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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I have a 66-16. It is in probably pristine consition for a Singer from Mar 2, 1950. She came from an estate auction. It has little to no wear on any decals but it does have an issue. A rather problematic issue. I cannot get it to engage the bobbin winder. The machine runs when it's not engaged but the tire doesn't make full contact with the wheel and when it does the wheel won't move. When i was cleaning, the backside was dirty with black colored stuff on it which did some off and it wasn't the paint. Am pretty sure I don't have any other 66s or 99s around to fill up a bobbin with to see if the machine runs. Both the winder tire and belt were replaced by me. The old tire just crumbled off when I attempted to remove it in one piece.
    Any suggestions from anyone? All will be appreciated. ~ Chris
    Have you oiled the bobbin winder and turned it by hand to make sure it will turn at all? Make sure it has not been removed before and put back together incorrectly. I had gotten a "Side Winder" bobbin winder last Christmas and it does all sizes of bobbins, but I like to have the one on the machine work though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I have a 66-16. It is in probably pristine consition for a Singer from Mar 2, 1950. She came from an estate auction. It has little to no wear on any decals but it does have an issue. A rather problematic issue. I cannot get it to engage the bobbin winder. The machine runs when it's not engaged but the tire doesn't make full contact with the wheel and when it does the wheel won't move. When i was cleaning, the backside was dirty with black colored stuff on it which did some off and it wasn't the paint. Am pretty sure I don't have any other 66s or 99s around to fill up a bobbin with to see if the machine runs. Both the winder tire and belt were replaced by me. The old tire just crumbled off when I attempted to remove it in one piece.
    Any suggestions from anyone? All will be appreciated. ~ Chris
    Chris you do know those bobbin winder tires come in several different sizes don't you? I'd make sure I got a Singer bobbin tire, which means you need to go to someone who knows what they are selling you. I'd also take the tire you put on with you to compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    I really don't know how to word this question but here goes. For those of you who use a treadle, when you stop the machine by putting your hand on the wheel, does your needle go down or up when you take your hand off the wheel? It's like gravity takes over and depending on which side of center it is stopped at the needle will drop back down or go up.

    Am wondering if the belt has something to do with it as I have no idea how tight it is suppose to be. Please excuse my questions but this treadle stuff is all new to me. I love doing it, and if I could just figure this out I think I'd be a happy camper.
    Any help out there? Thanks
    Crewsemj, when you stop sewing with the wheel, you still have to use your feet to "hold" the needle up. I think we have all had the same issue you are talking about, atleast I have. My needle always wants to go back into the fabric after I stop. I have to hold the pedal with my feet to keep the needle in the position I want. The minute you let go with your feet, or maybe your foot is sitting there pushing without you realizing it, the needle will fall back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    A closer view of the cut out.
    Candace have you posted this in the Vintage Machines Photo shop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Candace have you posted this in the Vintage Machines Photo shop?

    Nancy
    No... I have problems keeping up with all the different threads:>

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    Sometimes I get really lucky !!

    A friend of ours came over yesterday. He is a "junker" and should be on American Pickers. He said he found a couple of coffin tops that I could have if I wanted them. You bet I'd take them. One of them is a Singer, and when I got to looking on Ebay, I saw one just like it on a Singer 12 Fiddlebase. I hope it is the right one, because that is the machine I need a top for. The other one is an Oak Domestic. I don't have a machine for it, but maybe one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Chris you do know those bobbin winder tires come in several different sizes don't you? I'd make sure I got a Singer bobbin tire, which means you need to go to someone who knows what they are selling you. I'd also take the tire you put on with you to compare. Nancy
    Nancy; thanks. Love to take the original tire with me but it crumbled into pieces when I took if off. Extremely dry rubber. I'll ask the local shop if the tires are Singer tires or an off brand. Her tires have worked well on the other machines I'ved used them for which is proably close to 10 machines. What I did for the size was to try on one of the others I was replacing and it fit like a glove so assumed that was correct size. MAy talk to the gal who has vintage machines there and ask her if I have the correct tire for my bobbin winder. Thanks again.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Have you oiled the bobbin winder and turned it by hand to make sure it will turn at all? Make sure it has not been removed before and put back together incorrectly. I had gotten a "Side Winder" bobbin winder last Christmas and it does all sizes of bobbins, but I like to have the one on the machine work though.
    Melinda, I did put some oil on it and turned it by hand for a bit on Saturday but will try again today now that it's had 2 days for the oil to reach deeper. I will look at other machines I have to see if the bobbin winder looks correct but hadn't considered that possibility that it's not on there correctly. Thanks for hint.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    No... I have problems keeping up with all the different threads:>
    I feel the same way. Told myself just this thread, machine photo thread, the quilts made with vintage machine threads and the BOM threads that I like to follow, otherwise not much quilting gets done and family doesn't get dinner for the day.

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    Anticipation is half the fun! At least that's what I tell myself when I see pics of sewing machines where there is no machine pictured.

