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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    would it make the machine go faster???
    Miriam, I don't know, but it would make ME go faster!!!
    ~G~

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    Nanna,

    You just found one of Singer' many data errors. You have a model 128. The date is probably correct though.
    It sure is pretty. They have such a nice little clicky-clacky sound when stitching. I love mine.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    My son has gotten the estate sale bug so I went with him today since there was a crank machine listed and I've been wanting one. So, he carried it for me since I can't with my broken arm. I thought it looked like a 127/128 but when
    I looked it up (G508841) it said it is a model 15. So, I looked up the manual and now I'm really confused. My machine has a shuttle..... the manual I found pictured a round shuttle. So, what model is it? Once I am able to use my hand again, I'll have to clean it up cause it's pretty dirty. But, everything moves and I like the decals. I'd like to find out the model so I can find out what needle to use, etc.
    Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Happy St. Nicholas Day to All! May your shoes be full of wonderful treats and sitting beside them a new vintage sewing machine!

    For those looking for a sewing project to make with that special vintage machine, here is a Santa PP project:
    http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/201...lock-is-ready/

    Enjoy!
    I love that Santa! Will have to make it, for sure! If you go back a couple of pages, Santa already brought me a "new" machine!! (He had my son and DIL deliver it for him! LOL)
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    While we are on the subject, Has anyone seen this belt tensioner before, built right into the motor housing?
    ~G~

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    Grant,

    Yep, I've seen and touched such a machine. It was a 28 or a 128 my LSMG owns. I've got a full set of pics of it too. I wouldn't mind having one of those motors.

    Joe

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    Grant, Nancy, and Cindy, Thanks for the info. I knew it looked like a 128 but when the ismacs site said model 15 I couldn't believe it. I am going to have to unstick the bobbin winder.... it's not turning and the rubber tire is hard. Those aren't to difficult to find, are they? Maybe there is something that would soften it without having to replace it.

    Glenn, are you out there tonight? The decals look a little fragile..... can I just use oil to clean them up without damage?

    I am getting so anxious for this arm to get healed. I have 5 machines to clean up now..... I really can't do much with only one hand. I start therapy for my hand and elbow tomorrow.....maybe I'll be back to sewing soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Grant, Nancy, and Cindy, Thanks for the info. I knew it looked like a 128 but when the ismacs site said model 15 I couldn't believe it. I am going to have to unstick the bobbin winder.... it's not turning and the rubber tire is hard. Those aren't to difficult to find, are they? Maybe there is something that would soften it without having to replace it.

    Glenn, are you out there tonight? The decals look a little fragile..... can I just use oil to clean them up without damage?

    I am getting so anxious for this arm to get healed. I have 5 machines to clean up now..... I really can't do much with only one hand. I start therapy for my hand and elbow tomorrow.....maybe I'll be back to sewing soon.
    Nanna, The bobbin winder is probably not stuck, just out of adjustment. The screw on the front is a small cam. Loosen it slightly until it moves freely and tighten the nut on the back while holding the screw in place. It might take a few times to get it just right. It can be tricky to get it just right by trial and error but once it is done and tight, you won't have to do it again. If you need more help just ask. I'd be glad to help. Good luck and get well soon.
    ~G~

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    Nana, I like your new machine. Hope your arm is healing better so you can get back to sewing.
    I am back to some sewing. DH watches to make sure I don't over do it.

    DH also said maybe a hair dryer would work on the wires.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Happy St. Nicholas Day to All! May your shoes be full of wonderful treats and sitting beside them a new vintage sewing machine!

    For those looking for a sewing project to make with that special vintage machine, here is a Santa PP project:
    http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/201...lock-is-ready/

    Enjoy!
    Monica I agree with Charlee, I love the Santa too. I have never paper pieced, but I think I will try this one - it looks so cute!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I love that Santa! Will have to make it, for sure! If you go back a couple of pages, Santa already brought me a "new" machine!! (He had my son and DIL deliver it for him! LOL)
    Charlee, That's an elegant lady! A true beauty! Lucky you that some of Santa's elves were busy looking out for you. The cabinet and machine are simple gorgeous!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Monica I agree with Charlee, I love the Santa too. I have never paper pieced, but I think I will try this one - it looks so cute!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Nancy
    Nancy, Paper piecing is easy once you have done a simple one to figure out the process. This doesn't look difficult, just work in sections like she has shown.

    I'm busy finishing up with a quilt that I started in October. I dislike leaving unfinished quilts...it's like leaving a rescued vintage machine uncleaned. I read that in some parts of the world folks will celebrate St. Nicholas day on Dec. 19th. Most likely, I will work on this cute PP Santa then while baking my Christmas cookies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Grant, Nancy, and Cindy, Thanks for the info. I knew it looked like a 128 but when the ismacs site said model 15 I couldn't believe it. I am going to have to unstick the bobbin winder.... it's not turning and the rubber tire is hard. Those aren't to difficult to find, are they? Maybe there is something that would soften it without having to replace it.

    Glenn, are you out there tonight? The decals look a little fragile..... can I just use oil to clean them up without damage?

