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    OK. I've read all that is posted on Sew-Classic, that's where I bought my Tri-Flow, and didn't see anything like that. Perhaps it was some rumor that was proven false.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    My 319 was very fast with the motor installed. I only use mine now as a treadle a find it is a little slow doing the decorative stitches but straight stitch is just as fast as my other treadles. But for me it is fast enough.
    I guess because I have so many other electric machines, I notice the big difference. I would imagine treadling the 319 is almost the best way to go and chuck the motor. I think you all that have done this are very clever. Because the motor won't give you much more uuumph:> There are times when I use it, that I say not so nice things and mutter a lot. I've been using it less and less honestly, as I can do the job twice as fast with one of my other machines. Zoom, zoom rather than putt...putt :> It does beautiful, deliberate stitches, but I'm becoming less enamored with it, the more machines I collect and compare it to.

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    I know I used Triflow to unlock my Viking last week. Triflow and the hairdryer and it worked wonderfully.

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    look up Triflow and lock smiths or gunsmiths
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Just made hot buttered biscuits and fresh homemade blackberry jelly!! Yall pull up a chair. Yes, I grew the blackberries too. Need to be sewing, but had to do something the the berries, and about pied out, got em in the freezer already, so jelly it was tonight. Daughter wants a quilt of her pharmacy school shirts, so planning that right now, and choosing a machine to do the work. Yall have a good night.
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    There is NOTHING better than hot buttered biscuits with fresh jelly!! YUMMMMMMMM!!
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    Jon, I am unable to post pictures, so I'll just tell you about the brush cap. It goes on the top left side of the motor as you are sitting ready to sew. The cap is broken off flesh with the metal square around the spring.
    Miriam, If you find out how to drill one out, and are successful, let me know. In the mean time, I'll just keep it taped down and hope for the best.
    Glenn and Joe, If you don't use tri-flow oil, what kind of grease do you use on your machines? A sewing machine repairman in Bloomington told me to just get some grease at Ace Hardware or some place like that. Is any grease OK?
    Candace, and here I was going to offer to send you some of those little crocheted spool cozies.
    Last edited by Janis; 06-03-2012 at 07:46 PM.

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    Added to the Davis collection with this Underfeed off ebay. I'm hoping my Minnesota A front slide plate will work for it and I have a shuttle in case its missing (hard to tell). I believe this was made around 1900 and according to my new old Excelsior sewing machine materials catalog from c. 1908, this is a Model H, which I've never heard of before.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160810532402...#ht_500wt_1158

    Jon

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    WOW!!! What a deal you got Jon!!! What pretty decals. And to think it will cost you more to have it shipped to you than the cost of the machine!! Mow that is a great price to pay for a machine, almost free!! WOW!!!
    Last edited by Janis; 06-03-2012 at 08:04 PM.

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    Thanks Janis,

    What I pay for in shipping, I figure I save in gas. I always appreciate when sellers start the bidding low and take a chance, I sorta feel bad for them since they got burnt and probably not happy about packing an SM for 99 cents and actual shipping cost ($14 usps pp). Crossing my fingers it arrives in good shape.

    3 options on the brush cap:

    1--Keep the tape on if it doesn't bother you

    2--Carefully crazy glue the cap on being careful not to glue to motor by using pin or something small to apply

    3--Assuming cap is plastic and you can get the proper sized replacement, remove the broken thread. Drill thru cap which is only solid for a 1/4" or so. Square hollow after a 1/4". Idea is to wedge a flat screwdriver in this hollow area and unscrew. If you remove the good cap you'll see this square hollow area.

    Good Luck
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Jon, I am unable to post pictures, so I'll just tell you about the brush cap. It goes on the top left side of the motor as you are sitting ready to sew. The cap is broken off flesh with the metal square around the spring.
    Miriam, If you find out how to drill one out, and are successful, let me know. In the mean time, I'll just keep it taped down and hope for the best.
    Glenn and Joe, If you don't use tri-flow oil, what kind of grease do you use on your machines? A sewing machine repairman in Bloomington told me to just get some grease at Ace Hardware or some place like that. Is any grease OK?
    Candace, and here I was going to offer to send you some of those little crocheted spool cozies.

