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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Donno how else you are going to get in there dude... Maybe we can haul the machines into the back yard in the shade - probably better light... Is Pat good at sorting attachments and motors and foot controls into some semblance of order? I have stuff in there - I know it's in there - I just can't find anything. I think there might be some MW stuff in a closet but there are a dozen or so sewing machine tables stacked in front of the door. If the MW stuff isn't in there is it in some box full of junk somewhere in the shop. Right now it looks like sewing machine hoarder's heaven... or well, what ever... the kids are screeching for an intervention...
    I'm thinking of making a cardboard template of some type- maybe an outline? to use to quickly sort feet. As I clean up my sewing room, I keep finding strays....Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Kat, I would think just the low shank Singers, but am not sure...can you get us a better pic of the part that attaches?
    Sorry I can't. DD just left with her camera. She was nice enough to take some pictures for me but the three I posted are all I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    NOPE! no big shop - I had one once - I had a business making tents. Before I knew it that big old 30 X 50 ft pole barn was full of old junk and my lofting space kept shrinking - I'm still getting rid of that junk - stuff expands to fill the available space. Right now I have too many machines and cabinets. Sheesh. I've been fixing up all I can without doing wiring - maybe Joe can show up when you are here Glenn - we could re-wire 40 motors or so - do a marathon. If we get lucky Rain could show up and we could re-wire the Singer 15s with the potted motors. We'd have to to that in the 'show' room... after we clear out all the cabinets. The good thing about all these machines is that I am learning a LOT. I'm getting more confident in what I can do. But then again there is a lot to learn. I love it!!!
    How long to you think we are going to be in Indy???
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    Yes that is a low shank only button holer. You better read that manual so you can figure out how to make it work. My mom had one for years and nobody ever saw it until recently - I think she kept it hidden away so nobody would take it apart (blush) The button holers that fit a slant shank have 'SLANT' stamped on the top of the piece that goes on the post. The professional button holer will have 'STRAIGHT' on the short shank button holer. There are a few button holers to fit odd shafts but the part that attaches to the shaft is odd shaped too. IS THIS CLEAR????????
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    LOL we have an extra house - maybe we can clean out that room SIL sleeps in on occasion.... nah - just yanking your chain
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yes that is a low shank only button holer. You better read that manual so you can figure out how to make it work. My mom had one for years and nobody ever saw it until recently - I think she kept it hidden away so nobody would take it apart (blush) The button holers that fit a slant shank have 'SLANT' stamped on the top of the piece that goes on the post. The professional button holer will have 'STRAIGHT' on the short shank button holer. There are a few button holers to fit odd shafts but the part that attaches to the shaft is odd shaped too. IS THIS CLEAR????????
    Yes! Very clear! Thanks for your help. I knew someone one would know. This was my yard sale bargan for $1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish View Post
    Yes! Very clear! Thanks for your help. I knew someone one would know. This was my yard sale bargan for $1.
    Call the police! You stole it!!! Those will work on any low shank machine - kind of fun to figure out how they work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm jealous! I want a visit from Skip and Pat!!
    Charlee why don't you and Willaim come visit us we have a guest apartment you can stay in. Complete with full kitchen and bath. about 800sqft. Ask Miriam she stayed in it.
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    HELP!!! My 310 bobbin case position finger is out of the notch!! Probably why she won't sew. How do I fix this??? PLease someone help me!!

    Chris
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Charlee why don't you and Willaim come visit us we have a guest apartment you can stay in. Complete with full kitchen and bath. about 800sqft. Ask Miriam she stayed in it.

    Glenn does have fantastic accommodations!!!
    Yeah, then you can come to Indianapolis - we'll put you up in a tent in the yard - short walk to the bath and kitchen... Close to everything... You can have your pick of sewing machine tables or maybe if you get lucky a machine... Oh and if you like we can go junkin' and that's close too...
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    Do you mean a 301 or a 310?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    HELP!!! My 310 bobbin case position finger is out of the notch!! Probably why she won't sew. How do I fix this??? PLease someone help me!!

