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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Bennett, according to Singer's records that is a 27, but I thought that the Victorian Decal was only used on the 28's? We need to see the measurements of that machine! There are a few mistakes in the Singer records and I am wondering if this is not one of them? That sure looks like a 28, but I couldn't be sure without measuring it or comparing it to a full sized 27!

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    It's so cute, I am *wanting* it to be a 28!
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    I'll be making the long drive tomorrow to pick up the Davis treadle, and am trying to make sure I have everything I need to have a safe, secure trip. As I've mentioned before, I will be using a Geo Metro hatchback. I've put the back seat down.

    I found this, with directions how to take the head out.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_10004467_rem...-machines.html

    I have the flat and Phillips screwdrivers. Someone said big pillows, ziplock bags - anything else?

    I am still worrying about the fact that I think it should be a coffin top. Will I be able to fit the cabinet, head and coffin top along with my sister?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    I'll be making the long drive tomorrow to pick up the Davis treadle, and am trying to make sure I have everything I need to have a safe, secure trip. As I've mentioned before, I will be using a Geo Metro hatchback. I've put the back seat down.

    I found this, with directions how to take the head out.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_10004467_rem...-machines.html

    I have the flat and Phillips screwdrivers. Someone said big pillows, ziplock bags - anything else?

    I am still worrying about the fact that I think it should be a coffin top. Will I be able to fit the cabinet, head and coffin top along with my sister?
    You will manage it. There may be room to stand the machine up behind the front seat - you never know. Then put the machine under the coffin lid in the very back. Some times you have to turn them up side down - careful of the hinged lid if there is one. It if is up side down the machine and lid will fit in there between the legs mos likely.
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    I went to the first auction ever in my life. Stood around for 5 hours before they auctioned off 100+ machines. Some were too rich for my tight wad blood. Then they did a choice thing. I got 9 machines total. Then the auctioneer got tired so he says $5 each takes all - well that was going to be $300 and half of them were plastic machines and then there were cripples and some that maybe could be combined to make one machine - no foot controls parts missing and who knows if they worked, so I had to force myself to pass - there were some more I would have liked to have gotten for parts. Oh well. What made me sick was the Amish guy bought them and tossed them in the back of a pick up truck. Then he tried to buy a couple I picked up - I'm hanging on to them. I don't even know for sure what I have - they are going to the shop some time tomorrow. I guess the Amish guy doesn't need foot controls... Then I was standing around waiting to see what else was coming up and the DIL of the deceased said they took all the good machines to Indianapolis to an auction..... a couple weeks ago..... ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    DH just got me a Necchi SuperNova. I love it. I have been trying to date it anyone know of a link or someplace where I could date it? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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    Miriam, thanks for the advice and an aargh from me too for your experience yesterday!!!!

    Looking forward to seeing the new ones you picked up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    Miriam, thanks for the advice and an aargh from me too for your experience yesterday!!!!

    Looking forward to seeing the new ones you picked up!
    I'm not even sure what I have - DH kept loading them in as I was buying them. I'm shaking my head on that Amish guy and the auctioneer. They HAD 2 auctioneers and they could have each done a different area and took more time. DUH. A lot of people were there for the machines. In order to buy what I would have liked from the Amish guy I would have had to sell him some of mine. I know I got a 99 and a table for a 99. I'm not sure what all I got until I unload the truck. I know I'm going to be busy in the shop come spring.

    The deceased was a sewing repair woman. She had a very interesting place - nice organic gardens, very herbal, lived to be 92, she had a spring house, lots of out buildings (a shop I would kill for), some barns and lots of old stuff. She was into upholstery, quilting, knitting and crochet, leather work - she was handy I'd say. Many books - all went to the same dude that bought the machines. She had lots of relatives too.

    Still creeps me out looking at that pick up truck piled high with sewing machines. yikes - should have followed them.... not...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51 View Post
    Alrighty then someone was asking about some of my machines so here are the ones that I have uploaded to this computer.

    The ones I have not included in these photos are my Singer 185J, 1870 New Home Model A, and my soon to be acquired Singer 500A. I have quite a few parts machines that I am not even including in the list.

    Billy

    1911 Singer 27 with the Godzilla and blackside finish
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    1900 Singer 24 Industrial
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    1910 Singer 27 "Hot Rod"
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    1921 Singer 66-1 "Red Eye"
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    1963 Kenmore Model 43 Rare Pearl Iris color
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    OK, I love the 1921 Singer Red Eye, I have one that looks almost like that. The serial # is G4764462, do you think it is the same. I don't know if it is a 66 or a 66-1. Thanks
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    Wheeler Wilson Model 9 Need Help

    Does anyone have one of these machines that can tell me if the remaining chrome plate simply slides off, or if there is a small "pin" that holds it in place. The center plate that surrounds the feed dogs has a little metal pin, so it has to be lifted out of place. I don't want to force it either way, just looks like it has a pin "head" showing on the lower right section.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    I'll be making the long drive tomorrow to pick up the Davis treadle, and am trying to make sure I have everything I need to have a safe, secure trip. As I've mentioned before, I will be using a Geo Metro hatchback. I've put the back seat down.

    I found this, with directions how to take the head out.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_10004467_rem...-machines.html

    I have the flat and Phillips screwdrivers. Someone said big pillows, ziplock bags - anything else?

    I am still worrying about the fact that I think it should be a coffin top. Will I be able to fit the cabinet, head and coffin top along with my sister?