    Thanks so much, Janis. I appreciate your kindness! Just not my cup of tea. If you saw my home, and the way I decorate in modern you'd know what I mean;>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Jon, I am unable to post pictures, so I'll just tell you about the brush cap. It goes on the top left side of the motor as you are sitting ready to sew. The cap is broken off flesh with the metal square around the spring.
    Miriam, If you find out how to drill one out, and are successful, let me know. In the mean time, I'll just keep it taped down and hope for the best.
    Glenn and Joe, If you don't use tri-flow oil, what kind of grease do you use on your machines? A sewing machine repairman in Bloomington told me to just get some grease at Ace Hardware or some place like that. Is any grease OK?
    Candace, and here I was going to offer to send you some of those little crocheted spool cozies.
    Janis,

    I use Tri-Flow oil on anything that moves except gears. I use Tri-Flow grease on the metal gears. I don't use grease on plastic gears unless the manual calls for lube on the gears or there is a plastic driven gear with a steel drive gear.
    On Singer motors I use Singer Lubricant. Part # 2129. This is a grease made for motors. It is the only thing I use on Singer motors that need lubed.

    Regular grease from the hardware store is not good for sewing machines. It's too heavy and thick, and it will gum up and solidify in time. Use the Tri-Flow grease and save yourself some big headaches.

    You can get the Tri-Flow oil and grease and the Singer Lubricant at Sew-Classic:
    http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Added to the Davis collection with this Underfeed off ebay. I'm hoping my Minnesota A front slide plate will work for it and I have a shuttle in case its missing (hard to tell). I believe this was made around 1900 and according to my new old Excelsior sewing machine materials catalog from c. 1908, this is a Model H, which I've never heard of before.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160810532402...#ht_500wt_1158

    Jon
    OMG! Jon, you got that little Davis for .99???? Great job! Congratulations! Of course the shipping is going to cost you, but WOW!

    Melinda, my mother used to make homemade blackberry jelly! She'd make it a little runny so we could put it on our pancakes! YUMMMMMMMMMM!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 06-04-2012 at 04:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Thanks Janis,

    What I pay for in shipping, I figure I save in gas. I always appreciate when sellers start the bidding low and take a chance, I sorta feel bad for them since they got burnt and probably not happy about packing an SM for 99 cents and actual shipping cost ($14 usps pp). Crossing my fingers it arrives in good shape.

    3 options on the brush cap:

    1--Keep the tape on if it doesn't bother you

    2--Carefully crazy glue the cap on being careful not to glue to motor by using pin or something small to apply

    3--Assuming cap is plastic and you can get the proper sized replacement, remove the broken thread. Drill thru cap which is only solid for a 1/4" or so. Square hollow after a 1/4". Idea is to wedge a flat screwdriver in this hollow area and unscrew. If you remove the good cap you'll see this square hollow area.

    Good Luck
    Jon
    Jon, the cap is plastic. I have the top of the cap and it has just a couple of rounds of thread on it. The rest of the cap is screwed in flush with the metal square around the spring. I have not tried to move the spring, but have used the edge of a screwdriver on the plastic part of the cap to see if I can get it to move, and I can't. I could try a heavy needle to see if it will budge it at all. I'm thinking that the best thing to do is to either leave it taped, which is temporary at best, or glue the cap down on the thing. I'd be very careful about the glue if I did that as I know I don't want it to get into the spring area.
    You aren't talking about putting the screwdriver in the square metal part around the spring, are you? The metal isn't part of the plastic screw, is it? I figured it was part of the motor unit.

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    [QUOTE=melinda1962;5263652]Just made hot buttered biscuits and fresh homemade blackberry jelly!! QUOTE]


    Mmmm... sounds really good. I love blackberry anything.

