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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Update: the seller refunded me $20 instead of the smaller amount I asked for. That means I paid $89 total for a long bed 301, a packed box of attachments and a repairable case. I can handle that.
    Sounds good. That $20.00 will cover the repair needs and then some I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    That's what I was thinking Trish...these are old blocks, just wasn't sure how old. Thin muslin tho... am tempted to back it with a heavier muslin.
    I like the one on the lower right corner that looks like a tile mosaic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Could be the origanial 30's material that they are now reproducing. I like the different colors.
    I was thinking the same. That should be a pretty quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    These are the quilt blocks I picked up the other day...they cost me 1.50... Anyone have an idea of date for these fabrics?

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    Charlee, Very pretty is all I can say and I also like the tile, mosaic looking one. You stole them for $1.50.
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    Charlee, what a fun find! Are they edged in a bias strip, or is that stitching? It looks very uniform throughout the blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Charlee, what a fun find! Are they edged in a bias strip, or is that stitching? It looks very uniform throughout the blocks.
    It's a very closely spaced, deep blanket stitch, all done by hand.
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    i thought i saw some post where a 319w was being sought. here is the listing for one. i really like the look of this machine; it looks like it is ready for business. no price is listed in the post though.

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/3108305966.html

    here is an industrial singer for a really good price of $75. this is about the cheapest i have seen the industrial singers in my area. look at all of the throat/harp/arch/air space available for quilting.
    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/3063506236.html
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    I tell you right now,, shut off that compute and go get that 31, forget you ever saw this 319w it's home machine...

    I just got a 16-188 which is the big brother to a 31, They have the same body.... I paid $100 it came in a treadle stand, the top is falling apart,,,, it's monster.

    at 75 $ you can't go wrong...consew copied these. parts will interchange.

    that one is in a modren table , I'm sure a updated motor...

    Do you understand the speed these run ? most do not. These run at one speed only, which is full speed.

    hit the pedal and it will GO.. the only way to get a full range of speeds is to buy and install a servo motor ..then they work like a home machine,, servo's sell from 150 to 250..

    go get it, you could reslle it for 3 x's that much
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    notsureif lemme say i consider myself a vintage machine hobbyist rather than a vintage machine enthusiast. so i am not one who collects, resales, tinkers, repairs, dismantles, refurbishes, restores or resuscitates these vintage beauties, i just like to sew with them. i would have no room for something as big as the 31. but one of these days i surely would like to play with one. i bet it is amazing.
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    I have a chance of getting a Singer 66. No attatchments nor manuel. It is a centinnel model and was made in 1951.
    The spool pin is missing. I do not know what the condition is. The owner was $100 for it. I can not go see it for about 8 weeks. If he still has it I will go then. I all ready have three 66's that are Red Eyes and really do not need another one. Kathie

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    Well, the $20 didn't stay in my possession long. At sale #1, I passed up a beautiful portable (I use that term loosely) Dressmaker with all cams and the instruction book. This one was cream with a turquoise faceplate, but for $50 it stayed there. My Universal fills that niche well. I passed on a plain Singer 66 from the late 20s in a normal looking cabinet - not a treadle. Just plain with straight legs - is it a #40? for a whopping $25. I did like the way both sides of the cabinet folded out. Machine looked good, just needs a bath. The handwheel turned okay. On the ground was a pretty White Rotary in a burled oak case - one the first portables White made. Again, I use that term loosely. I'm not sure how I'm going to get in the house. I didn't inspect it closely - just gave the seller the $20 and let her husband put in my car. It's been in a basement and the hinges are a little rusty, but overall it doesn't seem too bad. 1890s patent dates are engraved on the needleplate. The electrics look very old and scary. It was Aunt Genevieve's and she was a dressmaker by trade. that's all I know. Two machines in a week. This is not good. The bobbins are big and flat, I think. I did check to see if the bobbin case was there, but forgot to worry about needle size. It had a box of attachments with it, but at the last minute the seller wondered if they belonged with this machine. I'm not a good fibber so I had to tell her they were short shank and the White needs back clamping.

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    Irishrose, if it's a Family Rotary, it should use standard 15x1 needles. I've had success with the rotary bobbins from Sew Classic (they just don't have the thread hole the old ones do).


    I guess crazy is in the eye of the beholder...or something like that. I was looking at some photos for an upcoming property/contents auction. I turned the laptop towards my mother and asked, "Is it nuts that I know there's a Singer in this auction, and that I know it's probably a 66, 15, 201, or even a 301 just from looking at this picture?" She didn't even have to bat an eye lash to tell me "Yes."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Irishrose, if it's a Family Rotary, it should use standard 15x1 needles. I've had success with the rotary bobbins from Sew Classic (they just don't have the thread hole the old ones do).


    I guess crazy is in the eye of the beholder...or something like that. I was looking at some photos for an upcoming property/contents auction. I turned the laptop towards my mother and asked, "Is it nuts that I know there's a Singer in this auction, and that I know it's probably a 66, 15, 201, or even a 301 just from looking at this picture?" She didn't even have to bat an eye lash to tell me "Yes."

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    nice leg!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    These are the quilt blocks I picked up the other day...they cost me 1.50... Anyone have an idea of date for these fabrics?

