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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    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~
    I recently got a 503A and I love it! I've only played with it so far. As soon as the Christmas stuff is over with, I'll get to using it for real work. The only thing I haven't done yet is to use the cams. I probably won't use them as I am not too fond of the ones that came with it. Not stitches that I'd use. I wish there was a "feather stitch", I like doing that on quilting sections.
    Hope you su gets one for you. Mine was an early present to me from my dh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    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!
    I love being able to use the short shank, I can get feet most anywhere. My other machine is almost like this one. It is just not the Red Eye. It is still a beauty though.
    Life is SEW great!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    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~
    Wow, Charlee that would be so nice! My 503a is my main machine for doing the little Patchabilities' wall hangings! I love cam # 8 especially for the machine applique's! I gave my BF a 500, and she uses hers all the time too - for the decorative stitches!

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    I have found a 403A for sale in a cabinet with bench and was wondering what is a good price? She hasn't stated a price yet, so want to be sure I know what I'm doing. Should this model come with cams? Are they interchangeable with the 401A? I know virtually nothing about this model.
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    I asked if anyone knew what this deadly gadget was used for here and on another board.
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    Well, Someone on the other board knew and gave me instructions for this gadget.
    So, I'm sharing with all of you.
    This thing is a chain stitch hemmer for a Standard sewing machine.
    Here are some pictures from my testing the vague directions out.
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    The spider attachment (and shortly this one) can been seen on my blog. I will be posting the instructions to this hemmer on my blog for those that may also need the instructions.
    http://color-my-world-with-warmth.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446 View Post
    I recently got a 503A and I love it! I've only played with it so far. As soon as the Christmas stuff is over with, I'll get to using it for real work. The only thing I haven't done yet is to use the cams. I probably won't use them as I am not too fond of the ones that came with it. Not stitches that I'd use. I wish there was a "feather stitch", I like doing that on quilting sections.
    Hope you su gets one for you. Mine was an early present to me from my dh.
    Jan on 446
    Jan, you do realize that the 503a does not stitch without cams? You are not suppose to even straight stitch without the number '0' cam in the machine. The 503a has no built in stitches like the 500 does.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    I have found a 403A for sale in a cabinet with bench and was wondering what is a good price? She hasn't stated a price yet, so want to be sure I know what I'm doing. Should this model come with cams? Are they interchangeable with the 401A? I know virtually nothing about this model.
    The 403 is probably my all time favorite sewing machine. I sell them for $135 - $150 depending on the kit. (some are asking a lot more.) This is cleaned and running right. They need a full set of the top hat disks - they are the same as the Singer 400, 500 and 600 series. The 403s usually don't have as much wrong with them as the 401 but there isn't as much to go wrong. Manuals are available on line for free - parts are available - I love it.
    Last edited by miriam; 12-18-2011 at 02:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Kathie's Adler - second try to get this picture through!Attachment 296324
    It won't work and it won't let me delete either!
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    Ok I just got back from 2 hour road trip to get the cabinet that has been advertized on Craigslist for my Mother's 1952 Pfaff 130. The machine fits perfectly in the cabinet so Candace and a few of you were right - that cabinet was made for the Pfaff! The problem is the cabinet is in great shape, but the hinges/parts that hold the machine in the cabinet are missing. So I can't use the cabinet until I find the parts to hold the machine - so it doesn't fall through! Anyone know where, - besides watching E-bay - I can find parts for the Pfaff cabinet. I need the hinges, screws, anchoring system so the machine can be set into the cabinet and actually closed up when not in use!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/fuo/2757176692.html

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 12-18-2011 at 02:56 PM.

