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    I love looking at the old machines too. It brings back such good memories of my Mom. I grew up around the sewing machine pedal of the 206 that is now mine. Can't for the life of me bring it to my home though. It is in the same place at my Dad's home that it has always been, that I can remeber. It's like taking a step back in time.

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    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...47230623RSyEyk

    I have some pictures of a few of my machines in my webshots album. I thought this may be easier for me instead of trying to find pictures . I have others in my shed that I don't have pictures of. I have a 400 and a 503 singer slant. A 201 that needs to be rewired and a few more I have forgotten lol
    The Free is my favorite machine Its the prettiest I think. I am going to turn it into a hand crank if I can

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    So this is not exactly a vintage machine, but I did get it when I bought an old machine. Can anyone tell me what it is?

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    No idea but I can barely see a name on it. Maybe that would help

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    Oh, sorry! The name is Dritz. It also says Made in USA and Patent Pendng. It appears to be made out of aluminum? It's super light. The "arms" on either side swivel back and forth.

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    I have been looking on the web and ebay and can't find anything that looks like it. Maybe someone will know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    As for our own section, see this thread that I started... ;)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-44411-1.htm#1007525

    Regarding attachments, I'll try to get some pictures of how to use them...they can be great fun! :)
    I just PMed the Administrator and asked that this be made into a Virtual section. I love how the turn out has been for the VSMS and looks like the Shop will be moving to the Virtual forum. I am waiting for the details and all but I will keep everyone up to date so we can keep this going!!

    Thank You all for your support, post, and questions!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Wow! I learn something new each time I come here. Thanks for sharing your expertise and knowledge.

    As to a section, I know a section named 'machines' would be easiest. When Admin made the change to the new format, there was discussion of new topics. It was decided at that time to have the virtual sections, so everything under a particular topic could be accessed from the virtual section. This requires some work on the part of a knowledgable person (sorry, I can't volunteer. I do not know how to go about that.) to peruse threads and add the thread to the virtual section. A virtual section allows things like this shop, threads with pics, etc., to all be under the same umbrella. So it will eventually be the same as a section - but it will not have a title in the list of 'main, pictures', etc. It would be listed under the 'all user-defined sections'.

    By the way, I love this shop! Thanks for setting it up.
    Your most welcome!! And thanks for coming by and hanging out with us!!

    But I want to keep this strictly about the vintage machines. There has been such a huge interest in the vintage machines that I thought this might be a good place for us to bounce around information and help each other in keeping these wonderful pieces of history going. I had no idea it would take off like this but I am not complaining!!!

    So that is why I wanted the cut off date to be around 1975 before all of the electronics started to come into play.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Wow! I learn something new each time I come here. Thanks for sharing your expertise and knowledge.

    As to a section, I know a section named 'machines' would be easiest. When Admin made the change to the new format, there was discussion of new topics. It was decided at that time to have the virtual sections, so everything under a particular topic could be accessed from the virtual section. This requires some work on the part of a knowledgable person (sorry, I can't volunteer. I do not know how to go about that.) to peruse threads and add the thread to the virtual section. A virtual section allows things like this shop, threads with pics, etc., to all be under the same umbrella. So it will eventually be the same as a section - but it will not have a title in the list of 'main, pictures', etc. It would be listed under the 'all user-defined sections'.

    By the way, I love this shop! Thanks for setting it up.
    Your most welcome!! And thanks for coming by and hanging out with us!!

    But I want to keep this strictly about the vintage machines. There has been such a huge interest in the vintage machines that I thought this might be a good place for us to bounce around information and help each other in keeping these wonderful pieces of history going. I had no idea it would take off like this but I am not complaining!!!

    So that is why I wanted the cut off date to be around 1975 before all of the electronics started to come into play.

    Billy
    I agree with you on keeping it for just "vintage machines".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjaye44
    I went to a hardware store and got the supplies you suggested to clean my machine. I even found a small table to put in the yard to do the work..it's metal so don't have to worry about the wood rotting. I've managed to get the motor and light assembly off and am ready to go. I taped each screw and part to a piece of cardboard and labeled them so hopefully will be able to get everything back together. I do have a question...when I am cleaning with the kerosene, will it affect the decals on the machine of some should get on them.

