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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    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?
    Chris
    I forget - do those have a belt underneath? If so forget it...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'll see if any of my loose screws fit it.
    I was digging around for a pressure foot and found a few - I hope one will do the job.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I forget - do those have a belt underneath? If so forget it...
    I don't know and the gal selling it knows squat about sewing machines. It was her mother's.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I don't know and the gal selling it knows squat about sewing machines. It was her mother's.




    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t178376.html

    Regular needles. It wouldn't be my pick of Singers FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t178376.html

    Regular needles. It wouldn't be my pick of Singers FWIW.
    Why not? Am exploring but completely undecided about even looking at, let alone buying it. I already have perhaps more than enough vintage machines.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Why not? Am exploring but completely undecided about even looking at, let alone buying it. I already have perhaps more than enough vintage machines.
    Unappealing to look at(to me anyway) and not one of the more collectable Singers. Probably because it only does straight and zig zag and was a lower end machine at the time where machines offered many other stitches. This series of machine has just never impressed me at all to be honest. But, if it's a good price and you have the room, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Pat it should work fine, as Cathy put a hc on my 99, and it is just great!! But it's way heavy. I don't carry it around too much. My plan is to take it camping. Sewing room to truck to picnic table to truck to sewing room. Not too much moving around!
    I have several 99 handcranks, native and converted, but as you say, they're heavy! So I talked Cathy out of one of her aluminum 99s, and want to try it as a handcrank. I am fond of 99s.

    pat

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    Miriam,

    That is like mine, just different color.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    I have a Singer 237, its a simple machine and works well. It uses a 15x1 modern needle and metal class 15 bobbins, needle goes in flat to the right & threads left to right.
    My machine is run by treadle power, it came to me with a stretch motor belt that was too small and ruined the motor; thus it became a treadle machine. It was only $20, nice having a zig zag treadle. It was made in Italy and only offered as a treadle there, has a deep groove in the handwheel; so no modification is required to treadle it.
    I have done FMQ on several baby quilts with this machine, does it very nicely too. You can see my machine here:
    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/578828743YiOtbl
    Sharon W. central Texas
    Last edited by purplefiend; 04-09-2012 at 06:17 PM.

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    I know you said to forget, but thought I'd answer your 2nd question and say that those do not need the 206x13 needle. They use the standard 15x1 needle.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I forget - do those have a belt underneath? If so forget it...
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    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
    Anybody know what size needle the Domestic takes? TIA

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    Thank you to all who replied to my 237 question. I am leaning towards not getting it beause I have a Necchi that does the same thing as the 237. Thanks for all the help and information.
    Chris
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    OK, THAT is an unhelpful attitude, missy! Not getting a machine because you already have a machine...madness! Don't ever say something like that in front of my family! Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Thank you to all who replied to my 237 question. I am leaning towards not getting it beause I have a Necchi that does the same thing as the 237. Thanks for all the help and information.
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Thank you to all who replied to my 237 question. I am leaning towards not getting it beause I have a Necchi that does the same thing as the 237. Thanks for all the help and information.
    Chris
    You can always offer $10 or $15 and see if they want to get rid of it. Clean it up and then decide if you want to keep it.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    My mom had one machine all her life. Did everything she needed to do on it. My wife and I have over 30. I've already found some machines that do straight stitches beautifully, others that do decorative stitches, matter of fact we have 5 or 6 that do decorative stitches and each one does different stitches.

    So ..... don't be saying you ain't gonna buy another machine cos you already got one. Not around here anyway.

    Joe

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    RE all the comments re my decision over the 237. Y'all may not understand but I've got DMIL (sub darling for darned and monster for mother) coming in about one month AND the room to get cleaned out. I'm pretty sure buying another machine to find a place for will not be helpful for cleaning purposes. I have also thoughfully considered some of the commments about the 237 which have been posted and decided am not truly crazy about getting this machine. What's the saying? Something like "It just doesn't my skirt up." If it were a different machine, I'd be much more eager but as it is I also have a 503 that needs someone more than me to work on it. When I turn it on and try to run the motor, I get a noise but no action. Rather have the 503 fixed before buying a 237.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Chris the "doesn't lift my skirt up" is also how I feel about this series. 'Cept I don't wear skirts unless there's a wedding or funeral. So, I'd have to go with ruffle my pant legs??:>

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    Did you all notice how the relevent threads are now "Sticky-ed" at the top of the category? Yay!!!

    I have also noticed that there are many machines I see that I just don't crave, even though they are discussed in glowing terms here. A 201 I would probably like to get one day, but not craving one. I have 2 15's, one a clone, that I need to get working, and 1 in treadle that is working. A 66-1 that I need a treadle base for (still working on getting that), and a Davis VF I need to get the base done for. I guess I am feeling overwhelmed with all these girls sitting around kibbitzing about my neglect!! LOL I can hear them whispering when I am in the sewing room....I tell them to shush...as soon as I have time and materials I will get them going. But they are getting impatient with me!! LOL
    Last edited by jljack; 04-10-2012 at 09:14 AM.

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    Danimal - Love that 66 Redeye and it's gorgeous cabinet. Also can't wait to see pics of your Davis NVF.

    Miriam - I got a similar Domestic for my grandaughter a few months ago. I love the look of it. Her's came in a suitcase type case also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Chris the "doesn't lift my skirt up" is also how I feel about this series. 'Cept I don't wear skirts unless there's a wedding or funeral. So, I'd have to go with ruffle my pant legs??:>
    Candace, I'd actually have to go with ruffle my pant legs as well. Wore a dress for Easter Sunday but probably won't again until next Easter or a funeral, whichever comes first. Ruffle my pant legs it is!
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    The only one they didn't make a sticky was the one about the attachments or accessories. I was just looking for that one.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Anybody know what size needle the Domestic takes? TIA
    Wish I knew.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam I tought it was neat the way you had the products lined up behind the Vindex at the ready to go to work
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Miriam I tought it was neat the way you had the products lined up behind the Vindex at the ready to go to work
    Had to it set me back...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam now Phil has enough to do many many machines for you. This stuff will go a very long way.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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