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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    This one, the Bernina 117 that is in green.
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    Just wanted to say that my Fritz looks different. Fritz doesn't have the horizontal spool holder nor the thingy next to the horizontal spool. Fritz's name was suggested by someone on this thread whose name escape now and probably will forever.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Those vintage green Berninas are such handsome machines. I have seen two up close; I haven't gotten to play with any. I know that someone on this board is lucky to own one, I just can't recall who does. I keep seeing those machines posted at around $500; I'll never pay that, but I will have fun dreaming and drooling from afar.
    I don't know if the Bernina 730 is as green as the 117, but is a shade of green.
    My DD's first good machine was a lovely Bernina 730 that I bought her for her 16th birthday. She was thrilled that she finally had her very own Bernina, she learned to sew on my 1031. Poor girl she got spoiled with using a great machine.
    She has since sold it and bought a 930.
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    Melinda, that is a Beautiful!! machine, love the color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    That is why I shop for the free or cheap machines.


    Not unless I get there first! (I actually have seen those two guys and their machines. One knows what he he is doing, and one does not. PM me if you want my opinion!)

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    Thank yall for the compliments on Miriam, the Yellow Brother. She cleaned up pretty, and makes a wonderful stitch. She is smooth and you can hardly hear her run. I am glad Miriam, the lady, posted pics of it when she unloaded her van, and was good enough to sell it to me. She packed it in bubble wrap, in a box, then in another box with styrofoam and cardboard spacers. It shipped great. Kudos to her for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    I'd just like to apologize for being one of the lurkers. I'm not a very talkative person and find it difficult to interact with others, even those I know well. I am guilty of hopping on here to ask for advice or occasionally comment on a subject under discussion. I do hope that my reticence isn't mistaken for being one of the negative lurkers. Your friendliness and willingness to share your knowledge and experience has been invaluable to me as I have acquired and restored my vintage machines. For that I am very grateful.
    Jan- you know what a parade is without an audience? A bunch of marching bands, playing for no one, for no reason! Not everyone is chatty. Nothing wrong with being quiet...not that I can do it, but someone's got to!

    I think that someone who values what they learn here is a positive influence. But, if you ever happen to have an opinion, just add right in. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Just wanted to say that my Fritz looks different. Fritz doesn't have the horizontal spool holder nor the thingy next to the horizontal spool. Fritz's name was suggested by someone on this thread whose name escape now and probably will forever.
    I was the person that suggested the name!

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    [QUOTE=miriam;5252386]It looks like someone got their panties in a knot about lurkers...

    Naah, Miriam, my panties are fine. Just wanted to offer a perspective from my point of view. Glad to know I'm hanging out with your sister. I think I'm in pretty good company. VBG

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    [QUOTE=jpete523;5252687]
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    It looks like someone got their panties in a knot about lurkers...

    Naah, Miriam, my panties are fine. Just wanted to offer a perspective from my point of view. Glad to know I'm hanging out with your sister. I think I'm in pretty good company. VBG
    Some of us are chatty and others not, just the nature of a person. It's nice to hear from the lurkers. A thanks or a sharing of a favorite machine, or the latest quilt made from vintage machine is always nice. Sometimes a fresh breathe, new look, or different perspective is needed and welcomed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    ... Yes, there are lots of lazy lurkers not willing to do their own work or just take advantage of us. ...

    There are those that will never make a posting here on this thread, but will post a "hey look at my new machine" or "help my X machine doesn't work" or 'blah x machine blahblah" on a thread that they have started on the QB. I have almost stopped reading those threads. Some may be lurkers from other vintage machine sites testing the QB site, and some may be quilters on the QB site just lurking on this thread...possibly too afraid to speak up. ....
    i tried going back through the thread to understand the start of this conversation. while i feel i got the gist of it some of the sentiment escapes me. my observation of this thread has been that there is a small core group of members who continually post to the thread in almost daily conversation, there are some who drop in and out with comments, there are some who pop in with questions about their newly acquired vintage machines and some who peruse to learn and may occasionally ask questions. i am not sure what even classifies a 'lurker'.

    while i do not consider myself a vintage machine collector (though i own 4 now), i do know that i benefit when i see information or comments posted on this thread pertaining to the machines that i own. i don't always comment but i make notes and sometimes ask questions. i looked at the opportunity to be able to ask questions of those who knew these machines better than i as a great resource never thinking that anyone would think they were being taken advantage of or of myself as a lazy lurker. there have been several times my just reading this thread has given me insight.

