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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Miriam,

    Got more pics than what I took in your shop / storage area. If pics of that are not allowed then I won't post any.

    Been busy fixing things, haven't had the time to convert the pics to a smaller dial up friendly size and put them photo bucket.

    Give me a few and I'll have 'em up.

    Joe

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    OK, Here is the story and pics of the road trip to Indy 8-28-12.

    We left the house at 4:45 AM and headed to Indy. We were going to pick up a couple sewing machines at the GW pickup place there.
    The trip was uneventful until just before the Indiana border. We had a huge tractor trailer rig come up behind us that wanted to pass. I was cruising at 70 ish and bumped it up to 75 but he still caught up with me. So since he couldn't move right I had to move left to the white line to let him by.

    As usual we stopped at the first rest stop just inside the IN border. The big thing that passed us was there but we never did find out what he was carrying. It was a very large square thing on a low boy trailer. All wrapped up in white plastic.

    We headed out and didn't get more than a mile or two when the traffic flow just came to a sudden slow down. We saw there was two Indiana State Police cruisers doing a rolling road block. For some 20 minutes or so we crept along between 25 and 35 MPH. Tractor trailer, 4 or 5 cars, tractor trailer, 4 or 5 cars for as far as we could see. Finally we got a glimpse of what was causing all this nonsense. Another very wide load. It was part of the tower to one of those windmill generators that's popping up all over the place.
    A precede car, then two IN State Police cars then the big then, then two more IN SP cars then a follow car.


    We got past this and and got back up to speed and maybe 10 miles down the road saw one of the traffic warning signs that said there was a traffic slow down ahead due to an accident clean up. Slow down is a fib, we eventually came to a dead stop and sat there for 15 minutes.
    There was vehicles sitting to the front as far as I could see:

    And to the rear as far as I could see:

    When we finally got to the accident site they were just getting to towing away the trailer and the chassis of the tractor that was involved in the accident. Only the chassis, no cab, no engine, no transmission, only the chassis with the trailer still coupled up to it. Weird. I was driving and could not get pics of that, my wife wasn't ready with the camera and got a view of a worker through the windshield.

    After that we had no further troubles on the road.
    Got to GW about 9:30 or so I think. And picked up our machines:
    Aldens;

    American Home:


    When we left there my wife got on the phone with Miriam and she gave us directions to her shop.
    We got there after a very scenic trip on the outer loop freeway - I think it would have been quicker to just drive across town but freeways are nice. I love dodging early morning, half asleep drivers.

    At the shop I have to admit I was a bit over whelmed. Miriam's got more machines and cabinets in her shop than my LSMG and he's been there for over 30 years. I did take a few pics of her stash, but I can't post them . We had a really great visit. Saw some interesting machines and one in particular, a silver Sewmor 404 that I all but drooled over. I want one like that some day.
    We bought a Singer cabinet someone had painted white. It will be stripped and refinished .... Oh Glennnnnn, HELP!
    And Miriam gave me a derelict WIZARD brand Japanese ZZ machine. It is rusted up in the needle bar end and has a broken hinge on the bobbin hook part. I suspect this might be one even I can't resurrect. But I've already got some parts off of it in the Evapo-Rust. And the rest of it is out in the garage soaking in oil.

    After the visit we went to Yummies restaurant and ate. Different and good stuff. It was all I needed to satisfy my hunger. After sitting there eating and talking for quite a while we headed to the Salvation Army and rooted around there. After sitting in the Pathfinder for so long I wasn't moving very fast and Miriam beat me and my wife into the store. Before I got 10' into the store I'm pretty sure she had almost everything sewing related inventoried. She pointed out a blond Singer 4 drawer e-machine cabinet, we bought it. I didn't really want it, but my wife did. My wife was looking for any sewing accessories along the back wall and I was looking at the cabinet when Miriam found the Elna. Before my brain could process what she was so happy about she had picked it up, cradled it in her arms and was giving it a good look see. After paying for the cabinet and some small storage containers we had to rearrange the disaster in the Pathfinder to get it all in. But we did it.

    We then went to the DAV thrift store only to find they had moved. At that point Elaine and I checked the clock and considering how tired we were we decided to call it a day and head home.
    We said our good byes to Miriam and hit the freeway out. HA!!!!!!!
    As we circled around the 74 West exit we ran straight into the 5:00 PM freeway rush hour:

    It felt just like driving in the freeways in Phoenix. I felt right at home.

