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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Bought a Wheeler & Wilson #9 machine and treadle cabinet the other day to provide a little variety from my Vibrating Shuttle Treadles. Wheeler & Wilson pioneered Rotary sewing and the Four Motion Feed which is still used today and I always considered W&W an antique modern sewing machine (and probably why I put off getting one).

    So I finally got one and am currently waiting on a leather belt. I oiled her up and did some sewing by hand. Used the MY1014 needles which I heard about and worked very nicely without any fooling with. I figure my WW is from about 1900 and came with one donut bobbin. Think I'll try a Featherweight bobbin out once my belt comes in and see if it works out.

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    Jon, I have two Wheeler and Wilson's and I stand by what I have always said on this board! The Wheeler and Wilson's are the aristocrats of the sewing machine world - at least until 1905 when they sold out to Singer! I have always felt those Wheeler and Wilson's are just a cut above the rest! Congratulations! I can't wait to hear what you think when you actually sew with one - remember the hand wheel goes the opposite of a Singer - away from you!

    Nancy

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    Here's a repro advertised as a repro! I wish we could see the machine! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3121343043.html

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    I have one of those wooden treadle tops. It's made from pressed wood and is cheap, cheap, cheap. Right now I've got it bolted to a parts base with my Singer 9W-7 in it. It works, but who knows how long.

    I wish the seller had posted more pics though. Especially of the machine.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I like it too. My garage is full, my house is full, there's a sewing machine cabinet, a kitchen table, and a coffee table on the front porch .......... I got room for it, ha ha , too bad it's sooooo very far away.

    Hmmm, my brother is in Costa Mesa ............. I wonder ??

    Joe
    Too late Joe. My son in San Jose bought it yesterday. Now I have to figure out how to get it to Washington. LOL. I really need a vacation so may visit my son in Arizona and then visit my enabling son in San Jose. Sounds like a good plan. He did say that I had to quit (collecting/hoarding) soon. Hah!
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline,

    Glad you got it.

    You know, those who tell us we need to quit "hoarding" are just jealous cos they don't have anything they want to hoard.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Pat is Cathy ok? Since her move we haven't heard from her - I hope she is doing ok?
    Just got a text from her, so she's still alive. (She's holding my new 24 head hostage! )

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    You know, those who tell us we need to quit "hoarding" are just jealous cos they don't have anything they want to hoard.
    Hoarding? Us??? Bite your tongue!

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Too late Joe. My son in San Jose bought it yesterday. Now I have to figure out how to get it to Washington. LOL. I really need a vacation so may visit my son in Arizona and then visit my enabling son in San Jose. Sounds like a good plan. He did say that I had to quit (collecting/hoarding) soon. Hah!
    Caroline, Glad you were able to pick up this machine! Enjoy!

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    I have posted my tut on cleaning and repairing the shellac finish on these old ladies but not all machines we find will need my cleaning method. MUV has a very good video on cleaning these machines and she is very good at it. So if in doubt which one is for you post a pic on the the cleaning thread and I will try to send you in the direction that is the best for you. MUV and I have a great love for these machine and we want them to look their best. And we use all of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Hoarding? Us??? Bite your tongue!

    pat
    First place we are not hoarders we are collectors of fine art and antiques.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    My internet fritzed out for a few days and I was only 11 pages behind, but lots has been going on. Hope everyone had a good 4th of July. I used the Lady Kenmore 89 and made my two girls some red, white, and blue quilts to picnic or watch fireworks on. Turned out pretty, and I enjoyed making them. I see the beauty of that machine. It has a sturdy sound and stitch. The quilts were just 9 patches, but made with love.

    Nice new machines, or old machines, such as the case is here. Charlee, that was sweet of you to lend the girl a machine. I always keep one on hand that I don't love, but got dirt cheap, for those occasions. It will work, because that is a requirement here, and will have completed a project, so I usually give out a manual, if I have it, and a threading diagram if I don't. I have several midrange Kenmores that are waiting for the call to serve a borrower.

    My thought go out to the members with ill family. It is hard, and you are right to spend as much time with them as you can, because when it is gone, it is really gone, and you are making memories that are forever.

    You can call me a hoarder for sure. I take in all stray sewing machines and fabric and keep most of them. I am trying to reorganize somewhat, and sort some fabric. Newly married daughter is supposed to be clearing what is left of her stuff out of her room, so I can get organized a little better.

    Yall keep me motivated, for sure, with your news of machines and projects.
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    Well, now that it's consistently above 100 here, I'm finally spending some time on my list of projects! First up is the little 99K and cabinet. I am working on refinishing the cabinet by patching the veneer in spots, taking off what's left of the old lacquer, and putting some shiny new shellac on. The machine itself will get a good cleaning and a repo hand crank plus a new slide plate. Big plans here! It's going to end up a scrappy little thing, but I think it'll be fun.

