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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Jean, I like the 185s, but I don't have one...yet! Haha!!This weekend I sold my big aquarium and it opened up one whole end of my living room. DH keeps saying "she sold it because it was taking up valuable sewing machine space". I told him NO, but he keeps saying it, so I'm gonna take that as a hint that it's OK for me to get more machines!
    The 185s are a lot like the 99s or the Spartans. The plastic cases aren't so hot.
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    Here is a machine my DH got for free and did a little work on it. He did machine work on a spoke wheel and attached it to the machine and put a hand C. on it. So now his machine will sew with a motor, treadle, or HC. Since it is a Charles Atlas machine he calls it are you ready for this "Charlee" or Miss Pinky." Oh! The machine sews good too.
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    Charlee with the HC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Here is a machine my DH got for free and did a little work on it. He did machine work on a spoke wheel and attached it to the machine and put a hand C. on it. So now his machine will sew with a motor, treadle, or HC. Since it is a Charles Atlas machine he calls it are you ready for this "Charlee" or Miss Pinky." Oh! The machine sews good too.
    Wow, Trish a Charlee - jack of all trades - machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I was hoping you would post that Grayhound on there and that Singer 99. I'm not sure what size the Minnesota is, Joe. I have a Vindex Special looks just like it - I think they are the same size as the older Singer 66s - which seem a tad smaller than the newer 66s. I should look it over next to the other one when I go over the shop. I'm headed over there to clean up and organize. Maybe do a bit of clean up on the Vindex Special. See if any magic happens.
    OK, here you go:
    Front view;

    Back view;


    Here's the 99K ready to go, front view.

    And a back view after the new motor and light were installed. Before the belt and wiring.


    As for the Minnesota, it's might not be considered a 3/4 size machine, but it's no where near as big as a full sized machine. Next time I go down stairs I'll take my camera take a pik of it next to the 99 and say a 66 or a 15 clone.

    Joe

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    Well, Glenn, we did it. Phil worked on finishing the Vindex Special's finish today. He wanted to do it... He likes that kind of stuff. So here is a before pic.Name:  Singer 503, Vindex and Franklin 013 smaller.jpg
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    I had to get out - the smell was giving me a head ache. I got it re-assembled - chrome is all cleaned up... I'm thinking it still has some more internal work to go before we go at the finish some more - we wanted to try it though.
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    I went to sew with my Bel Air and it had no needle. It is either a model 33 or 88 can tell which one it is. Doe anyone know what size needle it takes and what side the flat side goes on? Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Charlee with the HC.
    I like this Atlas with its HC, smart idea!

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    Kathie,

    If this is one of the Japanese class 15 imports, the needle will be a standard 15x1.
    And they are usually threaded left to right with the needle's flat to the right.
    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    I went to sew with my Bel Air and it had no needle. It is either a model 33 or 88 can tell which one it is. Doe anyone know what size needle it takes and what side the flat side goes on? Kathie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Kathie,

    If this is one of the Japanese class 15 imports, the needle will be a standard 15x1.
    And they are usually threaded left to right with the needle's flat to the right.
    Cathy
    Thank you Cathy. Kathie

