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    NKlaura, That is an Awesome machine, be sure and let us know how it works out for you. I love my big old "Indy"

    I found this little page and video of an old 31 and it seems pretty capable to me!
    http://ucansew2.blogspot.com/2011/11/singer-31k15.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Attachment 335292Here's the before picture of the 31. The slide plates are not missing, just off for cleaning.

    WOW! Someone must of given a heads up because that was fast. She CAN post!

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    NKlaura, I dont know if you are aware or not, but I think most of the modern industrial feet will feet these old 31's, they are a "standard high shank" some very interesting possabilities!
    i have also heard people talk of setting them up for FMQ and using them that way because all of the available area under the arm. ends up being sort of a "poor mans" long arm machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Wow, Monica that is a machine to drool over! I wish it were closer to me!

    Thank you for noticing my new Avator! I decided since I go by "BoJangles," it should be his photo on my Avator! That black horse is my BoJangles!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 05-14-2012 at 12:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, Look at Sharone's horse quilt. I'm not a fan of pink, but this quilt is very well done!!
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...nk-t96590.html
    Wow, Sharone you are really talented! What a beautiful wall hanging quilt!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 05-14-2012 at 12:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, Will this Pfaff fit into your cabinet? I now think of Nancy whenever I see a vintage Pfaff.
    Janice and Monica, I am going to have to bid on that machine! Geeze, and yes I bet it will fit in my cabinet! But, what fun to have a second Pfaff treadle head!

    Nancy

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    Geeze, look at this! It is way overpriced in my opinion, but what a cool looking Bernina! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3014948874.html The ad says it is worth 3 times more than they are asking? Why? It looks vintage to me?

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 05-14-2012 at 12:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman View Post
    Isn't that always how it goes? I'm scared to clean my sewing room because I'll never remember where I put anything (been there, done that) so not fun and very frustrating.
    I found it!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I was just wondering if anyone knows when the first Singer 99 was electrified and put in the bentwood case. I just got one that is dated 1924, and was wondering if they were made much earlier. It is in the start of the AA serial numbers, and my sources of the serial numbers doesn't have any model numbers with the single letter serial numbers.
    There is a place on the motor where there's a little spring is sticking up. Will that bother the machine? What do I need to ask for to get it fixed? There was a screw top that fits the area, but won't fasten down on it. And the side plate bobbin cover needs the spring and the screw to fasten it down. Other than that the little machine just clicks along so nicely and is a joy to sew with. Thanks.

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    Oh yes, the bentwood cover has a funky silver handle on it. Any idea where I can get an original one or one that looks original to replace the handle?

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    This looks very nice! The machine, not the painted cabinet.
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/atq/3014870326.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by greywuuf View Post
    NKlaura, I dont know if you are aware or not, but I think most of the modern industrial feet will feet these old 31's, they are a "standard high shank" some very interesting possabilities!
    i have also heard people talk of setting them up for FMQ and using them that way because all of the available area under the arm. ends up being sort of a "poor mans" long arm machine.
    I'm totally plotting this to be my FMQ machine. Right now i use my 201, but the table this machine came in has both a side and back extension, and I am totally psyched. I sanded the cabinet top this morning, and I keep running downstairs to the garage to see if it's dry yet and can I start with the shellac!

    and yes, today is the day I figured out how to post one picture. Not two, but one, anyway! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I was just wondering if anyone knows when the first Singer 99 was electrified and put in the bentwood case. I just got one that is dated 1924, and was wondering if they were made much earlier. It is in the start of the AA serial numbers, and my sources of the serial numbers doesn't have any model numbers with the single letter serial numbers.
    There is a place on the motor where there's a little spring is sticking up. Will that bother the machine? What do I need to ask for to get it fixed? There was a screw top that fits the area, but won't fasten down on it. And the side plate bobbin cover needs the spring and the screw to fasten it down. Other than that the little machine just clicks along so nicely and is a joy to sew with. Thanks.
    good info here: http://vssmb.blogspot.com/
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    here's a before and after Skipper's shellac treatment:Name:  2012-02-24 20.55.14.jpg
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    Laura,
    You did a really nice job on the Free. I am glad you tried the technique it really works. I think everyone should try Skipper's shellac treatment on these old machines that need to be dolled up a little.

    Skip
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    Wow Thats really pretty. Hurry up with the 31 I wanna see it in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    here's a before and after Skipper's shellac treatment:Name:  2012-02-24 20.55.14.jpg
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    Wow! That is gorgeous, Laura!

    pat

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    Wow, that looks like a completely different machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greywuuf View Post
    Wow Thats really pretty. Hurry up with the 31 I wanna see it in action.


    Just got the second coat of shellac on the table, have to sand before the next and hopefully final one. The machine is clear and moving smoothly, but need a needle before I can sew with it.... I think I will do SST (Skipper's Shellac Treatment) on the head, as well, as I have some pin scratches that thankfully don't go down to the metal, but could use some smoothing. It cracks me up that there are decals with arrows at each oil point that say "oil". Don't know why I find that funny, but I do!

    Thanks for all the kind words on the Free- in the first picture, that's baby oil all over it, learned that from Mizkaki

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    here's a before and after Skipper's shellac treatment:Name:  2012-02-24 20.55.14.jpg
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    That really turned out beautiful.!! You did a great job !!!

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze, look at this! It is way overpriced in my opinion, but what a cool looking Bernina! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/3014948874.html The ad says it is worth 3 times more than they are asking? Why? It looks vintage to me?

    Nancy
    That's the first one I have seen with cabinet. Most postings have been just the machine head. I have seen two of these Bernina's- they are handsome looking machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    here's a before and after Skipper's shellac treatment:
    Laura, Was this the Free that you had with you at the Turlock TOGA? The one you were using? I don't remember it looking that badly. I remember you showing Cathy and I the worn down teeth of the bobbin wheel winder on a Free. Is this the machine? The decals are in very good condition on this Free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Wow, Monica that is a machine to drool over! I wish it were closer to me!

    Thank you for noticing my new Avator! I decided since I go by "BoJangles," it should be his photo on my Avator! That black horse is my BoJangles!

    Nancy
    Nancy, BoJangles is a beautiful horse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I was just wondering if anyone knows when the first Singer 99 was electrified and put in the bentwood case. I just got one that is dated 1924, and was wondering if they were made much earlier. It is in the start of the AA serial numbers, and my sources of the serial numbers doesn't have any model numbers with the single letter serial numbers.
    There is a place on the motor where there's a little spring is sticking up. Will that bother the machine? What do I need to ask for to get it fixed? There was a screw top that fits the area, but won't fasten down on it. And the side plate bobbin cover needs the spring and the screw to fasten it down. Other than that the little machine just clicks along so nicely and is a joy to sew with. Thanks.
    Janis,

    I have no idea when the first 99 was electrified. Both of mine were made in the mid-50s.

    That little spring is a brush spring. Without the cap the motor will not run properly if at all. I believe Sew-Classic sell the caps and brushes. I'd buy a pair of both.
    They also have the springs and screws for the slide plate.
    http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/

    You might try Thayer Rags for the handle on the case top.
    http://thayerrags.com/

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Laura, Was this the Free that you had with you at the Turlock TOGA? The one you were using? I don't remember it looking that badly. I remember you showing Cathy and I the worn down teeth of the bobbin wheel winder on a Free. Is this the machine? The decals are in very good condition on this Free.
    It is! The decals really came into their own after SST. It had more going on than it looked like. As the shellac went on, it just looked better and better...now if I could find a face cream that worked as well

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