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    Nancy,
    Because it had no foot pedal, the seller dropped the price $25! Yippeeeee!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    This one is for sale in Sacramento for $50 via CL if anyone is looking for a Viking Treadle. Pretty cool!
    This one caused lots of drooling!!! She's pretty! I wish my modern Viking had a tall head space like this one does, it would make quilting a lot easier.
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    Have a problem with my 301. It sews just fine, but I find when I pull the fabric behind the pressure foot to cut the thread, the top thread pulls really hard. Hard enough that the needle bends from the pull. Any help or is that normal for a 301?
    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by almond View Post
    Have a problem with my 301. It sews just fine, but I find when I pull the fabric behind the pressure foot to cut the thread, the top thread pulls really hard. Hard enough that the needle bends from the pull. Any help or is that normal for a 301?
    No, that's not normal. It sounds like you've got some lint, crud, old oil in the pressure foot lifting area or tension discs. Check the areas, clean and see what happens.

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    maybe someone can help me. i have a 15-91 in a cabinet and i love the way it sews. me and my daughter want to take sewing lessons together. in order to do that, i need a portable machine. im looking for a featherweight. are there any differences in the set up/sewing in the 15-91 and a featherweight. AND does anyone know of a website that i can buy a featherweight off of? id like for it to be "refinished" and completely working and have a nice case with it. if there is a better light weight portable singer i could look for, id love to hear about that too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    No, that's not normal. It sounds like you've got some lint, crud, old oil in the pressure foot lifting area or tension discs. Check the areas, clean and see what happens.
    It is possible that you have the needle down low enough that thread is still stuck on the hook.
    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 Originally Posted by amint11 View Post
    maybe someone can help me. i have a 15-91 in a cabinet and i love the way it sews. me and my daughter want to take sewing lessons together. in order to do that, i need a portable machine. im looking for a featherweight. are there any differences in the set up/sewing in the 15-91 and a featherweight. AND does anyone know of a website that i can buy a featherweight off of? id like for it to be "refinished" and completely working and have a nice case with it. if there is a better light weight portable singer i could look for, id love to hear about that too!
    Well, there are some differences:
    The 15-91 uses Class 15 bobbins
    The Featherweight uses 221/301 bobbins

    The 15-91 needles goes in flat to the right and threads left to right.
    The F W needles goes in flat to the left and threads right to left.

    Their top tensions are set up a bit different, but that's and easy thing to learn.

    That's about all I can think of.

    As for buying one "refinished" and completely working I can think of only one place, I'm sure there are more, and maybe someone here sells them like that. But I don't know of them. Take a look at The Featherweight 221 Factory at: http://thefeatherweight221factory.com/
    He sells them.


    Joe

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    A FW is so easy to work on... there are manuals... if you can follow directions to make a quilt you can renovate a machine... it just isn't rocket science...
    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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    How can I determine the age of a Bamberger Deluxe Zig Zag Machine...

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    joe,

    thanks for that great information. im going to go and check him out now. i was hoping the bobbins and attachments would be interchangeable since i am only going to be using the featherweight for classes with my daughter. thanks again for referring me to someone who can sell me a ready to use sewing machine!

    ashley

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    miriam,

    i could handle doing the repairs. its just easier for me buy one ready to go. i already have a ton of projects lying around, and if i add one more to it, then it or something else will get pushed to the side. after raising 3 kids and helping them with school and activities, there arent any hours left in the day for me to "redo" a sewing machine.

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    joe, hes closed right now due to landing another job. =(

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    amint, I betcha if you had one you could send it to Joe and he would do it up proper...
    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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    under "machine for sale" he says isnt selling or redoing anymore at this time. due to landing a new job. i wished he was though cause his "sold machines" are nothing short of amazing.

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    Ashley,

    The Featherweight and the 15-91 are both low shank, so the attachments are interchangeable.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by amint11 View Post
    joe,

    thanks for that great information. im going to go and check him out now. i was hoping the bobbins and attachments would be interchangeable since i am only going to be using the featherweight for classes with my daughter. thanks again for referring me to someone who can sell me a ready to use sewing machine!

    ashley
    Cathy

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

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    Nancy,

    I'm looking forward to next month's Girl's Night Out.
    Now I need to find a machine to bring <VBG>

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    It was really nice to see Cathy at Girls Night Out. It would be so much fun if a bunch of us could do Girls Night Out, but most of you are just too far away for an evening of sewing. Luckily, Cathy already knew 3 of us that go to Girls Night Out so she was right at home! It is so nice to be able to go sew with your friends with no husbands bugging us! Sorry guys, but us girls need a night to ourselves once in a while!