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    I saw the pics you emailed and it really is begining to look good. Phil is doing a great job on the finish. The decals are really coming out nice. Now to find a screw for the stitch adjustment. I agree it was in rough shape in the bigining. This is going to be a nice machine. Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Did I miss where you add the shellac and smooth again?
    Miriam after you have cleaned and smoothed the finish as stated in the tut When it looks the the way you want it then lightly go over the decals with the same method to clean some of the brown shellac off to brighten them up. Now did your wrap rag finger in shellac and add a few drops of linseed oil ane apply in a circular motion to cover the decal with shellac then lightly go in one direction to remove the swirl marks of the shellac. Pick finger up go right to left pick finger up do this until you have removed the swirl marks. You can also go left to right if you like. You can apply shellac this way to the entire machine if you like to shine it up before waxing. Just let the shellac cure a few days before waxing. Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Miriam after you have cleaned and smoothed the finish as stated in the tut When it looks the the way you want it then lightly go over the decals with the same method to clean some of the brown shellac off to brighten them up. Now did your wrap rag finger in shellac and add a few drops of linseed oil ane apply in a circular motion to cover the decal with shellac then lightly go in one direction to remove the swirl marks of the shellac. Pick finger up go right to left pick finger up do this until you have removed the swirl marks. You can also go left to right if you like. You can apply shellac this way to the entire machine if you like to shine it up before waxing. Just let the shellac cure a few days before waxing. Skip
    The rag sure did turn brown. Some of the decals were gone from the start. It does look a bunch better. That 'before' picture is after we took off the plumbing clamp that was holding a rigged up light - it was tough on the finish and decals up there. I'm wondering how many times it needs to be gone over?
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    The Vindex's pressure foot lever doesn't do any good - it is stuck up. I don't really know much about the innards of these. I'm learning. I have a good idea how that stitch length works but sure do need a screw.
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    What makes a machine a 3/4 size? Is it overall size, or a particular length, or just local custom? Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    New post: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t185449.html lots of projects... please do add pics of your 3/4 size machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    What makes a machine a 3/4 size? Is it overall size, or a particular length, or just local custom? Laura
    That DOES need to be defined. So does half size. So I google searched 3/4 size sewing machines and hit images and guess what - my post on here came up. LOL
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    Miriam you can try a thumb screw that holds the seam width attachment to the bed of the machine. Don't forget the pointed washer to indicate the stitch length number. I made mine out of flashing(roof) cut the tabs that bend down in the slot on efach side. I used an old scissor to cut it to shape. I continue the finish tech until it looks good to me. Phil will knw when it looks right. Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Miriam you can try a thumb screw that holds the seam width attachment to the bed of the machine. Don't forget the pointed washer to indicate the stitch length number. I made mine out of flashing(roof) cut the tabs that bend down in the slot on efach side. I used an old scissor to cut it to shape. I continue the finish tech until it looks good to me. Phil will knw when it looks right. Skip
    I'll see if any of my loose screws fit it.
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    As for as the pressure foot lever stuck I use Blast Buster. I take the cover off the front and soak it good and let it sit for several hours. Don't use heat with blast buster. If it is still stuck spray again. We don't want to force it and break the thing. You can tap it to vibrate the stuff into unit to speed the process. Don't hit it hard you just want to cause a vibration by quickly tapping it lightly. This works better than kerosine for me.
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    Miriam, it already looks much better!

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    The inside by the needle bar, etc was coated with very thick black dried up oily stuff - I got most of it off but it is still stuck - I'll have to focus on that area. There is a pin in the back that looks like when the lever bumps it should go up and down. I wonder if there is a spring in the shaft all gunked up. I'll have to take a look tomorrow. I'm still trying to get that shop re-arranged and better organized. (If my sister is reading this, she is rolling on the floor by now...) Glenn, I wish I could send that fine piece of furniture off to you to refinish - or do it myself - it is not mine. It is being 'stored' ggggrrrrrr...
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    Chance at an old Domestic

    Just looked at an old Coffin top Domestic, has all the attachments, shuttle, lots of bobbins, a very mangled booklet. The cabinet is in good shape as well as the irons. Date of manufacture is 1871, it's dirty as all get out but free wheeling. Asking $125.00 and throwing in another 1950's cabinet with the deal which I don't need the other cabinet but what's anybody think about the price? Help........

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    So, the old saw is that it's worth what you want to pay, but it's true! If you really want it, and you can afford it, well then, the price is OK. It doesn't seem really high, but from my (cheap) perspective it doesn't seem like a bargain. Is it pretty? Do you like it? Did you try offering less? As ar as throwing in a cabinet, I'm at the phase of collecting where they would have to pay ME to take a cabinet! If you go for it, be sure to show pictures! Laura
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Just looked at an old Coffin top Domestic, has all the attachments, shuttle, lots of bobbins, a very mangled booklet. The cabinet is in good shape as well as the irons. Date of manufacture is 1871, it's dirty as all get out but free wheeling. Asking $125.00 and throwing in another 1950's cabinet with the deal which I don't need the other cabinet but what's anybody think about the price? Help........

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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Anybody know anything about a Singer, Model 237? There's one availalbe for sale for reasonable price near me and am curious about the machine. Does it take normal or the 206X13 needles?
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