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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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
    Nancy my room is only about 75 feet from the house and his shop is about another 50 feet. Also have a chicken coop not too far and I can hear the rooster crow and the hens cackle. Or brag about laying an egg. So we are not too far apart during the day. I try to get what housework done in the mornings and sew in the afternoon now that I don't need a fire in the stove.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Thank you!!!!

    OMG! This is 293 some pages of stuff. Eeks, the mind can't process this today. This lovely works is going into a deep file. I need to quilt.
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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.
    Ok Sweetpee, I was hoping Cathy or Candace would answer this, but it must have missed them. Miriam is right.

    You need to remove the throat plate and put it back making sure that the position finger is in the notch of the position plate under the machine. Here is a copy of a 301 manual. Print out pages 12 through 15 - or better yet print out the whole manual! There are graphics that show you how the position finger needs to be, along with graphics of how the bobbin should be inserted and which way it needs to turn when inserted correctly.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf

    Good luck, let us know if you get your 301 up and running as I am sure either Candace or Cathy could help you more than I can!

    Oh and by the way, the needle has to be inserted correctly too with the flat side to the left! It then threads right to left!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Nancy my room is only about 75 feet from the house and his shop is about another 50 feet. Also have a chicken coop not too far and I can hear the rooster crow and the hens cackle. Or brag about laying an egg. So we are not too far apart during the day. I try to get what housework done in the mornings and sew in the afternoon now that I don't need a fire in the stove.
    Trish, I agree it does sound like a heavenly set up! I have a SIL who just had to have her 'own' craft shop so her hubby built her one in the back yard. She is a scrapbooker and wanted this shop so bad. Well, she never goes out there - it is either too cold - too hot - too many bugs - too far away from the house, etc.. I am glad you use yours, it sounds perfect!

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    Wow, a building just for sewing/crafting! I'd be in heaven. I am lucky enough to have nearly the entire upstairs. Now, if I could just get it arranged the way I want it. I keep moving things around, some day I'll get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    Wow, a building just for sewing/crafting! I'd be in heaven. I am lucky enough to have nearly the entire upstairs. Now, if I could just get it arranged the way I want it. I keep moving things around, some day I'll get it done.
    The entire upstairs all for yourself sounds wonderful! Lucky you!!!

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    I am finally playing with 1 of 3 Necchi's. It is running but was wondering if anyone on here had a Necchi Nova BU? She runs fine and quiet but am wondering if I'm seeing/finding all the oil ports which are not like Singer oil holes. This vintage lady runs smoothly and quietly and she is destined to be a gift to a friend who doesn't have a machne but needs one.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I am finally playing with 1 of 3 Necchi's. It is running but was wondering if anyone on here had a Necchi Nova BU? She runs fine and quiet but am wondering if I'm seeing/finding all the oil ports which are not like Singer oil holes. This vintage lady runs smoothly and quietly and she is destined to be a gift to a friend who doesn't have a machne but needs one.
    I have you tried the Necchi yahoo group for the manual? I own a Necchi Supernova;so, I can't be of help for you on the BU.

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    I once had a 50 X 30 pole barn for sewing my tents. DH had one end. I hated it. If I ever did it again I would have only one set of keys. MINE. And God forbid anybody to die and leave us the contents of their house.... At one point I had 30 some bicycles in parts in the trusses. Finally found somebody to take them for the parts - my brother had been a bike racer and he would buy a bike and rob the parts for the one he wrecked. Don't ask. We had camping gear. We had antique furniture from when someone else passed away. Then my DS moved in one end with some metal cutting gear. My area kept getting smaller and smaller and dirtier and dirtier. I became very allergic to the barn - we finally figured it was outgassing from the insulation - I was also reacting to the treatment on the canvas. Then we ended up moving to the city. Try cramming the contents of a 30X50 pole barn into a house..........
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam, sounds like what everybody tells me about my sewing room, that I try to stuff 5 pounds of s--t in a 3 pound bag. I'm guessing they think that is a bad thing, lol.........but I love all my sewing stuff.......

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    Buslady, keep at it until you get the sewing area the way you want it. The whole upstairs really sounds good to me. Enjoy!
    Miriam, I am with you on the pole barn. If we had one it would be filled to the top with sewing machines. It's about time for auctions and yard sales to start and DH is already looking to see what machines are being offered. He has no problem with machines following us home I usually have to tell him to hold off on some of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    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. Attachment 323662
    Irish that is a nice looking machine, but I can't help you! I don't own a MW's machine! If it were mine, though, I'd try a few things before taking it in to a shop - depends on how much you paid for it and how badly you want it to work! Maybe, Cathy can help you as she works on all kinds of machines!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    Wow, a building just for sewing/crafting! I'd be in heaven. I am lucky enough to have nearly the entire upstairs. Now, if I could just get it arranged the way I want it. I keep moving things around, some day I'll get it done.
    Buslady, that would be my dream arrangement - to have a house with an upstairs 'loft' and it would be all mine! The only problem with that is that my DH has a bad back and it is hard enough getting those heavy machine in the house - much less up stairs! But, how wonderful it would be once they were all up there!

