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    I wish we had longer "nice" seasons here. An outdoor sewing room sounds very relaxing. Even a room with lots of windows just for sewing would be great. I have my stash in the hallway, machines in the living room, cutting mat in the dining room, and I lay blocks out in the bedroom. The kitchen and bathroom are about the only rooms that don't get to be part of my projects...well, unless I'm dying fabric.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Billy, I had a question back a couple of months about my 301A. Bobbin problem. Someone came back and had pictures that showed how the bobbin case should go in. The picture showed the pointy thing inbetween this other thing like a U shape. Mine is not like that how do I get mine in that area????? Please help me as I would love to use the machine. Thank you and I do believe you responded to the question on my first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpee View Post
    Billy, I had a question back a couple of months about my 301A. Bobbin problem. Someone came back and had pictures that showed how the bobbin case should go in. The picture showed the pointy thing inbetween this other thing like a U shape. Mine is not like that how do I get mine in that area????? Please help me as I would love to use the machine. Thank you and I do believe you responded to the question on my first time.
    just take up the throat place, reposition the pointy thing and tighten up the throat plate - Billy hasn't been around in a while.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    The kitchen and bathroom are about the only rooms that don't get to be part of my projects...well, unless I'm dying fabric.
    I LOVE to dye fabric - it is so much fun. I've done batik on silk with silk dyes, tie dye, Rit dye, mixed Rit dye and natural dye - I think I like natural dye best - it is so unpredictable!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I LOVE to dye fabric - it is so much fun. I've done batik on silk with silk dyes, tie dye, Rit dye, mixed Rit dye and natural dye - I think I like natural dye best - it is so unpredictable!
    Wow! Batik sounds interesting. I've pretty much stuck with different muslins stuffed into various sized jars and containers for low-water dyeing, that or folded or tied. I have some procion powdered dyes to play with, or I'll pick up some Dylon at Hobby Lobby. I've done some tea dyeing, but not much.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I am not an outdoor person but DH built my sewing room across a driveway he uses to drive into the woods. I love going over there and sew to my hearts content. I don't even turn on a radio just the hum of the treadle or an elec. machine. In the winter I fire up the wood stove and usually by afternoon I have to open a window. DH joins me every once in a while and we have lunch I'v cooked on the stove. Then he is gone again. I come back to the house around 4 and tell him "I'm home". It's been so nice. I have several machines to choose from FW's, 301"s, Davis VF, 319,Franklin treadle and my 66 treadle.
    Trish that sounds wonderful, but my DH would not like it if I was 'gone' all day like that - most of the time anyway! I bet you get a lot done with no regular household duties waiting or distracting you. My cargo unit is pretty close to the garage where DH spends a lot of time on wood projects so we still feel we are sorta together - at least in the same vicinity! The best part of being out of the house is I don't get side tracked with a cleaning project! Your situation would even be better for being more productive!

    Nancy

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    I wish I knew whether this is the 301 table or the 221 table? It looks like the 221. I'd sure buy it if it were the 301 table - I already have the 221 table!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/2928488264.html

    Nancy

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    If it is a 221 table and I lived close, I'd like to get it. I'd love one for my little machines. But it's too far from Indiana.
    Janis

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    That's a table for a 301, the 221 table has a metal "cage" under the table to hold the machine.
    Here's a picture of my 221 table, you can see some of the "cage" that holds the machine.

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719dEyaLR
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    Thanks purplefiend for showing the 221 table. I hope to find one some day. I'd either like that or the cabinet that the 221 goes in. Fat chance of my finding either one here.

    Janis

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    Nancy, here's a link to the table. http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...umber-314.html As you can see it's for a long bed 301. Since you have a short bed I'd recommend you keep you eye out for the table I have. It would suit you better as it fits both short bed 301'a and 401's/501's......and I know you own both! http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...0-500-301.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I wish I knew whether this is the 301 table or the 221 table? It looks like the 221. I'd sure buy it if it were the 301 table - I already have the 221 table!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/2928488264.html

    Nancy
    Isn't that in Arizona? Where is there a Tempe area in Sacramento?

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    This is from yesterday's ISMACS digest. The pdf is interesting, no pictures but some good machine information. This was posted by David from Kent, England.

    I was doing a search for a Singer 96KSV7 and stumbled across the following
    catalogue, section 1 of which is sewing machines, and not just those in
    the West Dunbartonshire collection:

    http://www.stickssn.org/site/media/E...ster%20Catalog
    ue%20for%20Scotland.pdf

    If anyone has any views on how complete this is, for example, I'd be
    interested.

    I have already noticed in the 'maker not recorded' a 31-2 and 31k15 -
    probably Singer. The K31-4 is probably the Singer 31K4 which John
    Langdon(?) has photographed. This was used for decorative stitching on the
    end of corset bones, the needle stopping at the end of each stitch so the
    fabric could be moved by hand. House built the mechanism for this into the
    treadle base, but I am not sure about Singer's: I'd love to crank her over
    and see.

