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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Laura, I am not sure what pieces you want to join underneath. I know what you are trying to do, but can't see it in the pic. Explain Lucy!!!
    So the front part that would flip up to put the machine down is seperate from the rest of the table that is being cutout to be part of the table. Clear as mud i know! I'll take some pictures tomorrow. Lucy- err laura

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    My 9W-7 is now in it's semi-new home, the Frankin treadle base.
    The machine's iron was damaged in transit before I got it. At the same time the top was badly damaged too. Fortuitously the machine was unhurt.
    I cleaned up the machine and wrapped it in plastic till it had a home again.

    Today after working on the mower then mowing the yard I built a parts treadle.

    The iron legs were from the original 9W-7 cabinet. The center part was from an iron set we got from our LSMG. One of the legs around a wheel broke so I took the center and bolted it to the 9W-7 legs.
    Then I attached one of the new Singer pressed wood treadle tops also bought from the LSMG to the bottom assembly. A few more repairs to fix some stapled parts that were coming apart then into the house and down in the basement. NO room upstairs.

    I have the 9W-7 in the cabinet now, fits like it should. I've got to put the center pivoting drawer back on and find my belt I've had for the machine, then put it all together.

    After that I'll post some pics.

    Now, I have 4 fully functional treadles.
    Singer 66-4 - Treadle 1
    Singer 66-4 - Treadle 2
    Franklin 1911 - Treadle 3
    Singer 9W-7 - Treadle 4

    Too bad I can only use one of them at a time .....

    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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
    We did the Jelly Roll Race at one of our guild meetings last year....I took my 301a, and there were a few Featherweights, and lots of high $$ newer machines in that room. Probably about 50-60 machines that day. Guess what....I won on my 301a, finishing in 55 minutes. They let us sew the strips end to end before they started timing. But it was GREAT!! My little Ida beating all those fancy plastic fantastic machines!! Yay Vintage!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    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
    Has anyone guessed where the top came from? An old coffee table purchased at our local Goodwill store!! LOL. It is working out perfectly! Not sure of the exact size, but it's gonna be awesome to work on....a wonderful big table to hold the weight of a quilt top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    There was a lady at Ray White's class had a rig to put any treadle machine on the repair table. She had a hand crank mounted to the right height - all she had to do was adjust the height and she could hand crank the machine she was working on at the time. It is an old knife sharpening rig. It has a clamp on the bottom - she shims it to height of the machine's spoked wheel. Then she made an L shaped thing to go in where you turn and it turns the spoked wheel - the L shaped thing is out of wood - a piece of wood with a peg - the peg is what goes in the spoke of the wheel. Do you get some picture?
    Kind of, Miriam....I think I could draw it out by your description. We plan to make one large beveled hole in the top of this, and then put each treadle head on it's own "key" beveled plate that will fit into the hole. I am going to try a stretchy cord for a treadle belt. I ordered one, and when it arrived it turned out to be not stretchy enough. So, I have to look for something else...any suggestions? Anyway, we are working this project out one step at a time. Anyone with suggestions, they are welcomed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    Seen a Free machine today in a mission cabinet, decals are in great shape, attachments box is complete and full, manual and some thread. Is missing the shuttle and front slide cover and machine turns over a little hard, has a price of $55 on it. Guy did offer to give a better price. Didn't get to see if the top had any problems. Does it sound like a deal or not. Lee
    If a true Mission cabinet, it's worth it just for that!! The shuttle and slide are available.

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    Miriam, I LOVE your idea of a campout/work shop get together!! LOL I'll even volunteer to make the coffee...I make GOOD COFFEE!! Nice and bold...very nice with a little cream. YUMMMM!! I'm in to coordinate the treadle contest!! Jelly Roll Race it is!! LOL Love this....we can dream, yes, we can!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    See someone got a bargain on my Davis----no roadtrip

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130705398258...ht_3552wt_1170


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    I hope it got a good home, Jon. And that maybe they find the yahoo group or here so they find out the right way to clean it up.

