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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jennb, I agree with Miriam - none of those machines are industrial machines. Go to this site - scroll down to Serial Number/Dating list and you might be able to date the White! http://community.webshots.com/user/arachnesobsession

    I really like the Lenco, but yes it is a Japanese machine. Records were not kept on those machines so you will probably never find too much information on it. Those Japanese machines were really nice machines - well made, for instance most of the Japanese 15's were made even better than our Singer 15's! The had a few added features, like a pressure foot release knob on top and a zerk like fitting thing to put the oil in instead of just holes! All your machines look like really nice machines!

    Nancy
    I have one like the Lenco - some other name Vogue or something - mine has kind of sad looking pitted levers/chrome - internals look very nice - it turns good too. I think I would love that machine if it were in better shape. I think mine is well made - lots of heavy metal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/200776423303...ht_3685wt_1342

    came across this auction in case anyone might be interested. I would but my hubby might strangle me.
    Shipping would run a small fortune
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Shipping would run a small fortune
    Yep shipping would be a small fortune, so why spend that kind of money on a machine that will probably pop up in your area! The Model 66 was manufactured from 1902 until 1956! There are plenty of them out there! I have 3 plain ones - the later model - and one redeye from 1913!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I messed with two frozen up Japanese machines while my car was being fixed. One was a Capri sewing machine - it has all the pretty stitches on a dial. The machine was missing the throat plates, the bobbin was stuck on the shaft, none of the knobs moved, the inside of the machine was all stuck up. The plates and all were actually under the junk in the bottom of the case. I used some Triflow, moved the wheel, cleaned the gunk off, got into the top inside and moved parts around with my fingers when I could. I traced the moving parts and oiled. Then I tried to turn the hand wheel to no avail. I oiled all the knobs, inside and out. I turned the machine over and oiled the bottom and inside. Those things that look like wrenches seem to hold dried up oil real good - I cleaned and oiled those things and anything else that moved. All of a sudden the machine started to turn. Finally all but one knob moved. Then that knob moved but the guts didn't turn except they turn easy by finger inside the machine so that will have to have a cure. I think it might be a pretty nice machine - a lot of the internals look like a Kenmore zz from the late 60s early 70s.

    The other machine I messed with was a frozen up really old Japanese 15 - it had a mouse nest in the bottom of the case. I looked it over and thought it might end up being a parts machine... that's ok I need one... but I thought I'd at least oil it and give it a chance before I scrapped it out. I cleaned a mountain of rust colored lint - so it wasn't rust after all... The poor machine was never given a name decal. It was bare. No clear coat. The machine was used (it did have a lot of lint) What decals are on are pretty good though - the chrome was all grimy and not attached in places - the tension still is very grimy. I didn't make it that far. When my car was done, I was going to go to FedEx to mail a package - I left the address at home... It will keep a day or two. Back to the poor little machine. The inside was like glue - lots of dried up oil. The bottom was dried up oil - The bobbin area was dried up oil. Once I got that all cleaned up she started to turn. I kept cleaning and oiling - those wrench things sure do gunk up on those machines. I got things clean and all of a sudden that machine was ready to do a happy dance... Well except for the pressure foot bar. It wouldn't move. I though maybe the spring had died or something. I kept cleaning and oiling - I took off the foot and thread cutter, needle and clamp - got some dried up oil off - it looked like rust - it was awful. Cleaned up the levers and anything else on there. I had to kind of coax the pressure foot to move. Once it moved it moved nice... then it would stick again. I scraped some more dried up oil off and I think I got it all free. I never did finish the tension - needs to be removed and cleaned thoroughly. I believe I would rather see dried up oil than rust. I have to figure out the motors on both machines. I bet they aren't fit to use. I've never done on of those sewing races but I bet with the right motor this machine would shine in a race - only one slicker might be Melinda's yellow - it turns very freely now. I think before a race, I would oil the works.

