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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Thanks Miriam we just missed the bullet. About five miles north of us got it(my son's high school) got some damage. We are very lucky today.
    Glenn, it has been hard watching my little Chihuahua go through so much, but thinking about all those people hit by those tornados, puts things in perspective! You be safe! I have a friend I can't get a hold of who lives in Huntsville, Alabama. Be safe all of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Miriam,

    I just was ready to post that link when your edited post came up. Jenny does a great job of explaining things.
    And there is no need to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Thanks.

    Cathy
    I love it when someone explains it better than I can. She has a good website. I am looking for needle guards - affordable and I don't need 100 of them.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Glenn, it has been hard watching my little Chihuahua go through so much, but thinking about all those people hit by those tornados, puts things in perspective! You be safe! I have a friend I can't get a hold of who lives in Huntsville, Alabama. Be safe all of you!

    Nancy
    Little Mowgli is so cute and so sad to see in his collar. He looks looks like a fighter so he will be fine. Nancy if you want to give me your friends name I will try to get in touch with them for you. I hope they did not live in the area that got hit. Thank you for thinking of us. It was a little rough out here for awhile but we are fine.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    good grief - how did I post that a dozen times - this computer has gone flaky.
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    Celeste,

    If you doubled the first 6 then this makes sense.

    Make the number L 672586 and that comes out to this:
    Mdl 27, Quantity allotted: 50500, Date Allotted 2-2-1901.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 317109Miriam since I am laid up watching Mowgli, your stories have kept me entertained! You should write a book!To those asking, Mowgli is doing ok. We didn't get any sleep last night. He is in a lot of pain and can't figure out why that hood is on his head and why he can't seem to get up - but, he is a trooper. He is doing a little better today, he can get up on 3 legs, but all the pain medicine has made him sick so I am giving him yogert with a syringe. He will be much better in a few days!Nancy
    My computer has gone weird - I thought I posted on this one. I hope your little dog gets to feeling better - he looks like he has had enough excitement for a while.
    I like short stories - books are too much ADD kicks in and nothing gets done.
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    Miriam you short stories about you family are a great read. Family history is more interesting than any novel of fiction and much more entertaining.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Miriam, I agree with Nancy and Glenn. Love reading your stories.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    I should do one on kids and funerals.........
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Yes you should!!

    Hey...found a blog about fixing/patching veneer....Glenn, what do you think?

    http://nurseknits.blogspot.com/2011/...after-ish.html
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    Celeste,

    Look at that number again. You probably did add a digit to it. When I took your serial number and looked it up the using the lertter and the first 6 digits I get a model 27 with a date of 2-2-1901.
    Your picture is of a model 27.

    Cathy

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
    I just checked the Ismacs' Singer charts and wonder if I copied the number down incorrectly. I have L6672586 and it doesn't go up that high, (only to the 1 million). I'll have to go back to double check, but I'm wondering if I'm just reading the chart incorrectly? It's my parents and my Dad is interested in the model and "birth year." It's in their basement storage area. I took pictures, but it's with my sister's IPOD and they didn't turn out too good. It has the Sphinx on it.

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    Charlee,

    Nurseknits (Laura) is awesome, not afraid to tackle anything. She has no formal sewing machine repair training, but is a natural born mechanic and is really good on wood repair.
    I'm trying to get her on this board.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Yes you should!!

    Hey...found a blog about fixing/patching veneer....Glenn, what do you think?

    http://nurseknits.blogspot.com/2011/...after-ish.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Yes you should!! Hey...found a blog about fixing/patching veneer....Glenn, what do you think?http://nurseknits.blogspot.com/2011/...after-ish.html
    This is exactly what I do except I don't use the hide glue in a bottle as stated in this article. I use hide glue I melt in a glue pot.
    Last edited by Glenn; 03-03-2012 at 07:18 PM.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've seen the 90 year old sewing machine repair man stumped a time or two but he usually pulls a trick out of the hat somewhere. It all takes time - clean up, repairs, the dates, machine models and so on - just so much to learn - I love learning it - I have the rest of my life to learn it! I think the cool thing is the internet - now you can look it all up on google - used to be trial and error - LOTS of errors and very little info. I'm learning more where to look than anything. AND there are a few old sewing machine repair men out there willing to share what they know so that it doesn't just die with them. I wish they all would share what they know.
    AMEN! I also wish for that.