    What is an acceptable price for these machines with cabinet? I'm going to see one tomorrow, in a nice cabinet but the lady had purchased it as an antique and is not a sewer.
    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by hootnannie View Post
    What is an acceptable price for these machines with cabinet? I'm going to see one tomorrow, in a nice cabinet but the lady had purchased it as an antique and is not a sewer.
    What machine?? What cabinet??

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    The Davis vertical feed in a treadle cabinet. Isn't that what you're getting tomorrow?
    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    Now this is a table I love....see how the needle bar appears to be centered in the table? Instead of the machine being centered in the table. I think all tables should be cut this way. My newer machine table has the machine centered and I'm forever sitting nearly straddleing the leg. I need to be centered at the working part of the machine! Anyone else feel the same?
    Yes. OMG, YES!!! I finished my last big project around Halloween, and when I was done I threatened to reanimate the idiot who thought that setup was a good idea, and then make his zombie corpse sit at my table until his back was as twisted as mine was. In general, I like my table, but it's got drawers on one side and a narrow cupboard on the other, and there is no way to straddle the leg, so I'm left sitting centered and twisted.

    All I can think is that arrangement was created by somebody who didn't anticipate spending all day in front of their machine.
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    Well, we had a Girls Night Out last night and Kathie brought her German made Adler to class. What a cool machine! It was not made for this country because the thread regulator and zig zag regulator, etc., are all written on the machine in German! Someone brought the machine here because they loved that machine! It has a pressure release button for the foot instead of a screw release like most machines! It has the tension on the front like a 15, but totally different threading technique. In order to get a nice stitch, I had to go completely around the thread tension disk like we do with a Two Spools or Wheeler & Wilson's! I tried to talk Kathie out of the machine, but no go! She is keeping this one! You go Kathie!
    Last edited by BoJangles; 12-18-2011 at 06:58 AM.

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    Attachment 296226Here is Kathie's Adler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I went to the first auction ever in my life. Stood around for 5 hours before they auctioned off 100+ machines. Some were too rich for my tight wad blood. Then they did a choice thing. I got 9 machines total. Then the auctioneer got tired so he says $5 each takes all - well that was going to be $300 and half of them were plastic machines and then there were cripples and some that maybe could be combined to make one machine - no foot controls parts missing and who knows if they worked, so I had to force myself to pass - there were some more I would have liked to have gotten for parts. Oh well. What made me sick was the Amish guy bought them and tossed them in the back of a pick up truck. Then he tried to buy a couple I picked up - I'm hanging on to them. I don't even know for sure what I have - they are going to the shop some time tomorrow. I guess the Amish guy doesn't need foot controls... Then I was standing around waiting to see what else was coming up and the DIL of the deceased said they took all the good machines to Indianapolis to an auction..... a couple weeks ago..... ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Miriam, sounds like it was a frustrating, but fun/interesting experience, even though, you didn't get to see all the machines! I can't wait to see what you did get!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    I'll be making the long drive tomorrow to pick up the Davis treadle, and am trying to make sure I have everything I need to have a safe, secure trip. As I've mentioned before, I will be using a Geo Metro hatchback. I've put the back seat down.

    I found this, with directions how to take the head out.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_10004467_rem...-machines.html

    I have the flat and Phillips screwdrivers. Someone said big pillows, ziplock bags - anything else?

    I am still worrying about the fact that I think it should be a coffin top. Will I be able to fit the cabinet, head and coffin top along with my sister?
    Celeste, why do you think it should be a coffin top? Most of the Davis machines I have seen are in cabinets with a chain drop down system? Good luck with your trip!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I went to the first auction ever in my life. Stood around for 5 hours before they auctioned off 100+ machines.
    They never seem to get to what I want at auctions until the end. Makes for better bargains, but I've learned you have to bring something to do to keep from getting bored, unless you really, really like people watching!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 296226Here is Kathie's Adler!
    Can you try to repost the photo? This one didn't come through right. Would love to see it.

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    I bought a beautiful 127 in great shape for 100, he's a dreamer.

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    post pic. would love to see Him!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    OK, I love the 1921 Singer Red Eye, I have one that looks almost like that. The serial # is G4764462, do you think it is the same. I don't know if it is a 66 or a 66-1. Thanks
    The 66-1 is a backclamp treadle machine. The 66-3 is a backclamp handcrank machine. That's the only difference between the two.

    ETA: Your machine has been altered...the originals had backclamping attachments...your presser bar has been changed out to take side clamping attachments.
    Last edited by Charlee; 12-18-2011 at 12:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    The 66-1 is a backclamp treadle machine. The 66-3 is a backclamp handcrank machine. That's the only difference between the two.

    ETA: Your machine has been altered...the originals had backclamping attachments...your presser bar has been changed out to take side clamping attachments.
    So I have a 66-1. I knew it had been changes out. I had been told that before. Thanks for the info. I'm new at this Vintage Machine stuff and have lots to learn. These are beautiful Machines.
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    Whew! I'm back again! Haven't been around much this past week or so...we had our Christmas party last night, and may I say, as much fun as we had, I am SO glad it's over! LOL Every day off and every evening for the past couple of weeks has been spent baking cookies or making candy, when I would have rather been playing with machines!

    Think the spousal unit may have purchased a Rocketeer for me for Christmas...I pointed it out to him on Craig's list, and I know he checked it out on another computer... ~fingers crossed~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    So I have a 66-1. I knew it had been changes out. I had been told that before. Thanks for the info. I'm new at this Vintage Machine stuff and have lots to learn. These are beautiful Machines.
    Yes, they ARE beautiful machines! In my opinion, the changed presser bar doesn't de-value (is that even a word?? LOL ) the machine at all, since it makes it so that you can use any short shank attachments!
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