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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    buttonholers... if you don't have any be very cautious about buying one - once you do the appear out of nowhere. They lurk in corners, boxes and drawers. If you want one be sure someone on here would sell one or more probably pretty cheap...
    If you'd like to sell one...... my sister lives on the outskirts of Indy.... I'll come pick it up when I'm down there visiting her.
    ...... but I go to a lot of auctions and estate sales. I'll probably find one before I go to Indy.

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    You don't want it to sweat. It can freeze but it is the freezing and thawing and sweating that make it rust. When I get hoarder's machines I found that the ones in the cases fared best. You might try finding some thing that would absorb moisture. They use it for tools all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    If you'd like to sell one...... my sister lives on the outskirts of Indy.... I'll come pick it up when I'm down there visiting her.
    ...... but I go to a lot of auctions and estate sales. I'll probably find one before I go to Indy.
    I promise I won't run out of them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You don't want it to sweat. It can freeze but it is the freezing and thawing and sweating that make it rust. When I get hoarder's machines I found that the ones in the cases fared best. You might try finding some thing that would absorb moisture. They use it for tools all the time.
    The FW I'm leaving at the cabin is in a cabinet and doesn't have a case. Since they are small machines, I could find a plastic tote and seal it up. I don't think I have any of those packing packets that they put in tools, etc. What else would work?

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    I wouldn't leave it. It's so easy to move around I'd just take it home with me. And I agree with Miariam it would sweat I have seen machines do this. If you leave it in the case the case could get that awful smell we often talk about. Just my two cents worth. Have a safe trip home. Love the picture of Gus all he needs is a durby and a cigar and he is good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I wouldn't leave it. It's so easy to move around I'd just take it home with me. And I agree with Miariam it would sweat I have seen machines do this. If you leave it in the case the case could get that awful smell we often talk about. Just my two cents worth. Have a safe trip home. Love the picture of Gus all he needs is a durby and a cigar and he is good to go.
    You're right.... it's not that big a deal to take it too. What's one more machine in the trailer, right?

    Gus is always ready to GO! That's how we got this picture. We had opened the truck door to get something and Gus was ready on the spot...... but he didn't want to get out so we just left the door open and got the camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    I was called "Jan" by my whole family as long as I could remember, and so did all my friends until I was 40. When we moved to Bakersfield from the L.A. area, I started using my whole first name Janice with anyone I met. I like my name, and I don't meet many others with it. I have met 3 here in 22 years.
    Janice - I also like your name, but I have a funny twist for you. Our dear friend who recently passed away was Sarah Janice. All her friends from up north knew her as Sarah, but her mother and all her friends here called her Janice. Her name is pronounced Ju-NEES.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    The FW I'm leaving at the cabin is in a cabinet and doesn't have a case. Since they are small machines, I could find a plastic tote and seal it up. I don't think I have any of those packing packets that they put in tools, etc. What else would work?
    try a cooler with the packets - check a tool section
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    They hide and lurk in the nooks and crannies of my shop. I keep putting them in one place but they must sneak out and breed.
    Well, yeah,... it would be just creepy to be breeding out there in the open where all the younger buttonholers could see...

    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    The FW I'm leaving at the cabin is in a cabinet and doesn't have a case. Since they are small machines, I could find a plastic tote and seal it up. I don't think I have any of those packing packets that they put in tools, etc. What else would work?
    I'd be concerned about any moisture you trapped with it. I'm with everyone else, take it with you.
    I don't know how hard the freeze is "down there", but I know that I've seen tons of machines here that when left in a cold shed all winter have their finishes destroyed. It does a weird alligator type thing to the finish (I suspect it's the shellac only, but I haven't spent any time handling one, only looking at them)

    That said, we have the distinction of having been recorded as being the 2nd coldest place on the planet in recent memory.

    Dave McCallum says that the finish on a FW is enamel, so it might not suffer the same way, but I always think if it looks like that where I can see it, what's going on that I can't see?

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    thanks, better safe than sorry. It will get packed at the end of the week..... gonna use it every day till then.