    Chris
    Do you mean a 301 or a 310?
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    Chris if you are trying to fix a 301 you loosen up or take off the throat plate. Then put things where you want them and then hang on and then screw them back down.
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    A 301 of course. It appears Murphy is running amuck in my life again.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Chris if you are trying to fix a 301 you loosen up or take off the throat plate. Then put things where you want them and then hang on and then screw them back down.
    Thanks ever so much.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    We have helicopters going over the house at 10:30pm??? They were there last night too. Sounds like a war. Fire crackers and helicopters... maybe we are secretly being invaded - nobody is suppose to notice a few helicopters now are they? We have neighbors can't keep their bills paid but they shoot off fireworks all summer... go figure.
    Last edited by miriam; 06-09-2012 at 06:35 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Maybe not the Olympics....but what fun would that be at a TOGA?
    How about a Jelly Roll race on racing treadles??? LOL That would be great!!!! I'm IN!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Chris if you are trying to fix a 301 you loosen up or take off the throat plate. Then put things where you want them and then hang on and then screw them back down.
    The problem with the machine has been fixed! If only the problems with its carbon based unit were so simple to fix/correct!!
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    A few days ago DH asked me what I want for my birthday....can you guess what I told him? "Take the Decorah Posten treadle irons and put on a top that I can use with all my various treadle heads." He took the challenge!! Here's the start. This won't be a MUTT like Dan was talking about, because it will be way too big and heavy to travel, but it will be a MUT. Isn't it cool? It's a true Frankentreadle!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    A few days ago DH asked me what I want for my birthday....can you guess what I told him? "Take the Decorah Posten treadle irons and put on a top that I can use with all my various treadle heads." He took the challenge!! Here's the start. This won't be a MUTT like Dan was talking about, because it will be way too big and heavy to travel, but it will be a MUT. Isn't it cool? It's a true Frankentreadle!!
    Super cool! love the rounded edges- so many times fabric or quilts seem to catch on the corners of the table. What a great hubby! Laura

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    Great idea and well done. A cutout with an insert for each unique head. Gives me an idea to lessen some of the overflow of treadle bases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    A few days ago DH asked me what I want for my birthday....can you guess what I told him? "Take the Decorah Posten treadle irons and put on a top that I can use with all my various treadle heads." He took the challenge!! Here's the start. This won't be a MUTT like Dan was talking about, because it will be way too big and heavy to travel, but it will be a MUT. Isn't it cool? It's a true Frankentreadle!!
    ABSOLUTELY COOL!!!!!!!!! I've got to make one of those for my machines. What is the length vs width of your top?
    I'm gonna make a folder and keep your pics for inspiration. Please post more as your DH progresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    HELP!!! My 310 bobbin case position finger is out of the notch!! Probably why she won't sew. How do I fix this??? PLease someone help me!!

    Chris
    Chris did you get your 301 fixed? Remember, if you remove the throat plate to clean or for any reason, you have to make sure when you put the throat plate back that the position finger of the hook/race is in the little notch on the under side of your throat plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    A few days ago DH asked me what I want for my birthday....can you guess what I told him? "Take the Decorah Posten treadle irons and put on a top that I can use with all my various treadle heads." He took the challenge!! Here's the start. This won't be a MUTT like Dan was talking about, because it will be way too big and heavy to travel, but it will be a MUT. Isn't it cool? It's a true Frankentreadle!!
    Janice, the table is really nice! Please keep us posted on how you intend to make the table work with all your treadles! I know Cathy has a similar setup with the table she lets us use with a variety of machines when she hosts a TOGA at her house!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    How about a Jelly Roll race on racing treadles??? LOL That would be great!!!! I'm IN!!! LOL
    Janice, at my Wednesday night Strip Club, we all got a Jelly Roll and raced to see who could finish a top in the shortest time! It is a cool pattern. You take the 40 - 42 strips and sew them all end to end with a 45 degree seam . . . like doing binding! You end up with one very long connected strip! You then cut one end apart, and start sewing the '2' strips together. When the 2 strips are sewn into one double strip, you cut the end apart again, sew 4 strips together, and so on until you have made 5 seams! You end up with a really cute quilt top that only needs borders! There were 12 of us doing these strips - fabric everywhere - but, we all finished our whole top in less than 3 hours! Very cute way to make a scrappy looking lap quilt! I think the quilts ended up around 56 by 66 inches depending on your borders!

    Nancy
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