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    Do any of you have any experience with this sewing machine? It is a White Fantasy made by Vigorelli. The machine is really interesting as the bed of the machine rotates back and forth when doing decorative stitches instead of the needle bar rotating. Candace brought this machine to my attention and I goggled it. It is really interesting to watch u-tube with this machine doing a decorative stitch! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2838583251.html

    Nancy

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    Nancy, I couldn't tell you why I wanted this particular machine so much, and I'm still learning about her! The dogs don't drop that I can see. I'm going to spend some more time with her today and see what I can learn! I did figure out last night that the slide plate does NOT slide to the left, but instead slips a BIT to the left so that it can be lifted and slide over the needleplate....contrary to the manual on the ISMACS website. This machine is a 1912 115-1 tho, (serial number shows a commission date of 12/20/11) and that manual is from 1915...might be one of the things they changed in later models? I do know it's a pain to get to the bobbin, and I don't have particularly large hands!
    I'm sure that at least part of the reason I wanted this machine/cabinet is because of the cabinet!

    Thanks Trish! If you can find one like this girl, get it!! LOL....I'll back you up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Do any of you have any experience with this sewing machine? It is a White Fantasy made by Vigorelli. The machine is really interesting as the bed of the machine rotates back and forth when doing decorative stitches instead of the needle bar rotating. Candace brought this machine to my attention and I goggled it. It is really interesting to watch u-tube with this machine doing a decorative stitch! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2838583251.html

    Nancy
    Dang it Nancy!! I just promised the spousal unit that this 115 is my LAST machine!! That looks FASCINATING!
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    Ok...I'm super excited!! This machine has an early hopping foot!! "Simanco 86294"....took me a few to figure out what it was!!

    There are a few other things that were interesting/strange as well....I'll post photos and ask questions as soon as I'm done sorting!
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    Nancy, although it's really cool. I would probably want to throw it against the wall if I ever USED it. There's no way you could have accuracy with the fabric moving instead of the needle during decorative stitching. I don't have room in my house for oddities with tables. They need to provide a service:> But, if you do, you should go for it. Vigorelli is one of the best Italian made machines. I would love to see it in action, but not actually own it. It reminds me somewhat of the attachments you can get for straight stitch machines that do decorative stitches by moving the fabric. Kind of cool, but really not all that useable.

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    Wow, Charlee, those hopping feet go for a lot of $! Good for you.

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    Angry Is it a low shank, high shank, or no shank

    Hope I'm doing this right. Haven't posted a picture in a while and have forgotten how!
    After I got home yesterday got to wondering about all the accessories I have and what they were. Well not a one of them will work on my machine. The feet slide in and screw down. Don't know how else to explain it. What is it called. Hope this picture thing works.

    Charlee, just want you to know my tension thing is now put together the RIGHT way. How the heck was it ever sewing? Will send you a pm.
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    Margie, you have top clamping attachments! I should have thought about that when we were talking yesterday, and I should have sent one of the rufflers home with you! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I never liked that pattern either and I don't care for the bow tie pattern.
    I like the 3-D bow tie pattern, its a fun pattern. The picture shows some of the blocks I made for 1 of my charity quilts.
    Sharon W. in TX
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    Sharon I never tried the bow tie pattern. Cute blocks. I have some of those top clamping attachments for my 1917 Western Electric. I bought a box of Greist attachments after I got the machine, but since it needs rewiring I haven't gotten to try sewing on it yet. I'll get around to it, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I like the 3-D bow tie pattern, its a fun pattern. The picture shows some of the blocks I made for 1 of my charity quilts.
    Sharon W. in TX
    Woah Sharon- that fabric on the bottom left is WILD! I love the look of it with the circles. I don't think I need my second cup of coffee for the day. I could see doing a entire quilt with those fabrics and then calling the quilt the "Mad Physicist and Bow Ties". Are you working on that quilt right now? I would love to see a picture of the finished top. Maybe I could start liking the bow tie pattern.

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    Monica,
    Great name for a quilt!
    I finished the quilt and forgot to take a picture of it. (dang it!). Some of the fabrics were salesman's samples that the Timeless Treasures rep gives to the Linus Connection(the group I make quilts for) There were bubbles and lots of other stuff in the collection I got. Its fun to see what I can make with a group of fabrics. I love working with bright,wild fabrics that the other ladies in the group shy away from. )
    If you look in my webshots album "Charity Quilts", page 1 you can see some of the other blocks I made for the quilt.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/purpy102
    Sharon W.

