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    Old 04-12-2011, 03:37 PM
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    Originally Posted by Damienvon3
    Hi Everyone! I have been a LURKER here for some time and decided it is time for me to jump in on the fun! I am new to quilting and haven't sewn a stitch since Home-Economics class in high school in 1990. I love antiques and I love that these old machines are still doing what they were made to do. How often do you find something that is a40, 60, 80, or even a100 years old and is still in use and has all of its accessories! I didn't own a machine until this last weekend; Billy has started me down the right road to get them oiled up and greased up.

    The singer 99 is a 1926 model and is in beautiful shape. I bought it sight unseen. The dome case was locked and no key. I discovered when I got it home and opened that the knee bar was missing. I went back to the sale the next morning to see if it was there as I had no idea it had one. I ask the ladies running the estate sale about it and they said that the couple that had just bought the White treadel had seen the bar and said it didn't belong but they told them to take it anyway. They were just loading it up when I got there and I ran out and asked about it. They got it out of the front of their car and gladly gave it to me.

    The 301 is AWESOME! I should have cleaned it up before I took the pictures. It came with the owners manual and a button holer but none of the other feet or accessories so I am on the hunt for them.

    The Phoenix Sewing AG Baer & Rempel is a treadel machine that at some point was converted to electric with a Singer motor. I believe it is a 28Z model. The cabinet is in pretty good shape and I gave it a pretty good scrub today. I didn't do anything to the machine itself yet so it looks dirty in the pictures. It to has the owners manual and also the box of accessories and the original tool wrench. I will convert it back to a treadel as the only thing that I need is a belt.

    Does anyone know anything about the Phoenix? There is not a lot of information that I can find yet; however, the search is on now!

    Here are my purchases, not a bad $50 spent I think!
    Wow....that Phoenix is wonderful looking!!!

    I have a 99-13 from 1928 and a 301. I have been sewing on the 301, but not the 99 yet...I am thinking of turning it into a hand crank for camping trips. I also have an Elna Supermatic and a Western Electric 1917 electric portable that runs, but needs new wires.

    Welcome here....this is a fun place to hang out. You will learn so much...I have, and it encouraged me to go find some vintage machines, and I just LOVE them!!
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    Old 04-12-2011, 04:22 PM
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    Someone asked me to check the 'born' date for their Minnesota A (that is what she said) #417004 is the serial number. How can I date a Minnesota?
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    Old 04-12-2011, 04:31 PM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by Elsie Blight
    HELP l have started cleaning my treadle it was working working ,before l started, now the treadle works but not the machine l have only cleaned the left hand side as yet and oil'd it as well. looking at the bobbin it is trying to go as it moves a little but won't go l am at a loss l was very carefull its like its disconnected but its not. the kneedle is not going up or down its frozen or something can any onew sugest what l can do
    Elsie from South Australia
    My treadle is a singer 66
    Elsie, you didn't loosen the bobbin winder clutch to disengage the needle did you while cleaning? Have you removed the bobbin plate and throat plate to make sure there is no thread caught in the hook/race thingy, which is causing the machine to lock up? Are you trying to run the machine with the handwheel or the treadle? What about the thread regulator knob, is it turned all the way down so the machine wants to stitch in place?

    Nancy
    Thank you for that no l did not loosen the bobbin winder clutch before l started cleaning l am new at this so l am not to sure on what l am doing l am now going to have a go at your instructions Thank you l will let you know how l go
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    Old 04-12-2011, 04:51 PM
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    Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    That would be great!
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    Old 04-12-2011, 05:06 PM
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    I have my mother's old Singer-reg. no.10938700-Phoenix design. It doesn't fold down, rather has a wooden cover with some carved grids. Don't have a picture. Was this made before 1900? Thanks for any information you can give me.
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    Old 04-12-2011, 05:34 PM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by FarmStitcher
    Check out the new treadle machines on Lehmans non electric web site:

    http://www.lehmans.com/cgi-bin/lehma...?page_number=1
    Farmstitcher, that is very interesting. The whole thing for $1000, but that is mostly for the little treadle cabinet. Those sewing machines are only $399, and it doesn't say what brand - just made in Taiwan.

    Nancy
    That machine is a Necchi
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    Old 04-12-2011, 05:45 PM
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    mtspools,
    I think your machine may have been made by National.
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    Old 04-12-2011, 06:50 PM
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    I just got back from an auction where I bought a Victor treadle sewing machine for $20. The label on the machine reads "Victor Sewing Machine Co. Middletown, Conn." There is no number on it except a 4 on the post above the bobbin wider. It has a straight bobbin.

    I searched the net for info. ISMACS is the only place that had a shred of info. The company only existed from 1876 to 1890. So this machine is really old. And it is in bad shape. A lot of rust on the metal legs, drawers are off and parts of the veneer on the cabinet is loose. The wheel only moves slightly. I think it is the shaft/bar underneath from the wheel to the bobbin that is frozen. And the cover box is in pieces. It's a challenge.

    There is probably info on this thread about restoring machines that would help me, but going through 933 pages is daunting. I am anxious to get it working. DH now has a project. LOL

    Does anyone know anything else about this machine?

    My mother had a Singer treadle model 127. One of the dumbest things I've done is sell that machine. It sewed so well.
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    Old 04-12-2011, 06:59 PM
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    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    That would be great!
    Here they are, I just took out of the box and took a few quick pictures. If you want better pictures let me know.
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    Old 04-12-2011, 07:06 PM
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    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    If this gives you any idea, two of the nicknames are "Touch and Swear" and "Touch and Throw". I know someone will jump in and tell how they LOVE theirs, but the machines are at the far side of their lifecycles. With the exception of the 600 and 603, the machines all have plastic gears, most of which have crumbled by now. They cost more to fix than they're worth, and many repair people won't bother.

    The 600 and 603 both have metal gears. I have had one of each, and they worked great. The only thing to worry about on them (as far as I know) is the in-place bobbin winder. Sometimes they need work.
    I was at my sewing repair shop the other day and someone brought in a Touch and Sew. It had plastic feed dogs that had worn off. She wanted Oscar to replace the feed dogs! Geeze, I never heard of a machine with plastic feed dogs!

    Nancy
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