    i know that i will never be a 'true' vintage machine collector, i will never own a treadle or look for complex or specific colored or special models (i.e. crinkled, hand cranked, etc) of vintage machines nor do i plan to own a whole lot of them or use them for home decor. it's outside my realm of expertise. so when such things are being discussed on this thread, i can't really contribute. and i know for sure i will never make my own lingerie.

    i will be the person who reads this thread and occasionally ask questions. i have a singer 128 with a vibrating shuttle bobbin that i am sure when i get started with this machine i will have questions. and it wont be out of lack of desire to research that i will ask (because i will do my research) but because i genuinely will need help. i do hope that there are some who frequent this thread who don't mind answering the questions or sharing their expertise. i respect overall that sharing and how its done is a personal thing for some.

    now if this thread was about shoes, i know that i could contribute to the conversation and would contribute often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I got rid of one and have another one to get rid of. I'm not all that impressed with the one I have - the bobbin loads on the back - very hard to do even for my small hand. It sews a nice stitch. I think I like the long stitch length. I'm thinking it has plastic gears that could break. Mine is called Favorit - I think my favorite is a 403...
    I think we're talking about different Berninas, Miriam. I believe it was Chris that posted a photo. The favorits have a greenish cast but these machines (if Monica and I are on the same wavelength) are a brilliant, dark green and the machine looks industrial. I don't remember the model # off hand.

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    O.K. I'm late to the party. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Laura, Yes, the price is too high for that machine; plus, there is no shot of the machine.
    I wrote the person who posted this add. They assured me that the picture of the machine was there. They must have better eyes than I do. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    It looks like someone got their panties in a knot about lurkers...

    Naah, Miriam, my panties are fine. Just wanted to offer a perspective from my point of view. Glad to know I'm hanging out with your sister. I think I'm in pretty good company. VBG
    I suspect it weren't yer panties in the knot in the first place. My sister would love it that she is not the only lurker - she says she feels guilty some times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I think we're talking about different Berninas, Miriam. I believe it was Chris that posted a photo. The favorits have a greenish cast but these machines (if Monica and I are on the same wavelength) are a brilliant, dark green and the machine looks industrial. I don't remember the model # off hand.
    Well it is green but for sure it isn't as cool as Fritz. That Favorit is good for something maybe. Takes the same bobbin as the 221 but the bobbin cases don't interchange. Bobbin loads on the machine from the back. I think it is the only one I've seen like that. I had it up on CL and nobody wanted it - the thing weighs a TON.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Thank yall for the compliments on Miriam, the Yellow Brother. She cleaned up pretty, and makes a wonderful stitch. She is smooth and you can hardly hear her run. I am glad Miriam, the lady, posted pics of it when she unloaded her van, and was good enough to sell it to me. She packed it in bubble wrap, in a box, then in another box with styrofoam and cardboard spacers. It shipped great. Kudos to her for that.
    Melinda that machine cleaned up very nice. You probably should have named it Martha, after my sister, she is a harder worker... My sister and I had a pretty good time down at the FedEx place. The guy at the counter was bored and watched the show. We got the boxes from FedEx - the first box fit pretty nice over the bubble wrapped machine and the detached motor. We filled in with styrofoam and crossed our fingers that it wouldn't shift too much. Then we put the smaller box in the big box. We had too much room and not enough styrofoam. But we had the box the foam came in left over so we padded it out with that. Between foam every where, boxes everywhere and the two of us trying to maneuver a heavy machine I think we made that guys day. BTW - there is still foam in my car - the box lid came open when we were driving with the windows down... Then it came time to mail it. The computer did not like Melinda's address but it did give us a phone number for her so we called and got some grouchy old man who didn't know much about sewing machines. So the machine got sent to that address because the other one wasn't on the computer. They are real funny about getting the address that is on the computer. Then when she did get the box it went to the address she was wanting anyway. Go figure. Confused? Me too.
    Last edited by miriam; 05-30-2012 at 02:37 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    I've been trying to create some order in my sewing room and have come across 2 manuals: a 401 and a 503. They would like a new home.
    Jan, did you get a taker for the 401 and 503 manuals? I would love to buy them from you, I have both machines. I do have a down loaded manual for each, but it would be nice to have the real deal. No bother if someone else already asked, I'm late to this party.

    Melinda I love the all yellow machine! Sometimes I think I should change my collection to just machines with color!
    Miriam, that was a cute story of you and your sister packing!

    Oh a happy note, I am going to finally be able to finish a quilt I have been piece mealing together! I finally received the last 'part' yesterday in the mail. I am excited to get this project done - most of it I have done on my 15-88 treadle! A fun project for sure!