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    DH was fixing the car this afternoon so I dug out my new machines. I have one no count Stylist - it was $1 besides it had a cabinet.... Then I found 2 Singer 15s with potted motors, a Spartan, a pair of 66s and and Alden - I didn't have time to give it a good look there - I just saw that it was a little 3/4 machine. Today I looked it over - it is like a Singer 99 only smaller. It runs sweet. I'm sure it had something wrong with it other than the motor wires are BARE - very Bare - but I didn't spend much time on it. I got the Spartan on a hand crank and had a good time playing with it. The other machine was a Japanese that does zig zag. It has all the big dials and chrome. I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned - this one was pretty bad. It took a lot of work, but I got it to move, then I got it to zig and zag. I haven't got the stitch length or reverse moving. I think there may be more stitches than zig zag - either still frozen or I didn't figure out the combination or hold my mouth right so I need to dig up a manual. I got a few tables for a buck each. Inside one was a Singer Stylist - it is frozen up pretty bad but it does have drop feet appears to be mostly metal. One table came with a bench and the cubby hole on one side was full of magnets and curtain rings and a huge pair of scissors. I picked up some Evap-o-rust - good stuff. I had my camera along and totally forgot to shoot the machines. I guess I like to tackle the worst ones first - or the ones I'll learn the most from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok I just got back from 2 hour road trip to get the cabinet that has been advertized on Craigslist for my Mother's 1952 Pfaff 130. The machine fits perfectly in the cabinet so Candace and a few of you were right - that cabinet was made for the Pfaff! The problem is the cabinet is in great shape, but the hinges/parts that hold the machine in the cabinet are missing. So I can't use the cabinet until I find the parts to hold the machine - so it doesn't fall through! Anyone know where, - besides watching E-bay - I can find parts for the Pfaff cabinet. I need the hinges, screws, anchoring system so the machine can be set into the cabinet and actually closed up when not in use!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/fuo/2757176692.html

    Nancy
    What are those hinge holes shaped like - very nice cabinet - i would drive for that one too...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I asked if anyone knew what this deadly gadget was used for here and on another board.
    That is pretty neat!
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    DH was fixing the car this afternoon so I dug out my new machines. I have one no count Stylist - it was $1 besides it had a cabinet.... Then I found 2 Singer 15s with potted motors, a Spartan, a pair of 66s and and Alden - I didn't have time to give it a good look there - I just saw that it was a little 3/4 machine. Today I looked it over - it is like a Singer 99 only smaller. It runs sweet. I'm sure it had something wrong with it other than the motor wires are BARE - very Bare - but I didn't spend much time on it. I got the Spartan on a hand crank and had a good time playing with it. The other machine was a Japanese that does zig zag. It has all the big dials and chrome. I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned - this one was pretty bad. It took a lot of work, but I got it to move, then I got it to zig and zag. I haven't got the stitch length or reverse moving. I think there may be more stitches than zig zag - either still frozen or I didn't figure out the combination or hold my mouth right so I need to dig up a manual. I got a few tables for a buck each. Inside one was a Singer Stylist - it is frozen up pretty bad but it does have drop feet appears to be mostly metal. One table came with a bench and the cubby hole on one side was full of magnets and curtain rings and a huge pair of scissors. I picked up some Evap-o-rust - good stuff. I had my camera along and totally forgot to shoot the machines. I guess I like to tackle the worst ones first - or the ones I'll learn the most from.
    Can't wait to see Pic's when you are finished. You should take pic's before and after. Wish I was close I would help, love to mess with old machines, Joy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    Can't wait to see Pic's when you are finished. You should take pic's before and after. Wish I was close I would help, love to mess with old machines, Joy
    Best thing is to get a free one you don't care about and tinker with it. See if you can take the tension off and put it back on right. Take apart the bobbin area etc. Get some manuals - I've posted a ton of info - you can go in my profile and look at posts I started to find lots of info.

    I left the camera in the car when we were hauling cabinets around. I should have gotten before and after pics. Totally slipped my mind once I got in there and started playing. That Japanese machine is pretty fascinating - I wish I knew more about them. The Alden is made in Japan - I like it.
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    I've been away busy with Christmas preparations. Found out DH tried to win a hand crank for me on Bay (he actually bid on a few
    couple Frister and Rossman, a Jones and a Singer with Roses )but at the last minute the same bidder bid them up high. It was a nice though. I told him someday my machine with floral decals would be there - at the right price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jan, you do realize that the 503a does not stitch without cams? You are not suppose to even straight stitch without the number '0' cam in the machine. The 503a has no built in stitches like the 500 does.