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    Packing peanuts aren't very useful for cushioning sewing machines in transit because they can shift. To save space pad inside the case with clothes and towels. Cover the machine first with an old pillowcase to avoid oil staining. A plastic bag might damage the finish. I agree with taking your FW back home. You can find moisture absorbing crystals in craft and garden stores. They are used for holding water in potting soil and dehydrating flowers. Check local stores- many packets are inside purses, shoes, and luggage shipments and just tossed when unpacking merchandise.

    [QUOTE=nanna-up-north;5603263]Okay, I've got a question for all of you. We are heading back to Southern Michigan next week and I've bought 4 sewing machines this summer that I'm taking back south with me (well, 5 actually, but I already took one back). Each one is in a case and I'll have to put them in the trailer cause Gus rides in the back seat and the topper isn't water-tight. Anyway, I was thinking that I'd put each one in a separate box, sitting on a blanket for cushioning and I'll probably surround each one with packing peanuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    If you'd like to sell one...... my sister lives on the outskirts of Indy.... I'll come pick it up when I'm down there visiting her.
    ...... but I go to a lot of auctions and estate sales. I'll probably find one before I go to Indy.
    I think Gus is the greatest. Yes we quilters all have animals and yes they are our children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Okay, I've got a question for all of you. We are heading back to Southern Michigan next week and I've bought 4 sewing machines this summer that I'm taking back south with me (well, 5 actually, but I already took one back). Each one is in a case and I'll have to put them in the trailer cause Gus rides in the back seat and the topper isn't water-tight. Anyway, I was thinking that I'd put each one in a separate box, sitting on a blanket for cushioning and I'll probably surround each one with packing peanuts. Is there more that I need to do to make sure they travel safely. I'm going to have to work on every one when I get them home but I don't want anything to happen to them in transit.

    Also, I'm going to leave one of my FWs here and we winterize the cabin but is there something I should do (more that oil it well) to protect it from freezing up this winter. It's the only machine I've used all summer and I don't want to move it back and forth.... it will be my summer machine. If you all think this is a bad idea, I'll move it, too.... but we already pull a trailer back and forth and I get a lot of grief about the amount of quilting stuff I cart from here to there and back again.

    So, let me know, okay?
    But a Featherweight takes up so little room!! I would not leave it in a building that is not climate controlled. IE, warm/dry in the winter and cool/dry in the summer.
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    Buttonholers: so that's what I'm doing wrong! Mine are on a shelf, out in the open. I keep hoping they'll do their thing and I'll find a buttonholer for a slant shank. Would love to have one for my 301A. Maybe I better move them into a drawer or the closet. If I can find room.

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    I have been off the computer for a number of days and all I can say is, Wow...good to hear from Charlee and Miriam, did you sneak in a new photo? I thought that last time I looked it was you and the kids. And speaking of kids, how is DGS? Those are monster looking buttonholers but compared to the cam ones, they aren't so large, I guess but they look awfully complicated. Sounds like you all have been super busy. It has finally cooled off enough that I spent 2 whole days doing nothing but yard work. Ugh...not my favorite thing to do but must be done. Now I get to catch up on all the other threads that I have missed out on but they probably won't take as long as this one does. I feel like I have just received letters from family who live "up north".

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    Yes I sneaked in a pic. We went camping at Red River Meeting House in southern KY last weekend. Weather was nice. We saw some old friends. It was a historical camp. Red River Meeting was at the site of the Second Great Awakening in the US. So they also had some history lessons and some preaching. Both were very interesting. There was a lot of history there. We were dressed for the occasion. I made the clothes we were wearing.

    DGS has been trying to eat things he shouldn't so Mommy is taking him to the Dr for some blood tests tomorrow. That should go over big. Poor Wilbur is always in trouble. His little brother is almost one year old. He can snatch food (actual food - well other stuff) right out of thin air and stuff his mouth. Since SIL is part Micmac the GKs all have a native name. Miss M has been telling everybody Walter's Knick Knack (micmac) name is Many Hands.

