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    I just got done with this Kenmore Stylist 86 today. I had to tear it down almost completely as it was really dirty as you can see. I evicted the previous tenants (mice) and their food (corn) cleaned every part on it and rewired everything but the light but including the motor. A lot of work for a $45 machine I know, but it was going to go to the scrap yard if I didn't take it. It was a Sophie's Choice kind of thing. But now, hopefully someone will be able to enjoy it for another 50 years. I didn't get any true "Before" pictures, but I am sure you all will get the jist of how bad it was and how it looks now. And it sews beautifully. ~G~
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Joe it wasn't the Bight control knob that I messed with - well I do that too -, but the actual position finger that is the clearance for the thread from the bobbin casing. I just messed with everything actually. Anyway, the 319 seems to be a little touchy.

    Skip nice to have you back. Now tell me how much you use your 319 in treadle? I use mine almost everyday, if not to piece something, then to mend something. It is so easy to get to all the time. The fact that the 319 has decorative stitches means that no matter what I need to do - that machine can usually handle it. But, I am now getting a little worried because I seem to mess it up a lot! There was a 319 just like mine (with a motor, but I'd just do a motorectomy) on our local Craigslist for $30 - in a cabinet - last week. By the time I saw the ad, it was already sold! I was going to get that one for a backup machine!

    Nancy
    I use my machine two or three times a month to mend and zz binding with that mono poly you told me about. I have not had your problem but I do know that I must be very careful with the byte it can be touchy so I always check it out by hand first. Now watch, the next time I use it I will have the problem. LOL I like the zz because you can adjust a very nice stitch with it. Maybe if I used it everyday like you I am sure I would run into problems but I always have the manual open when I use the machine.

    Skip
    BTW I still have the motor and light for my 319 and it is in a cabinet somewhere
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    I have a 3/4 size class 15 that is badged 'Dynamic.' It is a twin to the Cinderella.

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    The Cinderella is smaller than 3/4
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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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    Ok you wonderful folks, I am knee deep teaching kids and my respite is treadling. Unfortunately my White Family Rotary (new to me, old to everyone else) treadle is giving me fits!! The top thread refuses to go down and around the bobbin shuttle without catching. Yes, I've lubed everything and loosened the tension. Yes, it is finally threaded correctly (both bobbin case and machine). That took some serious looking at the instructions to get both correct.

    The top thread keeps catching! What, oh what, am I doing wrong? Massive birds' nest every time are making me more stressed, not less!! As if state testing wasn't enough already!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The Cinderella is smaller than 3/4
    Whatever. It's smaller than a 128 but larger than a 221. Anyway, the Dynamic is its twin.

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The Cinderella is smaller than 3/4
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    Ooohhh can I have the dresser????? I love that old dresser! Old furniture is my weakness! Besides quilting that is!!

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    Are you remembering to turn the handwheel away from you...the opposite of the Singers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    Ok you wonderful folks, I am knee deep teaching kids and my respite is treadling. Unfortunately my White Family Rotary (new to me, old to everyone else) treadle is giving me fits!! The top thread refuses to go down and around the bobbin shuttle without catching. Yes, I've lubed everything and loosened the tension. Yes, it is finally threaded correctly (both bobbin case and machine). That took some serious looking at the instructions to get both correct.

    The top thread keeps catching! What, oh what, am I doing wrong? Massive birds' nest every time are making me more stressed, not less!! As if state testing wasn't enough already!!!
    Cathy

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTaBk...9&feature=plcp
    free motion quilting on a VS Singer- a 127, I think? There's a close up of the machine at the very end of the video. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda View Post
    Ooohhh can I have the dresser????? I love that old dresser! Old furniture is my weakness! Besides quilting that is!!
    The buffet is not mine - it is stored in my shop gggrrrr if I could get rid of it you can be sure I would. Glenn says he has dibs on it...
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    ah, Miriam- tempting offer, but I want a vintage Priscilla, like me! all ya'll find me one! just keep your eyes open when prowling around...
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    Wow some lovely machines being pictured. I can't keep up on this board. I am currently waiting on a Singer 403A to arrive, its cams & manual came last month. Just yesterday finally got the Singer 758 oiled cleaned and running...oh my goodness I was going to give it to a friend but she sounds so smooth when she is sewing....I can't seem to let go..lol Not that any of you can relate
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Whatever. It's smaller than a 128 but larger than a 221. Anyway, the Dynamic is its twin.

    pat
    Oops, just noticed that this sounds snippier than I had intended. Sorry, Miriam! Was feeling a bit cranky last night.

    Re machine sizes, it's hard to know how to describe non-Singers. A lot of my older machines are considerably smaller than FWs, but I guess there's no convenient term. It is interesting that class 15 clones come in different sizes, though Singer made 15s in only one.

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Oops, just noticed that this sounds snippier than I had intended. Sorry, Miriam! Was feeling a bit cranky last night.

