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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Here are pictures of the loaded van - you can't see much so I put up pictures of it as it goes unloaded. We put tshirts on all the machines to keep them from getting too scratched up so it looks like a pile of laundry. Then he put plywood on top and made another row of machines. He was afraid the van would max out on weight so he piled cabinets on top of the machines. Nothing was damaged!!! There are some pretty cool machines in the load. OH and we have to go get the rest on Tuesday.
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    Geeze, Miriam that is going to keep you busy for a while! What a haul! My DH would have a fit if I brought home that many machines, but what fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze, Miriam that is going to keep you busy for a while! What a haul! My DH would have a fit if I brought home that many machines, but what fun!

    Nancy
    I think mine kind of cringed but he is a good enabler. He must figure if I'm busy I won't drive him crazy or something... That is in my shop. The other side is where I try to work.
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    Gosh Phil Miriam had you busy with this haul and more to come. When are you going to open your shop? lol
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    Uh Glenn I'm still learning... Joe says he and his wife want to come and play some time - rewire some stuff - desperately needs to be rewired. I wonder if that little black machine was for a child? It is very small. I can't read the name - anybody else read it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Uh Glenn I'm still learning... Joe says he and his wife want to come and play some time - rewire some stuff - desperately needs to be rewired. I wonder if that little black machine was for a child? It is very small. I can't read the name - anybody else read it?
    I tried again and I can not make out the name. Wipe it down with water sometimes you can read it before the water drys
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    Ok - I'll try that - there is an out line where something was. Did you notice - it has the stitch length knob!!!
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    Yes I did and I think this little girl is a National like you said
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Yes I did and I think this little girl is a National like you said
    Well, for sure it isn't a Singer.
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    Crikey Miriam, when are you going to get time to cook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Crikey Miriam, when are you going to get time to cook?
    COOK? Nobody would eat it if I cooked it - sewing machines are a bit chewy don't you know?
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    Okay you guys are making me jealous with all your great treadle machines. So now I'm sizing up where I can fit one in. How long is a regular treadle cabinet (with the cover closed)? I have a possible place in mind if it will fit. I just found this board about 2 weeks ago and trying to read the past posts(on page 1077) but also keeping up to date with current stuff. I must have always liked vintage machines as I picked up the machine below at a church sale when I was 17, and that wasn't yesterday,lol. I paid $10. and it works perfectly. It also came with a box full of Griest attachments.Name:  214.jpg
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    [QUOTE=rosie99;5162148]Okay you guys are making me jealous with all your great treadle machines. So now I'm sizing up where I can fit one in. How long is a regular treadle cabinet (with the cover closed)? I have a possible place in mind if it will fit. I just found this board about 2 weeks ago and trying to read the past posts(on page 1077) but also keeping up to date with current stuff. I must have always liked vintage machines as I picked up the machine below at a church sale when I was 17, and that wasn't yesterday,lol. I paid $10. and it works perfectly.


    Rosie that is very pretty and so well kept! I kind of doubt if it was ever in a treadle. It doesn't have the heavy spoked balance wheel and it is in an older base. It was most likely and early electric from the get go.
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    [QUOTE=miriam;5162151]
    Quote Originally Posted by rosie99 View Post
    Okay you guys are making me jealous with all your great treadle machines. So now I'm sizing up where I can fit one in. How long is a regular treadle cabinet (with the cover closed)? I have a possible place in mind if it will fit. I just found this board about 2 weeks ago and trying to read the past posts(on page 1077) but also keeping up to date with current stuff. I must have always liked vintage machines as I picked up the machine below at a church sale when I was 17, and that wasn't yesterday,lol. I paid $10. and it works perfectly.


    Rosie that is very pretty and so well kept! I kind of doubt if it was ever in a treadle. It doesn't have the heavy spoked balance wheel and it is in an older base. It was most likely and early electric from the get go.
    Thanks Miriam. It is an electric and despite it having cloth wiring it still works well. Anyone have any idea how old this might be? I want a separate treadle machine. The area of Newfoundland I live in only got electricity in the late 60's and early 70's so I think there must be some treadles hanging around in people's homes. I think posting an ad would be more useful as classifieds are not very plentiful here.

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    I wish you were here - I'm finding good stuff right and left and can't manage all of it...

    This one is interesting. I'm wondering if it is some kind of needle feed - tension must be on the end - looks heavy for sure. http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2972369404.html
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    wow that is a lot of sewing machines, have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    COOK? Nobody would eat it if I cooked it - sewing machines are a bit chewy don't you know?
    No not Miriam Phil should do the cooking LOL
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    Miriam,

    Looks to be one of the Singer 400W series. It's may or may not be a walking foot machine. The 400W machines were not walking feet, but the 402W machines were. It has a double rotary thread take up, not the traditional take-up arm.
    Many Juki industrials had that style take-up. I have a household White brand with this Juki style take-up. Its a strange animal, but a smooth sewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I wish you were here - I'm finding good stuff right and left and can't manage all of it...

