it's not worth too much. Who knows what's wrong with it and the parts for this machine aren't easy to come by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Well, I took a stab at it on ebay. But, for a non-operable machine it's not worth too much. Who knows what's wrong with it and the parts for this machine aren't easy to come by.
    There's one of 3 things wrong with it....either the handwheel clutch hasn't been retightened ,badly in need of oiling or the top gear is cracked.
    My DD's 730 free arm had that gear replaced before we bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    There's one of 3 things wrong with it....either the handwheel clutch hasn't been retightened ,badly in need of oiling or the top gear is cracked.
    My DD's 730 free arm had that gear replaced before we bought it.
    You don't ever want to run one of those cold - ask me how I know
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    There's one of 3 things wrong with it....either the handwheel clutch hasn't been retightened ,badly in need of oiling or the top gear is cracked.
    My DD's 730 free arm had that gear replaced before we bought it.
    Yup, it may be something completely minor or major and I'm not going to bet the house on it:> Anyway, my bid isn't making the reserve price, anyway. I'm not in love with the table, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yeah, but there's no money in old treadles to resell and that's what they're there for. Not to waste their time. I started watching Picking Sisters too, but I don't know if that one is still on.
    I didn't know they had another picking show. I'll have to look for that one. It's fun to see what they come across that I'd have no clue about.
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    I think this is a 28, can't be totally sure of the 2nd digit in the serial number, looks to be in 1906 with a run of 225,000 numbers. Cute little machine in a nice looking treadle in the Dallas area in case anyone's interested.

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/2752571134.html
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    I bought a red head in a treadle. The treadle has no pitman nor a screw to hold the skirt guard in place. The had converted it to a electric. I called a dealer where I get my old parts from to see if he had any for me. He told me that those things were just junk. He had no room to store junk and to try a junk dealer for those parts. I was horrified at his comment on just junk. Do any of you have any spare pitmans or screws that you would like to sell? Kathie

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