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    I have an old Necchi in the shop - DH found it in the hoarder stash - he sure did have a gleam in the eye when he pulled it up - it is going to be a while before mine would move well enough to treadle - locked up solid... Seems like a very heavy well made machine. I would love to see one that moved freely. I bet it would sew through about anything and do some real nice FM work. I should dig it out and oil it some more. I can't remember if it will zz - maybe some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Also, one more note: I will no longer be answering questions sent to me privately from posters. I have had too many of these sent to me from a first time poster or newly joined member.
    I generally don't get PMs from new members of the board, but I understand your concern about that - asking for an email reply instead of using the board is a red flag to me. I agree that questions should be asked on the board. Then we can all learn from the answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post

    Monica, I would be a little concerned to get a PM from someone who is not part of the board, but maybe, that person has been burned by groups and he/she is afraid of the group thing? Some people are just squeamish about asking anything - they are afraid of feeling dumb?

    Nancy
    That wasn't a dumb question, and most questions aren't. If folks would just read and/or do their own researching, then they would not look "stupid".

    I understand the feeling if they had gotten burned from another group, that can happen.

    My feeling is that if you have your board name, and even makeup false info for the board name, you can then post the question on this thread for others to answer without them knowing your real identity. And then, there is no reason to hide and send a private message...geez... we are only talking about vintage sewing machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Now, this is something I've never seen before. http://slo.craigslist.org/atq/2997288573.html
    In the words of a sweet little old lady I once knew "Makes my *&$&%# crave stovewood."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom View Post
    I generally don't get PMs from new members of the board, but I understand your concern about that - asking for an email reply instead of using the board is a red flag to me. I agree that questions should be asked on the board. Then we can all learn from the answers.

    YUP! A big red flag to me also.

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    Nancy, If you want a Necchi, save for a Supernova. When the Necchi Supernovas came out they were considered the Ferrari of the sewing machines. I'm sure that I'm one of the few that treadle a Supernova Ultra; and one day after the novelty wears off, I'll put the motor back on so that the machine runs at the speed it is designed for.

    The Supernovas are fun machines to play with the decorative stitching, and excellent machines to sew clothes with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom View Post
    I generally don't get PMs from new members of the board, but I understand your concern about that - asking for an email reply instead of using the board is a red flag to me. I agree that questions should be asked on the board. Then we can all learn from the answers.
    That happened to me once. I immediately let an adminstrator know and they took that person off the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze, this is a good deal - cabinet and all! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3007944214.html

    Monica, I would be a little concerned to get a PM from someone who is not part of the board, but maybe, that person has been burned by groups and he/she is afraid of the group thing? Some people are just squeamish about asking anything - they are afraid of feeling dumb?

    Nancy
    I think you need a black one now:>

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    I just checked my Necchi. It looks very much like that one from the back, though mine is in better condition. Belt looks a llittle rough, but that's no problem. Mine has the VN logo, which means it is pre 1949-50. Necchi dropped the V for Vittorio in 1950. Mine is only a straight stitch machine and does have a BF on the pillar.

    I'm in withdrawal. No new machines since the MW. I saw three at the Habitat for Humanity store, but none came home wirh me. An old 66 with scary wiring, a 99 that needs some TLC and a treadle head so worn I couldn't read it. Guess which machine turned the easiest and wanted to sew? The well used mystery.

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    Had a good day SM hunting. 2 Singer 201-2's complete with no cabinets for $40. First bargain I've found on CL around here in months.

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I just checked my Necchi. It looks very much like that one from the back, though mine is in better condition. Belt looks a llittle rough, but that's no problem. Mine has the VN logo, which means it is pre 1949-50. Necchi dropped the V for Vittorio in 1950. Mine is only a straight stitch machine and does have a BF on the pillar.
    Irishrose, Thanks for checking! Here I had thought the BUs only had the VN logo. I didn't realize that the BFs also had the VN. I learned something new today. Thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Irishrose, Thanks for checking! Here I had thought the BUs only had the VN logo. I didn't realize that the BFs also had the VN. I learned something new today. Thanks!!!
    where is it marked?
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    I scored a Featherweight table for $20 and would appreciate some ideas for replacing part of the hardware that secures the cut-out cover to the table top. It is missing the little flat bar piece that slides into the clip on the underside of the table top. I hope this makes sense. Hopefully somebody more creative than me can suggest something adaptable so I won't have to resort to cutting and shaping metal. No metal working skills here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    I scored a Featherweight table for $20 and would appreciate some ideas for replacing part of the hardware that secures the cut-out cover to the table top. It is missing the little flat bar piece that slides into the clip on the underside of the table top. I hope this makes sense. Hopefully somebody more creative than me can suggest something adaptable so I won't have to resort to cutting and shaping metal. No metal working skills here!
    My best advice is to take the part to one of the big box hardware stores and either wander about or ask someone there if they can think of something that would work or made to work like the part I'm searching for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    I scored a Featherweight table for $20 and would appreciate some ideas for replacing part of the hardware that secures the cut-out cover to the table top. It is missing the little flat bar piece that slides into the clip on the underside of the table top. I hope this makes sense. Hopefully somebody more creative than me can suggest something adaptable so I won't have to resort to cutting and shaping metal. No metal working skills here!
    Jan, did you get the one in Dallas for $20? We were all oooing & aahhhing over that earlier....that's quite a good score!! I agree with finding something at the hardware store. Usually some helpful guy will think of something clever that will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    I scored a Featherweight table for $20 and would appreciate some ideas for replacing part of the hardware that secures the cut-out cover to the table top. It is missing the little flat bar piece that slides into the clip on the underside of the table top. I hope this makes sense. Hopefully somebody more creative than me can suggest something adaptable so I won't have to resort to cutting and shaping metal. No metal working skills here!
    http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm

