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    Doggie prayers are being offered from Lily and Moira for Molly's uneventful recovery. Goldens are such sweethearts.

    Skip, my block can go in the washer and dryer as long as you don't bake it. I feel the same way about hand washing as I do about hand sewing.

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    Sharon,

    She is adorable. I'll be pulling for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    My golden retriever is having surgery on Wednesday of next week. She went to the vet to get the cyst on her right eye lid looked at this morning. Our vet called me this afternoon to say that the cyst has to come off and also the weird growth in the inside of her cheek that looks like a black raspberry. Our free dog has been a very expensive critter, we love her to death. She loves everybody even the vets and their staff. Think good thoughts for her.
    In the picture she's in her favorite napping spot.
    Sharon W.
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    Many German transverse shuttle machines such as the Frister & Rossman and Gritzner came with a grinding wheel to resharpen needles. It was placed on the post that was on the right hand side on the bobbin winder. Name:  F&R grinding wheel.jpg
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    The grinding wheel that fits my Frister & Rossman (from about 1907) also fits my Wheeler & Wilson #8. It fits over the post that the bobbin fits on when it is being wound. Name:  #8 with stone.jpg
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    Cathy

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    Our special love is being sent your way along with prayers that this sweet family member will bounce right back from her surgery.
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    My golden retriever is having surgery on Wednesday of next week. She went to the vet to get the cyst on her right eye lid looked at this morning. Our vet called me this afternoon to say that the cyst has to come off and also the weird growth in the inside of her cheek that looks like a black raspberry. Our free dog has been a very expensive critter, we love her to death. She loves everybody even the vets and their staff. Think good thoughts for her.
    In the picture she's in her favorite napping spot.
    Sharon W.

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    Sharon, sending my prayers for your pup. I have a black retriever and he has been the best dog I could have asked for. They are so smart and loving - truly a family member. He could be your pup's darker colored twin! Lol* Hope the surgery goes well for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Many German transverse shuttle machines such as the Frister & Rossman and Gritzner came with a grinding wheel to resharpen needles. It was placed on the post that was on the right hand side on the bobbin winder.

    The grinding wheel that fits my Frister & Rossman (from about 1907) also fits my Wheeler & Wilson #8. It fits over the post that the bobbin fits on when it is being wound.
    Isn't that just the smartest little thing? Boy they sure thought of everything back then.
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    Any family member in misery needs prayers.
    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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    Melinda, it is always nice to hear from you! Yes, I think we all feel life is running us at times! I am retired, but I think I need to retire from my retirement - just to get some time to myself!

    Sharon, I am going to be praying for your fur baby!

    Glenn, I wash my quilts in the washer and toss them into the dryer! I would use a Shout Color Catcher - maybe throw in 2 or 3 sheets - just to make sure none of the colors run. There is a lot of white in that quilt, but I think most of the blocks won't run. I'd be a little concerned with the darker colors, though. You can't hurt that quilt, it is made to be used and to be washed and dried! But, if I remember correctly, there are a few fish made with a dark blue, plus I have all that red sashing connecting the blocks. That is why I'd use Color Cathers the first few times it was washed. I always use Color Cathers when I wash my quilts for the first time! It is amazing what those little sheets collect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    My golden retriever is having surgery on Wednesday of next week. She went to the vet to get the cyst on her right eye lid looked at this morning. Our vet called me this afternoon to say that the cyst has to come off and also the weird growth in the inside of her cheek that looks like a black raspberry. Our free dog has been a very expensive critter, we love her to death. She loves everybody even the vets and their staff. Think good thoughts for her.
    In the picture she's in her favorite napping spot.
    Sharon W.
    She's such a pretty dog...... hope everything goes well. We are such dog lovers but our current puppy is such a rascal. I just hope he will calm down as he gets older. He's just 2 and still so fiesty. Yours looks so calm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Bojangles Nancy and all you nice people who made my fishy quilt, the beautiful quilt has been camping and fishing three times(camping trips last 10days) and continued to be napped under in my easy chair from the very first day. It is ok to wash this quilt I hope. I usually wash my quilts in the bath tub with gold water and that quilt soap form the quilt store(I don't remember the name) I have a sheet I pick them up when wet and fold as much water out as I can and then air dry. I hope this is okay. This quilt is really used and needs to be cleaned every season.

    Thanks Skip
    Like Nancy, I just wash mine with color catchers, as well. But, you do whatever you think you should do. It's your quilt but those of us that contributed to it made it for you to use. I'm so glad you're enjoying it..... thanks to Nancy for all her hard work in putting it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    I, too, just pop in occasionally to catch up on the new machines and see what is going in. In the movie Coal Miner's Daughter, Loretta Lynn says as she is collapsing onstage, a line that refers to how she isn't running her life, her life is running her. Sometimes my life is running me bigtime, especially since we lost Mama, and her illness before. I guess my life is trying to tell me that life is going on, and at a fast pace. Sewing projects keep popping up that are pretty cool, and my daughter is determined to put me back into the sewing business. Earlier in my life, I "sewed for the public" and did some alterations and bridesmaid type things, but scheduling fittings and such got to be a nightmare, so she thinks something in the quilt world will work. We will see. Glad Miriam's folks are better and not too injured. Neat old machines have appeared. Good restorations everyone. On the new Sphinx, late to respond, it is just what it is...a newer machine with traits from the old one. Like how car makers used the similar tail lights and body styles from the old muscle cars (Mustangs, Chargers, etc.) It was just so cool, had to use it again.
    Melinda, hope you can figure out a way for life to slow down a little. I'm retired now but often wonder at how I did all the things I did when working. I know I couldn't do it all now..... getting older has its blessings and struggles.

