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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    I don't see too many of the Federation (Jones methinks) machines in my neck of the woods. Only one I saw was in an antique store, they were asking $80 with 10% off. Treadle machine with a hand crank, the bonnet and base insert lifted off so it could be portable. Pretty slick. When I inquired about it the clerk asked if my last name was "Jones". I kept looking in on it and it finally sold after 3 or 4 months. Oh well, guess the Jones family got it.

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    Well, I would love to get a Jones machine since my daughter's married name is Jones!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I had fun today shopping unexpectedly with a member of this boards sister.


    Well, In walks a very pretty lady that looks dazed. She mutters something about any pink machines. I watch her.
    And then I realize that this must be Anamaria's sister.

    So, I get brave and ask her if she happens to know a person by the name of Anamaria. She looks surprised and says yes, and do I know her. Big smile goes across my face and I say yes, I have met Anamaria at the TOGA.

    She then asks for help. That she is so overwhelmed and that she wants to surprise her sister with a machine, but all of these machines look so bad.

    Well, that Necchi Supernova that I really didn't need is now Anamaria's.

    I had a blast shopping with Anamaria's sister. We hunted through chaos, clutter, and disorder to find all that was needed for that Necchi Supernova. We found two foot pedals, Necchi bobbins, Necchi bobbin case, manual, and some other wonderful goodies.

    She told me that she was ready to walk out, that all the chaos was too much for her. She thanked me for rescuing her.

    Anamaria, It was my pleasure to help your sister. I had a wonderful time hunting for all the items. Enjoy!!!
    Monica, what a fun way to spend some time! I bet you went home with the biggest smile on your face! Sometimes giving something away is much more rewarding than keeping it for yourself! I can't wait for Anamaria to post photos of her new machine from you and her sister! Way to go girl!!!

    Nancy

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    Ok my Pfaff 260 arrived this evening! Miriam, wow you did a great job packing that machine! The box weighed 44 lbs, and was full of bubble wrap, peanuts, and boxed twice! It arrived in great shape! I have been playing with it ever since it got here!

    Miriam, I don't think that foot pedal went to this machine! The foot pedal says "Made in the US," and the Pfaff is a 1961 machine made in Germany! I bet it had as foot pedal more like my Pfaff 130! I wish it had a cord, but I will take it to our local sewing repair guy next week. Hopefully, he has a cord!

    Oh and I love the little spool cozies you added from Glenn! I also got some of those spool cozies from Janis!

    I already bought a service manual and the decorative stitch selector card! Thank you for the manual too!

    Nancy

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    I bought a yellow Brother today and who knows how long it's been there, but someone wrote $9.00 on it in magic marker. It's very faded but still very visible. Any ideas how to get it off and keep the paint intact?

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    Try rubbing alcohol ,google removing sharpie ink and you will find tips but that is the one I was most often. I have also heard that covering the marks with a dry erase marker and wiping it off with a soft cloth will work.
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    Nancy, Pfaff cords are readily available if you google. They're pricey, though. Maybe you can get one second hand locally, but otherwise you can get them on ebay or via all the various sewing machine supply places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    Try rubbing alcohol ,google removing sharpie ink and you will find tips but that is the one I was most often.
    Rubbing alcohol won't damage the paint? I had considered it but was worried:<

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I bought a yellow Brother today and who knows how long it's been there, but someone wrote $9.00 on it in magic marker. It's very faded but still very visible. Any ideas how to get it off and keep the paint intact?
    try using a magic eraser...then I'd sure love to see a pic. I have been searching for a pretty yellow machine to use for my Booth displays whenever I start doing shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Rubbing alcohol won't damage the paint? I had considered it but was worried:<
    you can also cover the marks with a dry eraser marker and wipe them off.

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    Jennb, Congs. on the white FW. That was truely a great find.

    We went to an estate auction today and found a treadle machine that the machine has Edgemere on the top. But the bed of the machine has Sears Roebuck Co., Chicago, IL. The irons and the foot peddle have Sears Roebuck Co written into the irons. I will show a picture tomorrow to dark for pictures to night. The patent date on the cover dates Nov. 30, 1886. Serial # is 115586. The machine looks pretty good but dirty. The cabinet is not too bad just has one drawer missing. It is a 5 drawer cabinet and has some decals on the side and around the drawer pulls. DH saw one of these machines last year and didn't get it and could have kicked himself over and over for not doing so. He found this one almost in our back yard. All tho. we had to stand in the sun for 7 hours waiting for them to auction it off.

    Also picked up a Singer 242 with a few attachments. Will show a pic. tomorrow also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok my Pfaff 260 arrived this evening! Miriam, wow you did a great job packing that machine! The box weighed 44 lbs, and was full of bubble wrap, peanuts, and boxed twice! It arrived in great shape! I have been playing with it ever since it got here!

    Miriam, I don't think that foot pedal went to this machine! The foot pedal says "Made in the US," and the Pfaff is a 1961 machine made in Germany! I bet it had as foot pedal more like my Pfaff 130! I wish it had a cord, but I will take it to our local sewing repair guy next week. Hopefully, he has a cord!

    Oh and I love the little spool cozies you added from Glenn! I also got some of those spool cozies from Janis!

    I already bought a service manual and the decorative stitch selector card! Thank you for the manual too!