    Nancy
    Cathy

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

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    Mary,

    Is the take-up arm at it's highest point? If it is farther down, the hook may still be holding on to the thread loop.
    By stopping with the take-up at the top you will find the thread easier to pull as the machine has completed the stitch.

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by almond View Post
    Have a problem with my 301. It sews just fine, but I find when I pull the fabric behind the pressure foot to cut the thread, the top thread pulls really hard. Hard enough that the needle bends from the pull. Any help or is that normal for a 301?
    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 miriam View Post
    I wish we had something like that around here... You all are so lucky.
    Miriam, talk to your local fabric store about starting a ladies night out. The class that Nancy was talking about is the third Saturday of the month, from 5 to 10. We pay a fee of $10 and receive 10% of anything that we buy. It is a
    pot luck. We sometimes have someone teach us something new. Most of the time we just work on anything
    we want. We all help one another if someone needs help. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    I'm looking forward to next month's Girl's Night Out.
    Now I need to find a machine to bring <VBG>

    Cathy
    Do ya want to borrow one of mine?

    Cathy, I made a very small dent in the stash of jeans that you gave me. I cut out 140 circles, and DH help cut out about 20. That red jean jacket is now 46 circles, and I have been sewing all the circles into another mock cathedral window quilt. Thanks again for all those jeans!

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    Monica,

    Want me to start collecting jeans again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Do ya want to borrow one of mine?

    Cathy, I made a very small dent in the stash of jeans that you gave me. I cut out 140 circles, and DH help cut out about 20. That red jean jacket is now 46 circles, and I have been sewing all the circles into another mock cathedral window quilt. Thanks again for all those jeans!
    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 Mizkaki View Post
    Monica,

    Want me to start collecting jeans again?

    Cathy
    The neighbor across the street is now on the lookout for me after I asked for a couple of her jeans for my first jean quilt. I had to tell her that I have boxes of jeans and that I'm good for now. I found some cute bandana motif fabric today for a future jean project. I will post photos of the one I'm working on once it get it finished. Work done by Singer 201 and 224; both fantastic machines!

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    You all remember Glenn came to Indianapolis? Well, we went antiquing and sewing machine shopping. I found a PINK sewing machine that he tried to wrestle away from me.... It is a very pretty machine barely used. I thought I would look it over before the GDs showed up yesterday. It always scares me to see a nearly perfect machine. Why did it not get used??? This ones' tension spring was in the wrong place - would not move. I took it apart and adjusted it - the machine works fine now. It is a dandy. I took pics but left the camera at the shop. Oh and I found a 35 cent can of unused oil and a new pair of scissors under the machine but no lint.

    When the GKs came they caught me working on a Singer 401 so they grabbed a box of Qtips and 'cleaned' the machine. Every time Miss L got a tiny smudge she threw out the Qtip - whole box used up... I shot pics of them standing on my bench cleaning the machine - did I mention the camera is still at my shop??? Oh, back to the 401. I have never seen a mess like that one. First it looked like someone greased it with a black crayon. The oil was very waxy like and EVERYWHERE. Then the place where the motor comes up through to the balance wheel looked sort of like it had an oil bath - it was full of waxy oil. I got most of it off the machine - Qtips are in the can... Wilbur figured out where all the screw drivers go and put them away - all of them... Then he discovered a box of hinges - he loves my shop. He says only one word when he comes - kind of scary - I think he is just absorbing - his one word is 'AMAZING!' Miss L comes in and talks my ear off and just digs in with the Qtips. She loves lint and old waxy oil and Qtips. I need to keep them in a smaller box from now on. I tried to switch her off to a brush to no avail. Wilbur was happy with a brush for a while. I let him go at it on a parts machine. Oh and he was not impressed with the pink sewing machine for some reason.
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    Note to amit11 - if your area is anything like mine a Featherweight would be quite expensive to use only the one time for classes. Unless someone is very fortunate and finds one for a steal they could go for up to $500 each. If you just want one for classes - go to Walmart and get a Brother for less than $100.
    TwandasMom

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    Quote Originally Posted by amint11 View Post
    under "machine for sale" he says isnt selling or redoing anymore at this time. due to landing a new job. i wished he was though cause his "sold machines" are nothing short of amazing.

    Keep looking or get a 301! They're better, IMO because they offer more flexibility. You can get one for around $100 and will last you forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey View Post
    How can I determine the age of a Bamberger Deluxe Zig Zag Machine...
    Honchey, I don't know if this has been answered or not - but, no you probably won't be able to date the machine exactly. It is probably a Japanese model and those records were not kept. I'd bet it is a very nice machine, though!

    Nancy

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