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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    I have used the Misty Alpaca yarn, I really liked the feel of it. I would love to see a picture of your crochet. They were spinning yarn, with a foot powered spinning wheel, treadle type. Very interesting!!
    That's a cute face! Thanks for posting the link to the Alpaca farm. I spent some time reading about Alpacas, very interesting. I like their story on how they came to owning the farm-sweet.

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    ooh I'm practically giddy! I'm picking up this beauty tomorrow!!!
    http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/atq/3303122712.html

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    I picked this machine up last spring - we'll call her Perty Face. It was a good thing I have a donor machine to snatch parts off. My Dorthy Donor machine has given so many parts to so many machines I can't thank DD enough!!! So far I haven't needed the exact same part - strange but true. This time PF needed the part the cord plugs into. It was a simple matter but I was so relieved when it worked. Then, I started cleaning the machine. I wish I could give PF DD's body - at this point the DD has way too many parts missing and it would be massive headache - besides I can't remember what all has been taken off DD... Ok so I got PF sorta cleaned up and came to the tension. One look told me there were issues with PF's tension. I pulled it off and here is what I found:
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    for those of you who have never opened up a tension - there were essential parts missing.
    Thanks to DD PF now has a working tension. Hurray for donor machines.
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    Oh and here is the finished transplant:
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    I do believe that machine was kept in the garage, shed or as Muv says (giggle) the outhouse...
    She has plenty of ugly but now that she is working she sews great:
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    PF probably always will need more cleaning - at least I seem to always find more to clean - I can't seem to get enough dirt off... Maybe the munchkins will come over armed with Qtips...

    PF Sings very nice when she runs. I like that.
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    Miriam,

    Is Perty Face a 500 by any chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,

    Is Perty Face a 500 by any chance?

    Joe
    BINGO! You would know that just from visiting my shop...
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    Yeah you got a lot of goodies in that shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Yeah you got a lot of goodies in that shop.

    Joe
    Joe, I have only goodies in my shop - well maybe some with plastic parts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    I have used the Misty Alpaca yarn, I really liked the feel of it. I would love to see a picture of your crochet. They were spinning yarn, with a foot powered spinning wheel, treadle type. Very interesting!!
    What a cute face!!! I will post a picture of my prayer shawl that I'm working on. It is almost finished. YEAH!!!! Then I get to make one for the pastor of my church. The knitting/crocheting group is gifting the family with prayer shawls an they asked me to make the pastor's. I am thrilled and honored although my DD's think I'm crazy for accepting the yarn and obligation.
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    [QUOTE=miriam;5551585]I do believe that machine was kept in the garage, shed or as Muv says (giggle) the outhouse...

    Nothing to the giggles I get when you lot start talking about pants.

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    Underpants to you Muv...that would make me giggle too. Watched Sherlock last night and my daughter laughed when he confirmed he wasn't wearing any pants.

    Does anyone know about the rod that runs from the peddle of the treadle machine to the wheel that spins the belt? One end of mine, the top end, has ball bearings and the other does not, just some sort of tape that is wound around the shaft that attaches to the rod that connects the two. It was a little noisy, had a clunk when it spun, so I investigated and found that the ball bearings were missing. Does anyone know if those can be replaced? Or, can I replace the whole rod? It's shiny and everything else is black, wondering if it's already been replaced with one that doesn't fit well.

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    I'm new to the forum. I bought a Singer sewing machine at a yard sale this weekend for $60. I was hoping someone on here might be able to give me a little information on it. I looked over it real quick for a model number, but all I found was what I think is the serial number on the bottom when I lifted it up. That number is 119198. Anything anyone can tell me about it, or any resources I can use myself will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greasegizzard View Post
    I'm new to the forum. I bought a Singer sewing machine at a yard sale this weekend for $60. I was hoping someone on here might be able to give me a little information on it. I looked over it real quick for a model number, but all I found was what I think is the serial number on the bottom when I lifted it up. That number is 119198. Anything anyone can tell me about it, or any resources I can use myself will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    I answered your post in the Main section...
    Sorry to double post...I didn't see this section until someone mentioned it.

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    Welcome, greasegizzard. Now that you have an almost vintage machine, you'll be hunting for more vintage machines like the rest of us. Your reproduction machine is very pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    Underpants to you Muv...that would make me giggle too. Watched Sherlock last night and my daughter laughed when he confirmed he wasn't wearing any pants.