    is a seller of parts, only one that I found. I am sure there are others out there too.
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    As far as my understanding there are 2 hand crank reproductions available. One with decals and a plain one. Is one better than the other? I would love to find an original hand crank, but the bidding on ebay gets too high. Would like to hear what you all think. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I think you need a black one now:>
    Candace, I would have been all over that machine if I had the time to drive down there - which, I don't, not right now anyway!

    Nancy

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    Thank you Monica, Candace, Judy, Miriam, and Chris (did I leave out anyone) on your answers about the Necchi. Monica, that link just makes me want the Necchi more. I am procrastinating on picking it up as I really don't 'need' another machine! It would be fun to own one Necchi, though!

    Nancy

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    So...I had said I was getting another 2 Elna Supermatics. I'm flying high right now. I got them yesterday. I worked on the first one for 4 hours. It was completely jammed and dirty. Cleaned it and cleaned it some more. I got the jammed fixed and then found out upon starting it up that the friction pulley has been resurfaced so many times it's not even making contact with the handwheel anymore:< It needs a complete new pulley. Because this machine has had a semi rough life and the paint is worn with a broken button, it's going to be a parts machine. Or a "donor" as a nicer term.

    The next machine is the same model I already own, but I opened the case and was suprised. What the heck? It was bolted down to the case in the same manner they were shipped to customers in th 50's and 60's. I thought that's strange....why would it be bolted in the box. And then I saw it still had it's original factory stickers on it. I thought, no way this could be a "new" machine as it's filthy. I tried the handwheel and it was locked up. I spent all of today fixing it. Here's what I believe happened. The owner used the first, and older, and now donor machine until it needed parts and service. Instead of getting a new pulley they bought a new machine. The machine was delivered( a few nicks and chips in the paint) and they used it maybe 7 or 8 times and broke a needle in it and locked it up. They put it back in the case, locked it in maybe to send to service and either forgot about it or bought another machine. The inside of this machine was pristine, even the belt is still white! I had to disassemble it which unfortunately put a few small gauges in the paint. But, after working on it all day I was finally able to get out about a 3/4" part of a needle that was jammed in the bobbin case area, locking it up. I also had to resurface the pulley drive. But, I have a brand new 50 year old machine. I am amazed at how it sews and how the motor runs. It's barely been used. I cleaned it up and although it's not pristine, it's probably as close as one can get. I'm thrilled with it.
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    Candace, jljack, and melinda1962 thank you for your suggestions. No I found that table at an antique mall along with a Singer 319W and a White, both in nice cabinets, for $20 a piece. I rarely, ok never, find bargains but felt like I did that time.

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    Candace, I love your Elna! Congratulations on such a great find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    where is it marked?
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Size:  1.21 MBThis has been posted before, but it's easier to repost than find it. The VN is on the bed, the BF is on the pillar facing the needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Name:  100_0212.JPG
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Size:  1.21 MBThis has been posted before, but it's easier to repost than find it. The VN is on the bed, the BF is on the pillar facing the needle.
    now I'm curious - I'll have to drag out the Necchi and see what mine is - might as well shoot some oil on it anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    So...I had said I was getting another 2 Elna Supermatics. I'm flying high right now. I got them yesterday. I worked on the first one for 4 hours. It was completely jammed and dirty. Cleaned it and cleaned it some more. I got the jammed fixed and then found out upon starting it up that the friction pulley has been resurfaced so many times it's not even making contact with the handwheel anymore:< It needs a complete new pulley. Because this machine has had a semi rough life and the paint is worn with a broken button, it's going to be a parts machine. Or a "donor" as a nicer term.

    The next machine is the same model I already own, but I opened the case and was suprised. What the heck? It was bolted down to the case in the same manner they were shipped to customers in th 50's and 60's. I thought that's strange....why would it be bolted in the box. And then I saw it still had it's original factory stickers on it. I thought, no way this could be a "new" machine as it's filthy. But, I have a brand new 50 year old machine. I am amazed at how it sews and how the motor runs. It's barely been used. I cleaned it up and although it's not pristine, it's probably as close as one can get. I'm thrilled with it.
    Candace, wow what luck to find a "brand new 50 year old machine!" That is awesome. Did you purchase those two Elna's off of E-Bay? If so you really got a nice find.

    As far as the first Elna, those friction pulley's are not that expensive. I bought one for a White off of E-bay. It wasn't a big deal. As you know you can't just buy the 'tire' you have to buy the whole friction pulley - but, I'd do that for the first machine. I am a problem, I know. I always fix what I can - I don't like making any machine a donor machine! That is my biggest downfall when getting the old machines! I want them up and running with all their parts!

    Nancy

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