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    qltgrose,

    From everything that I have read over the years the 'FR' on the White machines means 'Family Rotary' BTW, what did the person (who corrected you) say the FR means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    qltgrose,From everything that I have read over the years the 'FR' on the White machines means 'Family Rotary' BTW, what did the person (who corrected you) say the FR means?Cathy
    I would have to say DITTO

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    I have had at least ten FR machines (so far), and my understanding has been that they are Family Rotary machines. If I have been misinformed, I would like to know but I am pretty sure that this is correct.
    ~G~

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    re: Family Rotary

    Thank you! I agree, I thought the FR designated it a "Family Rotary" whether the decals said so or not. I am just not that knowledgable and the person who was telling me it wasnt was putting herself forth as an antique dealer, so I thought it was worth checking. I don't want to sell something with incorrect info, as much as I can confirm anyway!

    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I have had at least ten FR machines (so far), and my understanding has been that they are Family Rotary machines. If I have been misinformed, I would like to know but I am pretty sure that this is correct.
    ~G~

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    Steve, I am really watching your Howe restoration with interest!

    Laura, that quilt looks huge - no wonder you were tired of it! I have always made queen or king - mostly king sized quilts - but, this year I want to get old projects caught up and do small projects!

    Well thanks to Candace, I just acquired a new Pfaff 360 two tone automatic. I already have a really nice - no chips - Pfaff 360, but I couldn't turn down this deal. It has a case in perfect shape, which my other 360 doesn't have! It has the stitch wheel, several Pfaff tension units that the guy had, and otherwise it is complete. It is a little chipped up but it sews perfectly. It also has that weird two part plug in for the cord that my 260 is missing! At this point, I don't need that cord as the 260 works fine without using half the plug!

    Anyway, the guy that had this machine thought there was something wrong with the upper tension - hence he had several tension units to try on this machine. There is nothing wrong with the tension. The problem was the bobbin case was warped. The machine would sew perfectly for a little bit, then the bobbin would stick in the case and break thread. I put a different bobbin case in and walla - perfect stitches. Goes to show that sometimes we just look too hard for the problem - when it is just something easy! Of course, I doubt the guy who owned this machine had access to a second Pfaff bobbin case to give it a try!

    Does anyone know where the serial number is on some of these vintage Pfaffs? I have the Pfaff dating information, but on some of the vintage Pfaffs, I have not been able to find a serial number!

    Nancy
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    Oh and the guy who had this Pfaff 360 has several machines he wants to get rid of. After Candace and I have a look at his list, I will let you guys know what he has. He has a ranch here and in Iowa with a bunch of vintage sewing machines! He said, he can't sell a vintage Pfaff in Iowa? He said the average age of the residents where his ranch is, is around 65 and they don't want heavy machines. I can see why some people don't want a really really heavy machine, but I think a lot of the people here on this board are in that age bracket! I doubt age has anything to do with it really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by qltgrose View Post
    Thank you! I agree, I thought the FR designated it a "Family Rotary" whether the decals said so or not. I am just not that knowledgable and the person who was telling me it wasnt was putting herself forth as an antique dealer, so I thought it was worth checking. I don't want to sell something with incorrect info, as much as I can confirm anyway!
    I don't have the best memory, but I know that most of the machines I had were Family Rotary decal machines, but at least one was labeled White Rotary and maybe something else and had a FR serial number. You are right in checking as to not misinform someone. Kudos to you for checking to make sure. We all make mistakes, me more than most at times but I am confident that if a machine, no matter how it is labeled, that has a FR serial number, is most likely a Family Rotary machine.
    ~G~

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    Searching the web this morning and came across a site that is auctioning of a huge collection of sewing machines. It is a Bankruptcy auction. There are some really nice machines in there!!!
    https://www.inforuptcy.com/content/a...ine-collection
    ~G~

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    Looks like they collected from 2004 to 2012. I hope they didn’t go broke just from collecting machines. If so, I might be in trouble...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Searching the web this morning <snip>There are some really nice machines in there!!!
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    Yes, indeed! Some very nice machines. I really enjoyed reading the inventory list and looking at the pictures. Thank you for passing on the link.

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    speaking of White Rotaries...they take a standard needle, yes? I am trying to get one to play nice and treadle and ites. will not pick up the thread. Yes, I did remember (eventually) that the wheel turns away from the operator. Now I'm wondering if I forgot what needle it takes. Laura

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    Interesting cabinet and a nice price.

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/3525113800.html

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    speaking of White Rotaries...they take a standard needle, yes? I am trying to get one to play nice and treadle and ites. will not pick up the thread. Yes, I did remember (eventually) that the wheel turns away from the operator. Now I'm wondering if I forgot what needle it takes. Laura

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    interesting cabinet and price on CL.

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/3525113800.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    speaking of White Rotaries...they take a standard needle, yes? I am trying to get one to play nice and treadle and ites. will not pick up the thread. Yes, I did remember (eventually) that the wheel turns away from the operator. Now I'm wondering if I forgot what needle it takes. Laura
    I have a White Dressmaster rotary and it uses the 15x1 needles. I also have a White made Kenmore and it uses the 15x1s.
    The needles go in flat to the right and thread left to right like a normal machine.
    But the bobbins, at least according to the manuals I have should rotate counter clockwise when in the bobbin case and the thread is pulled. I'm not sure it makes any difference though as mine don't seem to sew any different regardless of which way the bobbin is installed.

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    Hey Lee231- that HAS to be a custom cabinet- I have never seen anything like it, treadle or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    interesting cabinet and price on CL.

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/3525113800.html
    Joe and Elaine likes it. Oh wait, this isn't Face Book .............

    Thankfully it's too far and we're too broke or I'd go for it. I really like that cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    Hey Lee231- that HAS to be a custom cabinet- I have never seen anything like it, treadle or not.
    Looks like one Glenn picked up in Indianapolis
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Looks like one Glenn picked up in Indianapolis
    Yes I have a very nice one just like it.
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    Not too far for me, but I'm not in a buying mood. I do like the cabinet and the fiddle base. Oh, oh, I just looked again - it is pretty and Rockford is closer than GR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Yes I have a very nice one just like it.
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    Okay, what model Singer cabinet is that? It really different............

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    I want to know the model number too- just in case I run across one
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    If I were in Rockford, that machine and cabinet would be in my house by now!

    Nancy

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    DH told me if he was in a 100 miles of that machine it would have a new home with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    If I were in Rockford, that machine and cabinet would be in my house by now!

    Nancy
    Me too! I have the empty base of a folding top cabinet, but the machine and top are long gone If i ever see one in person I hope to make a pattern from it and restore my base I keep looking... Laura

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