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    Quote Originally Posted by Satodd View Post
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    My mom was trying to sell this in a garage sale for $45. and I told her she needed to see if it was worth anything first.
    Old sewing machines are worth exactly what someone wants to pay. I would pay $20 for it, because I love aqua machines. If it were cleaned, oiled, and adjusted and sitting in a sewing shop, it might sell for more. There were thousands and thousands of machines made, they have no intrinsic worth like diamonds or gold. But if you're in northern CA, I'd be happy to come get it! Sorry, if you were hoping for an antiques road show moment, you won't get it with a sewing machine.

    I'm curious why you, as a quilter, aren't interested in such a cute machine with family history? It is a darling color, and if it was used by your mom, that would be a very sweet display in the sewing room.

    Just my not so humble opinion, as always, Laura

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    That's a really cute machine and I don't think $45 is asking too much. Though, it would take the right person, so she should be prepared to consider offers or take a bit less. if I ran into that machine at a sale I'd sure be temped by it! Though, I'd want to take it home for less than that;>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    That's a really cute machine and I don't think $45 is asking too much. Though, it would take the right person, so she should be prepared to consider offers or take a bit less. if I ran into that machine at a sale I'd sure be temped by it! Though, I'd want to take it home for less than that;>
    It looks like it might be a Japanese 15 - is the tension on the very end? Those are a nice work horse machine. I'm surprised you would sell that. Set it up to just do free motion - you won't regret. Link to info on the Japanese 15s: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t164361-5.html and here is one where we cleaned one up: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...r-t169127.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satodd View Post
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    My mom was trying to sell this in a garage sale for $45. and I told her she needed to see if it was worth anything first.
    Wow, Satodd, that is a really cute machine. Your Mother's asking price is not too much considering the machine has a cabinet and attachments, extra's. She is already in the right price range, but most people would offer less - say $35 - just because there is no market for vintage machines in this economy. Most people think they have to have a new plastic wonder machine. New sewers don't realize the value, worth of the older machines.

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Just wanted to share/brag a little. Our younger daughter received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree yesterday, and is now a full-fledged pharmacist. The univeristy here has a 6 year program that is tough, and it took the daughter 7 to complete it, but the deal is done. It is the same daughter who just got married. She is on the way to Atlanta for training with the company she signed with, and will be working about 40 miles from me, and moving back closer to home. Yippee!!!
    Wow Melinda, you do have something to celebrate! Congratulations to your daughter and to you! I love having my kids within an hour's drive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Here she is......the cutest 31-20 in the house!Attachment 336499Attachment 336500She has a funny little one toed foot. Haven't figured out what other feet I want, so am just using this one. It's a really nice treadler. Very smooth. Seem to always start in the right direction, too. The veneer on the top was destroyed and 80% gone, so I just pulled it off and sanded and stained the ply underneath. I put about 20 coats of shellac on, in the French polish way, and so the table is smooth enough to use and not too ugly. I could use new veneer, someday. Right now it is living in the dining room and I love it! Only downside is the table has not one single drawer. Have to figure out some way to keep the bobbins etc with it. Just thought I'd share! Laura
    Laura, I just ordered some roller feet for my 31's after watching a video someone posted on here - was it Monica who posted the u-tube on 31's? I don't remember, but it was pretty impressive to watch the 31 going over several layers of leather with that roller foot!

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    Nancy- I know- that was a cool video. I"ve never sewn anything out of leather. I have a friend who buys leather skirts at the thrift store and makes cool bags out of them- there are A LOT of size small leather skirts out there! I bought a Juki "stippling foot", and it was kind of funny for me to buy a $35 foot for an $80 machine. I mean, I know that the machine was a great deal, but I so rarely buy anything new that it was kind of funny to see what "real" prices are! Have you ever noticed how much a Bernina ruffler foot goes for? I probably have twenty rufflers lurking around the house.

