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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    There are members on the board that have some glass feet for the WW8. I think Charlie has some ask her to post a pic of the glass feet for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    They are glass feet the slide into a slot in the foot for regular sewing and quilting and such. I don't have any or I would send you a pic. All I have is the metal sewing foot but I am trying to find some for my machine. I quess you could make some if you knew how to work with glass but you would need an original on to make a mold to pour the hot glass in.
    Shrinky dink plastic???
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    Miriam I don't know how to use this shrinky dink plastic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Miriam I don't know how to use this shrinky dink plastic
    get yourself to the deli dept of the grocery store. Then get some salad or a donut or what ever in one of those clear containers. Then cut it about twice as big as you need. Put a hole somewhere in it. Put it on some foil on a cookie sheet. Then bake the thing at 200 degrees (pre-heat the oven) - it will shrink pretty fast and get thicker. If you need to bend it - do it while it is hot. This will be trial and error and guess work. If it is too big use a file or knife or what ever to shape it. If it is too small start over. You can make nice Christmas ornaments too... Paint on it or draw, cut it out and shrink it. Lots of fun for the kidos. Smelly. Try not to burn the house down.
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    I'm not Charlie, but I do have pictures of the glass feet.
    In the second picture is a ruffler that inserts into the same foot the the glass inserts do.
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    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    There are members on the board that have some glass feet for the WW8. I think Charlie has some ask her to post a pic of the glass feet for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    There are members on the board that have some glass feet for the WW8. I think Charlie has some ask her to post a pic of the glass feet for you.
    I'm not Charlee but I took a picture of the feet for my WW8. The metal one to the left is just a normal metal foot. The one installed onto the machine is the metal frame foot that the feet slide in to. It already has the Plain Glass foot in it. The other three inserts are: Side Cut Glass, Corder Glass, and Gathering Glass. Please let me know if you would like additional pictures.
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    WOW those glass feet are really cool!!! I wonder how they made something that small? eye glasses type tools?
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    thank you Judythe sewer for posting pics of the glass feet
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    spent the day making three aprons and a night gown on this little Eldridge. I used Aurufil thread- it's a bit thinner (2 ply) and one long bobbin served for all the projects with no refills needed. The machine seemed to really like this expensive but lovely thread. I wonder if vintage machines like a thinner thread? I'm having the urge to take this machine to a quilt class I'm taking. I know a nice, normal quilter would take a 301 and try and blend in, but I for some reason I have the urge to be quirky! I have a week to talk myself out of it.!Name:  4_bXB-cVlI50HVjqKJwfl_JdSnB_BoWK6OOQUey_qNo.jpg
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    Why would you want to talk yourself out of taking that little cutie? Take it and enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    spent the day making three aprons and a night gown on this little Eldridge. I used Aurufil thread- it's a bit thinner (2 ply) and one long bobbin served for all the projects with no refills needed. The machine seemed to really like this expensive but lovely thread. I wonder if vintage machines like a thinner thread? I'm having the urge to take this machine to a quilt class I'm taking. I know a nice, normal quilter would take a 301 and try and blend in, but I for some reason I have the urge to be quirky! I have a week to talk myself out of it.!Laura
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    thank you Judythe sewer for posting pics of the glass feet
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    You are welcome. It is nice to be able to contribute to this thread every once in awhile. I didn't realize that Cathy had posted already. I didn't know that the ruffler went in there too - cool!

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    This looks really nice!, but to expensive.
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3371840164.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    This looks really nice!, but to expensive.
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3371840164.html
    I wouldn't trust that guy. The 301 has an internal motor. Looks like something off a Fashion Mate to me. The 3/4 clones are very nice. Chunky looking little work horse IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Why would you want to talk yourself out of taking that little cutie? Take it and enjoy it!

    Cathy
    Oh I agree , if you are enjoying the results she gives you why not? Great idea about using the higher grade thread, I will have to try that.
    Thanks Ladies for providing the pics of the glass feet, very interesting, i imagine the glass made it easier to see what you were sewing.
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    Thanks to Judy and Cathy for the pics of the glass inserts. No idea yet if the one I'm looking at has any. If it does I think I'd only use them as templates for copies - possibly in glass but most likely in plastic. Can't you just imagine some one in consumer product safety seeing glass feet for a modern machine? I don't even know if going with tempered glass would make them happy. Maybe Gorilla glass

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    A week away and I'm about twenty pages behind - my you are a chatty bunch!! I love every minute of it too...

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Steve, beware these old machines multiply. We started with one and now have over a 100. But who's counting. BTW welcome to the board. Very friendly and helpful people are on here.
    WOW! I'm somewhere around 20 and I'm starting to think we may have to buy a larger home to house all these machines...because I am not parting with ANY.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    To those who don't hoard fabric.......this won't make any sense. To those who do hoard...no explanation is necessary.
    Stumbled across this stash at my favorite thrift store. Over 20 yards of batiks for less than $1.50 a yard. SCORE!
    Sure would like to see what the donor kept, since this is the cull.

