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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Hey Folks- here's a machine I picked up on the way home from TOGA. Isn't it cute? It looks like the motor caught fire, because there is a scorch where the motor mount was. But, with the motor gone, you can see the "made in occupied Japan" label. Fun, huh? Laura Attachment 364749
    I am "hip deep" in Japanese clones, but if I had seen this one I would have taken her home also. And she is a hand crank now, awesome! What is the JA number? It would be interesting to know what factory made her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm going to try again to post the pic of the GKs working in my shop...
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    what an attitude, Miss L!!!
    Then the Wilbur climbed up there and grabbed a Qtip to 'help'
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    I couldn't get the pics to load the other day.
    As soon as I got the pics shot I had to move them so they wouldn't fall off.
    They all love my shop and fight over who gets to 'help'

    I better look inside that machine to see if there are any Qtips hiding...
    Miriam, Cute kids! They looks like they are having a blast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    miriam, cute kids! They looks like they are having a blast!
    oh they were...
    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 Caroline S View Post
    I am "hip deep" in Japanese clones, but if I had seen this one I would have taken her home also. And she is a hand crank now, awesome! What is the JA number? It would be interesting to know what factory made her.
    OK, now I'm feeling guilty and I've had my fun! I "badged" the machine and put the deacls on. Then I used Skipper's method of french polish to seal it all in. The made in Japan I didn't make up. When I saw it with no name at all, I sort of.....FAKED IT! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    OK, now I'm feeling guilty and I've had my fun! I "badged" the machine and put the deacls on. Then I used Skipper's method of french polish to seal it all in. The made in Japan I didn't make up. When I saw it with no name at all, I sort of.....FAKED IT! Laura
    Now that you have had your fun, how did you do it? An interested California born girl wants to know.

    I think it is a work of art and worthy of duplication. Not that I don't have enough projects going on, LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Hey Folks- here's a machine I picked up on the way home from TOGA. Isn't it cute? It looks like the motor caught fire, because there is a scorch where the motor mount was. But, with the motor gone, you can see the "made in occupied Japan" label. Fun, huh? Laura Attachment 364749
    Ooh, I want it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    OK, now I'm feeling guilty and I've had my fun! I "badged" the machine and put the deacls on. Then I used Skipper's method of french polish to seal it all in. The made in Japan I didn't make up. When I saw it with no name at all, I sort of.....FAKED IT! Laura
    Make me one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    OK, now I'm feeling guilty and I've had my fun! I "badged" the machine and put the deacls on. Then I used Skipper's method of french polish to seal it all in. The made in Japan I didn't make up. When I saw it with no name at all, I sort of.....FAKED IT! Laura
    GREAT job!!

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    Laura; Love the "faked" name on the machine. It is perfect!! Great job.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Did anyone see Bonnie Hunter's live cam today? I was wandering around blog land when I discovered that she had a live cam today. I sat in for around 20 minutes. Bonnie was treadling a Singer!! And she answered some folks questions. One gal asked about cleaning up a vintage machine. Bonnie told the gal to look for MUV's excellent tutorials on youtube. She even stated that MUV knows what she is doing (which we all know). That was such a very nice compliment to MUV.

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    Laura, I loved the Californian badge machine sometimes faking it is good no???
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    Miriam, cute kids. Love the red hair and the curls. Which Singer are they working on? I see my Elna behind them.

    Laura, you did a great job so now we all want one. I'll take mine with roses - maybe, I do like the orange poppies. Michigan and apple blossoms?? Iowa and corn - nah. I left Iowa years ago and I wouldn't corn on a machine.

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    Laura, That machine is cute! You should do a demonstration at Cathy's next TOGA. I'm sure there will be many folks interested in seeing the process. I like Irishrose's idea of state flower to each state name. One could even collect a machine for each state that they have lived in. Also an awesome idea for refurbishing those sad looking vintage ladies and gents. Looking forward to seeing your demo at Cathy's next TOGA!

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    Charlee, glad to hear you are doing better. I had wondered where you had gone off to. You take care of yourself.

    Miriam, those gk's are cuties. They look like great little workers.

    Cute faked machine logo, Laura.

