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    This was my lucky day. Pat and I went out to eat and then stop by our favorite antique shop. I came home with a complete set of attachments for the my 319 including the plates and three needles in the original singer packet for 206x13 needles. It was only 4 bucks. I was a happy camper today. Thanks to Miriam I now scan do anything the manual says I Can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    This was my lucky day. Pat and I went out to eat and then stop by our favorite antique shop. I came home with a complete set of attachments for the my 319 including the plates and three needles in the original singer packet for 206x13 needles. It was only 4 bucks. I was a happy camper today. Thanks to Miriam I now scan do anything the manual says I Can.
    You really got a good deal there. Now you can go play all day!!

    Texas Jan

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    Oh, Glen, I didn't realize you needed other stuff too..........
    Have you got it worked out to hand crank that 319?

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    I picked up a dreadful looking Singer 500 this afternoon. Head shaking. The lady said this one was her mother's. Ya sure. She just got out of church, too. That machine had a straight sew foot, no other attachments, no disks, no manual, light hanging half off, hinge pin gone, top door falling off, the stitch selector is always messed up, the throat plate lever rusted out, bad cords, runs slow, paint blistering, no case, no cabinet and so on............ She is going to need some TLC to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I picked up a dreadful looking Singer 500 this afternoon. Head shaking. The lady said this one was her mother's. Ya sure. She just got out of church, too. That machine had a straight sew foot, no other attachments, no disks, no manual, light hanging half off, hinge pin gone, top door falling off, the stitch selector is always messed up, the throat plate lever rusted out, bad cords, runs slow, paint blistering, no case, no cabinet and so on............ She is going to need some TLC to say the least.
    Miriam, I thought the 500 I got last week was a sorry case. Although I have cleaned it up during the game and she runs smooth and quiet. Now just need the knob for the tension to see how she sews. But lots of paint gone along with the top lid and faceplate.
    Lisa

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    Heads up for anyone looking, there's a nice looking Singer 401 for sale in the Weatherford, TX area--really good price too: http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/atq/2835349973.html
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Miriam, did you buy it for parts then?

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    Not sure about the whole hand crank, never done it, what do you all think of hand crank sewing?[/QUOTE]

    I have three hand cranks and I love them. I had one 7 yr and one 8 yr sew on them and they reaction was what fun.
    It worked out very for them as it makes them pay attention to what they are doing. Kathie

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    Hey Nancy or others in the Sac. area here's a 401 for a decent price if it's working fine. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2832976648.html I'd get it if I didn't already own one!

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    Candace,
    Gee, I wonder which price is the one they want. $80.00 or $60.00. <VBG>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey Nancy or others in the Sac. area here's a 401 for a decent price if it's working fine. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2832976648.html I'd get it if I didn't already own one!

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    Yup saw that. They've had it listed a while and lowered the price. ;>

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    Miriam, I thought the 500 I got last week was a sorry case. Although I have cleaned it up during the game and she runs smooth and quiet. Now just need the knob for the tension to see how she sews. But lots of paint gone along with the top lid and faceplate.
    They will still sew without the lid or face plate. I went to bed - who won?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Miriam, did you buy it for parts then?
    the jury is still out on that - I have a 500 donor machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey Nancy or others in the Sac. area here's a 401 for a decent price if it's working fine. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2832976648.html I'd get it if I didn't already own one!
    Yep, I sent them an e-mail asking where in Sac they are located. Haven't heard back. I guess I will call today.
    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I picked up a dreadful looking Singer 500 this afternoon. Head shaking. The lady said this one was her mother's. Ya sure. She just got out of church, too. That machine had a straight sew foot, no other attachments, no disks, no manual, light hanging half off, hinge pin gone, top door falling off, the stitch selector is always messed up, the throat plate lever rusted out, bad cords, runs slow, paint blistering, no case, no cabinet and so on............ She is going to need some TLC to say the least.
    Miriam, I hope the lady just gave you the machine! You will work wonders on it I am sure!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    This was my lucky day. Pat and I went out to eat and then stop by our favorite antique shop. I came home with a complete set of attachments for the my 319 including the plates and three needles in the original singer packet for 206x13 needles. It was only 4 bucks. I was a happy camper today. Thanks to Miriam I now scan do anything the manual says I Can.
    Congratulations Glenn! What attachments did you get? I thought you took your 319 out of its treadle? Are you going to hand crank like Miriam said or use the motor?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    Well of course I DO, but it is buried under a mound of machines and other stuff. I don't remember it being signed that way, and I'm having back issues, so it will be a while before I can get to it.
    Miz Johnny, Monica and I still want to come and go through your basement! I am still coveting that Pfaff treadle you have buried there!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, I hope the lady just gave you the machine! You will work wonders on it I am sure!

