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    Old 03-13-2011, 03:30 PM
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    Originally Posted by kwendt
    Hey all... I just noticed that there are some decals for sale on ebay for (I think) 221s. I do not know if they are the cheesy kind or what. Those that know... can go look and 'report' back to us. lol. I only know that there have been people looking for them on and off....

    Meanwhile... I was checking all the photo's of 15-91's for sale, and parts. There are no blackside 15-91s... or parts... out there. (at the moment). I wanted to get some matching blackside attachments for mine... but... :shock: where to look?! I have an adjustable hemmer in blackside, and one bobbin... that's about it. Anyone here have any they don't need? hint, hint???? :D
    I have a blackside screwdriver and a couple of the hemmers.
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    Old 03-13-2011, 03:51 PM
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    Originally Posted by Weedwoman
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    Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Opened up the model 27 and I don't have any idea what the decals are called. They are still on but there are very few of them. Not ornate at all like some you see. I did notice the pitman is wood and the irons are in good shape. Everything just needs a good cleaning and oiled. My pics aren't very good but I'll post anyway.
    Weedwoman, I haven't seen that decal. Is this the 1902 machine? A wood pitman usually means it is a pre 1900 machine. The machine is very pretty and looks like it is in great shape except for the decals silvering, which is common.

    I can't find a pic of that decal anywhere but it is a 27 serial #186012. Maybe the head was not the original for that cabinet. I couldn't get any history of the machine at all.

    Has anybody made slide off decals for their machines? I'd like to make some for Elvira (a little on the dark side) just for fun.
    Just wondering if anyone had given that a try.
    There was a website selling machine decals, but I believe they have stopped doing so.
    One of my friends puts decals (especially those from the 50s and 60s--the modern ones tend to be very thin, and will tear easily) on her Japanese machines. They look great!!

    I believe that is a newer machine in the cabinet. The cabinet is Eastlake. All of the machines I've seen in the Eastlake cabinet have had Sphinx machines in them. I'm not saying it couldn't be original; but I doubt it. What is the date of your machine?
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    Old 03-13-2011, 04:23 PM
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    thanks for the info Kwendt! I was actually thinking it might refer to the space in the neck with regards to machine quilting. I learn something every day here!
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    Old 03-13-2011, 04:33 PM
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    Boy the last 25 pages have been jam packed with educational info and great photos!. Welcome to all the newbies and congratulations to all the new owners of olde machines! Thank you everyone for all of the techinical info, I'm loving it!! Sure hope someone can come up with a way to index it or organize it or jounalize it or whatever it should be called so that we can refer back to it easily before it's too monumental to tackle. There is a book or two worth of info so far!
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    Old 03-13-2011, 04:46 PM
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    I found this in Wikipedia and thought it may help someone follow the order of production.
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    Old 03-13-2011, 04:47 PM
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    Providence, R.I. Craigslist----Here is a beauty of a New Home coffin top treadle sewing machine. Check out the detail on that cabinet :shock: Seller is only asking $95.00:
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    Old 03-13-2011, 04:51 PM
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    Wilcox & Gibbs machine on my local Craigslist: http://fresno.craigslist.org/atq/2263665880.html What do you think of the $250 pricetag?
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    Old 03-13-2011, 05:11 PM
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    Congrats, Billy. WOW!!!!!!!! 800 pages and so much info. We sure are a chatty bunch and look at how many machines have been posted on here for everyone to drool over.
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    Old 03-13-2011, 05:15 PM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Well, I got my first fiddle base this morning. I will post pictures later, my DH has the camera!

    I paid $65 for the whole thing - it is missing the coffin top.

    Nancy....there is a coffin top for sale on eBay for only 19.99. It only has one day left and there haven't been any bidders. Not sure if you would be interested but you can look at it here:
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    Old 03-13-2011, 06:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    [Nancy if in fact my side clamp started out as a back clamp, how can I tell? Where and what do I look for? Kathie
    Kathie, the more research I do the more I think Billy nailed it in the first place. Singer just used whatever clamp they wanted to, or maybe people had a choice that bought the 66 brand new on which system they wanted? Your machine probably came with the side clamp. Anyway be happy, as that is the desirable clamp -- much easier to get new feet to fit!

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