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    Oh, and this machine, the Alto, is controlled by the use of hands pushing down on the base, area by the foot and needle, for speed of sewing. I love her comment as to how so many folks just get lost by threading a machine, which is why she design this with a very simple threading path to the needle. I don't have difficultly following a path for threading, but I do understand this statement since many of my vintage machines thread so differently from each other.

    I'm off to my other projects. Hope all is well for everyone. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Oh, and this machine, the Alto, is controlled by the use of hands pushing down on the base, area by the foot and needle, for speed of sewing. I love her comment as to how so many folks just get lost by threading a machine, which is why she design this with a very simple threading path to the needle. I don't have difficultly following a path for threading, but I do understand this statement since many of my vintage machines thread so differently from each other.

    I'm off to my other projects. Hope all is well for everyone. Enjoy!
    no info where to see one... how much they cost etc.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy Jeann View Post
    It may not be the purdiest machine around..
    Tammy Jeann, I like your machine and I think she is plenty purdy! I am one of the minorities that likes a black crinkle machine. I look forward to seeing the "after" pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    no info where to see one... how much they cost etc.
    Miriam,

    Here's a thread from the Artisans Square forum about it. Has a pic and some links too.
    { http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.p...c,19406.0.html }

    Joe

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    THANKS Joe... now I have ANOTHER machine to look for(acquire)... a Freia.

    http://www.ebay.de/itm/DDR-Kult-Reisenahmaschine-FREIA-Bakelit-selten-DDR-sewing-machine-rare-/300840132649?pt=DDR_Ostalgie&hash=item460b782029#h t_1062wt_132
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    THANKS Joe... now I have ANOTHER machine to look for(acquire)... a Freia.

    http://www.ebay.de/itm/DDR-Kult-Reisenahmaschine-FREIA-Bakelit-selten-DDR-sewing-machine-rare-/300840132649?pt=DDR_Ostalgie&hash=item460b782029#h t_1062wt_132
    similar to Elna
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Hi Nancy. You are right. I put it in the cabinet last night and I think it looks fantastic.
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    It fits in the opening, the hinges line up and it clears the drawer and sides but I think that the feet cast into the bottom of the machine prevent it from going all of the way down into the cabinet opening, thus preventing the top from closing. HOWEVER, if the motor was removed (not needed) and the block of wood that is screwed to the inside of the lid were to be removed, it WILL FIT and close properly.
    As to the poor old 66, the old gal has seen better days and the cabinet is worthy of a nicer machine. The bed has been repainted, decals are mostly gone as is the Singer name. The chrome is bad on the entire machine. Including the faceplate, back plate, and footplate. The slide is missing too. I think she might be a parts machine or a repaint project.
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    I do have a question about the 66 head though. I read that the Singer machines made before 1901 did not have the motor lug cast into it. And all of them from 1903 and on, all have them cast into them. This machine was made in 1910 (serial # G340707) and does not have the motor lug cast into it. Can anyone help answer that?
    Thanks.
    ~G~
    Grant I agree the Morse looks great in that Singer cabinet! Now lets see how you like treadling it? I don't even think about my Singer 319w being a treadle machine anymore - it just seems so natural to treadle that machine even when doing decorative stitches. I like the Morse, its a pretty machine. I had one exactly like yours I sold last summer. But, if I were going to take out the 66, I'd put something in the cabinet that did more than a straight stitch? I don't agree that the 66 is a parts machine. I have a Davis with no decals left and I love her! I guess it is all in the eyes of the beholder!

    Nancy

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    Well here is my Jones "treadle!" I swear we had a long conversation before Christmas about this "treadle" cabinet with a pristine Jones sewing machine! Well, as you can see theName:  JonesHC2nd.JPG
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Size:  1.67 MB person who had this machine has no idea what a treadle is! Meet the twin to my first HC Jones machine!Name:  Jonestwins.JPG
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Size:  1.26 MB I am actually glad the Jones turned out to be another HC and not a treadle! I don't have room for another treadle! Oh and Muv, my bad! I still haven't fixed the tension on the first machine, which is pretty obvious with them side by side!

    Nancy
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    Wow.....just wow....... (turning green)

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    Nancy, I never heard of a Jones machine until I read about them on this board. Your machines are just BEAUTIFUL! Their decals are fancy dancy. I will certainly buy one if I run across one at a decent price. Thanks for sharing.

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    [QUOTE=BoJangles;5771031]Ok I have never had a machine dropped on my porch like Steve just had, but I got a call from a guy who was given my name by someone I must of met at a sewing social. He wants me to take his wife's grandmother's Jone's treadle that has been in their family from the beginning. He says it is in pristine shape.

    why can't I get a call for a Jones? I have a t

    ouch and sew that was dropped on the porch still lurking there....not a Jones in site. ( Don't worry, it's an enclosed porch.) Laura

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    Seeing those two Jones machines are a beautiful site...OMG!!! They should be in a museum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Well here is my Jones "treadle!" I swear we had a long conversation before Christmas about this "treadle" cabinet with a pristine Jones sewing machine! Well, as you can see theName:  JonesHC2nd.JPG
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Size:  1.67 MB person who had this machine has no idea what a treadle is! Meet the twin to my first HC Jones machine!Name:  Jonestwins.JPG
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Size:  1.26 MB I am actually glad the Jones turned out to be another HC and not a treadle! I don't have room for another treadle! Oh and Muv, my bad! I still haven't fixed the tension on the first machine, which is pretty obvious with them side by side!