    Nancy
    Yes Nancy, I do know that and the ziz zag cam is in it! I remembered reading about on this site!
    Thanks for the warning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady View Post
    I've been away busy with Christmas preparations. Found out DH tried to win a hand crank for me on Bay (he actually bid on a few
    couple Frister and Rossman, a Jones and a Singer with Roses )but at the last minute the same bidder bid them up high. It was a nice though. I told him someday my machine with floral decals would be there - at the right price.
    Betty, I wondered where you were.
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    You know Monica, you are just making us all want a Standard sewing machine with all the attachments! Thank you for the photos - pretty cool what some of these old gals can do! You need to demonstrate all your new finds at the next TOGA! That would be a blast!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    What are those hinge holes shaped like - very nice cabinet - i would drive for that one too...
    Well, DH says he can make the Singer hinge pins work so I ordered some off of e-bay! He will have to do some welding, but I am very excited he will figure it out so my Mother's beloved Pfaff 130 can have a permanent home in a very cute little cabinet. Mom carried that machine from table to table - always as a portable - she never had a proper cabinet for it. Right now there is a Pfaff 130 in the same cabinet on e-bay for sale for 499 or something like that? I feel very lucky to have found that cabinet! I will post pictures when we get "Joy" all settled in her new home!

    Nancy

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Size:  1.24 MBHere is the little Santa wall hanging I had to do on my Two Spools Treadle to get the grid lines straight! It is made using that fusible 1" grid, which I had never done before. I am not sure I want to do it again either - I'd rather do bargello than that grid, but once I figured out how to do it, it actually went very fast! I did all the grid lines on the Two Spools then did a "flip and sew" putting the back and binding on and turning it right side out with the 15-88 treadle. No electricity was used on this little Santa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    You know Monica, you are just making us all want a Standard sewing machine with all the attachments! Thank you for the photos - pretty cool what some of these old gals can do! You need to demonstrate all your new finds at the next TOGA! That would be a blast!

    Nancy
    I was thinking of that, but it requires hauling to couple of treadles. I still might just do that!
    This was a fun project before getting back to the quilt that I'm working on. I took a couple of days off from that while I decided on how I would do the borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
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Size:  1.24 MBHere is the little Santa wall hanging I had to do on my Two Spools Treadle to get the grid lines straight! It is made using that fusible 1" grid, which I had never done before. I am not sure I want to do it again either - I'd rather do bargello than that grid, but once I figured out how to do it, it actually went very fast! I did all the grid lines on the Two Spools then did a "flip and sew" putting the back and binding on and turning it right side out with the 15-88 treadle. No electricity was used on this little Santa!

    Nancy
    Nancy, your Santa is adorable!! He looks like a jolly old soul. You did a beautiful job with the pattern. Is this a pattern from one of your classes? Too cute!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Well, DH says he can make the Singer hinge pins work so I ordered some off of e-bay! He will have to do some welding, but I am very excited he will figure it out so my Mother's beloved Pfaff 130 can have a permanent home in a very cute little cabinet. Mom carried that machine from table to table - always as a portable - she never had a proper cabinet for it. Right now there is a Pfaff 130 in the same cabinet on e-bay for sale for 499 or something like that? I feel very lucky to have found that cabinet! I will post pictures when we get "Joy" all settled in her new home!

    Nancy
    I was going to suggest trying to see if you could modify with Singer hinge pins- worth the try. Congrats on your cabinet find! And I love the name you have chosen, Joy.

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    Put out to DH, DD, and the DD's SO that I want a Feathweight. DD and SO live miles away in a city, he hunts for stuff to resale, Bet none of them get the message. Oh Well, I shall keep looking. Merry Christmas to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, your Santa is adorable!! He looks like a jolly old soul. You did a beautiful job with the pattern. Is this a pattern from one of your classes? Too cute!!
    Thank you Monica, no this was not a class. The pattern is from Happy Hollow Designs. I think he is very cute too, but not sure I'd want to do another one!

    My Mother's name was Joy, hence I am calling her beloved Pfaff 130 'Joy,' which seems fitting. I am really excited about getting the cabinet completed. It is in really good shape. The seat is leather, really nice too. Now, I have to decide which treadle will go into the storage unit so the Pfaff can stay in her cabinet in the house!

    Nancy

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