    Does anyone know about the rod that runs from the peddle of the treadle machine to the wheel that spins the belt? One end of mine, the top end, has ball bearings and the other does not, just some sort of tape that is wound around the shaft that attaches to the rod that connects the two. It was a little noisy, had a clunk when it spun, so I investigated and found that the ball bearings were missing. Does anyone know if those can be replaced? Or, can I replace the whole rod? It's shiny and everything else is black, wondering if it's already been replaced with one that doesn't fit well.
    Hi QW,

    Saw your post in the Davis VF group and am assuming your troublesome pitman is off the "New" Davis VF with the orange decals. Ball bearing can be added if you know the size or possibly trial and error to see what works. The whole rod can be replaced if your fortunate enough to find the part. The tape isn't original equiptment and might be hiding other problems but if it seems to work, best to leave alone. Ball bearing are available online and industrial supplies. Good luck .
    Jon

    Edit--Manual doesn't say what size ball bearings only that it takes 9.
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    I have mine "disassembled" at the moment, and I can see if I can measure the diameter of the ball bearings in mine if you like. Just estimating I would put them at about 3 mm in diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Welcome, greasegizzard. Now that you have an almost vintage machine, you'll be hunting for more vintage machines like the rest of us. Your reproduction machine is very pretty.
    Thank you. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more now.

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    Newbie here...
    I am considering adding a second machine, my choices so far are a 1950's era Singer 66-16 or Pfaff 2022,
    Will the Singer be belt driven or gear driven? Did Singer make both in the 66-16, I would like the second machine to be functional I like the larger throat area of the singer, like the user friendly Pfaff... any helpful hints for me would be so appreciated!
    Jo Anne B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
    Newbie here...
    I am considering adding a second machine, my choices so far are a 1950's era Singer 66-16 or Pfaff 2022,
    Will the Singer be belt driven or gear driven? Did Singer make both in the 66-16, I would like the second machine to be functional I like the larger throat area of the singer, like the user friendly Pfaff... any helpful hints for me would be so appreciated!
    Jo Anne B.
    The Singer 66 are belt drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by greasegizzard View Post
    I'm new to the forum. I bought a Singer sewing machine at a yard sale this weekend for $60. I was hoping someone on here might be able to give me a little information on it. I looked over it real quick for a model number, but all I found was what I think is the serial number on the bottom when I lifted it up. That number is 119198. Anything anyone can tell me about it, or any resources I can use myself will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    Grease, that is a pretty Singer Model 15 reproduction. Those repros are no where near the quality of the original machines. If you try to sew with that machine, let us know how it goes. I am not sure that you will find the year of production since that machine is a repro, but I think those were made starting in the late 80's? It is not an old machine, but again it is pretty. The repros always have decals that are over the top - very loud compared to the original machines.

    nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
    Newbie here...
    I am considering adding a second machine, my choices so far are a 1950's era Singer 66-16 or Pfaff 2022,
    Will the Singer be belt driven or gear driven? Did Singer make both in the 66-16, I would like the second machine to be functional I like the larger throat area of the singer, like the user friendly Pfaff... any helpful hints for me would be so appreciated!
    Jo Anne B.
    Jo Anne, I guess the question I would ask myself is, do I need the decorative stitches of the Pfaff 2022? Do I just need a straight stitch machine? Am I going to be taking the machine with me out and about to classes, etc.? What about the weight if the 66 is not in a cabinet? They are very well made, very heavy machines that will last you a liftetime +, but they are also very heavy. The plastic Pfaff is a great machine, but it won't last or be as durable as the 66. Another plus is that you can service the 66 yourself! The Pfaff would have to go to a dealer. I am a Pfaff lover, but for durability I'd take the 66. They have a beautiful stitch and it will last as long as you need it to. Now if you were making me chose between a vintage Pfaff and a Singer 66 - I'd take the vintage Pfaff everytime!

    In this case, I'd go with the 66 - unless I needed the decorative stitches and IDT foot, which is really a nice accessory!

    Nancy
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    Jo Anne,
    If you want a vintage Singer with a gear drive and a large arch you should look for a 201-2 or a 15-91. The 201 has the largest arch of them all, or so I have read. Mine sure looks like it too.

    If a belt driven machine with a large arch will work, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Singer 66-16 or -18.
    They are all great machines, but the 66s just won't quit sewing. I have 8 of them with the ages from 1913 to 1952 and they all sew great. Very well designed and trouble free. Easy to maintain and if the motor dies they are easy to replace. Or you can treadle it. They are excellent treadle machines too.

    I don't know anything about Pfaffs so I can't comment there.

    Nancy,
    What is an "IDT" foot?

    Joe

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