    Mary, this has never been an exclusive club - everyone is welcome here whether you post frequently or occasionally or once in a blue moon! When Billy started this shop, he said everyone is welcome and the door is always open! That mantra still applies today! We welcome everyone here. Pop in and out whenever you feel like it! We love it when someone comes in with a question or comment - gives us all something to think about, to learn from!
    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 05-30-2012 at 05:32 AM.

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    Guess you might call me a lurker but I visit here everyday and have always had my questions answered when I've had one, also nice compliments when I've posted pictures of my few machine treasures! Always enjoy reading and try to learn, but at my age things don't seem to stay in my brain for very long anymore.

    Now thanks to some of you I'm off to find my "panty" pattern so I can make me some! These store bought things that don't have enough material to come all the way up to your waist are not my style, so bring on the "Granny Panty". Will also need to find that knitted sheet that I bought some time ago at a thrift store to make them from!

    Thank You all for being here!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Guess you might call me a lurker but I visit here everyday and have always had my questions answered when I've had one, also nice compliments when I've posted pictures of my few machine treasures! Always enjoy reading and try to learn, but at my age things don't seem to stay in my brain for very long anymore.

    Now thanks to some of you I'm off to find my "panty" pattern so I can make me some! These store bought things that don't have enough material to come all the way up to your waist are not my style, so bring on the "Granny Panty". Will also need to find that knitted sheet that I bought some time ago at a thrift store to make them from!

    Thank You all for being here!!!!
    Crewsemj! OMG you made me laugh! Bras, now panties! Maybe, we should name this board the Vintage Sewing Machine and Lingerie Shop! I love your signature!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 05-30-2012 at 08:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Granny, you can try to quilt it on your 301 without a walking foot. I've never done that, but several 301 owners swear that all they have to do is lessen the pressure foot pressure and they do very well with that. Of course, you may want to try a few samples. I generally use walking feet on my machines, but the 301 doesn't have one one the market that fits its feed dogs correctly. Yes, they "work" but not as engineered. But, maybe give it a shot without the walking foot and reduce the pressure?
    Yes, this works! The 301 is very easy to quilt with...with or without a walking foot, and FMQ is just fabulous on this machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    since it seems to be linky day http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/atq/3045298977.html
    looks like a Davis, same cabinet as my VF. High price, though.
    Yep, that does indeed look like a Davis. The top is thick, and the little curlycues on the front drawer look just like my cabinet for my NVF. That price is high, but maybe they would deal. Anyone looking for a Davis? This is a good prospect.

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    Mary, this has never been an exclusive club - everyone is welcome here whether you post frequently or occasionally or once in a blue moon! When Billy started this shop, he said everyone is welcome and the door is always open! That mantra still applies today! We welcome everyone here. Pop in and out whenever you feel like it! We love it when someone comes in with a question or comment - gives us all something to think about, to learn from!
    Nancy[/QUOTE]

    Thanks, Nancy. I was beginning to think those of us that don't add much were not wanted. I, for one, don't say much unless I have a question or want you all to share in my excitement over a new machine. But, sometimes it feels like I'm intruding in a private conversation. Many of you are close friends that get together, or at least that's what it sounds like. We outsiders are just getting into the wonderful world of vintage machines and hope to get some knowledge from you experts. ... don't mean to intrude. So, I appreciate you saying that we are all welcome..... Thanks.

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    [QUOTE=BoJangles;5253144]Jan, did you get a taker for the 401 and 503 manuals? I would love to buy them from you, I have both machines. I do have a down loaded manual for each, but it would be nice to have the real deal. No bother if someone else already asked, I'm late to this party.

    Nancy - they are still available and would love to move to California. PM me and I'll get them on the way to you. Btw, do you have a spare 301 manual?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I did send a message to a CL lister who showed the cabinet, but not the machine. I simply stated "Trying to sell a sewing machine by showing only the cabinet, is like trying to sell a car by showing a closed garage door". The seller promptly sent me some pictures of the machine, saying they never thought about it that way.

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    Great, Jan! Love it! I'll have to remember that line for other ads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jan, did you get a taker for the 401 and 503 manuals? I would love to buy them from you, I have both machines. I do have a down loaded manual for each, but it would be nice to have the real deal. No bother if someone else already asked, I'm late to this party.

    Nancy - they are still available and would love to move to California. PM me and I'll get them on the way to you. Btw, do you have a spare 301 manual?
    Jan, no I don't - it would be yours if I did - but, here is a link to a free download of the 301 manual. http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf

    I will pm you!

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