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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    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.
    Jan, it sounds like you make quite a haul. Those tables are hard to find, and you will love using the 319w! My 319w is in a treadle and I just love using that machine! You know the 319w takes a 206x13 needle and the 'L' bobbins. The needles and bobbins are easy to find. Let us know how you like the machine when you get a chance to sew on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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!

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    Nancy, no I don't buy machines via ebay. These were local. The pulleys are expensive, so I have to disagree there. They run at least $20 plus shipping and to rent a tool etc. I'm looking at about $35 and several hours of work. I'm talking about a part inside the machine that I did a tutorial for. Not a bobbin winding tire. Not worth it for the machine I have. I can't put that kind of money into a machine that wouldn't sell for much more or less. Feasibly it's not worth it!

    There are special machines that are worth the money fixing. Especially if you want to keep it and use it. I will keep this "brand new Elna" for sure, but I can't pour money into machines that I don't plan on keeping.

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    Speaking of Elnas have you seen this one, Nancy? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3003633736.html I'm betting it will need the inner pulley resurfaced, but it looks to be in nice shape with lots of discs:>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Speaking of Elnas have you seen this one, Nancy? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3003633736.html I'm betting it will need the inner pulley resurfaced, but it looks to be in nice shape with lots of discs:>
    That one is worth the money just for the disks.
    Those pulleys aren't that time consuming to fix. You do need the tool. Ray White has the pulley in stock. He has to do something to them to get them centered right and he rents the tool for $5.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    My DD just called and told me she picked up a Singer 306 for me at a garage sale. Can someone plese tell me what size needle and bobbin the 306 takes. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish View Post
    My DD just called and told me she picked up a Singer 306 for me at a garage sale. Can someone plese tell me what size needle and bobbin the 306 takes. Thanks in advance.
    Check with Cathy or sew-classic
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    I have aquired my mother-in-law's Montgomery Ward sewing machine I think from the 40's C74 NS 4896 A is the SN. Does anyone know where I can find info on this machine? I would like to find a copy of a manual. the threading is inside the face cover and can't be seen when the door is closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Speaking of Elnas have you seen this one, Nancy? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3003633736.html I'm betting it will need the inner pulley resurfaced, but it looks to be in nice shape with lots of discs:>
    The foot controller said Necchi on it.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I think I know what you have - I bet it is just like the one someone threw through our patio door to break in the house. I may have a manual somewhere... somewhere.............
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    The foot controller said Necchi on it.
    Yes, some Elna's had Necchi foot controllers on them. Necchi and Elna had a thing going for a while...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yes, some Elna's had Necchi foot controllers on them. Necchi and Elna had a thing going for a while...
    Oooh, a thing going.....
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I think I know what you have - I bet it is just like the one someone threw through our patio door to break in the house. I may have a manual somewhere... somewhere.............
    As soon as the camera btry is charged I will post a pic of the monster. You will be lucky to find it with all that you have going on in the shop lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    As soon as the camera btry is charged I will post a pic of the monster. You will be lucky to find it with all that you have going on in the shop lol
    I have you know I just spent half the day organizing... no end to that... now I can't find anything... my sister is here so we played with a couple 301s, a FW and a couple Singer 99s and a Singer 185 after that. She just shakes her head and snickers at my nonexistant organizational skills... She says mom needs to show up and figure out all the little parts... Mom came over yesterday and watched us work on a couple machines. She said if she was younger she would be right in there messing with machines. I haven't seen the MW manual in a while but I'm thinking there might also be a set of accessories with it if I can find it all. Oh and I have two machines like that on the shelf for parts - something important like the bobbin cover plate is badly bent up but good on each of those machines. Oh and I have a perfectly good table for a MW machine of that vintage and I DO know where it is.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Need help with my find for today

    Have never owned a Singer but as of today I do!!!! Now I need help to identify it and you all know I am fairly new at this. There was a $30.00 price on it. I offered $20.00 and he said yes. After getting it home and plugging it it (it purr's) was going to put thread on it but to my surprise the peg that holds the thread is not there. Any solutions? Also there is no book with it so need to find some reading material. In the picture of the backside there is a large hole. What is suppose to be there? The number on it is AL119834. Seems like I had another question but now I can't remember what it was.

    After leaving that yard sale and a few later I found a buttonhole attachment for a Singer for $1.00. May not work but what the heck. If anyone can help me out here I would be so very happy and Thanks!!
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    Crewsemj,
    You have a Singer 15-91. If the buttonholer is correct for the box its in, it will work with this machine.
    I use a cone thread stand when I have a machine without a spool pin. Here's a link to a manual for a 15-88/89 it'll work just fine.
    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect.../NMAHTEX/2665/
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    Ok Miriam I am sorry I know you need to get organized and you should know you are not the only with this problem you should see my workshop. Of course that is not what Pat is calling it these days. Here are some pics of the MW monster.
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    I would really like to learn how to thread this monster
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    Crewsemj, you can buy spool pins from sew classic
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    Or if you can't wait that long, cut a small twig from a tree and jam it in the spool pin hole. Might have to whittle the end for a proper fit.


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    Crewsemj, you can buy spool pins from sew classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    That one is worth the money just for the disks.
    Those pulleys aren't that time consuming to fix. You do need the tool. Ray White has the pulley in stock. He has to do something to them to get them centered right and he rents the tool for $5.
    I know, Miriam, but it still is still a too expensive a fix for some machines. Total cost is still $35-$40.

    I don't think the discs are worth $100. To me they're not, as they seem to pop up around here often enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish View Post
    My DD just called and told me she picked up a Singer 306 for me at a garage sale. Can someone plese tell me what size needle and bobbin the 306 takes. Thanks in advance.

    They take 206 x 13 needles and you can buy them online through several resellers. I bought my bobbins for my machine through Sew Classic.

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    Love it! Looks like a little locomotive! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I would really like to learn how to thread this monster
    Glenn, It threads like some Nationals and Eldredge. The threading looks close to how my Two Spools threads.

    Google Improved Eldredge Rotary Sewing Machine to find Sew Old- Sew New blog. She has a photo that you can enlarge to see the threading of this machine.

    Hope that helps you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Glenn, It threads like some Nationals and Eldredge. The threading looks close to how my Two Spools threads.

    Google Improved Eldredge Rotary Sewing Machine to find Sew Old- Sew New blog. She has a photo that you can enlarge to see the threading of this machine.

    Hope that helps you!
    I think you are right. I always called the one I had a stealth sewing machine. Everything is hidden. Threads around the back to the front inside the secret compartment - something like that.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Speaking of Elnas have you seen this one, Nancy? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3003633736.html I'm betting it will need the inner pulley resurfaced, but it looks to be in nice shape with lots of discs:>
    No I hadn't noticed this machine on Craigslist! I don't check Craigslist that often anymore - too tempting. I am trying to stop my sewing machine addiction!

    I don't have an Elna so I thought you were talking about the friction motor pulley system on the old machines. The tire on the friction motor pulley system is sometimes missing - you can't just buy the tire alone - you have to get the whole friction wheel - but, they only run about $5. I just have this thing about putting all my machines back together with all their parts working. Another reason I need to quit buying machines. I have moved most of my machines into my little museum. I have about 20 in the house is all - the ones I use, but I just can't stand making any of my machines parts machines!

    The one old New Home, I could not fix - wasn't going to spend money on repairs - I gave to Hospice! I do understand about the money and the worth of the machine, I just get rid of the ones I can't fix! Candace, if I had one as nice as the Elna, I might consider keeping it for parts - not sure I could though!

    Nancy

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