    Re machine sizes, it's hard to know how to describe non-Singers. A lot of my older machines are considerably smaller than FWs, but I guess there's no convenient term. It is interesting that class 15 clones come in different sizes, though Singer made 15s in only one.

    pat
    The Cinderella is not quite a clone inside. It shares the bobbin area and the nose plate as far as I can remember - internally it is different.
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    Popping in again to say "hi"! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!! We had a great day...The two of us, our son and DIL, the spousal unit's brother and wife, and remember "John"? The friend we made the dialysis quilt for? He came too!

    I will be so glad when life gets back to "almost normal"!! LOL!

    Got the tree and Santa collection out today...tomorrow evening, we're going to check out a machine that the kids want to get for me for Christmas... I'm not going to tell you what it is, but I've kept my eyes open for one since someone else here got one!! I'll post pics tomorrow evening if it comes home with us!!
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    yes. apparentley, you have to be a member,but theres no place to sign up????? cmaras1234
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    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/bik/3441034572.html
    Davis Sewing Machine Company made this
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I just got done with this Kenmore Stylist 86 today. I had to tear it down almost completely as it was really dirty as you can see. I evicted the previous tenants (mice) and their food (corn) cleaned every part on it and rewired everything but the light but including the motor. A lot of work for a $45 machine I know, but it was going to go to the scrap yard if I didn't take it. It was a Sophie's Choice kind of thing. But now, hopefully someone will be able to enjoy it for another 50 years. I didn't get any true "Before" pictures, but I am sure you all will get the jist of how bad it was and how it looks now. And it sews beautifully. ~G~
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    Grant you do an amazing job cleaning up your machines! That Kenmore looks brand new!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi View Post
    Wow some lovely machines being pictured. I can't keep up on this board. I am currently waiting on a Singer 403A to arrive, its cams & manual came last month. Just yesterday finally got the Singer 758 oiled cleaned and running...oh my goodness I was going to give it to a friend but she sounds so smooth when she is sewing....I can't seem to let go..lol Not that any of you can relate
    Dee you will love the 403a! I have a 503a, and I prefer it over my 401a and 500a!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I use my machine two or three times a month to mend and zz binding with that mono poly you told me about. I have not had your problem but I do know that I must be very careful with the byte it can be touchy so I always check it out by hand first. Now watch, the next time I use it I will have the problem. LOL I like the zz because you can adjust a very nice stitch with it. Maybe if I used it everyday like you I am sure I would run into problems but I always have the manual open when I use the machine.

    Skip
    BTW I still have the motor and light for my 319 and it is in a cabinet somewhere
    Skip, I doubt you will have problems! My 319w is a great machine. I just think maybe I haven't got the whole Bight control thingy down good yet. Most of the original Bight scale marks are missing on my machine - so it is guess work to set it right. I don't know what that would have to do with it the needle hitting, but maybe me messing with it again just fixed something I hadn't done right last time? The problem is, when you mess with everything you don't know what fixed the machine! For everyone, who doesn't know what we are talking about, the "Bight Control" knob is the knob that adjusts the width of the zig zag stitch or stitch pattern on the 319! The 319w, I think, was way ahead of its time with all the knobs and stitches it has! It is a machine that was made in the mid 50's for a short time! Skip and I both have our 319's in treadle!

    Nancy

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    According to tracking, my "Rodney" machine is suppose to come today! I can't wait to see it - and see DH's face when he sees it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Grant you do an amazing job cleaning up your machines! That Kenmore looks brand new!

    Nancy
    Nancy, Thank you for the nice compliment. I have to say that this machine was not on my list of "Must Haves" In fact, the wires were so bad that I didn't plug it in or check anything on it until I had about 30 or so hours in it cleaning, oiling and doing the rewiring. Kind of a leap of faith. I also didn't think it would sew very well when I was done with it either. Boy was I wrong about that. It surprised the heck out of me! It sews really, really well! Nice smooth running machine at all speeds. It can do really fine stitches too. I'm not a huge fan of Kenmore machines but I have to admit that I really do like this machine.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    According to tracking, my "Rodney" machine is suppose to come today! I can't wait to see it - and see DH's face when he sees it!

    Nancy
    Like a lot of people, I want to see pictures too!
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Popping in again to say "hi"! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!! We had a great day...The two of us, our son and DIL, the spousal unit's brother and wife, and remember "John"? The friend we made the dialysis quilt for? He came too!

    I will be so glad when life gets back to "almost normal"!! LOL!

    Got the tree and Santa collection out today...tomorrow evening, we're going to check out a machine that the kids want to get for me for Christmas... I'm not going to tell you what it is, but I've kept my eyes open for one since someone else here got one!! I'll post pics tomorrow evening if it comes home with us!!
    Have been wondering about you so it was nice to see you on here. Stay dry over there, we are VERY wet here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Have been wondering about you so it was nice to see you on here. Stay dry over there, we are VERY wet here!
    Ah Margie! We're supposed to get rain the next 10 days here! I fully intend to stay inside...with a few excursions!
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