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    I'm thinking of placing a bid on that one. 99 cents for the machine and $400 in gas.
    Wow, Jon, that would be some roadtrip from NJ...even for a very nice Davis!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    I thought I would get some sun and work out in the garden. I have to tell you I had a Rice Pudding ice cream bar. It was like eating Rice Pudding on a stick, so good!!
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    Annamaria that sound DELICIOSO!!! Pass some over here, would you please? Thanks! UMMMM YUMMMY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Jon, the cap is plastic. I have the top of the cap and it has just a couple of rounds of thread on it. The rest of the cap is screwed in flush with the metal square around the spring. I have not tried to move the spring, but have used the edge of a screwdriver on the plastic part of the cap to see if I can get it to move, and I can't. I could try a heavy needle to see if it will budge it at all. I'm thinking that the best thing to do is to either leave it taped, which is temporary at best, or glue the cap down on the thing. I'd be very careful about the glue if I did that as I know I don't want it to get into the spring area.
    You aren't talking about putting the screwdriver in the square metal part around the spring, are you? The metal isn't part of the plastic screw, is it? I figured it was part of the motor unit.
    OK, the hollow square in the bakelite (plastic) cap is showing. Good news is no drilling. The flat screwdriver goes across the diagonal corners. If the cap is in real tight it won't come out and chip off the plastic. Don't mess with the square metal brush holder tube.

    If the cap doesn't come off fairly easily with the flat screwdriver, I would keep it taped or pin point glue untill the brushes wear out which is hopefully a long time off. You can fool with it then.

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Jon, Thanks!! I like those handles also.
    Didn't Davis farm out their cabinet construction? I'm probably wrong, thinking of another company, but I think I remember someone else built their cabinets. So that could account for all the different handles. I have 1970s dresser drawer round handles on my pumpkin orange Davis cabinet....LOL They never thought of those in 1915!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/3049927827.html - FW table? looks reasonably priced too
    I don't think so, Miriam. I have seen a couple of these old sewing tables. It's rectangular, and the legs fold toward the middle from both ends like a modern folding table. I don't know how old...I saw one that looked like maybe 1930s or so, but that's just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Didn't Davis farm out their cabinet construction? I'm probably wrong, thinking of another company, but I think I remember someone else built their cabinets. So that could account for all the different handles. I have 1970s dresser drawer round handles on my pumpkin orange Davis cabinet....LOL They never thought of those in 1915!!
    Yes, Davis farmed out there cabinets to T. Kundtz Co. of Cleveland, O. and possibly others. I have an 1885 and 1892 cabinet stamped with his name on it. He also made White cabinets and others until he was bought out by White in 1920 or so.

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    How did the first bra attempt turn out?

    Well, the body of the quilt is done. I am now piecing the borders!

    Here is a really good deal and I love the cabinets that say the name of the machine! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3052343175.html

    Nancy
    OMG wish I was in California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I have met several coyotes out riding . . . they don't care how close I get on horseback. I also have seen a couple mountain lions, several bobcats, and foxes, but I don't take my dogs along! They'd probably be coyote dinner!
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    When my nephew lived in AZ, they had shitzu dogs & puppies. A coyote jumped over their front yard fence while they were standing there, grabbed one of the puppies and jumped back over the fence. My nephew vaulted over the fence and chased the coyote down the dry creek bed, and eventually the coyote dropped the puppy and kept running. The puppy was OK with only mild scratches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Just made hot buttered biscuits and fresh homemade blackberry jelly!! Yall pull up a chair.
    (elbowing my way in) Thanks, Melinda, don't mind if I do!! It's Monday a.m., but the biscuits still smell yummy and that jelly looks divine!! ":-)

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    Now that everyone is back in the shop, I'll ask my question again....does anyone know the measurements for a 3/4 machine? That little New Glenwood I just got seems small to me, but I don't know what size is considered 3/4. Anyone who hasn't seen the picture, go look in th Pictures thread. She's a real beauty....those decals are in great condition, and they just glow!!

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