    Yesterday we knocked out the kitchen walls. It kind of felt good to pull out nails. AND DH figured out where the stink was coming from - it was a vent pipe not attached - no more stink!
    Miriam, I get tired just listening to you! Geeze, you are one busy person! I bet it did feel good to get the walls knocked out and get rid of the stink! I did no sewing at all - no cleaning up old machines - we just jet skied all day today! It was 100 and something here today!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    DH has had 2 of 5 daily chemo treatments for Acute Myeloid Lukemia. He is tolerating it pretty well so far. His blood counts are in the pits, so he is getting blood and platelets regularly. He will be hospitalized till about July 15, if all goes well. This is a stubborn cancer that takes a rough chemo. I read the list every day on my smart phone while at the hospital. I'm enjoying seeing everyone's new machines. Mine are sitting here keeping me company.

    Off to bed for me.

    Texas Jan
    Jan you and your hubby are in my prayers too. I have been thinking alot about you. I know you are taking care of hubby's needs, and the doggie needs, but be sure and look after you too!

    Nancy

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    Ok, I have not looked at Craigslist for a couple weeks, but I peeked a little tonight! This one looks interesting! I went to e-bay to see what it looked like! I shouldn't have looked!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3082706859.html

    I am buying one more sewing machine from Miriam, then I am done done done done! Did I say DONE buying machines! Oh except for a long bed 301! I do want one of those!
    Nancy
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    Oh here is the pink Sterling I bought a couple weeks ago. My granddaughter decided she wants to finish a rag quilt she started a few years ago - using the pink machine! I am really glad this machine will be used!Name:  Pink Sterling.JPG
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Size:  1.32 MB I oiled and cleaned her up - it will be good for the machine to get a good work out!

    Nancy

    Oh the blue painters tape is Kassidy's seam allowance. Also, this machine is one of those dedicated left hand needle position machines that Miz Johnny used to talk about!
    Last edited by BoJangles; 06-16-2012 at 07:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    It's only 8 hours from me....
    8 hrs is a long ride for a sewing machine unless you can come up with an excuse to be in the area (family, friends, etc...). Think I'm starting to prefer ebay for heads. Last time I bought a treadle off craigslist I got a $125 speeding ticket in DC not to mention the gas money. That was my most expensive Davis ever.

    Jon

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    Question on the dedicated left hand machine. Isn't the painter's tape over the feed dogs? I checked out my Universal tonight looking for a machine to use while the 301 is out of commission and the needle is so far left that a 1/4" will be in the right feed. I don't see how it can sew a straight 1/4". All I can do is try tomorrow after I put a new plug on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    DH has had 2 of 5 daily chemo treatments for Acute Myeloid Lukemia. He is tolerating it pretty well so far. His blood counts are in the pits, so he is getting blood and platelets regularly. He will be hospitalized till about July 15, if all goes well. This is a stubborn cancer that takes a rough chemo. I read the list every day on my smart phone while at the hospital. I'm enjoying seeing everyone's new machines. Mine are sitting here keeping me company.

    Off to bed for me.

    Texas Jan
    Bless you Jan. I will be praying for you and your husband. I can't even imagine what you two are going through. Please keep us updated.

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok, I have not looked at Craigslist for a couple weeks, but I peeked a little tonight! This one looks interesting! I went to e-bay to see what it looked like! I shouldn't have looked!

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3082706859.html

    I am buying one more sewing machine from Miriam, then I am done done done done! Did I say DONE buying machines! Oh except for a long bed 301! I do want one of those!
    Nancy

    Done????? ...the very thought of being done...

    Linda

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    Where's Monica? Has anyone seen/heard from her?
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Linda, I'm glad you had a good time! What a fun way to spend the day...

    When do you go pick up the new girl? ~wink and a grin~
    Picked her up Friday. Man, I have so many photos to take and post. Alas, it is bedtime though. I work the Visitors' Booth at early service tomorrow. TTFN

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    8 hrs is a long ride for a sewing machine unless you can come up with an excuse to be in the area (family, friends, etc...). Think I'm starting to prefer ebay for heads. Last time I bought a treadle off craigslist I got a $125 speeding ticket in DC not to mention the gas money. That was my most expensive Davis ever.