    Nancy
    nope, I paid more than I wanted to.... but there are parts if nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Well, stood outside in the chilly wind today and was the proud owner of the mystery Singer in the blonde cabinet I posted about earlier this week. Here she is:

    Attachment 308931

    Yep, a 319w in green. Drawers packed full, cams, attachments, lots of fun stuff. There were actually 2 Singers there. One was newer (maybe 70s?, not sure). Anyway, I had some disks for the newer one and went over to the bidder that had won it and let them know I put the disks with their machine since I had no use for them. About 5 minutes later, the gentleman approached me and asked if I would like to re-sell the machine. He said he was supposed to have bid on the green one for his niece, who was the daughter of the original owner, but he won the wrong one. Well...geez, what could I do? I don't need it, I have no room for it, and another one will come along some day. Since I didn't have anything else on my ticket, I just let them pay for it.
    Bennett, that was the right thing to do - I bet the niece wanted the machine because she remember using it herself with her mother or at least watching Mom use the machine. Great thing you did for the niece! Another 319w will come up.

    Nancy

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    I'm wanting to HC my 319. When I was down at Glen's we figured out how it could be done. I was just curious to know if he actually did it with his yet. The 319 does not have enough room for both a spoke wheel and a HC. The balance wheel has to be modified to accept the HC. Neither of us wanted to cut away the balance wheel of the 319. But we figured out we could take a balance wheel off another machine and notch or put in a metal piece to hold the HC arm in place. Putting in a piece of metal does require tapping a screw hole in the balance wheel to hold the metal on. http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...k/fwcrank.html here is something I found. You do not have to build up the machine boss on the 319. The HC simply bolts on. A balance wheel is what needs to be modified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    I knew that apple core top was going to go out of my price range, so I took lots of pictures! It was a little wonky on the piecing (by hand), but it had pristine fabrics that looked to be from the early 40s to the 50s or maybe 60s. I was talking to the daughter, and she said it was her grandmother who had been the quilter. Her mother was into different types of crafts, so that might explain the tops that were put away and not finished.
    Bennett, I had to laugh at this! Don't all quilters have tops that are put away and not finished! Geeze, I do! Actually, I only have two tops that are not quilted; and I got the backs for them yesterday! I am determined to have all my quilt tops finished so when I go, there won't be unfinished things sitting around! I have a friend who has over 30 tops that all need to be finished! Of course I know that some people can't do the quilting, or think they can't, or they can't afford to pay to have the tops quilted! Anyway, I think it is just a thing with us quilters/crafters to have unfinished projects - we sometimes just get tired of what we were doing! It will be really something if I don't live unfinished projects - yeah in my dreams!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by footlooseman View Post
    I am in Ukraine with my friend and she knows that I love collecting vintage sewing machines.

    The Soviets sure had some interesting sewing machines such as the Tikka (looks like a Singer 15) that was made in Finland, which I wanted to take home except it's a treadle and I can't see taking that on the airplane. Attachment 309118


    Looking at one of their local websites I found what I think is a Singer 48K. Is it a 48K and if it is are needles easy to find? One other question, do you think I am a little crazy thinking about carrying this sewing machine on the airplane with me? Attachment 309119
    Footloose, I love the Tikka! What a cool machine to be in a treadle!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm wanting to HC my 319. When I was down at Glen's we figured out how it could be done. I was just curious to know if he actually did it with his yet. The 319 does not have enough room for both a spoke wheel and a HC. The balance wheel has to be modified to accept the HC. Neither of us wanted to cut away the balance wheel of the 319. But we figured out we could take a balance wheel off another machine and notch or put in a metal piece to hold the HC arm in place. Putting in a piece of metal does require tapping a screw hole in the balance wheel to hold the metal on. http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...k/fwcrank.html here is something I found. You do not have to build up the machine boss on the 319. The HC simply bolts on. A balance wheel is what needs to be modified.
    Miriam, those 319w's are so great in treadle or as the original electric machine that I can't see why anyone would want to make them a hand crank. I think it would not be so easy to HC the decorative stitches? If I am not treadling really smoothly when using the decorative stitches, I will skip a stitch. The motor runs smooth, your treadling has to been just as smooth to get the decorative stitches. I have done a lot of hand cranking on my 15-88 with thread play on quilts and that is fine for a straight stitch, but I am not so sure I'd have good luck with the decorative stitches? I have really had to work hard to stay very smooth when treadling to get the pretty stitches I want when using my 319w's decorative stitches. I am curious to hear from Glenn if he does make the 319w a HC how it goes doing the decorative stitches?

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 02-06-2012 at 05:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by footlooseman View Post
    I am in Ukraine with my friend and she knows that I love collecting vintage sewing machines.

    The Soviets sure had some interesting sewing machines such as the Tikka (looks like a Singer 15) that was made in Finland, which I wanted to take home except it's a treadle and I can't see taking that on the airplane. Attachment 309118


    Looking at one of their local websites I found what I think is a Singer 48K. Is it a 48K and if it is are needles easy to find? One other question, do you think I am a little crazy thinking about carrying this sewing machine on the airplane with me? Attachment 309119
    That does look like a 48K and according to ISMACS, it take a normal 15X1 needle that we all use today!

    Nancy

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    As far as HC a 319 - I surprise myself with the HC - it IS what I learned on as a little kid though. I can't treadle worth beans. I find that the electric goes way too fast for me on some of the decorative stitching. I think the HC would be slow enough to get some good details. But I won't know until I get the thing to HC.

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