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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Nancy he could round out the corners with a router. My DH is going to make a few when the weather warms up. Hope you can get that machine.
    Yep, he could but looking at the photo Glenn posted a few posts back, his Redeye is sitting very pretty in a case/base without round corners!

    Trish, when your DH gets those cases done, please post pictures!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I hope you're able to get that Pfaff!! It's SUCH a pretty machine, and deserves to be more than an ornament in someone's living room!

    The 301 is on my wishlist! That's a beautiful quilt too! I think you should send it to me when you're done with it...k?
    A week ago, I would have gladly send it on its merry way to anyone who wanted it! Now, it is going together very nicely using the 301!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Charlee, have you posted a photo of the Model 84? Is it two toned?

    Nancy
    I did post a photo of it, but it's buried somewhere...machine photos thread maybe? It's gray with a white faceplate...really a pretty machine, in my opinion. I took it out of it's original cabinet, a small one that had a "door" but no storage, and put it in this desk cabinet. The strip of light wood that you see behind the machine is the top of the desk...when you lift it up and slide it behind the desk, it lifts the machine.

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    Charlee,

    I see your pretty machine has a trap door on top for cams. Do you have a set? I also love that desk cabinet you have it in. I've never seen one before. I'm gonna keep my eyes open for one.

    Your machine looks very similar to our Ideal Automatik.

    It has cams as well and we do have them. What we are looking for is an owners manual.
    Our machine was made for the German market. All the printing on the machine is German and it came with the original 220V German made motor - power cord - foot controller. I converted it to American power sew we could use it.
    By the marks on the underside of the bed the machine is a Japanese casting, assembled in Ireland.
    I've been told the closest match is a Brother. But as of yet, we've struck out on the manual.

    I'm just wondering if these two machines share a common heritage?

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    Joe, I believe I read somewhere that the Kenmore 84 is a Pfaff made machine. I do know it's marked "Made in Japan", so that may not be accurate, I don't know that Pfaff had a Japanese factory in 57. And yes...I have cams for it...3 sets! LOL!
    One of the reasons I love these oldies....the whole setup for mine cost me $37.00....$15 for the machine in it's old cabinet, $20 for the desk cabinet, and $2 for the one set of cams....

    I really like that base on yours.
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    Charlee, your machine looks very heavy duty. Bet it will sew any thing you put under the presser foot.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I see she's a friend of Rain's! Where IS Rain lately? I kinda miss him!
    Who is Rain? I have seen the blog site, but didn't realize Rain was here on QB.

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    Rain's board name is VintageSewingMachinesNYC (or something similar)
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    Nancy, the quilt that you are working on looks pretty!!!

    Glenn, Thanks for posting the box you made for your Singer 66. I need to make a couple of boxes for some of my machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Rain's board name is VintageSewingMachinesNYC (or something similar)
    Okay!! I'll go back to read his posts since I may have missed something of value that he may have posted. So much to read here that some posts are read quickly and taken note of to comment on, but then another post takes precedence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Janice,
    There is no cost for TOGAs., unless you go out for lunch or dinner.
    I would love to see you again.
    Cathy

    Yep, I know, it's the cost to travel all that way and stay overnight. It's a 6 hour drive for me up there. Thanks for the invite, Cathy!! I'll try to make it to the one later this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Well, I have not made it to Oakland yet. I just couldn't change yesterday's schedule! I will call today to see if the Pfaff is still there and if it is, we are planning a trip for Wednesday.

    Here is my Mocha 301. My newest machine that I got from Cathy, Mizkaki. The jury was out on her at first. I took her to Girl's Night Out, and because I am so used to the 1/4" foot and the acrylic extension bed, I just couldn't seem to sew a straight seam with her that night! Of course, it didn't help that the quilt top's blocks that I was trying to put together were all screwed up after I squared the blocks up! Anyway, I brought her home and started using her a a few days ago! I am in LOVE with this machine! I got my 1/4" slant foot and I am now putting the blocks together for the top I thought would not go together right - and they are matching (mostly)!Attachment 315795 I am loving this machine! No wonder Candace collects the 301!

    Nancy

    Nancy, my 301 is also my favorite piecing machine!! I love the ultra straight, narrow stitches. Just great. And the little "tick tick tick" is just the most pleasant and soothing sound!! I actually love her so much I won't buy another one, because it would feel like "cheating"!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Charlee, your machine looks very heavy duty. Bet it will sew any thing you put under the presser foot.
    I haven't used it much Trish, but I do know that it's got a strong motor...and it's a fairly fast stitcher!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Okay!! I'll go back to read his posts since I may have missed something of value that he may have posted. So much to read here that some posts are read quickly and taken note of to comment on, but then another post takes precedence.
    He posts on other pages he hasn't come on this part. Rain has a very nice blog about sewing machine repairs. Very concise information.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Well, P.O. strikes again! I sent a nice little 99 motor to Joe, and they managed to completely destroy it enroute!! UGGGGHHHHH!!! I hate it when that happens!!!

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    Can I join this group?

    I should get my "Girls" out some day and take a 'family' photo. I have the following:

    29-4 (called the "Boot Patcher" - treadle and electric, a cast iron beauty! Sample photos of this model are here: http://tinyurl.com/7h6b6ro )
    66 (a "Red Eye" in a coffin case)
    66-16
    221-1
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    301A
    401A
    15 (hand crank)
    15-91
    99 (two of them - they are so cute - they are my 'twins'!)