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    Listen to Nurseknits she knows what she is doing. The titebond hide glue is just fine for those of you who do not want to try melting stinky hide glue. It is really fowl smelling stuff. When she says weight it down with wax paper to keep from sticking she means heavy. I put wax paper then a very flat board and then stack with several bricks.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 317109Miriam since I am laid up watching Mowgli, your stories have kept me entertained! You should write a book!To those asking, Mowgli is doing ok. We didn't get any sleep last night. He is in a lot of pain and can't figure out why that hood is on his head and why he can't seem to get up - but, he is a trooper. He is doing a little better today, he can get up on 3 legs, but all the pain medicine has made him sick so I am giving him yogert with a syringe. He will be much better in a few days!Nancy
    Aaww poor puppy. Nancy you will make an excellent nurse. Prayers are for a quick recovery.

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    Would a Singer 301 be worth $175. A lady is getting rid of some of her stuff. It is dirty but the wheel seems to turn smoothly and the needle part seems to work well? I have heard that they are pretty good machines and am now getting where I want to invest in one. I really don't want a new one. Is there anything I should look out for? I thought I had a machine before, but it didn't pan out and I don't know much about them so I would appreciate knowing if there are pitfalls. I hope I am posting this in the right place. Thanks. Weather here is awful and I don't want to be online too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I should do one on kids and funerals.........
    I added one on kids and funerals.
    Thanks for all the kind words.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyK View Post
    Would a Singer 301 be worth $175. A lady is getting rid of some of her stuff. It is dirty but the wheel seems to turn smoothly and the needle part seems to work well? I have heard that they are pretty good machines and am now getting where I want to invest in one. I really don't want a new one. Is there anything I should look out for? I thought I had a machine before, but it didn't pan out and I don't know much about them so I would appreciate knowing if there are pitfalls. I hope I am posting this in the right place. Thanks. Weather here is awful and I don't want to be online too much.
    How much the machines are worth depends on how hard it is to find one where you live.
    I wouldn't pay that for one in sad condition - I have sold some in top condition though.
    You can try offering her how much you feel you can pay since it is not in top condition.
    They are a good machine a lot of people love them.

    The 403, 503, are good dependable zig zag machines - Here is a link on the difference between them and the 401 or 500 which usually cost more: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t160607.html
    Singer 99 or Spartan or 404 are my fav little vintage straight sew machines as well.
    I really like my old 15 clone sewing machine. Here is a link to more info on those: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html
    If you read through you will find plenty of info - these machines are frequently pretty inexpensive. Some times free. Some times they freeze up. Expect to pay more for one that turns, sounds good, and looks good. These are a simple machine - parts are available - manuals exist and they are nice to sew with.
    Here is a link to a 15 clone I cleaned up: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...r-t169127.html
    There are some real nice treadles out there inexpensive if you want to work on one - some 66s have back tack
    Muv has some real good videos on the sticky for how to clean up a machine.
    She does not have you taking apart a machine completely all at once.
    There are some machines with long bobbins, some drop in and some have a bobbin case and go vertical.
    Dig around on here - it could take a week or two to read all the posts on here but it might
    give you plenty of information. J. Miller seems to have learned a lot in 3 months he's been reading on here about machines.
    IMHO The new plastic machines aren't as reliable as the old ones.
    It is nice when you find a metal machine that turns smooth, sounds good, makes a good stitch and looks fab.
    Make sure the machine has a bobbin case if it is the type that uses one, a foot or knee control, tension all there and in place. Back tack all there. Bobbin winder work?
    If the machine doesn't move, look for dried on oil or rust - offer less money when you see that - sometimes those will be free.
    Finally, if you have any questions feel very free to ask. There aren't ANY dumb questions. You might even stump some of us - probably not all of us.... I can usually tell you where to look for information. So much is out there and so well written, I don't try to reinvent.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/how-t...sewing-machine
    a link for how to buy a vintage sewing machine. Better written than anything I could do.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I paid almost that much for my first one, because I REALLY thought I had to have one! I was wrong. I never use them. They're nice machines, though, and I think a far better deal than a 201. I have two tan long beds I still need to sell, and a black short bed that's running sluggishly, but I'd like to keep it. I think $175 is a bit much for a dirty machine.
    Quote Originally Posted by MistyK View Post
    Would a Singer 301 be worth $175. A lady is getting rid of some of her stuff. It is dirty but the wheel seems to turn smoothly and the needle part seems to work well? I have heard that they are pretty good machines and am now getting where I want to invest in one. I really don't want a new one. Is there anything I should look out for? I thought I had a machine before, but it didn't pan out and I don't know much about them so I would appreciate knowing if there are pitfalls. I hope I am posting this in the right place. Thanks. Weather here is awful and I don't want to be online too much.
    Miz Johnny