    Jon
    ~grin~ I'm a former trucker Jon...8 hours is nothin'! I'm not going to go get it, at that price, its most likely already gone...but it IS tempting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    DH has had 2 of 5 daily chemo treatments for Acute Myeloid Lukemia. He is tolerating it pretty well so far. His blood counts are in the pits, so he is getting blood and platelets regularly. He will be hospitalized till about July 15, if all goes well. This is a stubborn cancer that takes a rough chemo. I read the list every day on my smart phone while at the hospital. I'm enjoying seeing everyone's new machines. Mine are sitting here keeping me company.

    Off to bed for me.

    Texas Jan
    Take a little time for Jan - you both are in my prayers.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    charlee I out in 20 yrs beating the hyway. Fours yrs of that on hy 97 every day .. auqaglass K falls.. chain, chain, chain , chain,,chain..

    I got my sewing machine fix today ,, Ok I did dicker, cause I knew the guy would enjoy that , he had 10$ I said he said 7.50 Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ? what did ya say 6 . nope 7.50 . This was a hardcore seller...he took every quarter I had ..

    I would have given him 7.50 for the oil can in the goodie box...the little chorme type,, I had to clean teh foot pedal contacts to get a full range out of it ,,, figure that it takes a very short needle, and man, this things sew's so good,,,, I have never seen a push buttom reverse,,,
    that button with the red R ,, push it in she backs up.. let go and she going forward just like magic.

    It's zz ,, dedicated left hand,, put on a standard foot, it's centered... The lights under the hood , the dot on the hood glows red with the light on....

    there is no serial or model numbers,, it is the japanese dressmaker.. In the goodie box is a state tax stub from 1948, maybe 15 bobbins, all the normal attachments.. evry spool of thread is wooden with names like star and j&p coats .... would j&p coats , be coats & clark ??

    It has to be late 40's to early 50's
    and it matches my monkey ward streamliner ..


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    That Dressmaker looks a lot like the 1960s car dash/radio stuff.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I have two Japanese ZZ machines that park the needle to the left. One is a Dial 'N Sew high shank, the other a Domestic low shank. I found an off set straight stitch foot for the Dial 'N Sew at my LSMG and the Domestic came with attachment that included an off set SS foot.
    Using these feet for straight stitching makes it much easier for me to get a consistently straight seam.
    These feet are both wide enough to cover the feed dogs too.

    Check with your LSMG for feet.

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    I have kerosene ................... 2 whole gallons of it.
    With it I'm going to:

    A: fill up all my lamps

    B: finish cleaning up underneath the bed of my Minnesota. Very very much old dried oil.

    C: finish cleaning up and flushing out the rust from my rusted up 99K. Then since I have all the parts, Rusty will be reassembled and he will sew again.
    I'll have to find him a case but to test run him I can borrow the one from my other 99K, Lady Godiva.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Question on the dedicated left hand machine. Isn't the painter's tape over the feed dogs? I checked out my Universal tonight looking for a machine to use while the 301 is out of commission and the needle is so far left that a 1/4" will be in the right feed. I don't see how it can sew a straight 1/4". All I can do is try tomorrow after I put a new plug on it.
    Rose, yes and no! No the painters tape is not over the feed dogs. Kassidy is making a rag quilt, which requires a 1/2 seam allowance - for clipping later. Yes, to make a 1/4 seam the right feed dog would be covered with a true left hand position needle. You know, to sew garments we always used a 5/8" seam, so not being able to do a 1/4" was not a problem with people who made clothes etc.! It would be a problem with a quilter - I am not sure how that situation was handled - I agree, I don't see how you could do a 1/4" seam on a dedicated left position machine? This is my first left needle position machine - it is different, but if I were still making clothes, doing weddings, etc., it wouldn't matter! It only matters now that I am a quilter!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have kerosene ................... 2 whole gallons of it.
    With it I'm going to:

    A: fill up all my lamps

    B: finish cleaning up underneath the bed of my Minnesota. Very very much old dried oil.

