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    Muv,

    That 48K is Awesome. I can't wait to see the pix of the cleaned up machine. Even though I think its perfect as is.
    What a lucky find.
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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.
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    Now as far as my new Viking 6010 goes - it sews perfectly! I paid $35 for the machine and the 4 cams A, B,C, & D, along with a really nice blue case. It had no extra feet, attachments, and only 1 bobbin. It looks like an "L" type bobbin? Candace, Pat, Cathy? Anyway, it was frozen so we took it apart (DH and I) today as much as we could. Those darn things are cast in one piece! We could only get the free arm part apart, take the HW off and go in from the back!
    I also got a Viking this week. Mine is a 6020. I paid $60 but it came with everything from the original owner- manual, advertising book, 12 feet, 4 cams, and table. The table was full of "stuff" needles, seam binding, thread, etc.
    My machine was sewing fine, but the stitch width knob was stuck. I joined a Vintage Viking group on Yahoo and they helped me fix it with a blow dryer. It works great now.

    Let me know if you need a copy of the manual and I will mail it off to you. I think that both machines are pretty much the same.

    Edited to add that the machine was over two hours away which made it not as much of a bargain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen C View Post
    I also got a Viking this week. Mine is a 6020. I paid $60 but it came with everything from the original owner- manual, advertising book, 12 feet, 4 cams, and table. The table was full of "stuff" needles, seam binding, thread, etc.
    My machine was sewing fine, but the stitch width knob was stuck. I joined a Vintage Viking group on Yahoo and they helped me fix it with a blow dryer. It works great now.

    Let me know if you need a copy of the manual and I will mail it off to you. I think that both machines are pretty much the same.
    Jen, thank you very much but I got the manual and the advertising book with my machine too. I got all 4 cams, the instruction manual, the advertising manual, the case, the little thingy that slides over the free arm to store things like attachments, thread, etc. I just didn't get the table, any extra feet, and I only got one bobbin! The bobbin looks very similar to my Singer 319's "L" bobbins!

    I think the 6010 and 6020 are pretty much the same! I do thank you again, though, for your thoughtfulness!

    Wow, I only had to travel 10 minutes to get my machine! We happened to be at In and Out Burger when the lady called me back about the machine. We were almost in her back yard - so we just went right over! I have been playing with my machine all afternoon, but I haven't tried using the cams yet!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Muv,

    That 48K is Awesome. I can't wait to see the pix of the cleaned up machine. Even though I think its perfect as is.
    What a lucky find.
    Cathy
    Cathy do you know anything about a Viking 6010? Like what size bobbin they use?

    Nancy

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    I didn't originally want the table that came with the machine. It is a big one and I am limited on sewing machine space. I only took the table because I didn't know if I would be able to get the part (shelf) that goes on the free arm.

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    Nancy,

    I'm not familiar with the 6010. However in the past numbering systems the numbers ending in 10 (ie 5710) were the lower end machines with fewer options. They are, however, still a Viking which is good. The bobbins are Viking. I don't know if they have a number designation. They aren't the same size as the 306 if I remember correctly. I do have a few extras. I'll be home Friday afternoon ( in the Bay Area now).

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy do you know anything about a Viking 6010? Like what size bobbin they use?

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Oh and on a fun note, the lady we got this Viking 6010 from said it was her grandmother's machine. She remembered being shut in the bedroom when ever her grandmother's customers came over for fittings. The grandmother was a seamstress for a group of strippers! The little girl had to stay behind closed doors until the strippers tried on their costumes to make sure the costumes would come off nicely! I thought that was hilarious!

    Nancy
    What a neat story!!! A machine with a PAST!!! You need to write it down and keep the story with your machine. Just think what all of our machines would tell us if they could talk!!!!

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    What a great idea; I don't know why I didn't think of it. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    On one of my machines, I have a rubber band in the spoke wheel groove to help prevent slipping. That may work too for you.

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    Miriam,
    Just in case you didn't follow up on the comments on your thread in the tutorials, I am pasting my comment here where you will more likely see it. It is important for you to know that your efforts were appreciated.

