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

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    Super Member Surfergirl's Avatar
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    I sell and buy on Ebay and Amazon and understand the problem with poorly packed sewing machines because I've bought a few of them. Now, when I purchase a machine, I ask the seller to pack the machine well...sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. I repaint featherweights and 301's and when I sell one, I pack them really well, insure them, and ship via FedEx. I only repaint machines that are cosmetically challenged. I love seeing them look new again.
    Lynn

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    I'm with you, Lynn. If the machines outside condition is past repair, then a repainted machine will have another life. Someone will name it, love it, and use it. However, the original rusty boat-anchor machine would have been ignored until trashed.
    Cil



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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    I'm with you, Lynn. If the machines outside condition is past repair, then a repainted machine will have another life. Someone will name it, love it, and use it. However, the original rusty boat-anchor machine would have been ignored until trashed.
    I have to agree here, too. That said, the one machine I repainted was waaaayyyy more work than I bargained for, and still was just an OK paint job. If only I could find a way to slip cover them....(smile) I just finished quilting a donation quilt that I am sick to death of. I tried buying batting in the mail and it is much heavier than I usually use. Here's a bad light picture of the latest top- need to go figure out a back. Name:  g-t88dGtwpatBEzNenxX3UJDcdCCXheGoYVukagyEfk.jpg
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    I have a couple of ceramic figures that are fabric covered then coated with heavy clear lacquer. Could work for a sewing machine I guess, if you prep it and seal it good. Just a thought. Nice quilt top too.
    Melinda

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    I feel the same... Hence my current project (over in photos) of an early Elias Howe rebuild. was covered in rust, would have made a cool shelf piece. Now, when i am done, hopefully it will sew again.

    "May the best of last year, be this years worst"

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    It really is so much work repainting a sewing machine, but I love how they look when finished. I'm working on 3 of them today.
    Lynn

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    Quiet today! I zig zagged the binding on the donation quilt and decided to buy a wide backing for the top I just made. I usually piece my backes, but i wanted flannel and figured if i had to buy fabric, I may as well buy really wide fabric! So I have to wait for that to come in the mail before I baste it. No new machines on the horizon...but I have checked CL twice today, so there must be one out there that wants to come live at my house! Laura

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    cams?

    Anyone know what these cams go to? Picked them up at the local SA today.

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    sure are pretty cams...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I looked on Ebay and found these, look a lot like the same ones to me. What do you think?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-JANO...item337ecd5632

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    I don't have a clue about your cams.... sure look like a nice assortment. I'm surprized that there isn't a name somewhere on something.

    I do have good news to report. I did some hand sewing on my cathedral window quilt yesterday.... YEAH!! It is slow going but I was able to thread the needle, make a knot, and stitch. It felt so good to have a needle in my hand. Now, I need to try using one of the machines. Thanks so much to all of you that have wished me well with my arm. I'm still making progress.

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    Nanna-up-north, that wonderful news...slow and steady as she goes and u will be up to speed soon.
    Lee, your cams...darn we were just discussing all the different cams on a Facebook vintage group I belong to I will try to find that conversation as I am pretty sure someone mentioned the blue ones.
    Dee Lowe
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    Ok Lee I just posted your pic for the group on FB, hopefully we can get you a answer soon.
    Dee Lowe
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    Lee,
    Your cams are not Janome. They belong to a White brand sewing machine model #967 which would have been new in 1976. I bought mine new and used it for about 30 years until the only plastic part that goes around the cam follower broke and a replacement couldn't be found. So the cams and automatic buttonholer won't work. I loved that machine. Always hoped that I could find a donor machine to get the part off of.
    Don't know if these cams would work on another White model from that time frame or not.
    Judy


    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    I looked on Ebay and found these, look a lot like the same ones to me. What do you think?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-JANO...item337ecd5632
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    YAY!! The holidays are OVER!! I love the holidays, but this year, I'm whipped and ready to relax! I don't think there was a day that we weren't going somewhere!

    Reading the "cam posts", I picked up a set of cams for an Elna if anyone needs them...let me know.

    Santa was good to me and brought me a pressure canner!! I'm really excited about that...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Smile

    Whoopie Charlee, what every girl needs. A pressure canner. I own two of them and 3 water bath canners.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Judy, thanks for the info, will be on the lookout for a White machine now.

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    Woo Hoo! Page 4000......

    I just finished drafting up the replacement takeup arm for the Early Howe.
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    [QUOTE=SteveH;5760208]Woo Hoo! Page 4000......

    I just finished drafting up the replacement takeup arm for the Early Howe.

    It reminds me of a Barbie leg. Seriously, I am looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Nicely done.
    ~G~

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    I feel like the crazy cat lady of sewing machines...someone gifted me with a very beat up nasty looking Royal sewing machine, electric. It doesn't move well, its paint is in bad shape, its undersides are rusty....looks like it sat in a puddle of water. How do I get rid of it? Are there any parts on it that might be worth keeping? If I'm not going to use it, is there any reason I should try to save it? I hate to say that, but I'm not in love with this machine, but I feel guilty just giving up on it. Any suggestions?

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    Steve.

    Great satisfaction fabricating parts. I do the same. Can't wait to see finished piece.

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    Hi everyone,

    Is anyone familiar with the White machines? I am selling a portable on my etsy store. The serial number is FR377231. On the machine the decals say its a White Rotary. I thought the F meant "Family" and so listed it that way. Someone wrote to me and said that is wrong. I have changed the listing, but I am curious if thats really true. Anyone here have an idea?

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    lol, thanks. Here is the original...
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    and the correct example i found on an EBay Completed auction
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    So by knowing my original diameter of the disk part, I could then extrapolate out the rest of the dimensions. I am checking the drawing out against the original tomorrow night.

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    [QUOTE=grant15clone;5760328]
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Woo Hoo! Page 4000......

    I just finished drafting up the replacement takeup arm for the Early Howe.

    It reminds me of a Barbie leg. Seriously, I am looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Nicely done.
    ~G~
    The Barbie leg would have a more pointed heel.
    I can't wait to see the finished machine. Wow you can make the parts!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    we'll see....

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