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    Old 05-01-2011, 12:04 PM
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    Originally Posted by irishrose
    Alco was a distributor who bought the Necchi name rights. Your sister's loaner is Japanese made and similar to the 15 clones. Still a good machine, but the Necchi people only recognize Italian made machines. Can we say snob or is it just being a purist?
    Thank you for the info. Would not have found this info where I was looking. Thanks! It does skip a stitch every now and then but I believe it has not been services in a very long time. Cobwebs everywhere. :shock:

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    Old 05-01-2011, 12:50 PM
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    Originally Posted by milp04
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    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Just got word that McKenna is closing down her "Grandmother's" and "Necchilady" sites today due to dealing with nastiness from ill-mannered folk. If you look quick, you can see my "new" Howe A, currently residing in my LR:

    http://www.grandmotherssewingmachine...treadle_2.html
    I like your Howe A, beautiful!
    Sad to hear this. I learned lots just from visiting her site. I read all of her pages. I would look at all the cool machines and then research on additional information on those that interested me the most. Bummers :(
    Hi MizJohnny,

    What amazing pictures and information are at the two websites. I wrote her a email encouraging her not to stop her websites. It would be such a waste of her time and information about these machines. I just wouldn't want this to be lost. I have an older Necchi machine and didn't even know these sites existed. I've been encouraged as I read through her pages.

    Hopefully she'll reconsider.

    Pam M
    Yes, I hope she will reconsider too. But if she doesn't I can understand that too.

    I'm always surprised at how nasty, mean, and down right rude some folks can be. And sometimes more so on the internet and boards like this because some are hiding behind pseudo names.

    But there are lots of good folks out there that are willing to share and help each other. It is just sad that the rude folks can't be big enough or polite enough to leave well enough alone or learn to say a simple thank you for the time you took out of your day to try to help.

    I have enjoyed her blog/board and the wealth of information that she shared with the rest of the world. From her and this board, I have learn so much about vintage machines. I do hope she does keep her blog up since it is very well done and extremely helpful for identifying machines.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 01:33 PM
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    It is awful that people can be mean and nasty. I see she's already taken the site down. Darn.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 01:37 PM
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    I just went there and apparently she is gone from the web. It is down--no longer there. I need a question answered. In using kerosene to clean out the gunk from machines does it make a difference if you go to the gas station and get it from the pump or is it necessary to spend $10 for a gallon from the store? I'm getting ready to do some cleaning on 2 of my machines. Anne
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:15 PM
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    Originally Posted by buslady
    I bought a 301 on ebay a while back. It came with a box of cams, I just got it out to look it over good and couldnt find where to put the cams. when I got the manual out to look up the info I realized it was for a 500 series. I finally realized the error of my thinking. Now need to get the right manual downloaded. cant wait to try this machine out!
    You will love your 301!!! I got one a couple of months ago, and I just love her!!
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:29 PM
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    Originally Posted by Charlee
    Me too! I've already tapped William's fishing fund...I really need to behave for a bit...but when one finds a Singer 201-2 Centenial for $15...well...what's a girl to do?? ;) :lol:
    Lol....she should by all means, tap into the fishing fund!!! :-D :thumbup:
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:35 PM
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    Originally Posted by Honchey
    I just went there and apparently she is gone from the web. It is down--no longer there. I need a question answered. In using kerosene to clean out the gunk from machines does it make a difference if you go to the gas station and get it from the pump or is it necessary to spend $10 for a gallon from the store? I'm getting ready to do some cleaning on 2 of my machines. Anne
    My BIL says to use diesel fuel - yeah, it is cheaper. About anything to dissolve all the built up old oil, grease and rust. Dust bunnies clean out with an old eyelash brush.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:37 PM
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    Originally Posted by oldhag
    Wow! What a chatty bunch y'all are. I've been gone for a bit help out with my son who is very sick so I haven't been around much. That didn't stop me from adding to my collection. Actually my DH has been the one finding machines for me. I have added 2 from my wish list.Singer 500 and a 301. The 500 I purchased for $75.00 and the 301 for $50.00.
    Hag, I LOVE your 301....it looks just like mine!! You are so lucky you got a cabinet with yours. Mine came with no case at all.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:44 PM
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    Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
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    miriam, Is that Elna beige or gray? I'd say beige from the pic. If it is, it was made between 1959 and 1963. The grays were made in 63 and 64. It's a very nice looking machine. If it's half the machine my 1974 SU is, then you won't be disappointed. Mine is actually more beat up looking than yours, but it's done a lot in its years.

    Mornigstar, My 1952 128 has a large hole just to the right of the spool spindle. My book says it is an oil hole. I would guessed from the size that it was a grease port, but apparently not.

    Yes she is beige - the lighting for her glamor picture was horrible. She is not all beat up and yes it sews very nice. She fit in an old cabinet I had in the garage. She is very light weight - probably about 10 pounds or so. I had fits with the discs until I figured out there are two kinds of single discs. I have 4 other Elna machines. None of them work. Two are green and two SU machines from 70s or so. I loved my old SU machine. I beat her to pieces and wore out the motor so many times it isn't funny. Then the zigzag gear broke. Someone gave me a Viking so she set around a while. Two green ones need timing - both are seriously out of timing and the little drive wheels are both shot.
    I have just found info how to fix - just haven't had time. One is a transformer and the other is a super. The other SU one is in great cosmetic shape but has a broken gear somewhere. She was from CL with no parts or case but I have all the parts. I'm hoping to get her to work and then sell/part out the rest of them but not until I get one working.
    Miriam, I just won an Elna Supermatic made around 1955. Hope to get it on Monday but by looking at the pictures I can't tell if the cam in the machine is a flat cam or a top hat. Would you happen to know which it is? Also where I might be able to get more cams and a manual?
    I got my little green Elna Supermatic last year. She hasn't been out of her case yet....I am embarrassed to report this!! I have to find a folding knee controller for her, and I haven't found one yet. I have lost 2 on auctions, because I won't pay $65 for one! :-) Anyway, a very kind board member traded me some fabric for cams she had and couldn't use. I was so blessed to get them...my machine came with NOTHING!!! I bought it before I spent any time researching vintage machines. I was just wooed by her cute little body!! Hahaha!!! :lol:
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:48 PM
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    I know you are going to love her. Mine have worn out drive wheels - they are inside the balance wheel. Sometimes when it gets warmed up they just spin and the machine won't go. There is info on line how to fix it though. Those knee controllers did not all fold - some were straight - you might look for a black smith to make one.
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