    Well we tried to build a frame for a Singer 99 out of 2 X 4s just to get her off the table - some how it ended up warped. It fit in there ok but it sure does rock. I guess we are going to have to break down and buy some wood... do it right...

    My son is doing ok - just sore. The driver of the other car was very drunk. He has insurance - YIPPIE!!!
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    [QUOTE=Monroe;5604470]Packing peanuts aren't very useful for cushioning sewing machines in transit because they can shift. To save space pad inside the case with clothes and towels. Cover the machine first with an old pillowcase to avoid oil staining.

    I'll have plenty of fabric to take back.... that will work. Thanks, Monroe

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    [QUOTE=nanna-up-north;5605006]
    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    Packing peanuts aren't very useful for cushioning sewing machines in transit because they can shift. To save space pad inside the case with clothes and towels. Cover the machine first with an old pillowcase to avoid oil staining.

    I'll have plenty of fabric to take back.... that will work. Thanks, Monroe
    Ha Ha - leave the towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, pillow cases, clothes, socks, underwear and take the machine home...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post

    Ha Ha - leave the towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, pillow cases, clothes, socks, underwear and take the machine home...
    The machine is worth more to me..... that's for sure!!

    Your weekend sounds like fun..... and glad to hear your son's doing okay.... and Wilbur sounds like a regular boy!

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    You will have to share some of you new "learnin'" that you learnt at Red River Meeting House. Maybe on you "good old days" diary. I love that Knick Knack name of many hands...sounds very appropriate. Glad to hear that your son is doing ok even if sore isn't any fun, he should be yippie happy along with you since the drunk had insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    I feel like I have just received letters from family who live "up north".
    This is how I feel often about this thread!! Seems we all sort of come and go but we always find our way back here...it's nice to sort of have, "old friends" to come back and keep up with. Even when life gets in the way and I don't find time to keep up, I look forward to popping back in and see what everyone's been up to.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yes I sneaked in a pic. We went camping at Red River Meeting House in southern KY last weekend. Weather was nice. We saw some old friends. It was a historical camp. Red River Meeting was at the site of the Second Great Awakening in the US. So they also had some history lessons and some preaching. Both were very interesting. There was a lot of history there. We were dressed for the occasion. I made the clothes we were wearing.

    DGS has been trying to eat things he shouldn't so Mommy is taking him to the Dr for some blood tests tomorrow. That should go over big. Poor Wilbur is always in trouble. His little brother is almost one year old. He can snatch food (actual food - well other stuff) right out of thin air and stuff his mouth. Since SIL is part Micmac the GKs all have a native name. Miss M has been telling everybody Walter's Knick Knack (micmac) name is Many Hands.

    Well we tried to build a frame for a Singer 99 out of 2 X 4s just to get her off the table - some how it ended up warped. It fit in there ok but it sure does rock. I guess we are going to have to break down and buy some wood... do it right...

    My son is doing ok - just sore. The driver of the other car was very drunk. He has insurance - YIPPIE!!!
    Would love to see better pictures of the clothes you made Miriam. Sounds like a fun trip. I'm a big history nerd but the Husband, not so much. His passion is baseball. We come together when it comes to old things though. That I think is why we get along so well.

    So very glad to hear all is well with your son and that the other guy had insurance! Could have been much worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    You will have to share some of you new "learnin'" that you learnt at Red River Meeting House. Maybe on you "good old days" diary. I love that Knick Knack name of many hands...sounds very appropriate. Glad to hear that your son is doing ok even if sore isn't any fun, he should be yippie happy along with you since the drunk had insurance.
    OH BTW the drunk was out of jail in 12 hours. Go figure.
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    Oh my goodness I just spent hours playing catch-up,what a wealth of information here.
    Huge thank-you to all of you for sharing your knowledge of vintage machines.
    I have a 1948 15-90 singer , singer 1897 treadle, singer 99-3 & 2 Kenmores that I am not sure of exact dates. My latest is a WIP as I am told its a badged National, I want to turn her into a hand crank but am told probably can't do that unless I find another National for parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    OH BTW the drunk was out of jail in 12 hours. Go figure.
    He was either sober by then or had a real good lawyer!

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