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    I would love to see the rest of the machine go to a good home that would need it. I just don't know when I will be needing anything else from it unless I find another with perhaps another or different problem.I really don't want to scrap it. I will keep it for a while but the orphans are not going to be able to be here long. The two broken gears are under the cam stack and no, I do not have the additional cams for it either. Mostly the internal stuff is what is left but not toyed with and in pretty good shape if anyone is interested. I took the motor, electrics, footplate, slideplate, and the bobbin holder. ~G~
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    yikes, I just got one from shopgoodwill - I haven't picked it up yet but I will remember you have parts or I have parts for yours... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo View Post
    no--about 45 by 65 she said sh made the mistake of whipping out a baby quilt in two days. She said 9 in blocks in blues or greens, or some black with other colors. I have a blue-green one I am going to work on tomorrow. no way to get out of here with the amount of snow we had til it stops blowing and snowing. I have had my fill of going out in storms and am staying put. If work doesn't like it tough.
    Yep, I'd say today is a good day for you to get some sewing done!

    Nancy

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    Thanks Nancy. I just posted above about the Dressmaker. I needed some parts from the Dressmaker to complete that Clone and I think I will use them for it. The Serial number on the clone matched up with Singer and I jumped the gun in my haste. It is a clone though. It will not be melted down or in a landfill anytime soon. I am not sure about the Dressmaker though. I have been cleaning up the 99 and the clone today and it is starting to look up for them both.
    ~G~
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    Grant they all look good! Those little 99's are great machines. That 15, had me looking twice too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I'm pretty excited today. Nailed a Willcox and Gibbs. Came with original box and attachments!!! Decals are almost perfect which is what I have come to insist on. Sews but does need footpedal rewired. Will need a little French Polishing but overall I like it. Does anyone have a good source for needles?
    Dan, I have two of those Wilcox and Gibbs and just love them! One of mine is a treadle and the other one looks like your machine! Doesn't it have a hunking big foot pedal! I also buy my needles off of e-bay - size Boye 20 1/2, but it is so worth it to actually use that baby. They make the nicest chain stitch. Did you know those machines are the ones used to make uniforms during the Civil War - because of the pretty chain stitch? It is cool to use the W&G's to do decorative stitches on something!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Thanks Nancy. I just posted above about the Dressmaker. I needed some parts from the Dressmaker to complete that Clone and I think I will use them for it. The Serial number on the clone matched up with Singer and I jumped the gun in my haste. It is a clone though. It will not be melted down or in a landfill anytime soon. I am not sure about the Dressmaker though. I have been cleaning up the 99 and the clone today and it is starting to look up for them both.
    ~G~
    Grant, a friend of mine found a Dressmaker at her daughter's dumpster and took it home! The machine looked great, but no cams. I don't know what she did with it, but I am glad you saved that one. Being a parts machine is not so bad!

    Nancy

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    No, a parts machine is not a complete loss and I needed some parts that it had. So that is good but the problem it had was a terminal problem and the poor gal is doomed I'm afraid. She will be an organ donor so another can live on is not a bad way to go I guess. ~G~
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Grant, a friend of mine found a Dressmaker at her daughter's dumpster and took it home! The machine looked great, but no cams. I don't know what she did with it, but I am glad you saved that one. Being a parts machine is not so bad!

    Nancy

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    Skip,

    Please add my condolences to all the rest. I know that Texas Jan and her husband both knew it would be a tough fight, and I am sorry that the cancer won. Tell her to let her memories carry her and the rest of her family too.

    Melinda
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    Skip, Please add my name to the condolences for Jan and her family. I'll keep her in my prayers.

    Janis

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    No, a parts machine is not a complete loss and I needed some parts that it had. So that is good but the problem it had was a terminal problem and the poor gal is doomed I'm afraid. She will be an organ donor so another can live on is not a bad way to go I guess. ~G~
    Grant,

    I also have a Dressmaker 7000. It's got problems with the linkage but works other wise.
    Could you take a straight down pic of the insides of the machine with the top off? I've been trying to figure out what the problems with mine are but so far the solution has eluded me. It's been messed with internally. Lots of the screws are buggered up.

    I'm in Springfield so if you head down this way PM me and we might could hook up for a chat and coke somewhere.

    Oh, have you removed any of the internal parts from your machine?