    I'm TRYING to be moderate about this machine, and have promised to only buy one specialty foot at a time, so that I learn to use each one for this machine and evaluate if I really need it. It's not like I am going to abandon my beloved 201, and it has every foot under the sun. BTW the Charlene Phillips book on attachments is the one that worked for me to learn all the different feet. Most all of the pictures feature vintage machines, too. Laura

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    I porsted a link to the roller foot 31, I really like that one and am thrilled that someone here is going to give the roller a shot.
    I also begged for a picture of the treadle 31, so thank you for that! I think it looks super, and am very anxious to hear that it working well for you. My little 103 industrial is nearly the same machine, only it appears taller and has a "stubby" arm...only about an inch longer than normal (say a 15 or 66)

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Size:  1.12 MBWell, I just picked up this 201-2 Saturday. I paid $20 for the machine. It had a nice case, but the guy sold the machine on e-bay. It was returned to him without packing - just put in a box and shipped back to him, so you can imagine what the case looks like now! It was frozen solid. I have been tinkering around with it for a couple days now and it finally moves, but not a complete round yet. I didn't have a 201 so I was surprised to find out that they are horizontal rotary hooks! I was also surprised by the throat space. The 201 is about 1" taller and longer than most other machines.

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    That is a nice looking 201-2, Nancy, too bad about the case.

    Monica, I got brave and took apart my Spartan, to change the race wick. At first I thought I would just clean the area, and not change the wick, but it was pretty bad. I have a question the screw (wire spring looking) that holds the wick, did not come out, the wick came out, without any trouble. Do I have to remove the screw to put the new wick in? Any tips or suggestions. I hope I can put it back together. I have a 66-1 that will be next when the Spartan is all done. Thank you! Anamaria

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    Bojangles/Nancy,
    You'll just love your 201 once you get it moving right. I love my treadle, so nice to sew with and almost no sound when it sews. Very pretty machine!
    Sharon W.

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    greyhare,
    If I remember right you take some felt and stuff it into the spring with a stiletto. Then drip some oil onto your new race felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    greyhare,
    If I remember right you take some felt and stuff it into the spring with a stiletto. Then drip some oil onto your new race felt.
    At least, that's how I do it! When I didn't have any wool felt around, I tossed a length of wool yarn in the wash with the jeans, inside a sock closed with a rubber band. It felted down to the right diameter for wicks. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
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Size:  1.12 MBWell, I just picked up this 201-2 Saturday. I paid $20 for the machine. It had a nice case, but the guy sold the machine on e-bay. It was returned to him without packing - just put in a box and shipped back to him, so you can imagine what the case looks like now! It was frozen solid. I have been tinkering around with it for a couple days now and it finally moves, but not a complete round yet. I didn't have a 201 so I was surprised to find out that they are horizontal rotary hooks! I was also surprised by the throat space. The 201 is about 1" taller and longer than most other machines.

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    That's why I chose the 201 to be my free motion machine. Luckily, I'd never heard that a horizontal hook couldn't FMQ, so it worked for me. It is the quietest motor driven machine I've heard. Don't forget the grease tubes on the motor. I'm sure it is happy to come live in an understanding home! Laura

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    I got a 201, too - all dressed in black melted wire tar thrown in free
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    That is not chrome it is black - picture is off - the front pic didn't pull up
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    A Blackside 201? be still my heart. That would be my most favorite. Nice catch.

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    Miriam- looks like you have a lot of quality time with the cotton balls with that 201....pretty face plate, though. And bonus melty wire stuff! Yum! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    At least, that's how I do it! When I didn't have any wool felt around, I tossed a length of wool yarn in the wash with the jeans, inside a sock closed with a rubber band. It felted down to the right diameter for wicks. Laura
    that works too! Sharon W.