    I have an amazing story for yall. After we lost Mama in January, I had decided to start being a better person in my own weird way and started making the lap quilts to donate for door prizes monthly at our local country music show. They have been quite a hit. This month would have been my mama's birthday, so I used fabrics strictly from her stash, that nobody wanted so I have it, and made a quilt, using a pic that she had drawn, that I found with this stack of fabrics. You know how we all have our quilt fantasies and think ahead and have the fabrics in groups. Well, our older daughter was home this weekend, and said I was being mean for not letting her have that quilt. I said, well, it is going for a door prize in honor of your grandma's birthday, so your one shot is to win it. The tickets are the two part ones, and she got there after us, so her ticket number was not even close to ours, and she sat in the seat next to me. This girl was her grandma's favorite, and it was not a secret either. Back on track now, the band had played Last Date, one of my mom's faves, and made our daughter cry. Then came the door prizes, and out of 250 numbers, my daughter won the quilt. Some things are meant to be, and when I explained the situation to the program director, and she agreed. How cool for that to happen. My daughter said that her grandma took care of that, and she slept under the quilt last night, and it was the first thing she loaded in her car when she got ready to leave.
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    The first pic is the prize quilt from last night. The yellow one is from last month, with some hand embroidered squares the I found with a rubbermaid box of fabric next to a dumpster. Not great pics, but I used the Sewmor for all the work. Awesome little machine, and it was still out, so I just used it for both.
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    Charlee - Really sorry to hear you have been ill. Relax, take it easy, get everyone else to do the work... I know I'm saying the same as everyone else... I'll be praying they get the treatment right first time.

    Miriam - Absolutely love the grandchildren. Send them round here, there are a couple of machines that need cleaning.

    Here is the latest, a Singer 48K that I found in a second hand shop on Friday. It's a bit muckier than I usually go for, but I'm a sucker for transverse shuttles, and the decals are too pretty to pass by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Laura, That machine is cute! Looking forward to seeing your demo at Cathy's next TOGA!
    Yes! (Note that a winter (mini-)TOGA is coming up--possibly the last week of December. Mark your calendar!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Miriam, cute kids. Love the red hair and the curls. Which Singer are they working on? I see my Elna behind them.
    I'm thinking they were 'working' on a Singer 401 I had on the bench when they surprised me. Little Miss L was asked about her 'red' hair and she very smartly, hands on hips told everybody (in a crowed elevator) we had to use henna so the louses wouldn't eat our hairs. Uh - my DD is very afraid they might get lice at church so she puts henna on the hair. Miss L's is probably the color mine was when I was a little kid LOL. Oh and Wilbur's curls ARE real. He has crazy wild curly hair and no it is not really red. See avitar... LOL

    Laura, I don't care if it isn't real - I LOVE IT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Hey Folks- here's a machine I picked up on the way home from TOGA. Isn't it cute? It looks like the motor caught fire, because there is a scorch where the motor mount was. But, with the motor gone, you can see the "made in occupied Japan" label. Fun, huh?
    I like the poppy decals! Too cute.

    Edit: Just read they were a "home job." Very neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm going to try again to post the pic of the GKs working in my shop...
    They are darling, and they look like they're being a great help.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Here is the latest, a Singer 48K that I found in a second hand shop on Friday. It's a bit muckier than I usually go for, but I'm a sucker for transverse shuttles, and the decals are too pretty to pass by.
    The decals on that look almost like cloisonne to me. I definitely wouldn't have passed that one up either.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Didn't find much in the way of sewing stuff on my weekend in the big city, just a 66 that stayed where it was. A little too rich for my blood at the thrift store. But, I did get a picture because it was a blackside machine. Someone had stripped off the motor, and the case had been painted over or something. I did pick up a couple of queen sized bedskirts cheap (yay!) and went a little crazy at Quilter's Stash in Hurst. Nice guy taking care of the store, chatty and friendly atmosphere.

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    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    I have an amazing story for yall. After we lost Mama in January, I had decided to start being a better person in my own weird way and started making the lap quilts to donate for door prizes monthly at our local country music show.
    That is a wonderful story...definitely one of those meant-to-be things!
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    What a lovely story. Melinda. The quilts are very pretty, but it sounds to me like you already are a good person with a good heart.

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    Thank you. I try to do right. I will make another for next month. Maybe something harvest/fall themed. I like the way the quilts make the people remember the quilts their mother/grandmother or whoever made for them, and I get to hear all the stories, which is cool. At first, I was asked, "Did you make that?" and "Are you just giving that away?" I just smile and say yes. It is sad that so few people sew or quilt much anymore; I like to think of it as an art form. It is relaxing for me, and everybody knows that giving makes the gifter, not just the receiver, feel better. And I get to use my vintage machines and learn something new most projects. I had gotten a White Jeans machine a while back, for $5 at a yard sale, and it had an awesome hopping quilting foot in the accessories. It has a larger eye that my Pfaff one, and works on all my machines.
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