    Just under 4 hours later we were home. Got to see a really nice sunset too:

    I was cruising along at 75 MPH when Elaine opened the window and stuck my camera out side to get the pic.
    I was not really thrilled at that. If she'd have dropped it I would have cried.
    We made it home before it was totally dark. WOW!

    We unloaded the Pathfinder Wednesday and took a pic of the goodies:

    The white cabinet with the Aldens in it with the blond cabinet setting behind it with the American Home on top of that. The derelict Wizard machine is setting in the Pathfinder.

    That was two days ago. Since then I have been fixing things. The case for the American Home had a bad bottom. It literally fell apart. I reglued that. Looks horrible (somebody painted it chocolate brown) but it works now. I had to rewire the motor on the American Home, and rewire the light on the Aldens. The Aldens needed a spool peg and a replacement bobbin winder tension, and a new belt. We found that out when we were testing it out last night and the rubber belt broke.
    The American Home needed a bobbin case and still needs a belt. The rubber one on it was cracked so I put one of my used ones on for now.
    Both will get new belts later today.

    Well, I'm not a tease, never was too good at that. Just been busy. Hope you enjoyed the trip story and pics.

    Joe

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    That was quite the epic adventure!

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    Those are cool looking machines, Joe. I have to admit, even though I'm not a fan of painted, vintage cabinets, that white Singer cabinet looks nice the way it sits.

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    What a haul and sounds like it was a fun trip. Sad we can't see pictures of Miriam's shop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    Hahaha - well, I live in Northeast Ohio near the lake so I understand your feelings about basements. Most basements in this area get wet to say the least, but we do have bi-levels and people finish their basements so it's possible to have a dry basement around here...if you've got the cash to make it so. We don't have a basement but have a crawl space, and though I don't miss spiders and wet corners I DO miss space to stash my junk. I'm a junker who goes through a clutter free period about every three years to clear out my hoard. I have always teased my Husband, "I'm just one tragic life event from being on hoarders..." You know how they always say things on that show like, "Momma always did like to collect things...then Daddy died and she stopped taking out the garbage...and that was thirty years ago."
    OMG, that is so me!! laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    That was quite the epic adventure!
    My place is an epic adventure... especially going to Yummy's - they do make good gyros - for those of you too shy to visit my shop it is on the corner of 10th and Post Rd in Indianapolis, IN. I like the chicken gyros best. Oh yeah - lots of sewing machines - all over the place - no orgainzation - sewing tables piled up all over the place too - some time I need to match things back up. I thought that Sewmore was green - it is gray??? It is one sweet machine. You can show a pic of that one Joe.... I think it has a table some place, too. I need to get some of that stuff on CL - I've been way busy working my 'real' job... The white cabinet was NOT painted by me. I'm glad Joe likes it. I think it would be nicer if it was painted pink and gray to match the pink and gray machine.... that is if you are into painted sewing machine cabinets.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Candace,

    My wife says the white cabinet will stay white, or be stripped down to what it's original finish was. My camera made it look much better than it really is. The paint is latex and it's pealing off in some places. Other than that it's a dandy cabinet. Quite solid and heavy. We're thinking of putting our 401A in it.

    Miriam,

    To be truthful I was trying to get my wife to distract you while I secreted the Sewmore out under my shirt.
    But she wasn't reading my mind then.
    It looks silver to me, but it sorta has a greenish tint. Here's the pic of it I took:

    I think it would look real nice sitting in my sewing room. Oh wait, I don't have a "sewing room". Oh darn.

    I don't really like the white paint on that cabinet because it is latex. If I were to do it white, I'd strip it down to the bare wood, then prep it and then spray it with a good oil based paint. Something that would be durable and last.

    To say that visiting your shop was an adventure is almost an understatement. I enjoyed it big time.


    OH By the way, I asked my LSMG about the cork gasket on the industrial and he said they are available and would run around $8.00 to $10.00 depending on the model. I had forgotten to take that info with me.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    OH By the way, I asked my LSMG about the cork gasket on the industrial and he said they are available and would run around $8.00 to $10.00 depending on the model. I had forgotten to take that info with me.

