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    It doesn't compare with the Pfaffs, but I saw a nice e machine today. All steel Signature so it'a a MW. Clean and very smooth with the instruction book, every attachment in a compartmented box and all 14 cams. Someone is going to have a nice machine for $40. Cream and tan in color.

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    I haven't seen real many MW machines but so far the ones I've seen have been decent machines.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I sold a Singer 128 sewing machine this afternoon. A woman called about it this morning. She asked all kinds of questions. Then she said she would like to pick it up tomorrow. A little later a man called up and said he was a block away and could he pick up the machine for his wife. (for his wife) Sure why not. I hustle around to get it dusted off - look to make sure it still sews. So in comes the man. He looks at the machine and wants it. ok So I showed him how to work it. Then he starts to talk. AHEM. He tried to fix a sail for his sail boat with his wife's real nice Viking embroidery machine and she had enough of that - it was cheaper to buy the Singer 128 from me and make him sew his stuff on that than to repair or clean the Viking. He was getting the hang of the hand crank before he left. I guess he plans to sew on the sailboat - either that or have a real swell boat anchor.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam,

    Thanks. It is a 15-30 from 1896. I think it would look great in 'Ferrari Red'.

    Cathy


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    Cathy - here is a pic of the BC on that old 1



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    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    So you think it will be a hot rod?
    You have seen me drive haven't you?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    So you think it will be a hot rod?
    You have seen me drive haven't you?
    I have and have even been in the car when Miriam was driving. I kept my eyes closed the whole time. Red is a good choice and the color of her little car.
    Skip
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    He was praying.
    He never saw much of Indianapolis when I drove.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Skip,
    Praying is good and it worked as you are still with us. VBG



    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I have and have even been in the car when Miriam was driving. I kept my eyes closed the whole time. Red is a good choice and the color of her little car.
    Skip
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Miriam,

    No, I haven't seen you drive.
    I had a customized Corvette years ago that was painted a real Ferrari Red (the paint came from Ferrari). And red is my favorite color.

    Cathy

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    So you think it will be a hot rod?
    You have seen me drive haven't you?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Since I haven't put any scratches on my little red Honda Fit, I'm thinking some of Skip's paranoia was the size of my car plus we bought so much stuff there was almost nowhere for him to sit back there.

    BTW Skip, I sold that pink machine we were fighting over.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Ok, I went to a Sewing Social last night planning to do some thread play free motion work on a Christmas wall hanging. I got all my stuff out, threaded my Pfaff 360 - which is the best FM machine out there in my opinion! I started to sew . . . . and had a thread mess. I had to rip out what I had sewn. Tried again after checking the thread path - again a thread mess! I took out the bobbin case. The bobbin case was missing the tiny screw that sets the tension! Somehow that screw had fallen out since I used that machine last month at the same social doing FM work! What a weird thing to happen! I have never had the screw just disappear from a bobbin case! I fixed it this morning robbing the screw off a BC that doesn't go to any of my machines . . . it came with some attachments I bought on e-bay. I guess from now on, I will take a back up machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    I said the small post sticking out from the right side of the bobbin winder was for a grinding wheel. Can you post a picture of 'that funny looking thing on top' of your machine. I'm not sure what we're talking about here.

    Cathy
    Here you go Cathy! Charlee you sure have a good memory!!!!! I had forgotten all about the dohickey on top probably there for a light of some sort. I keep that Pfaff's hat on (coffin top) all the time. I don't use her . . . I only open her up to show her off occassionally. Name:  Pfaff dohicky.JPG
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    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Nancy, I would start by taking off the foot pressure release mechanism. It looks to me like it has to come off to get the top off anyway. It should be the start. Is there a screw or some kind of fastener on the underside of the neck or near the needle bar that holds the face on? If so, try loosening them to see if they do anything. ~G~ p.s. LOOK! there is a pink controller in that pic!
    Oh Grant, I am sorry I didn't acknowledge your help too! Besides Joe and Miriam, you also had the right plan! It is great, the more we all get into these antique/vintage machines, the more we all learn about their differences/idiosyncrasies (spelling?)! It is so much fun to get something different so everyone can learn!