    I took the cabinet apart last night. It was interesting to see how it was assembled. The corner brackets that held the sides and legs together look like they were made so that you could slide the legs very slightly up or down when assembling. I wonder if these small cabinets were shipped to dealers unassembled and then put together or if they left the plant finished.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Pat is Cathy ok? Since her move we haven't heard from her - I hope she is doing ok?

    Nancy
    I just saw her today. In 15 minutes she fixed two machines i had been working on for weeks. Cathy's just busy settling in...haven't been up to see the new place yet, but I imagine it takes some doing to settle a collection like our Cathy's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Well, now that it's consistently above 100 here, I'm finally spending some time on my list of projects! First up is the little 99K and cabinet. I am working on refinishing the cabinet by patching the veneer in spots, taking off what's left of the old lacquer, and putting some shiny new shellac on. The machine itself will get a good cleaning and a repo hand crank plus a new slide plate. Big plans here! It's going to end up a scrappy little thing, but I think it'll be fun.

    I took the cabinet apart last night. It was interesting to see how it was assembled. The corner brackets that held the sides and legs together look like they were made so that you could slide the legs very slightly up or down when assembling. I wonder if these small cabinets were shipped to dealers unassembled and then put together or if they left the plant finished.
    I might have 40 or 60 cabinets right now - yes, some of them were knocked down for shipping. We knocked them down for hauling. Some are getting stored knocked down. It doesn't seem to matter - either way is a sturdy cabinet - they have to be sturdy to handle that much weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Too late Joe. My son in San Jose bought it yesterday. Now I have to figure out how to get it to Washington. LOL. I really need a vacation so may visit my son in Arizona and then visit my enabling son in San Jose. Sounds like a good plan. He did say that I had to quit (collecting/hoarding) soon. Hah!
    Caroline, I can't wait to see what you think of that machine once you get it home and sew with it! Please keep us informed as to your opinion of the machine and the cabinet! I'm just curious as our local sewing repair guy seems to have one of those in his shop a lot. I never asked him why - it could just be for servicing!

    Nancy

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    Hi! I bought a 'boat anchor' Wheeler & Wilson a couple weeks ago and am beginning to bring her back to life. I have most of the chrome soaking in evaporust at the moment. It's in pretty sad shape, poor thing.

    I have a question about the Singer 66-13, the bobbin case rattles in my machine. I'm tinkering with it a bit, but one screw is cemented in place, which means I can't get into the case to see what is going on underneath. The bobbin case has a slight jiggle to it when it sews, which makes the machine pretty loud when I use it. Is this normal?

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    here is as a cute little gem, a child sized hand crank and a fantastic(?) price.

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/clt/3125066790.html

    and here is one machine that is a give away

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/zip/3124719337.html
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    Last edited by Charlee; 07-07-2012 at 04:00 PM.
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    Regarding Charlee's post above, first, if I had my great-granmother's sewing machine, I sure as heck wouldn't sell it and as for the WHITE in the mission style cabinet, shouldn't they show the machine? Silly people

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    I wouldn't sell my mother's machine, let alone my great grandmother's machine, but people do it...

    As for the White in the mission style cabinet? Chances are it's there, and probably well used... but the cabinet alone is worth the $50 they're asking IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    here is as a cute little gem, a child sized hand crank and a fantastic(?) price.

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/clt/3125066790.html

    and here is one machine that is a give away

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/zip/3124719337.html
    I have one just like it. I've had it for over 60 years and don't know how long my stepfather had it when he gave it to me. I get it out every once in a while. It only does a chain stitch. I haven't sewn with it in many years.
    Jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446 View Post
    I have one just like it. I've had it for over 60 years and don't know how long my stepfather had it when he gave it to me. I get it out every once in a while. It only does a chain stitch. I haven't sewn with it in many years.
    Jan
    i think that little machine is adorable. this is one of those machines that would cause me to buy it just for decoration. i hope someone buys it soon so i don't have to think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I just saw her today. In 15 minutes she fixed two machines i had been working on for weeks. Cathy's just busy settling in...haven't been up to see the new place yet, but I imagine it takes some doing to settle a collection like our Cathy's!
    So Cathy was in Alameda today. That counts as a mini TOGA! It is fascinating how quickly Cathy can fix a sewing machine. Her passion for these vintage machines as she repairs them shows. She explains what needs to be done and why. Great teacher!

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    OR maybe I should call that mini gathering of two, Vintage Sewing Machine Gathering.

    Need to come up with something different than a TOGA since this mini gathering really was not a mini TOGA. I'm sure the machines worked on were not just ones for a treadle since Laura does sew on other vintage machines with motors.


    or maybe a VOGA

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    OR maybe I should call that mini gathering of two, Vintage Sewing Machine Gathering.

    Need to come up with something different than a TOGA since this mini gathering really was not a mini TOGA. I'm sure the machines worked on were not just ones for a treadle since Laura does sew on other vintage machines with motors.



    or maybe a VOGA
    I think o it as a "visit" (ducking and running) but seriously, the garage sewing room is coming along nicely. Nice big bench to work on machines. I will have an open house when it's all together, I think....Laura

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