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    Wow Charlee it is sad that those blocks ended up for sale to anyone! Someone's, mother, sister, aunt, whomever spent a lot of her time hand embroidering those blocks. It is a shame that kids, offspring, neices or nephews, didn't appreciate what it takes to make something like those blocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Update: the seller refunded me $20 instead of the smaller amount I asked for. That means I paid $89 total for a long bed 301, a packed box of attachments and a repairable case. I can handle that.
    Wow, Judy I'd give you $89 right now for a long bed 301! But, I think I'll hold out for a two tone - white and mocha! One of the gals in our Wednesday night Strip Club has a white and mocha 301 that is soooo cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsureif View Post
    I tell you right now,, shut off that compute and go get that 31, forget you ever saw this 319w it's home machine...

    I just got a 16-188 which is the big brother to a 31, They have the same body.... I paid $100 it came in a treadle stand, the top is falling apart,,,, it's monster.

    at 75 $ you can't go wrong...consew copied these. parts will interchange.

    that one is in a modren table , I'm sure a updated motor...

    Do you understand the speed these run ? most do not. These run at one speed only, which is full speed.

    hit the pedal and it will GO.. the only way to get a full range of speeds is to buy and install a servo motor ..then they work like a home machine,, servo's sell from 150 to 250..

    go get it, you could reslle it for 3 x's that much
    Ok John - now that I know you are a guy - I have to agree A LITTLE BIT with what you are saying, but I'd get the 319 too! I love my 319w in treadle!

    I just today moved my two 31's into my barn! I am confiscating one stall to set up my 31's for repairing saddle blankets, horse blankets, some tack etc. I have tried using the 31 a couple times, but the thing scared me to death! It takes off racing! I will 'have' to practice and practice with those mean machines or I will end up sewing a finger or something! I love them, though! Oh yeah, both my 31's were given to me along with a bunch of attachments for them and the cabinet - which is electric but looks like a treadle!

    I worked on my Hales Crescent's cabinet today - I had already stained and repaired the cabinet - now it is just finishing it! I also worked on my Hitachi cabinet - sanded and stained it! I won't really use the 31's until I can sand and stain their cabinet too!

    Oh and I sewed this morning with my Pfaff 260 - which still baffles me! Why don't you try explaining why my machine works fine with one side plugged in and the old knee control, but won't run that way with a more modern foot control?

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S. View Post
    I have a chance of getting a Singer 66. No attatchments nor manuel. It is a centinnel model and was made in 1951.
    The spool pin is missing. I do not know what the condition is. The owner was $100 for it. I can not go see it for about 8 weeks. If he still has it I will go then. I all ready have three 66's that are Red Eyes and really do not need another one. Kathie
    Kathie are you feeling better? Hows the broken ankle? Well I wouldn't pay $100 for a 66 except maybe the centennial one! I have one red eye, and 2 'newer' electric plain ones! There are lots and lots of 66's out there, but it would be nice to have a centennial!

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    Has anyone heard from Texas Jan? She has been going through so much, and it worries me that she hasn't surfaced for a few days?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Has anyone heard from Texas Jan? She has been going through so much, and it worries me that she hasn't surfaced for a few days?

    Nancy
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    Nancy, I wanted a LBOW, too, as Annie is a mocha, but when I went without Annie for almost two weeks because the SM guy had as much trouble as I did getting the plug back together, I gave up and bought the first one that I could win in my price range. They can share the attachments and Annie is slated for a paint job, though if I have back surgery, I doubt that I'll be lifting machines, even a light one. The White Rotary weighs in at 39 pounds. There is no needle in it so I can't compare. I'll have to find the needle/machine site. I can put in 15X1 and see what happens. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow. A family member has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and I'm the only caretaker, so I have been sitting in ICU and have to travel next week. Name:  scraps.jpg
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    I did take the motor off but there wasn't time to undo the electrical cords. I've never seen such elegant, careful work in coiling the wires around the terminals. Watching the grandkids so will have to deal with this another time. I'll be back home soon and there is no sew and vac place near. It may just be the brushes. Anyway, my 201 and 15 are waiting at home. Gosh, I do miss them. Then there is the Necchi, the newer New Home, the Redeye, the 66 handcrank. Still, I had become fond of working with Myrtle. Maybe its time I learned to rebuild motors. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    While going to yard sales today I found this Singer buttonholer. Looks like it has never been used and all the parts are there plus a pkg. of 4 other discs of different sizes and the instruction book to tell you all about it. I guess what I'm curious about and have not seen it mentioned on here is the message on the end flap of the box that reads

    The SINGER* Deluxe Monogrammer adds a personal touch to linens, towels, clothes, other ites with 1 1/2" script initials. Floral motif included, too!

    You all remember I am new at this and plus my old brain doesn't remember to well anymore. Will go google this when I get off here, but just curious if I need to keep my eyes open for this!!
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    Well Candace, I see the Pfaff 260 you mentioned on our local Craigslist for $400! I sent them an e-mail a couple days ago asking if they had actually seen a Pfaff 260 SELL for $400? I told the people who are trying to sell this machine that you can ask anything, but maybe they should look and see what the machines are actually selling for! The asking price and what actually gets sold are two different things! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3105270595.html Well, it looks like they listened a little - it is now lowered to $300 - what a deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    nice leg!!!
    Yep...and I need another set of legs like I need a kick in the head! Was browsing CL and saw not just one, but two 301s for decent prices in the DFW area today. Good thing I'm here and not there (at least that's what I'm telling myself).

    On a side note, I spent a couple of hours zig-zagging batting scraps together with a little half plastic late 70s-early 80s White. Not too bad, but I'd hate to have to use it all the time. Love my little tanks that don't wiggle and jiggle all around.
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    Havplenty,
    I've never seen a black 319 before, it looks interesting. I guess its a good thing I'm in Texas or I'd have to go check that one out.
    Sharon W.

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