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

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    The disbelief is because DH knows you'll probably put him to work fixing it ......

    I would have gone and gotten it too.

    Joe

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    Brought an eldredge two spool in original cabinet today, not too bad shape. Decals are descent shape, needs some cleaning, but all there with attachments, didn't see the manual. Forgot to take a picture, going to pick it up on Wednesday, will post pics at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm closer... LOL
    Nice Hahahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    Brought an eldredge two spool in original cabinet today, not too bad shape. Decals are descent shape, needs some cleaning, but all there with attachments, didn't see the manual. Forgot to take a picture, going to pick it up on Wednesday, will post pics at that time.
    Glenn has a manual. See if he can scan his.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    [QUOTE=miriam;5486324]Glenn has a manual. See if he can scan his.[/QUOT

    I do have a manual I am pressing it flat now and will happy to scan for you.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    I have a what's it - any ideas what it goes to?
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    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    another puzzle - looks sort of like some kind of quill - I've never seen one like it. I don't come up with one on a search for quills - it is very finely made - came out of a drawer -what is it and why would it be in a sewing machine drawer?
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Size:  626.3 KBI have just bought these two from a Charity Store for 20 the pair. They are in complete cases and the Vibra has a box full of tools, needles and feet and guides. Even got the instruction book. Can't open the shuttle slider yet. The Fiddlebase has it's little boat shuttle and bobbin, but I can't open the catch which allows you to lean the head back. Wait for hubby to come in and have a look. I'm so excited. I learned to sew on an old made in Japan 'SANGER' with a boat shuttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebell View Post
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Size:  626.3 KBI have just bought these two from a Charity Store for 20 the pair. They are in complete cases and the Vibra has a box full of tools, needles and feet and guides. Even got the instruction book. Can't open the shuttle slider yet. The Fiddlebase has it's little boat shuttle and bobbin, but I can't open the catch which allows you to lean the head back. Wait for hubby to come in and have a look. I'm so excited. I learned to sew on an old made in Japan 'SANGER' with a boat shuttle.
    Those are both beauties!!! You really did well.

    Texas Jan

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    Thank you Texas Jan,

    I can't wait to start cleaning them. I'll have to get hubby to give them the once over. As a hobby he has restored old motorbikes, so I guess he'll be very gentle with my machines. Hope he won't be too cross but will be as impressed as I am. I can't believe the machines and cases appear to be complete.

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    I have an old lady to post as well! Someone advertised a Singer sewing cabinet - Here is what was in there... I thought I was getting some needed legs... sigh.
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    Wheeler and Wilson on the back
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    and some fun stuff
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    more fun stuff:Name:  W&W and drawer contents 038.JPG
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    I like the little odd stuff too
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    People put all kinds of stuff in sewing machine drawers - this stuff seems untouched for YEARS...
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    I had to open up the white paper...
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    Lovely Treadle. You've even got a suspender with it! It's so exciting when you have such a fabulous find! My hubby has just given my two a once over and taken bits off. He's impressed. He's checked the cases and the hinges and is already planning to reposition the repaired hinge that has been put back in the wrong place. Shuttle cover is bent and needs straightening. Did I say...Hubby is a mechanical engineer? Phew..that's lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebell View Post
    Lovely Treadle. You've even got a suspender with it! It's so exciting when you have such a fabulous find! My hubby has just given my two a once over and taken bits off. He's impressed. He's checked the cases and the hinges and is already planning to reposition the repaired hinge that has been put back in the wrong place. Shuttle cover is bent and needs straightening. Did I say...Hubby is a mechanical engineer? Phew..that's lucky!
    My W&W needs a cover plate and it might be good after a bit of Evaporust
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    Miriam,

    You find the most interesting things. I love to dig through old drawers full of goodies.

    Joe

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    Bluebell, I love the machines you got. The Singer tugs at my heart, but then too, I'm partial to old Singers anyway. I'll be waiting to see just how beautiful your machines turn out, not that they aren't pretty now.
    Miriam, its strange what one will find tucked into drawers. I like your W&W, and that cabinet will clean up great. I'll bet the machine will too, with your touch.

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    Ladies, nice find in your machines. I love to look through old sewing cabinet drawers. Even if I am not interested in the mahine. Might find something I'd like and the owner would part with.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Wonder what's wrong...she couldn't "get it started"! Probably not much. Anyway, it's a heck of a buy!

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/3246819730.html

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    Be careful going through old drawers (sewing machine drawers !!!!). I've encountered everything from critters alive and dead to rusty razor blades. I now dump the contents into a shoebox before exploring. And be sure to do this before loading said drawers/cabinet into your car- I wound up with a very expensive mouse family condo in my Subaru AC ductwork. A few mice jumped ship as I unloaded the treadle, but there were other smelly stowaways!

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    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    Wonder what's wrong...she couldn't "get it started"! Probably not much. Anyway, it's a heck of a buy!

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/3246819730.html
    Just looked at the pics. That's a lovely looking machine. It looks like it must have been expensive originally. Must have had all the bells and whistles!

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    That is a beautiful 500A. They were the 'top of the line' when sold. Mine hasn't been out of it's case in years. That happens when you have more machines than time in the day. VBG


    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    Wonder what's wrong...she couldn't "get it started"! Probably not much. Anyway, it's a heck of a buy!

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/3246819730.html
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    Wonder what's wrong...she couldn't "get it started"! Probably not much. Anyway, it's a heck of a buy!

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/3246819730.html
    She should ask the cat, he'd know.

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    The rummage sale that I volunteer at (over 19 years and counting) receives over 100 machines each year. I wish I had kept notes on what we find in the drawers.
    The usual finds are attachments, buttons, thread, razors, tools, keys, and pictures. Then there are the baby teeth, school report cards, and jewelry.

    Cathy



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    My W&W needs a cover plate and it might be good after a bit of Evaporust
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Mystery Machine

    When Miriam found that stash of machines in a barn she found VB shuttle machine in really bad shape. She saved it for me to see what I could do with it. So when visiting her and Phil I picked it up and brought it home to see what I could do with it. I found out it was Burdick sold by Sears in 1900. The name could be read from the decal shadow. I did what I could so here it is. the before and after
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