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    Quote Originally Posted by JabezRose View Post
    Any suggestions, have discovered upon close inspection that this has been "glued" back on at one point in her long life. How can it be fixed permanently?
    The machine is cast aluminum and would have to be tig welded. It can be done but hard to do would have to have a good welder that knows aluminum welding. Then repainted. Our son is a prof. welder and that's how we know.
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    I love the machine Crossstitcher, and I'm drooling over the cabinet! I am more likely to buy a machine/cabinet that has "stuff" than I am to buy one without! You can never tell what you might find in those drawers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I love the machine Crossstitcher, and I'm drooling over the cabinet! I am more likely to buy a machine/cabinet that has "stuff" than I am to buy one without! You can never tell what you might find in those drawers!!
    Thanks Charlee and Moncia
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    Sew, I find myself always using my Two Spools for piecing, since that machine has the 1/4" foot and the same length feed dogs to evenly feed the fabric through.

    There have been times when I would start a project with the intent to use just one of my machines that doesn't get used often for projects, only to find that I somehow meandered back to the Two Spools just for that easy comfort of the 1/4'' foot.

    Recently while working on a paper piecing project, I realized that I had worked the entire time at the machine (not the Two Spools).
    Looks like I'll be PP with my vintage ladies/gents that patiently wait their turn. Yup, each machine has a job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Went to visit a lady the other day and got to talking about sewing machines. Welllll she said she had a few downstairs she was just going to get rid of. So we took a look and there were 9 machines. There were 4 singers 4 kenmores and 1 pink atlas. Needless to say they came home with us. Hubby cleaned oiled and I threaded and all the machines but one sews good. Don't know yet why she wanted to get rid of them. They are newer machines but still they all sew. The Atlas is the only one that doesn't because the tension parts are missing. Any way here is a picture of one of the machines and it zig zags and can be put into a treadle. Singer even has in there manual you can put to a foot treadle. It's a Singer Merritt. We tried putting it in an old treadle cabinet but will have to modify one to make it fit right. I think that turned out to be a lucky day for us.
    I would love to hear how well treadling the Merritt works for you. After researching possible machines with decorative stitching capabilities that could be treadled, I put the Merritt on my list. I found a Singer 328k before a Merritt. Now, I treadle the Singer 328k and don't plan on getting a Merrittt, but I would love to know how well the Merritt works. Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I would love to hear how well treadling the Merritt works for you. After researching possible machines with decorative stitching capabilities that could be treadled, I put the Merritt on my list. I found a Singer 328k before a Merritt. Now, I treadle the Singer 328k and don't plan on getting a Merrittt, but I would love to know how well the Merritt works. Congrats!
    Moncia I have been following you and your 328. I have seen what nice stitching it can do. We have a 306 DH was going to try and treadle but now we have this one. Might have to wait for warmer weather to put it in a cabnit because we do have one empty one but way in the back of Hubby's work shop. Will let you know how it goes when we get it set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Canada's largest sewing machine manufacturer, thanks to Singer who ran them out of town:
    http://www.sewalot.com/charles_raymond.htm
    Thank you for the link it solved one of my most recent questions! Very much appreciated!

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    Does anyone know of a TOGA near Missouri, I would really like to go to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting View Post
    Does anyone know of a TOGA near Missouri, I would really like to go to one.
    Here's Treadleon's site listing of the current TOGAs that are scheduled:

    http://www.treadleon.net/fleamarket/events.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Here's Treadleon's site listing of the current TOGAs that are scheduled:

    http://www.treadleon.net/fleamarket/events.htm

    Thanks Charlee, nothing near me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting View Post
    Thanks Charlee, nothing near me.
    You could start one...
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    That is an interesting idea, wish I knew some other crazy vintage people in my area.

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    I'm not sure how you'd go about it, I'll bet mizkaki could help...
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    Wheeler Wilson 8 - Hey Charlee

    DH and I went and picked up the WW8 that was on CL today. She is in really good shape and I am thrilled to pieces. Right now she is not turning, but has very little rust and probably needs a good oiling. She is older than my other WW8. Her Serial No is only 5 digits long---57153. The last Patent date on her is 1873. There is a concealed drawer in her top which had several glass feet and tools inside. On the back is a bar that controls the pressure to the pressure foot. Is not operated by a spring. The pressure foot lifter is completely outside the machine too. I will really check her out tomorrow, but after being in the car for over 4 hours to get her home, I am pooped out.
    My other WW8 serial number is 385288. How do these numbers compare to anyone else that has the WW8.

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    What a beauty!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    DH and I went and picked up the WW8 that was on CL today. She is in really good shape and I am thrilled to pieces. Right now she is not turning, but has very little rust and probably needs a good oiling. She is older than my other WW8. Her Serial No is only 5 digits long---57153. The last Patent date on her is 1873. There is a concealed drawer in her top which had several glass feet and tools inside. On the back is a bar that controls the pressure to the pressure foot. Is not operated by a spring. The pressure foot lifter is completely outside the machine too. I will really check her out tomorrow, but after being in the car for over 4 hours to get her home, I am pooped out.
    My other WW8 serial number is 385288. How do these numbers compare to anyone else that has the WW8.