    Miriam,
    I can't believe that you spent soooo much time, only to have the QB mess up on your photos. Thank you so much for your efforts; I really do appreciate the time and effort involved and the frustration level that you had to have had. I think that I might have blown a fuse if I had been in your shoes. In order to "get it", I took your photos...the ones that came through unscathed, and your narrative, piece by piece and pasted them into a word document. Having the first and last photos on the same page allowed me to get a better idea of what you had done. A couple things still confused me and then after re-reading it all again, your words finally struck me when you said to sew it like a child's block. I still haven't figured out the last step in the lining unless you top stitch it closed but then it wouldn't hurt to top stitch all around the upper edge, I guess. It may be a while until I get around to giving it a try but I will do it soon as I get my Christmas stuff done. Again, THANK YOU!!!
    Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    Miriam,
    Just in case you didn't follow up on the comments on your thread in the tutorials, I am pasting my comment here where you will more likely see it. It is important for you to know that your efforts were appreciated.

    Miriam,
    I can't believe that you spent soooo much time, only to have the QB mess up on your photos. Thank you so much for your efforts; I really do appreciate the time and effort involved and the frustration level that you had to have had. I think that I might have blown a fuse if I had been in your shoes. In order to "get it", I took your photos...the ones that came through unscathed, and your narrative, piece by piece and pasted them into a word document. Having the first and last photos on the same page allowed me to get a better idea of what you had done. A couple things still confused me and then after re-reading it all again, your words finally struck me when you said to sew it like a child's block. I still haven't figured out the last step in the lining unless you top stitch it closed but then it wouldn't hurt to top stitch all around the upper edge, I guess. It may be a while until I get around to giving it a try but I will do it soon as I get my Christmas stuff done. Again, THANK YOU!!!
    Donna
    I posted a reply on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Miriam, It takes a lot of time to compile that information. First you have to google and hunt for what looks good, easy to follow, and then you have to spend the time linking or uploading to this site.

    And if you make your own tutorial that also take a lot of time, but well worth it! It is nice to be able to share what we discover or learn to the QB. Not everyone finds the same information; so, this type of sharing can benefit many.

    My best suggestion is to first google and search, and then if you can't figure it out ask. One would be surprised at what one learns from googling and researching.
    Yup it did take a lot of time and so does answering every little question - especially when the questions repeat on a weekly basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen C View Post
    I didn't originally want the table that came with the machine. It is a big one and I am limited on sewing machine space. I only took the table because I didn't know if I would be able to get the part (shelf) that goes on the free arm.
    So Jen you are not talking about the shelf/extension that goes over the free arm - you are talking about an actual table/cabinet?

    Thank you Cathy, I will call you if I can make it your way soon!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yup it did take a lot of time and so does answering every little question - especially when the questions repeat on a weekly basis.
    Miriam, it does take time to repeat the answers, but for all you lurkers, or new people who have found this thread - we have some very knowledgeable people on here who will try their best to help you! That is why we started this thread on vintage machines - to help each other - so don't be afraid to ask questions! Come on board and ask away! If we can't help you, like Miriam has said - we will at least try and direct you to a link where you can get help!
    Everyone on here has the same vintage sewing machine bug - we love the old machines.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    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.
    I used to live around the corner from that store. Leo took over the store when the owner passed away a couple of years ago. Leo was his partner, though I didn't know that at the time. I've been going there since it first opened nearly 10 years ago. Leo mainly runs the new store in Southlake now, and the other guy (I think his name is Ken) mainly manages the Hurst store. I have never met a more talented guy at fabric selection than Leo. I often go in there when I'm picking fabrics for mystery projects or if I'm stumped and he always finds me beautiful combinations. They love to ooh and aah over people's projects too. Now that they have the second store in Southlake they have a better selection of stuff. Most of their fabrics are completely different from one shop to the other, but Leo has a rule of ordering ALL the fabrics in a line or none at all, which I kinda like because that means that you'll be able to get all the fabrics instead of hen picking them. They are hopefully going to be carrying my designs exclusively in the DFW area soon. Right now we only have them in my mom's LQS in Colorado.

    Oh...and whatever you do don't mention the people next door to them. Apparently they hate each other lol! MAJOR rivalry...i'm not a fan of their neighbor either, even though they're the local dealer for my new modern machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    On one of my machines, I have a rubber band in the spoke wheel groove to help prevent slipping. That may work too for you.
    Thanks vintagemotif! What a brilliant idea. So simple and I bet it will help me with that smooth tube. I did try sanding the tube which helped a bit but the rubber band idea is SO much better. I'll probably get a chance to try it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    On one of my machines, I have a rubber band in the spoke wheel groove to help prevent slipping. That may work too for you.
    Thanks Vintagemotif for the rubber band idea. I tried it and it works great to limit slipping. Thanks again. My two spool is almost ready to have her picture taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Thanks Vintagemotif for the rubber band idea. I tried it and it works great to limit slipping. Thanks again. My two spool is almost ready to have her picture taken.
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    I can't wait to see it!!!
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    Well, today was a banner day for sewing machines, and accessories.