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    GREAT score!! I am at the local thrift stores a couple of times a week and I never find these great deals on fabric!! You must beat me there... My Mom recently went and found a buch of half yard cuts with old singer sewing machines on them...and was kind enough to share with me knowing how much I love them.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I cut my new stash into 180 6 inch squares so far. DD says the scraps would be overwhelming to Wilbur and Walter but DGD, Miss G. can have cut squares. I'm thinking of sending her 9 at a time... She has a little Spartan for piecing. Thrift stores some times have really good deals on fabric if you aren't too picky.
    My scraps are seriously out of control. In the past I never wanted to cut them up because I use them a lot and didn't want to take a chance of cutting down a piece of fabric I might want for something else...but I have three very large totes chock full of them and I'm thinking I'm just going to cut them into 2.5" strips to make them easier to store. Apparently they breed like buttoholers...

    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    Welcome to the friendliest board on the 'net! No matter what your question, you will find someone on here who knows the right answer. Most of us are addicts who don't want to be cured. LOL! We have more than a few vintage machines and love them. You really can't have one or two! I've got a 1925 66 treadle, a 1907 27 treadle, and a 1951 15 electric, as well as an assortment of other things! I love and use them all for different things. DH always asks what I plan on doing with each one I bring home. He always gets the same answer--sew, of course. It is an addiction and we are all enablers. Enjoy your time here!
    This really IS the friendliest board on the net. There so many really sharing and generous people here. Ask a question or need a part and you'll have many helpful friends ready and willing to help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I wouldn't trust that guy. The 301 has an internal motor. Looks like something off a Fashion Mate to me. The 3/4 clones are very nice. Chunky looking little work horse IMHO
    I agree. This guy might be legit, but I'll wager there's not one thing wrong with that motor that using it wont cure. His price is out of reason as well. As much as I'd like to have a 3/4 size clone I wouldn't pay his price if it had all it's original parts.

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    Mine doesn't have the original motor - I think it has a Kenmore motor stuck on it.
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    I have several clones that don't have their original motors. But at least the ones on there are black like the machines and don't stick out a pimple on prom night.

    From what I've deduced many of the clones came in less motors and wiring. Then what ever distributor handled them put US type motors on them.
    My HOTHER was made in Japan by JUKI, but it's original motor was a Belgelcor brand made in Belgium. My Sew Mor 404 had a Delco US made motor on it, but the cooling fan shattered so now it's got a Chinese made Alpha Sew motor.

    I've also got a 1.5 amp motor made by Brother, I think, sitting on the sidelines waiting for a machine to go on. It's unpainted. So when it finds a home I'll tape off the placard and paint it to match.

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    Here is my new Pfaff 230 from Miriam! She came with a bunch of attachments, the stitch wheel, and even an extra set of feed dogs, extra needle plate, and an extra needle clamp for a double needle? I am thinking whoever owned this machine had a donor machine! DH did a quick rewire on the cord where the insulation was missing. I just started playing with her, and Miriam yes, I may take Ray's class one of these days - but, not with this machine! She works perfectly - almost exactly the same as my 260! In fact, the manual is for the 230-260!

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    She also has the back bed extension and is made to treadle if I wanted to do a motorectomy! The manual even talks about the speed if she were a treadle! She runs quiet and strong like all my Pfaffs!

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    Nancy - she looks good. I think I would like to see that one on a treadle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    spent the day making three aprons and a night gown on this little Eldridge. I used Aurufil thread- it's a bit thinner (2 ply) and one long bobbin served for all the projects with no refills needed. The machine seemed to really like this expensive but lovely thread. I wonder if vintage machines like a thinner thread? I'm having the urge to take this machine to a quilt class I'm taking. I know a nice, normal quilter would take a 301 and try and blend in, but I for some reason I have the urge to be quirky! I have a week to talk myself out of it.!Name:  4_bXB-cVlI50HVjqKJwfl_JdSnB_BoWK6OOQUey_qNo.jpg
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    Laura, go for it - be quirky! I bet everyone in the class will be asking you what you are sewing on! I love to take an unusual machine - it gets other like minded people interested in the vintage machines! I've managed to hook a few people that way!

    Love the photos of the glass feet!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Nancy - she looks good. I think I would like to see that one on a treadle.
    I know, if I didn't have my Singer 319w in treadle I would put this baby in a treadle! It is so fun to treadle a machine that does decorative stitches! I need a bigger house so I can have more treadles in the house! Where do you guys put those machines? I am getting close to 60 now, but half of my machines are in a cargo unit outside - like I said I need a bigger house! I have such a hard time parting with a machine once it comes here to live!

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    Nice and clean machine. Does that have the automatic needle threader on it? My 229 has one but I don't really know how to use it properly. It just won't grab the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    I think it was on this site but I just can't find it! There was a discussion on the Davis NVF reverse button. The discussion was that it is not a reverse but a back tack. I was glad to hear that since I remember opening the faceplate on mine trying to fix the reverse action and I was not successful. However, I put the Davis NVF in its cabinet today and tested it out - my Back Tack button works as it must have been designed. It simply puts the needle back in the same hole over and over again until I release the button. That is similar to what my Bernina 440QE does to secure stitches at the beginning and end of some patterns. Anyway, even though I can't find the discussion, thank you for this different take on the button, I can relax now knowing that my machine is indeed working.
    Judy I remember this discussion too. I have a New Vertical Feed Davis, but I have not sewn with her. I have my original Vertical Feed Davis - a pre 1900 machine - that I use. I don't have a treadle to put the new Davis in. I thought I could switch the two and use either or, depending on my mood, but since I measured them the other day and discovered that the old one has 1/2" more throat space - I'm wondering if they will switch out? I need to try the switch!

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