    Nancy

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    Skip, for the first time I went to the photo shop and was able to actually download the 'whole' photo of your before and after of the W&W #8. WOW! Did you write the name in gold paint? Did you re-paint the bed or just touch it up? WOW again, I know you are probably not home from camping, but that machine is just wonderful. I can't believe the difference in the before and after. I think you should be a machine 'refinisher' on top of being a 'cabinet' man! I was blown away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Skip, for the first time I went to the photo shop and was able to actually download the 'whole' photo of your before and after of the W&W #8. WOW! Did you write the name in gold paint? Did you re-paint the bed or just touch it up? WOW again, I know you are probably not home from camping, but that machine is just wonderful. I can't believe the difference in the before and after. I think you should be a machine 'refinisher' on top of being a 'cabinet' man! I was blown away!

    Nancy
    Didn't he do a fantastic job? He needs to hurry up and have a WONDERFUL time fishing so he can come back and write the tutorial for us so we can finish our machines too!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Didn't he do a fantastic job? He needs to hurry up and have a WONDERFUL time fishing so he can come back and write the tutorial for us so we can finish our machines too!!
    If I had known he was going fishing I would have offered to go along to clean the fish. That might have hurried him up. Perhaps we can do a collective mental shout out to him, "alright already, that is way to many fish, it is TIME to come home".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    If I had known he was going fishing I would have offered to go along to clean the fish. That might have hurried him up. Perhaps we can do a collective mental shout out to him, "alright already, that is way to many fish, it is TIME to come home".
    I threatened to pray for rain...but then decided that would be mighty selfish of me.
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    [QUOTE=Crossstitcher;5101671]Buslady, keep at it until you get the sewing area the way you want it. The whole upstairs really sounds good to me. Enjoy!

    it is nice. I have a friend that comes over and we have a ball. DH has been very helpful, but I need my kids to come over and move some machines around. I want a couple of treadles set up so I can use them. The two bedrooms I am using are small, and still have "leftovers" in there. I am slowly going through everything and making room for the sewing stuff, while not turning the third bedroom into a storage room. LOL I've been giving hoards of stuff to the kids. I had totes and totes and totes full of decorations, especially Christmas. Kids each went home with a truck load. And I still have some for me (and prob 2 other houses) left. The hallway betweent he two rooms has my design wall hanging there, and quilt rack at the landing at top of steps. Last winter DH had knee replacement and we moved our bed down to the dining room. We like it there, and we both have trouble with the steps, so we left it down there. We don't get much company and the house is too small for family get togethers now that we have 'multiplied'; so we do all that at one of the kids. I have machines all over the house and in the garage. So, I want the two spools, the Davis VF, and the Free in a circle so I can use them all. I teach sewing to friends and pretty much anyone that wants to learn. Latelly, they all learn on my vintage ladies, they don't have to carry a machine when they come. I've had as many as four at one time. Crowded, but fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I have you tried the Necchi yahoo group for the manual? I own a Necchi Supernova;so, I can't be of help for you on the BU.
    I actually belong to the Vintage Necchi group and hopefully signed up to join the Sewing Circle last night so I can access the files. What size bobbin does your Supernova take? I asked yesterday if Singer 15 bobbins will work because they look to be about the same size but haven't heard back from anyone yet. Thanks for your suggestion.
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    [QUOTE=buslady;5102110]
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I have machines all over the house and in the garage. So, I want the two spools, the Davis VF, and the Free in a circle so I can use them all. I teach sewing to friends and pretty much anyone that wants to learn. Latelly, they all learn on my vintage ladies, they don't have to carry a machine when they come. I've had as many as four at one time. Crowded, but fun.
    Those are very nice machines, Two Spools, Davis VF, and Free, to have for teaching since each is different in design.
    A little bit of history, art, mechanics, and sewing all in one class, now that's cool!
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    I agree with Vintage. It is neat to use the different machines. I love useing each one of my special ladies but we have sew many it would take me a month to use each one if I used it one day. As I said before DH loves collecting machines and getting them to work and he enjoys watching me sewing on them when he gets them running. I have one of the older Davis's with the odd tension on top want to get to that one soon because I enjoy the one set up in the sewing room now. I wish you all could come and sew with me. Most of my friends have the newest machines and think I am crazy to use my ladies.
    Last edited by Crossstitcher; 03-30-2012 at 07:57 AM.
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    Irishrose,

    From the picture it looks like you should be able take it apart.
    The machine controls aren't electronic. The electronic part is most likely just the motor/ foot control. Is the wire going into the foot control double or a triple strand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    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.
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    Irishrose,

    You said the machine won't sew, but I forgot to ask you if the light comes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    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. Attachment 323662
    It sounds like you solved the problem with the bobbin.

    Does it not work because it is an electrical problem or a mechanical problem? Can you turn it by hand? If you thread it, does it make a stitch when you turn it by hand? Does the light switch work? I don't know how taking it apart will fix it if it is an electrical problem. If it is mechanical you will need to oil the moving parts like you would a vintage - just be very careful if you have plastic parts. It could also be a broken plastic part somewhere jamming the whole works.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I just got two Japanese deluxe machines - both have frozen up knobs and back stitch button. Any ideas how to get the knobs working?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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