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    Yes, it looks exactly like that! This machine belonged to my grandmother and I thought she bought it when I was much younger than 12. Why can't I find it with the serial number that is on it, do you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by conniety View Post
    Yes, it looks exactly like that! This machine belonged to my grandmother and I thought she bought it when I was much younger than 12. Why can't I find it with the serial number that is on it, do you know?
    Conniety, what machine are you talking about? It would really help if you do a 'reply with quote' when you ask a question like this so we know what you are talking about. If you are talking about the 201's, the serial number should be on the top in front of the arm. If you are talking about a 'newer' machine, you can usually find the serial number on the underside of the bed of the machine.

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    Cathy or any of you other knowledgeable people, Kathie S called me last night asking about a Brother her daughter picked up at a Thrift store for $15. She took the machine to a repair shop because it doesn't work just to see what is wrong with it. They said it needed to be timed, and need a bobbin case. She didn't leave the machine because she couldn't afford what they were asking to fix this $15 machine. My question - I don't have any Brothers - but, I'd bet a common 15's bobbin case would work on the Brother? Is it common for their timing to be messed up? My only experience with a Brother was 40 years ago - not a good experience - so I avoid those machines. I haven't seen the machine, nor do I know how old it is. I guess what I am asking is do these machines use a common bobbin case, and are they known for having timing issues? The one I had ages ago drove me nuts because I could never get the tension right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I got a 201, too - all dressed in black melted wire tar thrown in free
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    That is not chrome it is black - picture is off - the front pic didn't pull up
    Miriam, is your 201 a true blackside or is it just gunked up? I can't tell by the photo? You have some work ahead of you on that 201. Mine is half way unfrozen now! The rotary hook turns almost all the way, but still sticks at one point - much better than it did a couple days ago when it was frozen solid! Remember that Japanese 15 I had that was frozen solid? It took a week of oiling, sitting in the sun, trying to crank the hand wheel a tiny fraction every once in a while, - it finally freed up and sews perfectly now! I am hoping this 201 does the same thing. I took the feed dogs off, removed the position finger guide, there is no lint - nothing I can see to cause the tie up! I will just keep trying to free him up. I don't think he got a drop of oil nor lubricant in 60 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    That's why I chose the 201 to be my free motion machine. Luckily, I'd never heard that a horizontal hook couldn't FMQ, so it worked for me. It is the quietest motor driven machine I've heard. Don't forget the grease tubes on the motor. I'm sure it is happy to come live in an understanding home! Laura
    Laura, I have heard lots of people FM with the 201's. The only problem I can see with FM is that your bobbin is under your work, which would make it a little harder to get to. But, anytime you are doing FM on a large quilt, even a vertical rotary hook like a 115, or a vertical oscillating/central bobbin like a 15, it is always a pain to change the bobbin! No matter what you are using when you FM, unless you have a long arm, your work is always in the way of a bobbin change. I'd FM with this 201 without a second thought just because of the throat space!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy or any of you other knowledgeable people, Kathie S called me last night asking about a Brother her daughter picked up at a Thrift store for $15. She took the machine to a repair shop because it doesn't work just to see what is wrong with it. They said it needed to be timed, and need a bobbin case. She didn't leave the machine because she couldn't afford what they were asking to fix this $15 machine. My question - I don't have any Brothers - but, I'd bet a common 15's bobbin case would work on the Brother? Is it common for their timing to be messed up? My only experience with a Brother was 40 years ago - not a good experience - so I avoid those machines. I haven't seen the machine, nor do I know how old it is. I guess what I am asking is do these machines use a common bobbin case, and are they known for having timing issues? The one I had ages ago drove me nuts because I could never get the tension right!

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    Nancy I have a manual for a Brother select a matic 1955 and the bobbin case looks as if it's the 15 case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Nancy I have a manual for a Brother select a matic 1955 and the bobbin case looks as if it's the 15 case.
    I looked up the machine Kathie's daughter bought. She said it was an XV 808. I found a VX 808 by googling, which looked like a simple machine to operate. Just from the photos on the net, it looked like a simple Class 15 bobbin case.

    Thank you Trish. I think Kathie is going to pay her daughter for the machine so maybe I will get a chance to see it in person, but I am not fond of Brother's - just an old prejudice I have that I probably need to get over!

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