    Joe
    OH WOW - here I thought it would run a small fortune! That machine is a dandy!
    Here is a pic - it really does NEED a gasket.
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    The machine sets in a tub of oil - it has a pump to pull the oil up into the machine. There are oil wicks everywhere. I don't know if those can be replaced or how it would be done. I got the tension fixed, got the burrs off the hook and put in a new bobbin case. I have a ton of attachments for it. The gasket has been looming for some time. It is a 241-12 or 13 or something like that. The oil pump is the thing on the right - sort of hangs down...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    What a haul and sounds like it was a fun trip. Sad we can't see pictures of Miriam's shop!
    Come on over...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    That Sewmore looks an awful lot like my New Home....

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    I've had a couple of those tables Joe, and they're very nice. Just a heads up, the veneer on them is very thin. So, if you're going to strip and sand it, be prepared to lose the veneer in a few places. They're not solid wood surfaced, unfortunately.

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    Candace,

    Thanks for the heads up. I will be very gentle when I get to it. I'm going to try to use a no sand type stripper.
    So maybe I can keep it to a minimum.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Come on over...
    Oh how I would love to! Especially after being home with three kiddos for the past 9 years...a day weaving my way around mystery sewing machines and sewing machine paraphanelia is the kind of vacaton a girl like me dreams about. Wish you were a few states closer.
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    Joe, thanks for showing your pictures of your trip to Indy. I like to take pictures on the road, so it seems so good to find someone else that does it too. A lot of my pictures are of north west of Indy on the way to Chicago. I am intrigued with the wind turbines north of Lafayette. I call them 'my windmills.' It sounds like you had a great time shopping with Miriam and also in her shop. Too bad she won't let you show pictures of it too.

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    So Janis when are you coming?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    Oh how I would love to! Especially after being home with three kiddos for the past 9 years...a day weaving my way around mystery sewing machines and sewing machine paraphanelia is the kind of vacaton a girl like me dreams about. Wish you were a few states closer.
    Miriam's right next door to you in Indiana... I'd have been there by now, kids in tow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Miriam's right next door to you in Indiana... I'd have been there by now, kids in tow!
    NE Ohio is a bit of a trip with kids in tow. I do have a big fenced yard though... Keeps the GKs out of the neat freak old lady neighbor's yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    NE Ohio is a bit of a trip with kids in tow. I do have a big fenced yard though... Keeps the GKs out of the neat freak old lady neighbor's yard.
    Hahaha...a trip to the grocery store is a bit of a trip with three kids in tow. Believe it or not I do know my geography...although you wouldn't know it from the way I type here. Sheesh. LOL*** I should say, I wish you were a few CITIES closer! Once my youngest (16 months) is a little bit bigger I can leave her with Daddy for a short trip. Before she was born I was able to go on a four day quilt retreat...oh that was so much fun...time flies it won't be long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Miriam's right next door to you in Indiana... I'd have been there by now, kids in tow!
    I bet you would!!! Hahahaha I would too if I were working. I'm home now until the youngest gets into school, so unfortunately at the moment I'm at the mercy of a budget and gas prices are outrageous. Pooh.
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    http://nashville.craigslist.org/fuo/3223942023.html
    and if you live close... sweet.
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    I like the red White. I wonder how far Memphis is from Middletown, Ohio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I like the red White. I wonder how far Memphis is from Middletown, Ohio.
    I'm closer... LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post

    I called and left a message this morning. Got a call this evening and the Davis is mine. I am driving down to rescue that poor baby on Saturday. DH thinks I am nuts. But I told him I have sewing machines and he has a boat. Nuf said!
    My DD ended up going to pick up the Davis yesterday. It is still in the back of her truck and she is going to bring it over to me today. What a trooper she is. Once I mapped the location of the sewing machine I knew I could not leave my mother for such a long period of time. As it was, it was a 7 hour trip down and back for DD. She said it was waaay out in the boonies and the sellers could have been extras from the movie Deliverance.

    After some creative re-arranging there is a space in the garage for the Davis. I am hoping that the cabinet will look better in person than the pictures. BUT the sellers did say it had been in the barn for years. DD did not take any pics so Charlee you will have to wait a bit. I just know that DH will be standing by as we unload the sewing machine and shaking his head in disbelief.
    Sweet Caroline

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