    Nancy

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    Miriam that 15-30 would be a great condidate for a do-over red paint job!

    Cathy, I had never heard of the Happy Sewing Machine company until now! You are such an asset to this group!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam that 15-30 would be a great condidate for a do-over red paint job!

    Cathy, I had never heard of the Happy Sewing Machine company until now! You are such an asset to this group!

    Nancy
    I hadn't heard of it until I saw it on that MW
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Miriam,

    Thanks. It is a 15-30 from 1896. I think it would look great in 'Ferrari Red'.

    Cathy
    Oooohhhh! Ferrari Red! I like it! ~G~

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    Can anyone tell me what these are? They are only about 1.5 inches or so long. I'm guessing they were a sewing kit at one time but now are missing the caps that held in the needles. Name:  spools.jpg
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Size:  126.3 KB And Nancy, you are welcome. I was guessing but it is good to know where it attached for future reference. Good looking and CLEAN machine. ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Since I haven't put any scratches on my little red Honda Fit, I'm thinking some of Skip's paranoia was the size of my car plus we bought so much stuff there was almost nowhere for him to sit back there.

    BTW Skip, I sold that pink machine we were fighting over.
    No Miriam's driving is just fine. We did have a car full at the end of the day Pat told me you sold it to lady with girls. It was a nice looking machine.
    Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Can anyone tell me what these are? They are only about 1.5 inches or so long. I'm guessing they were a sewing kit at one time but now are missing the caps that held in the needles. Name:  spools.jpg
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Size:  126.3 KB And Nancy, you are welcome. I was guessing but it is good to know where it attached for future reference. Good looking and CLEAN machine. ~G~
    Yep! Sewing kit...
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    Agree sewing kit. Store the needles and a safty pin inside. The cap is a thimble. I have one I have been carrying since 1963.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Hey everyone!!! It's been forever since I've been in,but here I am now and I have a question. I've got a knocking sound that has recently developed in one of my FW 221 Centennials. I'm assuming I need to grease it. Recommendations? I've googled it and tried to find grease/lube at JoAnns and struck out on both counts. Thanks!!

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    Now you are going to make me look at my two MWs to see if t hey have any printing on the bottom. Both of mine are excellent sewers, as I'm sure the one at SA is, but I don't need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27 View Post
    Hey everyone!!! It's been forever since I've been in,but here I am now and I have a question. I've got a knocking sound that has recently developed in one of my FW 221 Centennials. I'm assuming I need to grease it. Recommendations? I've googled it and tried to find grease/lube at JoAnns and struck out on both counts. Thanks!!
    Regular sewing machine oil for the machine itself...I don't remember what the motor takes! Welcome home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27 View Post
    Hey everyone!!! It's been forever since I've been in,but here I am now and I have a question. I've got a knocking sound that has recently developed in one of my FW 221 Centennials. I'm assuming I need to grease it. Recommendations? I've googled it and tried to find grease/lube at JoAnns and struck out on both counts. Thanks!!

    First, clean it good. Especially around the bobbin and hook area. Pull the needle plate off and clean under it. Then after it's all clean, oil everything except the gears under the spool pin plate. Grease those. Then using Singer lube only grease the motor.
    You can get all the oil and grease you need at Sew-Classic { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ }.
    I recommend Tri-Flow oil and grease for the machine, and Singer lube (the grease) for the motor.

    Joe

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    One of our first rescue and repair machines was a Dial 'n Sew. A simple ZZ machine made in Japan. It's always been sooooo quiet it's a pleasure to use. I was happily sewing along piecing some squares when just all of a sudden it started clunking. I stopped, looked at it, put in a new square, sewed it ..... clunk clunk clunk ...... WHAT THE Hxxxx????? So I started looking, touching, oiling and gradually eliminating things. I knew it had to be in the hook drive somewhere.
    Finally I took the hook and bobbin out and it was quiet again. Hmmmmmmmmmmm ??????? It wasn't that dirty. But I did clean it and oil it and put it back together. All quiet again.

    Some machines are just more touchier than others I guess.

    Joe

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