    Joe

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    I talked to Jan yesterday. She was in good spirits. She told me her husband just got so so sick at the very end. I think she's a bit relieved he's no longer in pain, but probably still a little bit shell shocked. We had been planning to meet up again for some show and tell of our respective collections. She's such a sweet lady She even joked asking if I was calling her to tell her she could have one of my machines she had drooled over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    I also have a Dressmaker 7000. It's got problems with the linkage but works other wise.
    Could you take a straight down pic of the insides of the machine with the top off? I've been trying to figure out what the problems with mine are but so far the solution has eluded me. It's been messed with internally. Lots of the screws are buggered up.

    I'm in Springfield so if you head down this way PM me and we might could hook up for a chat and coke somewhere.

    Oh, have you removed any of the internal parts from your machine?

    Joe
    I have one too now. Everything seems to move but I haven't really looked it over much
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam,

    Mine moves, sews and with the cams makes the patterns. But when the cam follower gets to the high parts of the cam the machine bogs down as if something is binding. And there appears to be way to much pressure on the cam follower. When I've used it there is always white debris on the end of the follower from the cams.

    I've not had the time to really work with it. Way to many things getting pushed up to the top of the "to do" list.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,

    Mine moves, sews and with the cams makes the patterns. But when the cam follower gets to the high parts of the cam the machine bogs down as if something is binding. And there appears to be way to much pressure on the cam follower. When I've used it there is always white debris on the end of the follower from the cams.

    I've not had the time to really work with it. Way to many things getting pushed up to the top of the "to do" list.

    Joe
    Mine says Grandma Miller on the case... LOL - I haven't checked it yet...
    I had therapeutic massage today again - it might be awhile - she spent an hour & broke up a lot of scar tissue in my shoulder - she says she didn't get all of it so I'll have to have that again. So no hauling around machines for a while. If I can get DH to move one where I need it to be or if he is around I might mess around with a couple. Maybe a Featherweight or a plastic wonder... snicker Oh and the massage lady asked me if I lift weights...

    I also brought home a Rodney sewing machine - it is so cute... My camera fell out of my pocket at the park Sunday - don't despair too much, DD found it in the swing the next day but hasn't returned it yet - I promise I'll shoot a pic of Rodney. I did look at Rodney and love what I saw - looks like a boy machine to me - aptly named.

    Oh and a Singer 306 with a manual - wow!
    Last edited by miriam; 11-13-2012 at 02:09 PM.
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    I remember the Dressmaker with Gradma Miller on it. I was SOOOOOOO tempted to bid on it, but I hesitated then saw you had a bid and wished you luck.

    I remember the Rodney too. But I'm looking for your pics.

    Joe

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    Singer 500 is breaking it's top thread constantly.

    OK, machine is a derelict that someone has messed with a bit and has some missing parts.

    I have found enough parts to put it back in action:
    Oiled and greased everything that moves.
    Freed up the cam stack selectors.
    Cleaned the hook area and the bobbin case.
    Adjusted the bobbin case tension, there was none when I got it.
    Adjusted the top tension, it was too tight.
    Put in brand new unused needle.
    The needle to hook timing is good.
    The top and bobbin tension looks good when it sews.

    After about an inch or two you'll hear a crunch, then a couple more stitches another crunch and the top thread breaks.

    I'm not sure what's gonna become of this machine, but I want to see if I can make it sew before we make our decision.

    Anybody have any ideas on what else to look for?

    Joe

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    Where is the "crunch" coming from? Also, did you clean the thread tension disks? They can get gummy. My two 500's use a bit less tension in the bobbin case than we're use to on most machines... My last thought is that you have binding somewhere in the upper mechanism. On rehabing a machine, I am very liberal with the WD 40 until it is dripping from the bottom if the machine was bound up, just to insure that all parts are free to move.

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    Dan,

    The crunch is come from, or sounds like it's coming from the bobbin area.
    Haven't cleaned the tension discs yet. I know about them getting gummy.
    Binding could be there no doubt. Don't use WD-40 on sewing machines but have floated it with Tri-Flow oil, everything is moving freely.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Singer 500 is breaking it's top thread constantly.

    OK, machine is a derelict that someone has messed with a bit and has some missing parts.

    I have found enough parts to put it back in action:
    Oiled and greased everything that moves.
    Freed up the cam stack selectors.
    Cleaned the hook area and the bobbin case.
    Adjusted the bobbin case tension, there was none when I got it.
    Adjusted the top tension, it was too tight.
    Put in brand new unused needle.
    The needle to hook timing is good.
    The top and bobbin tension looks good when it sews.