    This one is interesting. I'm wondering if it is some kind of needle feed - tension must be on the end - looks heavy for sure. http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2972369404.html
    Cathy

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    Miriam, I wish I was in Indiana playing with, I mean helping you work on and clean up all those sewing machines. I seem to really like the non-Singers, since I grew up Singerless. That fabrimatic is cute, cute, cute, and the wizard is awesome too. I like them all.

    It is nice to be on this forum where other people actually understand the fascination with sewing machines. I think a lot of them are almost like beautiful pieces of art that have a purpose. I guess the way a lot of men look at cars is the same. Anyway, good haul Miriam. Can't wait to see what else you find.
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    Oh, Thank you again, Charlee.....I really appreciate your help... Honchey

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    Miriam! I was only off the board one day, I think and missed you posting your machines. Wow! This might seem like a silly question but which of you on this forum probably has the most machines (not that it is a contest)???

    Amazing! It sounds like you and DH are having fun together. Terrrrific. My DH enables me but our count is still under 30. I do find it hard to pass up machines on craigslist.

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    Nancy, my daughter uses my dogs' brushed out hair to keep the deer out of the apple trees and flowers. I know my old hairdresser used to save cuttings for clients, too.

    Miriam - do I see a 301? Where did you find that many clothes for wrapping machines?

    Speaking of 301s, AnnieRose has another finish, though she had a little help from the 'new' MW. It's a two person size lap quilt for my granddaughter and her new husband. Name:  Jelwel Box front.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie99 View Post
    Okay you guys are making me jealous with all your great treadle machines. So now I'm sizing up where I can fit one in. How long is a regular treadle cabinet (with the cover closed)? I have a possible place in mind if it will fit. I just found this board about 2 weeks ago and trying to read the past posts(on page 1077) but also keeping up to date with current stuff. I must have always liked vintage machines as I picked up the machine below at a church sale when I was 17, and that wasn't yesterday,lol. I paid $10. and it works perfectly. It also came with a box full of Griest attachments.Name:  214.jpg
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    Rosie, I just went and measured all of my cabinets...they average 18 inches deep, and range from 32 to 36 inches long.
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    Wow, Miriam. I think that yellow Brother and pink and gray Fabrimatic need to come live with me in CA. You are going to be one busy lady! I hope you can recoup your money and make some profit. You will for sure learn a few things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Wow, Miriam. I think that yellow Brother and pink and gray Fabrimatic need to come live with me in CA. You are going to be one busy lady! I hope you can recoup your money and make some profit. You will for sure learn a few things!
    They all have their price Candace... There are quite a few neat machines. Yes that is a 301. There is an old black Necchi, several 3/4 size 15 clones, just a bunch of machines. I think maybe the ugliest is that orange one. Cracks me up. I'm hoping to learn a lot. I know I will learn a lot about wiring or I'll never get rid of them. Some will be a real simple thing - just change them right out with some of the kits I have on hand. I also got a pile of attachments. I put them in bags - some managed to stay with their machine some did not. Name:  40 out of 65 CL machines 4-22-12 072.JPG
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    The place was rather interesting. This was in south western Indiana. Very hilly and curvy roads. The lady had a fabric shop in the big house. She had junk in 3 out buildings. These weren't small sheds - big buildings. I didn't want to seem rude so I didn't take much pictures. The lady died 4 years ago and they are still trying to get rid of stuff - she got rid of the fabric before she died. These buildings were full. Well, they sold the property so they HAVE to get rid of the stuff. So it was buy all or nothing. So since I'm crazy I bought all. Some will be no good I'm sure but mostly there is good stuff. Oh the family was pretty entertaining. They sat and watched us while they were burning old chairs and furniture and 5 gallon cans with tar in them or tires or something... (insert yuck face here) I just can't really go into all of it.... I'm trying NOT to think about it.... ANYWAY. They were drinking something brown and cloudy out of quart jars. Smoking something and burning furniture and watching us. I wonder if they thought I was going to throw a chair on the truck or something... They were going to burn the sewing tables and take the machines to the salvage place. I made them an offer they couldn't refuse. I hope I didn't blow my life savings too frivolously. Toward the end they were a bit more friendly. I was never so glad to get out of there though - hey what could they do - they already had all my money... AND we have to go back for the rest on Tuesday. Oh well. See how that goes. LOL. I hope we can get in and out a whole lot quicker on Tuesday. We took the legs off the cabinets that would knock down Saturday. Machines are already to go too. I pick up free t-shirts or grab bags full of shirts for rags... some times I wear them. That black and white striped one is the one that little black machine was wearing - the 301 was hiding in the white one - too bad I didn't have an orange one for the orange machine - color coordinated???
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