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    Crud! I keep posting to the photos thread....We need to change the name of that thread if we can, because it shows on my computer as
    Vintage Machines... and you can't tell the difference between that and this thread until you open it and then scroll back up to the top....it can get old trying to sort through posts to try to see the photos....
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    Here's the video of "my" cabinet that Miriam sent me!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi8a_...1&feature=mhum
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    Very nice cabinet and machine, Charlee I can see why you had to have it
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Thanks Glenn! I posted a table runner top on the quilts with vintage machines thread a bit ago....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Thanks Glenn! I posted a table runner top on the quilts with vintage machines thread a bit ago....
    Charlee it is wonderful, the colors are great. Nice job on piecing the squares.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Thanks Glenn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Monica,
    Great name for a quilt!
    I finished the quilt and forgot to take a picture of it. (dang it!). Some of the fabrics were salesman's samples that the Timeless Treasures rep gives to the Linus Connection(the group I make quilts for) There were bubbles and lots of other stuff in the collection I got. Its fun to see what I can make with a group of fabrics. I love working with bright,wild fabrics that the other ladies in the group shy away from. )
    If you look in my webshots album "Charity Quilts", page 1 you can see some of the other blocks I made for the quilt.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/purpy102
    Sharon W.
    Sharon, You have done some beautiful quilts! The bright, bold fabrics brings a cheeriness to the quilts.

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    Charlee,

    The slide plate does in fact slide to the left. Look at yours again, it is put on backwards. The finger hole should be on the left of the plate and it's on the right in your picture. Take the plate off and turn it around. It will fit on exactly like any other class 15 plate.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm still l I did figure out last night that the slide plate does NOT slide to the left, but instead slips a BIT to the left so that it can be lifted and slide over the needleplate....contrary to the manual on the ISMACS website.

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    I too have an inherited Singer treadle machine from around the 1920's and would like to use it to quilt, especially the old traditional patterns

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Charlee,

    The slide plate does in fact slide to the left. Look at yours again, it is put on backwards. The finger hole should be on the left of the plate and it's on the right in your picture. Take the plate off and turn it around. It will fit on exactly like any other class 15 plate.

    Cathy
    Thanks Cathy! I should have mentioned that someone on Needlebar told me to change it....had to remove the spring to do it, but got it turned around and it works fine now! Now it's just a question of fixing the stop action and the bobbin winder!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinC View Post
    I too have an inherited Singer treadle machine from around the 1920's and would like to use it to quilt, especially the old traditional patterns
    Hi Lin! What model do you have? Do you have photos?
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    My "new" hurricane backup machine

    I've been wanting a hand crank for awhile for no good reason, but you all know how that goes. Anyway, this turned up on Craigslist and the price seemed reasonable, so she's joined my menagerie. I have been trying to learn something about the Harris No.9 and about all I have found out is that it was a German-made machine sold by the Harris company in Great Britain (as it was known at the time). I have exactly one needle, one presser foot, one bobbin spool and the shuttle. Everything seems to be intact and in better-than-usual condition. The crank makes things turn with no resistance, and no loud noises. The serial number is 1634982, if that means anything to anyone, and the front slide plate is engraved with the Harris company name, London, and the information that it was made in Stettin. I don't have a manual for it, but the seller gave me a Singer #28 manual, and it appears to be pretty similar.

    A little extraneous research turns up the fact that the town that used to be known as Stettin has during various periods of its history been part of Sweden, Prussia and, since WW2, Poland. It is now called Szczecin, so it's quite certain my new baby was born some time before that war.

    I have not gotten myself together enough to pull the needle and see if it looks like any commonly available today, so that will be an important hurdle. Even if it does, that wouldn't mean that the needle is one she's happy with just because it's in there now. I'm not sure about threading, and at the moment haven't figured out how to remove the bobbin, but I'll psych myself up for all that eventually. I like to look at her and will probably just park her somewhere as a conversation piece. I may be a little spoiled by having had electricity all my life, but I'm impressed with what people could do without it. We had no power here for 5 days after Hurricane Ike, so it's possible this machine will someday get to strut her stuff for me.

    If anyone has information about this machine, or a source for parts and a manual, I'll be eager to know. Thanks for the great community we have here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    This is a great site. I just added this to my favorites since I now own 5 featherweights and I am always on the lookout for more!

    Nancy
    Nancy, this is the site I ordered my walking foot from for the featherweight. It doesn't fit. Do you have one for yours? Do you have the model number from the walking foot and where did you get yours? I'm not happy with myself for not knowing this would take a special one. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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