    Any ideas as to the maker of this cabinet? I'm thinking Singer because of the way the bench is, but I haven't seen this specific one before. At any rate, I'll get to peek at the actual machine on Saturday.

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    [QUOTE=Bennett;4926476]Anticipation is half the fun! At least that's what I tell myself when I see pics of sewing machines where there is no machine pictured.

    Any ideas as to the maker of this cabinet? I'm thinking Singer because of the way the bench is, but I haven't seen this specific one before. At any rate, I'll get to peek at the actual machine on Saturday.


    Bennett - maybe this machine could fit in it... http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/atq/2809790701.html
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    [QUOTE=miriam;4926536]
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Anticipation is half the fun! At least that's what I tell myself when I see pics of sewing machines where there is no machine pictured.

    Any ideas as to the maker of this cabinet? I'm thinking Singer because of the way the bench is, but I haven't seen this specific one before. At any rate, I'll get to peek at the actual machine on Saturday.


    Bennett - maybe this machine could fit in it... http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/atq/2809790701.html
    Ok...that's a repaint that I LOVE!! Not $450 worth of love, but love it all the same....
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    Bennett,

    I had one of these cabinets once. It held a Singer 301 short bed with cradle.
    I remember that the veneer near the floor on both the stool and cabinet was very prone to chipping and flaking.
    Cool looking cabinet.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Anticipation is half the fun! At least that's what I tell myself when I see pics of sewing machines where there is no machine pictured.

    Any ideas as to the maker of this cabinet? I'm thinking Singer because of the way the bench is, but I haven't seen this specific one before. At any rate, I'll get to peek at the actual machine on Saturday.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/recipes...t-t177581.html Muv has sent me another video to post - this is on Red Grapefruit Marmalade - be sure to check it out - her cooking videos are just as well done as her sewing machine videos.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Looks like mid-century modern sewing machine cabinet - 401?
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    [QUOTE=miriam;4926536]
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Anticipation is half the fun! At least that's what I tell myself when I see pics of sewing machines where there is no machine pictured.

    Any ideas as to the maker of this cabinet? I'm thinking Singer because of the way the bench is, but I haven't seen this specific one before. At any rate, I'll get to peek at the actual machine on Saturday.


    Bennett - maybe this machine could fit in it... http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/atq/2809790701.html
    Aww, that looks like it belongs at a tea party! I'd need to put on an upper crust accent instead of my usual twang to use it.
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    [QUOTE=Bennett;4926768]
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post

    Aww, that looks like it belongs at a tea party! I'd need to put on an upper crust accent instead of my usual twang to use it.
    sort of needs a lace table cloth & some roses to go with it doesn't it
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    Cathy and Miriam: A 401 would be nice, but a 301 would be even better. Of course, there could be absolutely nothing in it! It's been at least a month since I bought a sewing machine. It'd have to be something on my wishlist for me to fall off the wagon.

    Miriam: I checked out the link you posted for Muv's marmalade, but the video wasn't there. I saw one she had on YouTube for the Seville orange marmalade.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Bennett, I have that exact table and the green 319 that Nancy now has came in it. I refinished it completely and put my black 319 back into it. So, yes, it's a Singer table.

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    Yes, she sent me a new video so I posted it below the one she took off. You can almost smell the marmalade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Bennett, I have that exact table and the green 319 that Nancy now has came in it. I refinished it completely and put my black 319 back into it. So, yes, it's a Singer table.
    That's where I saw it! It was the darker wood with silver handles that turned out so nice. I knew I had seen it somewhere, but I couldn't find a picture in any of my google searches. Of course you also had to mention the 319, another machine on my "I hope one follows me home" list. I'm starting to think I have too many machines on that list, especially considering if I have to start stacking them one on top of the other, it makes them a little hard to actually use.

    Miriam: I've made marmalade once--lime. It took a lot of prep work to make those little jars of yumminess!
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    I hope everybody was able to find Muv's videos.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    That's where I saw it! It was the darker wood with silver handles that turned out so nice. I knew I had seen it somewhere, but I couldn't find a picture in any of my google searches. Of course you also had to mention the 319, another machine on my "I hope one follows me home" list. I'm starting to think I have too many machines on that list, especially considering if I have to start stacking them one on top of the other, it makes them a little hard to actually use.

    Miriam: I've made marmalade once--lime. It took a lot of prep work to make those little jars of yumminess!
    Yes, exactly! I love it and it's one table I wouldn't give up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post

    Bennett - maybe this machine could fit in it... http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/atq/2809790701.html
    That's a beautiful repaint!! Adorable!! I think that is the cutest repaint I have seen. It would make for a sweet first machine for a very young girl learning to sew.

    Heck, Another I want for my future basement.
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    I saw that cabinet in the dark finish where I bought my 128. It had a 99 in it. She wanted $75. I wonder if it's still available. I don't particularly want a 99, but I'd like a sturdy cabinet for my 301.

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