    I am getting so anxious for this arm to get healed. I have 5 machines to clean up now..... I really can't do much with only one hand. I start therapy for my hand and elbow tomorrow.....maybe I'll be back to sewing soon.
    Yes just use sewing machine oil to clean the decals. Put on some machine oil and let sit awhile then use cotton balls and more machne oil and gently start cleaning and it may take time to get them clean and if there is a little yellow still left it is the old shellac that as turned a little dark and that is okay. You don't want to remoce the shellac you just want to get the grime off it.

    Skip
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    Yep, I've seen and touched such a machine. It was a 28 or a 128 my LSMG owns. I've got a full set of pics of it too. I wouldn't mind having one of those motors.

    Joe
    Joe, Mine is a 128. I'll sell you the motor. The price would include extras too. The rest of the machine. lol I bought it to fix, clean, and sell it. It is in surprisingly good condition. It was well taken care of and maintained. It even has a manual. Does anyone need a manual? I can try to scan it. The manual covers the 27, 127, and 128. It is only 15 pages long including the covers and very basic.
    ~G~

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    Grant,

    I'm up to my eyeballs in sewing machines right now, but after the holidays if you still have it I might be able to do something. As for the manual yes, I can use that. I have a 127 I'm cleaning right now and it would be useful.

    Joe

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    Well, I am such a bad influence. As you all know, Wilbur helped me oil a machine. Today he was caught trying to oil his rocking horse - he had Dawn dish soap and was putting it in any hole he could find.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well, I am such a bad influence. As you all know, Wilbur helped me oil a machine. Today he was caught trying to oil his rocking horse - he had Dawn dish soap and was putting it in any hole he could find.
    Did it need oiling? Squeaking? lol. Cute kids.

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    Sounds like a bubbly good time cleaning it up....careful that he doesn't slip out of the saddle.
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well, I am such a bad influence. As you all know, Wilbur helped me oil a machine. Today he was caught trying to oil his rocking horse - he had Dawn dish soap and was putting it in any hole he could find.

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    Thanks, Grant.
    Once I can get the use of both hands, I'll give that a try. Last year I had to soak the bobbin winder from my 127 in fluid film to get it moving... it was rusted together. I don't think this one will be as difficult. I'm still not sure what to do about that hard tire.

    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Nanna, The bobbin winder is probably not stuck, just out of adjustment. The screw on the front is a small cam. Loosen it slightly until it moves freely and tighten the nut on the back while holding the screw in place. It might take a few times to get it just right. It can be tricky to get it just right by trial and error but once it is done and tight, you won't have to do it again. If you need more help just ask. I'd be glad to help. Good luck and get well soon.
    ~G~

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    Trish, It's good to hear that you're doing well and your DH is taking good care of you. My DH and son are doing so much since I've gotten hurt. I don't know what I'd have done without them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Nana, I like your new machine. Hope your arm is healing better so you can get back to sewing.
    I am back to some sewing. DH watches to make sure I don't over do it.

    DH also said maybe a hair dryer would work on the wires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Thanks, Grant.
    Once I can get the use of both hands, I'll give that a try. Last year I had to soak the bobbin winder from my 127 in fluid film to get it moving... it was rusted together. I don't think this one will be as difficult. I'm still not sure what to do about that hard tire.
    The bobbin tire is easily obtainable at any sew n vac center.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I'm planning on giving it a try tomorrow. With the hand therapy today I didn't get to it. But I feel like I might be able to get back to my former self now that I can start getting the movement back in my hand. I'll be sure to let you know how the cleanup goes. Thanks, Glen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Yes just use sewing machine oil to clean the decals. Put on some machine oil and let sit awhile then use cotton balls and more machne oil and gently start cleaning and it may take time to get them clean and if there is a little yellow still left it is the old shellac that as turned a little dark and that is okay. You don't want to remoce the shellac you just want to get the grime off it.

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    Too cute, Miriam. Well, maybe not cute...I can imagine a messy cleanup.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well, I am such a bad influence. As you all know, Wilbur helped me oil a machine. Today he was caught trying to oil his rocking horse - he had Dawn dish soap and was putting it in any hole he could find.

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    Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate! May your home be bright with happiness.

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    Hi, Is there a post here about adjusting the timing on an oscillating bobbin machine...It's a vintage Bamberger deluxe zig zag and has internal cams for some other stitches....I would like to try doing it myself If possible...

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    I doubt that you will find a manual or any repair info on this particular machine. It is similar to a lot of other badged Japanese machines. Timing is a tricky thing to do yourself too, if it is indeed off. Most machines are not out of time. Especially one that robust. If you are set on doing it yourself, you should learn as much about timing as you can on a machine similar to yours. Most are similar but if you learn a lot about similar machines they should apply to your machine too. What you are looking for is the hook to pass the needle JUST as the needle starts to retract upwards. I hope this helps.
    ~G~

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    Thanks, Chris. I may have to find one. [
    QUOTE=chris_quilts;5705291]The bobbin tire is easily obtainable at any sew n vac center.[/QUOTE]

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