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    I saw a very pretty blue Montgomery Ward sewing machine yesterday and I am so tempted to go get it. If it's still there, she said it would be $10. Cams, attachments, cabinet. So pretty.

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    Blue?? Montgomery Wards? Go get it!!! Both my MW machines sew wonderfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Many German transverse shuttle machines such as the Frister & Rossman and Gritzner came with a grinding wheel to resharpen needles. It was placed on the post that was on the right hand side on the bobbin wind
    The grinding wheel that fits my Frister & Rossman (from about 1907) also fits my Wheeler & Wilson #8. It fits over the post that the bobbin fits on when it is being woun
    Thank you so much for the pictures! I loved seeing them. The manual described how to use it on the WW8 as your picture shows but it is so great to see the picture! I guess I might carry around a WW8 bobbin and attempt to get a grinding wheel. I did online searching and they are still sold - I just will need to get the right size. Thanks so much again for the pictures! I really appreciate it.

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    Judy,

    You're welcome, I'm always glad to share.

    The hole on my grinding stone is about .225 inches (15/64) across.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Thank you so much for the pictures! I loved seeing them. The manual described how to use it on the WW8 as your picture shows but it is so great to see the picture! I guess I might carry around a WW8 bobbin and attempt to get a grinding wheel. I did online searching and they are still sold - I just will need to get the right size. Thanks so much again for the pictures! I really appreciate it.
    Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    I saw a very pretty blue Montgomery Ward sewing machine yesterday and I am so tempted to go get it. If it's still there, she said it would be $10. Cams, attachments, cabinet. So pretty.
    Seems like one of the guys here has a blue MW machine with cams.
    Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    Monica - I just used your tutorial for changing a bobbin wick and want to thank you for a great tute! It was much easier to do than I thought it would be. Have you ever replaced the spring "screw" that holds the wick? The one in this particular machine is sprung out of shape, like maybe someone tried to pull it out instead of unscrewing it. Thank you again taking the time to write this tute.

    Jan
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    It was my pleasure to be of help! I have never had to replace the spring screw that holds the wick due to damage. One does have to be very careful in removing these screws. I had to soak mine with lots of oil for a bit before carefully removing it. I own two Singer 66-1. One of them has a wick screw and the other doesn't have even a place for a wick. I think that one is an older model. My suggestion is to google around for a replacement part if you really must have one. Happy sewing!

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    I played around a bit with a machine I picked up ages ago and never had time to figure out. I like it - very quiet. Wires were played out. Name:  Caleb, wreck, longbobbin, Pfaff 026.JPG
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    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 miriam View Post
    I played around a bit with a machine I picked up ages ago and never had time to figure out. I like it - very quiet. Wires were played out. Name:  Caleb, wreck, longbobbin, Pfaff 026.JPG
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    Did you add the hand crank?

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    Yeah - it had the usual bad wires. It sure is quiet and smooth. I think I like it just fine for HC. I was able to turn the fabric and HC.
    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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    Thanks everyone for good info. I have color catchers so I will just wash in my front loader and put it the dryer(I will not bake it lol) this is what I hoped you guys would tell me I really don't like the work envolved in the bathtub washing of quilts(I will save this for the antique quilts I have). This quilt is well used so the washing machine will save me work.

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    [QUOTE=miriam;5599708]I played around a bit with a machine I picked up ages ago and never had time to figure out. I like it - very quiet. Wires were played out.

    Is this the one I just saw on craigslist?

    Here's a listing in Bloomington that I thought was interesting.

    http://bloomington.craigslist.org/atq/3350378718.html

    It says 'Antique Singer Treadle,... and goes on to say 'no interior parts'. That means no machine in the cabinet!!

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    Hello all,
    I've been absent from this thread for a bit due to life issues along with work related real work stuff. Had 20+ pages to read up and it has been interesting.
    Went to a garage sale today and picked up a treadle from the next-door neighbor. It was his mothers. I believe it is a Singer 27, it's a treadle and all the decals are silvered which actually doesn't bother me too much. It is intact including both slide plates and the puzzle box full of attachments plus some other things. Drawers don't sit correctly and I just chalked it up to age. However, as the guy and I are m oving it from the unheated huge garage towards the light and my van, I realize why it seemed a bit off. It is a Singer machine and possibly cabinet but on Sear, Roebuck & Co. treadle base and one of the drawers had some red wire holding it to the machine so it's unique. The guy said his mother used it all the time and had bought it new in the same cabinet so I don't know how the 2 got married but I did doubt "brand new" when purchased. Somebody also put contact paper (or something else sticky(wallpaper??)) on the top of the cabinet. The design is of large roses or some sort of flower.
    In the puzzle box is an attachment which has about 4 or so arms coming out of the body of the attachment. Anyone know what that one is? Never seen one before in person.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    [QUOTE=Janis;5600036]
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I played around a bit with a machine I picked up ages ago and never had time to figure out. I like it - very quiet. Wires were played out.

    Is this the one I just saw on craigslist?

    Here's a listing in Bloomington that I thought was interesting.

    http://bloomington.craigslist.org/atq/3350378718.html

    It says 'Antique Singer Treadle,... and goes on to say 'no interior parts'. That means no machine in the cabinet!!
    I could use that treadle cabinet. I have a 66-1 that needs a home. But no way would I pay that price for it.

    Joe

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    [QUOTE=J Miller;5600111]
    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post

    I could use that treadle cabinet. I have a 66-1 that needs a home. But no way would I pay that price for it.

    Joe
    Hey, Joe! If you want to head up to Wisconsin I've got a treadle cabinet that you can have. Actually I've seen a couple of them for free on Craigslist around here, too.

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