    Texas Jan
    NICE! From the one picture, the wooden top looks larger than a normal cabinet top, more space behind the machine.
    And it looks like one treadles right under the needle versus off to the side. Congrats!

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    Wow...5 digits! Both of your machines are older than mine, serial number 434598. Looks like the cabinet has a drop leaf in the back? Mine has one on the side, and has the same "box" near the bed of the machine, but mine also has drawers.

    How many glass inserts do you have? I don't recall what the manual says came with the machine, I have 5 or 6, plus a metal insert for narrow hemming.. Looks like the spooler (bobbin winder) is missing, it was on mine too, had to find one, took me a couple of years...it goes on the front of the leg of the treadle, in the "eyelet".
    What a sweet machine for a sweet price!! I can imagine in my mind how she'll look when you're done with her!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    NICE! From the one picture, the wooden top looks larger than a normal cabinet top, more space behind the machine.
    And it looks like one treadles right under the needle versus off to the side. Congrats!
    It does have a fold down table across the back. The original metal hardware is there and works perfectly! I hadn't noticed, but you are right it does treadle right under the needle

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Wow...5 digits! Both of your machines are older than mine, serial number 434598. Looks like the cabinet has a drop leaf in the back? Mine has one on the side, and has the same "box" near the bed of the machine, but mine also has drawers.

    How many glass inserts do you have? I don't recall what the manual says came with the machine, I have 5 or 6, plus a metal insert for narrow hemming.. Looks like the spooler (bobbin winder) is missing, it was on mine too, had to find one, took me a couple of years...it goes on the front of the leg of the treadle, in the "eyelet".
    What a sweet machine for a sweet price!! I can imagine in my mind how she'll look when you're done with her!
    I have seven glass feet. A couple of them are chipped, plus the narrow hemmer and several other things. I will take pictures tomorrow. There are 3 bobbins a tool and looks like a piece to measure the width of your seam with the screw. I thought that $50.00 was an absolute steal. I will check it out some more tomorrow, to look for any more patent dates.

    Texas Jan

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    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/Wheeler%20and%20Wilson.htm

    So...the guy I chatted with that told me my machine was about 1878 was most likely wrong... and I'm ok with that! LOL I like knowing when the machines were made, and this article tells me that my machine is more likely after 1880... but before they stopped production of the model 8 in about 1887.
    With that bit of knowledge, Jan, that machine you picked up today is likely 1876, do you think? With only 5 digits in the serial, it has to be a first/second year production!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/Wheeler and Wilson.htm

    So...the guy I chatted with that told me my machine was about 1878 was most likely wrong... and I'm ok with that! LOL I like knowing when the machines were made, and this article tells me that my machine is more likely after 1880... but before they stopped production of the model 8 in about 1887.
    With that bit of knowledge, Jan, that machine you picked up today is likely 1876, do you think? With only 5 digits in the serial, it has to be a first/second year production!
    I looked at the patent numbers on my first one. they are 1872, 1873,March 1876, 1877 and 1878. The new one has only two patent dates 1872 and 1873. Looks like to me it must be between 1873 and March 1876. I'll look for more dates tomorrow. I'll go read that Sewmuse article now. I'll shoot a couple more pictures tomorrow of the "jewelry" she has. Just read the article, so it must be one of the first ones of 1876. Now that is neat !

    Texas Jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Here's Treadleon's site listing of the current TOGAs that are scheduled:

    http://www.treadleon.net/fleamarket/events.htm
    Okay...now I need to ask...what do you do at TOGA's? There is one in MN that I might travel to, if the dates work out, but what happens there?
    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 quiltdoctor View Post
    I looked at the patent numbers on my first one. they are 1872, 1873,March 1876, 1877 and 1878. The new one has only two patent dates 1872 and 1873. Looks like to me it must be between 1873 and March 1876. I'll look for more dates tomorrow. I'll go read that Sewmuse article now. I'll shoot a couple more pictures tomorrow of the "jewelry" she has. Just read the article, so it must be one of the first ones of 1876. Now that is neat !

    Texas Jan
    Just went and looked again, the last patent date on mine is 1878, which lends to the idea that mine is 1881 or1882? Aren't those glass presser feet way cool? A couple of mine have fleabites in them too..but not around the needle hole, they're on the edge. I wonder how many have been tossed out in the trash because someone had no idea of what they were?
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    Okay...now I need to ask...what do you do at TOGA's? There is one in MN that I might travel to, if the dates work out, but what happens there?
    I wish I could tell you Randa, I've never been to one. Some of the other ladies here have tho...I'm sure they'll be able to tell you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    DH and I went and picked up the WW8 that was on CL today. She is in really good shape and I am thrilled to pieces.

    Texas Jan
    That looks so much better than the CL ad pics! It has an elegant functional look to it. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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