    Nancy
    Nancy, I'm so glad it got there ok. I tried to pack it so it wouldn't bang up. I don't know much but that was the pedal that came with it - kind of on a short wire isn't it? I've seen the cords for about $20. I don't know if sew-classic has it or not. I think it takes a standard Pfaff cord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    try using a magic eraser...then I'd sure love to see a pic. I have been searching for a pretty yellow machine to use for my Booth displays whenever I start doing shows.
    A magic eraser is abrasive and I wouldn't want to use that on painted surfaces. But, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, Pfaff cords are readily available if you google. They're pricey, though. Maybe you can get one second hand locally, but otherwise you can get them on ebay or via all the various sewing machine supply places.
    I already tried finding a cord by googling. I come up with all kinds of Pfaff cords, but not one specific for the 260. This machine has a weird cord set up! The motor is under the bed of the machine so it had a different looking set up.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Nancy, I'm so glad it got there ok. I tried to pack it so it wouldn't bang up. I don't know much but that was the pedal that came with it - kind of on a short wire isn't it? I've seen the cords for about $20. I don't know if sew-classic has it or not. I think it takes a standard Pfaff cord.
    Hello Miriam! Nope, not a standard Pfaff cord! I have 5 other Pfaffs and none of them have a cord that matches, or is interchangeable with any of my other Pfaffs! This one is even different than any of those cords! Believe me, I tried every cord to every machine! They are all unique to each machine I have.

    The bobbin case is the same case that my Pfaff 130 uses, and my Pfaff 1222e - which means the bobbins are the same too! The 260 has over 80 decorative stitches, a buttonholer, and man is it made HEAVY! I love it. Rod hot wired the machine usingName:  Pfaff 260.JPG
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Size:  1.08 MB the cord from my pink Sterling and the light works - the machine runs! I can't run it that way though - I don't know how to hot wire anything! This Pfaff is from 1961 - did I say that already! I love the way it looks and can't wait to run it for real! I looked up a couple 260's on e-bay, the foot pedal probably is right because someone had stuck it in a cabinet with a knee control! All I need is a cord and I am good to go!
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    that's a cool looking decal on the base. What is on it?

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    I just removed a price mark from a permanent marker today on a white singer. Moistened my rag and added a little comet and rubbed very gently, it came right off and looks like new.

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    Well, the alcohol took enough of the marker off that I'm satisfied. Thanks Up North for the suggestion. Here it is. It's a Brother 221 Galaxie and I'm guessing it's from the 70's. I got it for not much, because there's no foot control. I have an extra that I need to rewire for a permanent solution. I spent about 2 hours degreasing and lubricating. The reverse and stitch length arm were pretty stuck. All the innards are metal including the cams. However, there are two nylon gears. One has a small crack but it still sews great and all the stitches are nice. My Morse has a similar crack and also sews great. So, I'm not going to worry about it. What I think is pretty cool are the built in stitches. I've never seen a machine this age with built in duck, butterfly and fish stitches. Neato! I like the lemon color and I'm glad I was able to get it running.
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    Hi Candace, a very nice looking machine!! I found this blog, and look at what they use to clean their machine.
    They were dealing with pen (ink). I would have thought that alcohol would damage the surface, but no damage, that is good.

    http://lifewithlou.blogspot.com/2011/07/pinky-love.html

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    Nancy and Candace nice looking machines. Love those colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    that's a cool looking decal on the base. What is on it?
    Jennb, if you are talking about the Pfaff - that is not a decal - but, it does sort of look like one! That is the embroidery stitch design selection card. There is no way I'd - or anyone - would know how to make all those stitches without the little wheel to turn around - point to the stitch - then it tells you how to set the machine up for the stitch. It has designs on both sides! I am really impressed with this machine - it does 1, 2, or 3 needle designs!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Well, the alcohol took enough of the marker off that I'm satisfied. Thanks Up North for the suggestion. Here it is. It's a Brother 221 Galaxie and I'm guessing it's from the 70's. I got it for not much, because there's no foot control. I have an extra that I need to rewire for a permanent solution. I spent about 2 hours degreasing and lubricating. The reverse and stitch length arm were pretty stuck. All the innards are metal including the cams. However, there are two nylon gears. One has a small crack but it still sews great and all the stitches are nice. My Morse has a similar crack and also sews great. So, I'm not going to worry about it. What I think is pretty cool are the built in stitches. I've never seen a machine this age with built in duck, butterfly and fish stitches. Neato! I like the lemon color and I'm glad I was able to get it running.
    Candace, I like the yellow and green! I don't see any evidence of a permanent marker either! You got the cams too? I'd guess 70's. It looks like a fun machine! I see it has needle positioning! So does my Pfaff! Left, middle, right needle positioning, and they both drop their feed dogs!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Candace, I like the yellow and green! I don't see any evidence of a permanent marker either! You got the cams too? I'd guess 70's. It looks like a fun machine! I see it has needle positioning! So does my Pfaff! Left, middle, right needle positioning, and they both drop their feed dogs!

    Nancy
    Nancy, there is an internal, metal, camstack of the stitches I posted. It doesn't take external cams. Thanks grayhare, I'll try hairspray on ink if I ever have any. This was a set in, marker. Probably a sharpie. Like it had been on the machine for years and had absorbed into it. I tried the alcohol on the bottom in a hidden area first. Then used it on the marker area. It took some gentle rubbing but it slowly faded. Tomorrow in the daylight, I'm sure I'll still see faint markings, but it's much better. Who in the world would write a price on a machine like that in magic marker??? I have to say, I think I've seen Good Will do that.

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    Nancy, Can you treadle that Pfaff 260? It is very nice machine!

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    Candace, Those are very cute decorative stitches. I like the fish! The butterfly looks more like a bat, but it is still cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Candace, Those are very cute decorative stitches. I like the fish! The butterfly looks more like a bat, but it is still cute.
    Yep, I like the fish, too. It would be perfect at the cabin...... very nice machine.

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