    Plus a couple more stored elsewhere that I haven't inventoried yet.

    Shari

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    Mom3 you might as well hang out

    ****************WARNING*************

    some of us are a bit crazy.........

    can we get on the short bus and come to your house to play???
    Last edited by miriam; 02-27-2012 at 12:10 PM.
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    Shari,

    Welcome! Looks like you have a great start in the world of sewing machine collecting. You'll love it here. It's a very friendly and supporting group. (actually very enabling) VBG

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    Can I join this group?

    I should get my "Girls" out some day and take a 'family' photo. I have the following:

    29-4 (called the "Boot Patcher" - treadle and electric, a cast iron beauty! Sample photos of this model are here: http://tinyurl.com/7h6b6ro )
    66 (a "Red Eye" in a coffin case)
    66-16
    221-1
    237
    257
    301A
    401A
    15 (hand crank)
    15-91
    99 (two of them - they are so cute - they are my 'twins'!)

    Plus a couple more stored elsewhere that I haven't inventoried yet.

    Shari

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    Over in the thread about quilting with vintage machines someone posted a photo of there 201K. I noticed right off just how similar my SEWMOR 404 was to that machine externally.

    I wonder if it's at all similar internally? I'll have to peak up under it's bottom and see what all the gizmos look like. Perhaps I should put a 66 and the SEWMOR next to each other and compare them.

    At any rate that SEWMOR is one of the quietest sewing machines we have. I think I'll keep it.

    Joe

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    Hi Shari!! Welcome to Wacky World!! Sounds like you've an excellent start....and a few that are on my wishlist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Mom3 you might as well hang out

    ****************WARNING*************

    some of us are a bit crazy.........

    can we get on the short bus and come to your house to play???
    If only I had the space to have them all out at the same time then that would be great. Plenty of room here to park a bus that's for sure!



    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Shari,

    Welcome! Looks like you have a great start in the world of sewing machine collecting. You'll love it here. It's a very friendly and supporting group. (actually very enabling) VBG

    Cathy
    My enablers are our grand-kids. I have a plan, really I do in collecting vintage Singers: I want to be able to leave a straight stitch and a zig-zag machine to each of our grand-kids when I pass away. Given the number of grand-kids we have I have to 'collect' a few more.

    This summer I plan on teaching a few of the g-kids how to use my Singers, afterall, it doesn't do any good to inherit a machine that you don't know how to operate. Actually, that's how I get my machines: Someone was given one on the passing of a relative and they don't sew and don't know how to use the machine. In a way that situation is very sad...

    BTW I'm not just collecting, I am teaching myself how to repair them also. I probably should not use the term 'repair' with a vintage Singer - they are built like the Rock of Gibraltar - it is more of a clean up, grease & oil thing that I am doing.

    We don't travel a lot but I'm thinking of putting some feelers out in the areas we do go to and see if I can pick up some pin money doing service work on the older Singers. Some of the smaller towns we go to do not have any service techs locally.

    Shari

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    Some day I hope I can dig it out from under the pile.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miz Johnny some day I hope you can take a picture of the Pfaff 31!

    Nancy
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    I am having a lot of trouble posting to the board--it seems to eat my posts. Apologies if this turns up twice. At any rate, Singer's first model 15 was the Improved Family, which I believe was first manufactured in the early to mid 1880's. I'd have to look it up to know for sure. I have one of the early finger-pinchers (bobbin case is a bit touchy), but haven't sewn on it in a while.
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Monica, thanks for the thought about getting the Pfaff for me! I appreciate it.

    You know you are so funny! You make me think! Anyway, I really doubt if that Pfaff has anything to do with Singer's actual class 15 machines. Given that the Pfaff was made in 1912 way before the 15 clones were popping up everywhere, I doubt it is a clone of any type, but who knows? My thoughts on the whole clone thing is that Singer, who had a reputation for putting all the competition out of business with their lawsuits, would never have allowed Pfaff to copy one of their machines. Singer was not nice back then! We all know the reason the 15 clones all came about after WW2 was because we gave the Japanese the design specs to help out their economy after we bombed them. It would actually be funny if Pfaff got by with copying Singer's Model 15, as Singer put so many good companies out of business who even came close to copying any of their patents. I still wonder why, though, the Pfaff resembles a 15, but it certainly wasn't because the Japanese were making 15's in 1912 - they started those 15's much much later. Nice theory though - makes us think!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    I am having a lot of trouble posting to the board--it seems to eat my posts. Apologies if this turns up twice. At any rate, Singer's first model 15 was the Improved Family, which I believe was first manufactured in the early to mid 1880's. I'd have to look it up to know for sure. I have one of the early finger-pinchers (bobbin case is a bit touchy), but haven't sewn on it in a while.
    So, most likely the Germans, with their Pfaff (the one Nancy is interested in), did copy the look of the Singer 15.

    Nancy, do you know the age of that machine that you want? I was wondering if the machine is younger than the treadle. Someone decided to switch machine heads at one time, an updating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    So, most likely the Germans, with their Pfaff (the one Nancy is interested in), did copy the look of the Singer 15.

    Nancy, do you know the age of that machine that you want? I was wondering if the machine is younger than the treadle. Someone decided to switch machine heads at one time, an updating.
    I would like to see the bottom of it and inside... I love looking at how they work.
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