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/how-t...sewing-machine
    a link for how to buy a vintage sewing machine. Better written than anything I could do.
    Miriam what a great link! Did you notice the first machine he had pictured is a Pfaff 30? Thank you for the link, fun and easy reading! I love the comments about the straight stitch only vintage machines! His explanation about the single hole bobbin plate makes perfect sense - given that some 'modern' machines have a single hole slide plate and a zig zag plate. The machines with the zig zag plate only tend to eat your fabric!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Little Mowgli is so cute and so sad to see in his collar. He looks looks like a fighter so he will be fine. Nancy if you want to give me your friends name I will try to get in touch with them for you. I hope they did not live in the area that got hit. Thank you for thinking of us. It was a little rough out here for awhile but we are fine.
    Glenn, I may take you up on that, but for now I have other friends lookings for my friends in Alabama. I am worried. Thank you!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyK View Post
    Would a Singer 301 be worth $175. A lady is getting rid of some of her stuff. It is dirty but the wheel seems to turn smoothly and the needle part seems to work well? I have heard that they are pretty good machines and am now getting where I want to invest in one. I really don't want a new one. Is there anything I should look out for? I thought I had a machine before, but it didn't pan out and I don't know much about them so I would appreciate knowing if there are pitfalls. I hope I am posting this in the right place. Thanks. Weather here is awful and I don't want to be online too much.
    Misty, you posted in the right place. There are several people on this board who own and love the 301 - me included, but I don't think anyone paid that much for their machines. People can ask anything they want, but the machines usually don't sell. I see them listed on our Craigslist sometimes for outrages prices, but again they don't sell. I have bought machines off of Craigslist after watching for a few weeks for 1/2 of what the original asking price was and even less than 1/2. If you really want a 301, make an offer! I love my 301 by the way, but like Miriam said there are lot of really nice vintage machines out there - sometimes you can get one for practically nothing or free! Have you tried Thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, flea markets? I would not pay $175 for the machine, especially a dirty machine - offer less!Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam what a great link! Did you notice the first machine he had pictured is a Pfaff 30? Thank you for the link, fun and easy reading! I love the comments about the straight stitch only vintage machines! His explanation about the single hole bobbin plate makes perfect sense - given that some 'modern' machines have a single hole slide plate and a zig zag plate. The machines with the zig zag plate only tend to eat your fabric!

    Nancy
    I also had to chuckle when I read the part about cams or no cams! I love using cams, but I guess not everyone would! I also liked the part about the Kenmore 158 machines! Everyone has their favorites! I love using my Rocketeer with cams and my 319w with cams! We could all write something similar with - I am sure - a different favorite machine! For Monica and me the Two Spools would be right up there - that is still the best piecing machine ever!

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