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I (we) want a bigger (much) house with a full length or width screened off porch so I can sit outside and cogitate on the world or sew or drink iced tea or rock in the rocking chair I don't own.

    Nancy's comments about treadling out doors in the storage shed sounds peaceful and relaxing.

    Joe
    Just the reason I put a hand crank on my 99 so I can take it camping when we start going this year!! I can't wait to be sitting up in the redwoods sewing away hearing only the nice little tick tick of the machine and all the birds and the wind in the trees!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I am not an outdoor person but DH built my sewing room across a driveway he uses to drive into the woods. I love going over there and sew to my hearts content. I don't even turn on a radio just the hum of the treadle or an elec. machine. In the winter I fire up the wood stove and usually by afternoon I have to open a window. DH joins me every once in a while and we have lunch I'v cooked on the stove. Then he is gone again. I come back to the house around 4 and tell him "I'm home". It's been so nice. I have several machines to choose from FW's, 301"s, Davis VF, 319,Franklin treadle and my 66 treadle.
    Now THIS sounds like my idea of a perfect setup....You are a lucky lady!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Just the reason I put a hand crank on my 99 so I can take it camping when we start going this year!! I can't wait to be sitting up in the redwoods sewing away hearing only the nice little tick tick of the machine and all the birds and the wind in the trees!!
    I too have my HC for that same reason. Plus, I want to sit out in backyard on nice days piecing away while watching my dog chase the "killer" squirrels that try to enter the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    This is from yesterday's ISMACS digest. The pdf is interesting, no pictures but some good machine information. This was posted by David from Kent, England.

    I was doing a search for a Singer 96KSV7 and stumbled across the following
    catalogue, section 1 of which is sewing machines, and not just those in
    the West Dunbartonshire collection:

    http://www.stickssn.org/site/media/E...ster%20Catalog
    ue%20for%20Scotland.pdf

    If anyone has any views on how complete this is, for example, I'd be
    interested.

    I have already noticed in the 'maker not recorded' a 31-2 and 31k15 -
    probably Singer. The K31-4 is probably the Singer 31K4 which John
    Langdon(?) has photographed. This was used for decorative stitching on the
    end of corset bones, the needle stopping at the end of each stitch so the
    fabric could be moved by hand. House built the mechanism for this into the
    treadle base, but I am not sure about Singer's: I'd love to crank her over
    and see.

    Chris
    I can't get the link to work, even after copy and pasting.

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    Nancy,
    Original 221 tables all have a rounded black skirt around the edge.
    The 301/401 tables have a tan skirt that slopes. Easy to spot the differences
    once you know them. The long bed table's cut out is a rectangle and the short has a bump-out on the right.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I wish I knew whether this is the 301 table or the 221 table? It looks like the 221. I'd sure buy it if it were the 301 table - I already have the 221 table!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/2928488264.html

    Nancy
    Last edited by Mizkaki; 03-29-2012 at 10:15 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Isn't that in Arizona? Where is there a Tempe area in Sacramento?
    Candace, Sharon, and Cathy thank you for answering my question. I have the 221 table, but it is put up so I couldn't compare the two. I do have the short bed 301, and a 401a, and 503a, so it would be nice to get a table that would work with all of them!

    Monica, I just figured the Tempe was short for Temperance Creek, which is not far from me! But, after seeing your e-mail I looked up the area code too - that is Arizona!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post

    Monica, I just figured the Tempe was short for Temperance Creek, which is not far from me! But, after seeing your e-mail I looked up the area code too - that is Arizona!

    Nancy
    Never heard of a Tempe or Temperance Creek, and it was the area code that was my clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I can't get the link to work, even after copy and pasting.
    http://tinyurl.com/bl82etl

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Just the reason I put a hand crank on my 99 so I can take it camping when we start going this year!! I can't wait to be sitting up in the redwoods sewing away hearing only the nice little tick tick of the machine and all the birds and the wind in the trees!!
    I have a 99K that's a work in progress. It will be a hand cranker when finished. Someday. I'm not sure I'd take it camping though. I've got other things I like to do when I'm out and away from civilization.

    Joe

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    I take my 28K camping with us...that or my FW... I've said before that I'm not big on the great outdoors, so it suits me fine to stay at the camper and sew!
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    I got excited over a box of cams at SA today and bought a Montgomery Ward J1561 machine - probably from the late 70s. It doesn't have a bobbin case, but the second one I tried from other machines fits. I plugged in the machine and it won't sew. It has a switch for 'electronic' or 'normal'. Can I take the bottom off and take this machine apart myself or am I in over my head? It's a heavy well made machine - made in Japan by Juki - so far that's all I know. Name:  MW from SA.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I take my 28K camping with us...that or my FW... I've said before that I'm not big on the great outdoors, so it suits me fine to stay at the camper and sew!
    Charlee, that I could do!

    Nancy

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