    Nancy
    Nancy, Your Jones machines are lovely! Congrats!!

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    Nancy,

    I'll be glad to take one off your hands if the burden of too many Jones gets too much. VBG

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Well here is my Jones "treadle!" I swear we had a long conversation before Christmas about this "treadle" cabinet with a pristine Jones sewing machine! Well, as you can see the person who had this machine has no idea what a treadle is! Meet the twin to my first HC Jones machine! I am actually glad the Jones turned out to be another HC and not a treadle! I don't have room for another treadle! Oh and Muv, my bad! I still haven't fixed the tension on the first machine, which is pretty obvious with them side by side!

    Nancy
    Cathy

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

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    Steve,

    The Freia was made by Fisher-Mewa. They also made the Fisher-Mewa KOMA.
    I am lucky to have acquired a KOMA a few years ago. Neat machine and very small, but it weighs a bloody ton. If you want to fondle it you and Heather have to make another trip up here.
    If you'd like I can post pictures when I get home Saturday.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    THANKS Joe... now I have ANOTHER machine to look for(acquire)... a Freia.

    http://www.ebay.de/itm/DDR-Kult-Reisenahmaschine-FREIA-Bakelit-selten-DDR-sewing-machine-rare-/300840132649?pt=DDR_Ostalgie&hash=item460b782029#h t_1062wt_132
    Cathy

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

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    Nancy, The machines are fabulous!!! I would certainly make room for one of those

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    Steve, Judy, Laura, Dan, Monica, Cathy, and Jean, thank you all! These are pretty little machines! I have some long bobbins coming from the UK for the first Jones HC. It is great because those long bobbins will work for both machines! I also bought some needles - so I will be able sit down and see how well these little twins can sew!

    I really wanted the Jones with the huge yellow rose on the bed! That machine is drop dead gorgeous, but oh well these two are really pretty too.

    Nancy

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    I am cleaning out my little sewing machine cargo unit. Yesterday, we took 4 cabinets from the 50's era to the dump. They were not in good shape - veneer peeling, etc. I can now get around in there and maybe sew a little this spring with the doors open wide!

    Cathy, I have that 201 with the bent needle shaft - you can have it if you want it for a parts machine, or to fix? I don't want to mess with that machine. I also have 2, 66-6 side clamping heads from 1926 you can have for parts or to re-home if you like. They are both in good shape. I am cleaning up! I gave another granddaughter a really nice 401a with attachments - I have a 500a and a 503a that I like better! I gave a friend the Viking 6010 with everything - I like the Pfaffs better, just couldn't bond with that Viking! I am only keeping the machines I know I will use and the ones I really like!

    Nancy

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    Geeze, I just tried to do a count of the machines I will still have after giving a few away! I think I still have at least 55 machines! I am a lost cause!

    Nancy

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    [QUOTE=BoJangles;5773408]Steve, Judy, Laura, Dan, Monica, Cathy, and Jean, thank you all! These are pretty little machines! I have some long bobbins coming from the UK for the first Jones HC. It is great because those long bobbins will work for both machines! I also bought some needles - so I will be able sit down and see how well these little twins can sew

    Your twins are beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Your twins are beautiful. Skip
    Sew not touching that one! hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Sew not touching that one! hehe
    I stayed clear of that one too!!! On another subject, The hand crank Jones machines are gorgeous.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Sew not touching that one! hehe
    A little humor is always appreciated! The twins comment put a smile on my face!

    Hey on a serious note, I have a Minnesota H missing a slide plate. Anyone have one I could buy? Someone on here was talking about the Minnesota a while back - something about the parts being interchangeable with another machine? Any information would be appreciated! I thought this machine was made by Domestic and sold by Sears? But, I think ISMACS lists the Minnesota H made by Standard? It gets more complicated because I also remember reading that about 1926 White acquired Domestic? Anyway, all I need is a slide plate or information of what machines to look for - for a donor slide plate!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I am actually glad the Jones turned out to be another HC and not a treadle! I don't have room for another treadle! Nancy
    Nancy, are you SURE.....?
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/fuo/3533351674.html

    Glad to elicit a grin, not a groan or a grump.
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    I got a LBOY 301A just before Christmas. After the Christmas hoopla was over I oiled her and greased the gears. She sews so effortlessly and is so quiet. I love it! But I noticed that the needle sits a hair too much to the left and when sewing you can sometimes hear the needle "touch" the needle plate. I changed the needle and removed the needle plate and screwed it back in. It is still a bit too much to the left. It doesn't stop me from sewing but I would be happier if I could slightly adjust the way the needle sits so it is more centered over the hole. Is that possible?
    Thanks Jackie

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