    C: finish cleaning up and flushing out the rust from my rusted up 99K. Then since I have all the parts, Rusty will be reassembled and he will sew again.
    I'll have to find him a case but to test run him I can borrow the one from my other 99K, Lady Godiva.

    Joe
    Joe, why the kerosene lamps - just in case the power goes off?

    The one problem with the 99's - 66's, is that those buggers won't stand alone so you can sew with them! I have 4 - 66's that are not in a case, and one Spartan. I can't sew with any of them because they don't sit alone - they have to be in a case or cabinet! I think Singer goofed on that score! I know Glenn loves his 66's and does a lot of sewing on them, but I have never sewn with any of mine - so I don't really know how well they sew! A couple of my 66's are the later models (66-14 to 66-24) with reverse too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    8 hrs is a long ride for a sewing machine unless you can come up with an excuse to be in the area (family, friends, etc...). Think I'm starting to prefer ebay for heads. Last time I bought a treadle off craigslist I got a $125 speeding ticket in DC not to mention the gas money. That was my most expensive Davis ever.

    Jon
    Jon Jon Jon - a speeding ticket when you went to pick up the Davis? Yes, that was an expensive machine, but you couldn't have gotten the treadle from e-bay, and the machines off of e-bay become much more expensive if they are shipped properly! My only experience with buying a machine off e-bay was a little portable 99 - Occupied in Japan - machine. I wanted one machine with the Occuppied In Japan signature just because - it arrived with the case all broken up and the machine scratched up! DH was able to repair the case, but the scratches on the little 99 will stay. I tried touching them up with appliance touch up - it looked great until I cleaned the machine - then it wiped right off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsureif View Post
    charlee I out in 20 yrs beating the hyway. Fours yrs of that on hy 97 every day .. auqaglass K falls.. chain, chain, chain , chain,,chain..

    I got my sewing machine fix today ,, Ok I did dicker, cause I knew the guy would enjoy that , he had 10$ I said he said 7.50 Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ? what did ya say 6 . nope 7.50 . This was a hardcore seller...he took every quarter I had ..

    I would have given him 7.50 for the oil can in the goodie box...the little chorme type,, I had to clean teh foot pedal contacts to get a full range out of it ,,, figure that it takes a very short needle, and man, this things sew's so good,,,, I have never seen a push buttom reverse,,,
    that button with the red R ,, push it in she backs up.. let go and she going forward just like magic.

    It's zz ,, dedicated left hand,, put on a standard foot, it's centered... The lights under the hood , the dot on the hood glows red with the light on....

    there is no serial or model numbers,, it is the japanese dressmaker.. In the goodie box is a state tax stub from 1948, maybe 15 bobbins, all the normal attachments.. evry spool of thread is wooden with names like star and j&p coats .... would j&p coats , be coats & clark ??

    It has to be late 40's to early 50's
    and it matches my monkey ward streamliner ..

    Notsureif, that Dressmaker looks alot like my Sterling, but the bobbin winder is on top - more like a modern machine. I like the color and looks of the Dressmaker! Also, it looks like someone put one of those pin cushion cloths around the machine - there are little scatches - the tell tale sign of pins being stuck in! I hate seeing that on a machine! I can't understand why people did that to their machines, but it seems like that was an accepted technique for a while!

    Nancy

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    Jennb, I saw the photos you posted in the photo shop of your 301 and Rocketeer! Those are two of my favorite machines! Those Rocketeers are really fun to do decorative stitches with, and the 301 is becoming one of my favorite machines to piece with!

    Nancy

    Charlee I have no idea where Monica has been?

    Grannysewer, why are calling your machine a treadle machine?
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    Bojangles, because it has no motor and I can't find one for it. The 401G has the bobbin winder on top and needs a different motor. Miriam and Cranky showed me how it could be a treadle. Miriam posted pics of hers as a treadle and so for now mine will be too. Until I can find a motor anyway. Thanks for asking. Bobbie

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