    Also, I saw a Brother treadle machine at the thrift shop yesterday. The # was A556547. I did a search for dating Brothers and got nowhere. They were asking $75....the belt was rotten and it was dusty and dirty but not in too bad a shape. Can you date it for me??
    I like how you taped the screws and parts to the cardboard thats a great idea!!! I would try and to keep the kerosene off of the finish the best that I could (we know a little bit will get on there) but try and to wipe it off a soon as you can. Sometimes the shellac or varnish that they used for the clear coat will deteriorate and start crazing (little cracks) or wear off completely. so I would be careful as I could about getting it on the finish but it should not hurt anything.

    It will look kinda cloudy if you get it on the finish after wiping it off but the GoJo will take it off and the polish will hide everything!!

    Billy

    Edit: Opps I forgot about the treadle. :oops:

    I will have to do some research on the Brother but since you have the serial I am going to email my buddy in Australia and see what he has on it and I will get back with you on it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    you know I just like looking at the old machines. they are so elaborate. Another thing you can do is every so often feature one of your machines. give a brief history of how you got it.
    plus you .can have a contest to name her.

    mine is known as uncle eddie, because he gave it to me whenhe passed. Now i feel bad that I left it in the cellar. but am going to display it thanx
    Not a bad idea, that might be something fun to do!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama2josh
    So this is not exactly a vintage machine, but I did get it when I bought an old machine. Can anyone tell me what it is?

    Thanks,
    Tara
    Tara you are the proud owner of a Thingamabob!!!! :mrgreen:

    I have not the foggiest idea what that rascal is but it looks lit it hurts it you hit someone with it!

    Hopefully some of our buddies around the shop will know something about it!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    I love looking at the old machines too. It brings back such good memories of my Mom. I grew up around the sewing machine pedal of the 206 that is now mine. Can't for the life of me bring it to my home though. It is in the same place at my Dad's home that it has always been, that I can remeber. It's like taking a step back in time.
    I know what you mean, but for me its a way of life. I love how you can use the machines and it feels like time stopped and you are in a whole nother place in time.

    Billy

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    I love it here ! ! ! !

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    Does anyone know about Universal sewing machines? I just came home from a garage sale where the lady gave me the machine that was her mothers'. It was in the basement. I plugged it in, the light worked but the needle wouldn't move except with the hand crank. Suddenly there was a little puff of smoke and we could see a little spark in the engine compartment. I stopped after that. She said to just take it. It has a whole box of attachments and the original book. It's quite heavy so it's not something I could travel with but it has beautiful gold decals and not a scratch on it. Not sure what I'm going to do with it but maybe I'll just look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkistmi
    Does anyone know about Universal sewing machines? I just came home from a garage sale where the lady gave me the machine that was her mothers'. It was in the basement. I plugged it in, the light worked but the needle wouldn't move except with the hand crank. Suddenly there was a little puff of smoke and we could see a little spark in the engine compartment. I stopped after that. She said to just take it. It has a whole box of attachments and the original book. It's quite heavy so it's not something I could travel with but it has beautiful gold decals and not a scratch on it. Not sure what I'm going to do with it but maybe I'll just look at it.
    Wendy B
    I just so happen to own one if you could post a few photos of it that would be wonderful and hopefully we can get you back on the road!!

    Billy

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    Okay folks it is official!!!

    We are a Virtual Section now so if you want to to bookmark this to your home page just go to "User Defined Sections" and click on it, then scroll down to the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop and subscribe.

    Then every time you hop on you will see it on the home page like the other sections. This way we can keep up with this thread and will not have to look for it on the main forum.

    It will just make it easier for all of us!!!