    After about an inch or two you'll hear a crunch, then a couple more stitches another crunch and the top thread breaks.

    I'm not sure what's gonna become of this machine, but I want to see if I can make it sew before we make our decision.

    Anybody have any ideas on what else to look for?

    Joe
    Send it to me, Joe...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Joe, I had the same problem with my 401. Make sure that the needle is in correctly. I reinserted the needle the wrong way three times in a row and mine was doing the same thing. I had the needle hole 45 degrees off. If that is not it check to make sure that the thread is going between the upper tension disks and not next to them. (I've done that too) And make sure that the tension disks are clean. There should be three disks. ~G~
    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Singer 500 is breaking it's top thread constantly.

    OK, machine is a derelict that someone has messed with a bit and has some missing parts.

    I have found enough parts to put it back in action:
    Oiled and greased everything that moves.
    Freed up the cam stack selectors.
    Cleaned the hook area and the bobbin case.
    Adjusted the bobbin case tension, there was none when I got it.
    Adjusted the top tension, it was too tight.
    Put in brand new unused needle.
    The needle to hook timing is good.
    The top and bobbin tension looks good when it sews.

    After about an inch or two you'll hear a crunch, then a couple more stitches another crunch and the top thread breaks.

    I'm not sure what's gonna become of this machine, but I want to see if I can make it sew before we make our decision.

    Anybody have any ideas on what else to look for?

    Joe

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    Miriam,

    I wanna play with it for a while then we'll see about that.

    Grant,

    I cleaned a bunch more crud and lint out of the bobbin area and for a few moments it was sewing real nice stitches. Than I noticed the top tension had been turned to 0. I reset it to 3 and it did about an inch and crunched the thread. So my next step is to take the top tension off and clean it. Then go from there.
    The needle is in flat to the rear, of that I am sure.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,

    Mine moves, sews and with the cams makes the patterns. But when the cam follower gets to the high parts of the cam the machine bogs down as if something is binding. And there appears to be way to much pressure on the cam follower. When I've used it there is always white debris on the end of the follower from the cams.

    I've not had the time to really work with it. Way to many things getting pushed up to the top of the "to do" list.

    Joe
    Joe, I know you said you used Tri-Flow to clean/oil the machine, but do you think maybe some service repair guy used that "self-oiling" crap that Viking came out with? They put that on their machines claiming the machines were "self-oiling" and didn't need to be oiled. That stuff messed up so many machines after it hardened and gummed up. Even though your machine is not a Viking, there were service people using that crap to oil machines - ruined a lot of machines! That gave Viking a bad name for a time because so many of their machines got ruined from the stuff, but it wasn't the machine that was defective - it was their "self-oiling" crap.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    I talked to Jan yesterday. She was in good spirits. She told me her husband just got so so sick at the very end. I think she's a bit relieved he's no longer in pain, but probably still a little bit shell shocked. We had been planning to meet up again for some show and tell of our respective collections. She's such a sweet lady She even joked asking if I was calling her to tell her she could have one of my machines she had drooled over.
    Thank you Jenn for the update on Texas Jan!

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    I wouldn't be surprised. This machine is moderately grungy. Not really bad. I think it's just one of those machines that needs a lot of TLC and some parts (face plate a few screws) if it is to be a functional machine. I've got to see if I can get it to work before I decide if Miriam gets it or not .

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Joe, I know you said you used Tri-Flow to clean/oil the machine, but do you think maybe some service repair guy used that "self-oiling" crap that Viking came out with? They put that on their machines claiming the machines were "self-oiling" and didn't need to be oiled. That stuff messed up so many machines after it hardened and gummed up. Even though your machine is not a Viking, there were service people using that crap to oil machines - ruined a lot of machines! That gave Viking a bad name for a time because so many of their machines got ruined from the stuff, but it wasn't the machine that was defective - it was their "self-oiling" crap.

    Nancy
    Ok before we go any further with the Viking 'Self Oiling" feature, I was just informed by Cathy, Mizkaki, that the Viking 'Self-Oiling" thing was not infact an oil, but a 'bearing' they used filled with oil? Cathy is going to do some research on this subject for us! I love learning!

    Nancy

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    Does this look like a green Featherweight S/N...15H613 18?
    Ellen
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