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    Oh, yeah, after all the above comments, yesterday I scored a 15 clone locally for free. It's got green decals that are in decent shape, but overall it is absolutely filthy and needs new wires on the foot controller. So, it's not even in the house yet (way too dirty!), and it's gonna take hours to clean it enough to get it inside. So I'll show pictures in a few days. But the decals are cool...it looks very Irish!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    We did the Jelly Roll Race at one of our guild meetings last year....I took my 301a, and there were a few Featherweights, and lots of high $$ newer machines in that room. Probably about 50-60 machines that day. Guess what....I won on my 301a, finishing in 55 minutes. They let us sew the strips end to end before they started timing. But it was GREAT!! My little Ida beating all those fancy plastic fantastic machines!! Yay Vintage!!!
    HUMMMMMM! That's not fair!!!!! Hehehehehe - We didn't get to do anything before the race began. . . and sewing 42 strips together with a 45 degree seam into one very long strip is what took all the time! That seemed endless! Once the strips were all pieced, sewing them together was fast! I was sewing all of mine on a FW! I finished 3rd, only because I had to rip out a couple of my 45 degree seams -- they didn't line up right -- and I had a huge twist at the end of the first set to cut apart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Oh, yeah, after all the above comments, yesterday I scored a 15 clone locally for free. It's got green decals that are in decent shape, but overall it is absolutely filthy and needs new wires on the foot controller. So, it's not even in the house yet (way too dirty!), and it's gonna take hours to clean it enough to get it inside. So I'll show pictures in a few days. But the decals are cool...it looks very Irish!! LOL
    The green decals you described sound like my Hother machine.
    Can't wait for the pics.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    We did the Jelly Roll Race at one of our guild meetings last year....I took my 301a, and there were a few Featherweights, and lots of high $$ newer machines in that room. Probably about 50-60 machines that day. Guess what....I won on my 301a, finishing in 55 minutes. They let us sew the strips end to end before they started timing. But it was GREAT!! My little Ida beating all those fancy plastic fantastic machines!! Yay Vintage!!!


    I believe it! The 301's are speedy for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Oh, yeah, after all the above comments, yesterday I scored a 15 clone locally for free. It's got green decals that are in decent shape, but overall it is absolutely filthy and needs new wires on the foot controller. So, it's not even in the house yet (way too dirty!), and it's gonna take hours to clean it enough to get it inside. So I'll show pictures in a few days. But the decals are cool...it looks very Irish!! LOL
    We need to get together and play some day since I'm only south of Sac. :>

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    301s might be speedy, no NO E_MACHINES allowed at the Treadle 500!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Shoot, Charlee...I was planning on bringing my nitrous oxide injector.:< You are just no fun.

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    Hey. You all know by now I'm not a treadle gal. So what's this machine and is it worth my attention? I was thinking of my first attempt at a repaint. Or not.
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    Looks like it's already been repainted a while back. Paint it canary yellow with a black racing stripe and you can enter it in the "500".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Looks like it's already been repainted a while back. Paint it canary yellow with a black racing stripe and you can enter it in the "500".
    Huh? I don't understand? It looks original to me? But, I was thinking candy apple red:> But, I would consider a lightening bolt. If I can get it for cheap, I'm wondering if it would be worth my elbow grease. Is it a 27?
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    27 that dates to 1890's or early 1900's about 30 years before that paint scheme came out. Serial number would tell. Candy apple red with lightning bolt works.

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    Candace,

    Would you be thinking of refurbing the wood too?

    Joe

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    Can someone tell me something about this machine? The earliest patented is Jul 26 1859 the latest 1867. The brass plate Manufactured By The American Bottonhole overseaming and sewing machine co. Philadelphia, Pa. I guess I have forgot how to post pictures. Can someone help me out? The machine is rough but if it is not worth saving the irons are great. The wooden pitent ? Rod is in good shape. Of course there is no cover and I think I can reglue the top. Any info please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hey. You all know by now I'm not a treadle gal. So what's this machine and is it worth my attention? I was thinking of my first attempt at a repaint. Or not.
    Candace, it looks like a 27, probably late 1800's - I'd guess in the 1890's somewhere due to the wood pitman! The true 27's were not made long due to the location of the bobbin winder. That machine had to have a treadle belt to wind the bobbin, that is why later on people think their 27 was a 127 when actually it might be a 27 - the bobbin winder had just been moved up. Because there was no way to wind a bobbin on the true 27's without the treadle belt, people had to figure out how to wind that bobbin - so they moved the bobbin winder up so it could be wound when a friction belt and motor were added to the machine. Because of the location of the bobbin winder, you'd have to keep this machine a treadle - there would be no way to wind the shuttle unless you have a second machine that takes a shuttle. I'd love to see you take on this project - I bet it would turn out gorgeous!

    Well the machine must not be worth 6 cents - that is what is sitting on the top! That veneer would have to be replaced, but it is doable! Remember my 127! It was worse than this machine! The machine would be darling in candy apple red - it looks like the decals are pretty gone anyway!

    Oh and picking up this machine might be very interesting - look at the girl with a dress and black what look like old riding boots? Reminds me of Deliverance!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Shoot, Charlee...I was planning on bringing my nitrous oxide injector.:< You are just no fun.
    Nope! You gotta look just as ridiculous as the rest of us!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Nope! You gotta look just as ridiculous as the rest of us!!
    I'm telling you the odds would be on me to win the treadle Jelly Roll race! I am mailing the piece meal quilt this morning - I have lots of treadle racing practice under my belt - ummmm - legs!

    Nancy

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    I know for a fact you have more treadling under your feet than me. I just like to know I can if I have too. Like coal oil lamps; have 'em, but hope I never use them. Sounds like you made good time on the quilt. Hope you thought to take pics to post on the pic thread when you get a chance.
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