    Billy

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    I'm not sure if this is the right thread or not, but I see you guys are so knowledgeable about machines. On our local Kijiji there are always lots of "sewing machines", some vintage, some not, what kind of price would be a good one, I feel I'm loosing out on alot not knowing if they're good deals or not. There is one, it's not vintage, but it's a Kenmore Selling Kenmore 16 stitch Sewing machine & sewing table , button hole attachment, 3 drawers full of accessories,& material, Reason for selling I'm moving...the cabinet looks like it's in awesome shape, she's asking 175.00 for the cabinet and machine, whatcha think???
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    Singer Featherweight Plus Sewing Machine. In mint condition. Many stitches to choose from. Sews stretch material beautifully. Has a freearm to make alterations and mending easily.
    The classic Featherweight Singer is smaller but does everything the bigger machines do. Only it is easy to lift and transport.

    Here's another one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay folks it is official!!!

    We are a Virtual Section now so if you want to to bookmark this to your home page just go to "User Defined Sections" and click on it, then scroll down to the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop and subscribe.

    Then every time you hop on you will see it on the home page like the other sections. This way we can keep up with this thread and will not have to look for it on the main forum.

    It will just make it easier for all of us!!!

    Billy
    OK, I found the coffee shop. It was little scary moving but now I see it is just the same as before but I can access it without emails to my own account. Whew!

    Billy: will you be putting a tute together with photos on how to go about cleaning a machine? Also, if I take each new vintage acquisition into my local dealer to have it cleaned and serviced, it makes it pretty pricey. Are you saying that with a little guidance we each can do this at home? :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: I hope that is what you are saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme

    OK, I found the coffee shop. It was little scary moving but now I see it is just the same as before but I can access it without emails to my own account. Whew!

    Billy: will you be putting a tute together with photos on how to go about cleaning a machine? Also, if I take each new vintage acquisition into my local dealer to have it cleaned and serviced, it makes it pretty pricey. Are you saying that with a little guidance we each can do this at home? :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: I hope that is what you are saying.
    Yes that is one of the goals here, I want everyone to be able to do their own servicing on their vintage machines!

    I will do a tute for everyone and hopefully be able to cover the basics. The principles are the same and no matter how mechanically inept you are this can be done by anyone. There is no reason to be scared of the service work on these machines.

    The way I see it if I can do it I know you guys can!!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Tails
    I'm not sure if this is the right thread or not, but I see you guys are so knowledgeable about machines. On our local Kijiji there are always lots of "sewing machines", some vintage, some not, what kind of price would be a good one, I feel I'm loosing out on alot not knowing if they're good deals or not. There is one, it's not vintage, but it's a Kenmore Selling Kenmore 16 stitch Sewing machine & sewing table , button hole attachment, 3 drawers full of accessories,& material, Reason for selling I'm moving...the cabinet looks like it's in awesome shape, she's asking 175.00 for the cabinet and machine, whatcha think???
    Well this is really for the vintage machines (1850's to early 1970's) but maybe we can help you here.

    Depending on the type of machine your after the price kinda differs. Treadles are usually a tad bit more (I think because to the seller old=$$$) but anything $100 and under is always good depending on the rarity. Any Japanese 15 is a good investment and they are a cheap to get into. I paid $20 for my Universal 15 in a mint Maple cabinet. FW's go for around $250 or so, but it is hard to give a value on something like this because of your location.

    Some machines my be very plentiful and therefore not expensive but where I live they could be super hard to come by and the price is through the roof.

    Pay what you feel is a good price and your happy with.

    Billy

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    how do we make a post in the virtual section? Dh brought me home an old New Home machine today and I need to know what needles I can use in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    how do we make a post in the virtual section? Dh brought me home an old New Home machine today and I need to know what needles I can use in it.
    You can post on this thread that your on right now. But when you want to show it off lets say in the photos section on the bottom of the thread after you post you can click on "include this thread" under the "reply" and "quote reply" buttons. Then click on the VSMS (Vintage Sewing Machine Shop) topic and its there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    how do we make a post in the virtual section? Dh brought me home an old New Home machine today and I need to know what needles I can use in it.
    You just did Ginnie...and you gotta know that we want photos!! ;)

    Is the New Home a treadle?

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