    First I picked up a used simple cabinet that should fit a wide base Singer such as the 401 or similar. It will need some fixing and refinishing, but that's not a problem. I got lots of glue.

    Second, I picked up a 15-91, allotment date of 12-29-36. It's complete but roughish, a wee bit of rust and the wiring is a disaster, but it turns freely, so it's a viable machine. I got it cheep so now I have a patient to do a potted motor rewire with. It's been rewired in the 50s with the horrid latex covered aluminum wire. Oh how I hate that crap! The bobbin case is an original Singer case with "Simanco" and the part number on the inside. Never seen one like that before. So this one will be a fun machine to play with.

    Third, ..... I got me a 66-1, allotment date of 6-12-13, with the back clamp feet. It's a red eye of course and it's missing it's slide plate ... of course, but it's free and spins easily. So I'll have it sewing tonight .... well maybe tomorrow.
    I've been looking for one of these to go with the set of back clamp attachments I got some time back from my LSMG.

    Also got a good solid machine case for free. It was wrapped around the 66-1.

    I'll have pics of all this later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Well, today was a banner day for sewing machines, and accessories.

    First I picked up a used simple cabinet that should fit a wide base Singer such as the 401 or similar. It will need some fixing and refinishing, but that's not a problem. I got lots of glue.

    Second, I picked up a 15-91, allotment date of 12-29-36. It's complete but roughish, a wee bit of rust and the wiring is a disaster, but it turns freely, so it's a viable machine. I got it cheep so now I have a patient to do a potted motor rewire with. It's been rewired in the 50s with the horrid latex covered aluminum wire. Oh how I hate that crap! The bobbin case is an original Singer case with "Simanco" and the part number on the inside. Never seen one like that before. So this one will be a fun machine to play with.

    Third, ..... I got me a 66-1, allotment date of 6-12-13, with the back clamp feet. It's a red eye of course and it's missing it's slide plate ... of course, but it's free and spins easily. So I'll have it sewing tonight .... well maybe tomorrow.
    I've been looking for one of these to go with the set of back clamp attachments I got some time back from my LSMG.

    Also got a good solid machine case for free. It was wrapped around the 66-1.

    I'll have pics of all this later.

    Joe
    Joe you will love sewing with the 66-1 with the back clamp feet. As I said before the 66-1 is my go to machine.
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    So Jen you are not talking about the shelf/extension that goes over the free arm - you are talking about an actual table/cabinet?
    Yes, it is an actual table. The machine doesn't have the extension tray. It sits in the table that has a cutout for the free arm so that the top is level or you can fold the front and back away to use the free arm. It is one of the larger tables with four drawers down the side. I imagine it must be a Viking table for that shape of free arm to fit in? Jen

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    Nancy- The truth is I didn't want the table at all but now that it is home and I have been using the machine all week I am loving the table. We have other machines in tables but they are all the small tables. And I *think* this may be my favorite sewing machine. Jen
    Last edited by Jen C; 09-27-2012 at 04:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Thanks Vintagemotif for the rubber band idea. I tried it and it works great to limit slipping. Thanks again. My two spool is almost ready to have her picture taken.
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    I'm looking forward to seeing that Two Spools! You are going to love sewing with that machine. They tend to be a wee bit louder than the Singer 66 (or any Singer for that matter) when treadling, but the stitching is very nice. It's my favorite piecing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Joe you will love sewing with the 66-1 with the back clamp feet. As I said before the 66-1 is my go to machine.
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    Skip,

    This makes Singer 66 number 8 I think. I've come to the belief that the 66 was Singers best straight stitch machine.
    Now I need another treadle cabinet for it. Ahhh, will it even end?

    Joe

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    need some info on a singer 401 A and a golden touch are the cams interchangable . the cams are for a gloden wondering if the 401 has the same stitches on the machine and the cams would they work and i need to down load a manul for the 401 A . the touch and sew is histery . Dottie Bug
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    need some info on a singer 401 A and a golden touch are the cams interchangable . the cams are for a gloden wondering if the 401 has the same stitches on the machine and the cams would they work and i need to down load a manul for the 401 A . the touch and sew is histery . Dottie Bug
    Yes and yes if they are black - white won't work. LOL http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals I even have a repair manual. Lots of info.
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