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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Normal is a relative term
    I have close relatives that AREN'T normal. I have a blood test - I'm normal.
    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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    I'd save that blood test results for future use against the relatives that aren't normal.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I'd save that blood test results for future use against the relatives that aren't normal.
    sorta like a trump card?
    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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    yep! Never know when you may need it to defend yourself. Maybe I should get a blood test. but wait it may not turn out normal.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    yep! Never know when you may need it to defend yourself. Maybe I should get a blood test. but wait it may not turn out normal.
    Had me worried sick they would find out the truth...
    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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    I went zig-zagging with my Ferrari today! I hooked up the motor to my Necchi Supernova just to see how fast the machine would go. I forgot how fast the Necchi Supernova can go, and how quiet it sews. After treadling for so long, it was a bit daunting to deal with that speed while sewing. All I was doing was zig-zagging the edges of the material for a pair of pants that I started today. I prefer to treadle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Had me worried sick they would find out the truth...
    Now you know why I don't get blood test
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    No new post on here for a while. Guess everyone is repairing,refinishing machines or quilting up a storm. Hope everyone is ok and just busy. I have been busy quilting and DH busy working on a machine.
    Trish I think everyone's busy trying to keep their New Year's resolutions! I am busy trying to finish all my unfinished projects, then after swearing I would not start another quilt until I finish a couple that have been sitting around - I started another Mystery Quilt! But, in my defense, I got two quilts quilted, working on the 3rd one now! So I guess I am not completely breaking my New Year's resolution yet!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I went zig-zagging with my Ferrari today! I hooked up the motor to my Necchi Supernova just to see how fast the machine would go. I forgot how fast the Necchi Supernova can go, and how quiet it sews. After treadling for so long, it was a bit daunting to deal with that speed while sewing. All I was doing was zig-zagging the edges of the material for a pair of pants that I started today. I prefer to treadle.
    Geeze, Monica I know what you mean going from treadling to electric! I was in a Mystery class Sunday all day with the pedal to the medal going on all 10 machines there! It was crazy! I came home with most of the clues done because I was going with the flow - pedal to the metal using my 301. Now, I am enlarging the quilt top - making extra blocks - using my 319w in treadle - much more relaxing way to sew!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy Jeann View Post
    So here is the Wilson Rotary all cleaned up.. And she is sewing up pretty little lines.
    If you have a spare minute there is a funny story on my blog about what happened last night.. lol involves my boyfriend and the Wilson.
    I should have taken a picture of the knots he created..
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    Tammi, yep I can relate to what your boyfriend did! Men just have to mess with stuff! Nice Wilson! You know, your Wilson was made by White. You can date that machine going to the White site. It looks like your machine is in very good shape. Congratulations on getting it all ready to go! I hope your boyfriend enjoys making his jean's quilt!

    Nancy

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    Treadling:
    I like to treadle when I can do long stretches of stitches in straight lines or gentle curves. I hate piecing on a treadle. What a pain in the keester. Give me my 'lecktrik mocheen PALEEZE!


    Messing with stuff:
    It is a "guy" thing. If it's not broke we'll fix it anyway.

    Joe

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    Joe, does the guy thing apply to male cats as well? My DD's male cat unthreaded her machine and looked very pleased with himself!

    I just have to post and tell everyone how excited I am about my 201! It sews so smoothly and beautiful stitches. Took some time to get every thing right, but it was worth it! My SIL fixed the cabinet so that we can interchange machines and now my DD says she might like it better than the 301. It's so hard to decide which is my favorite.

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    I can definitely say that the 'guy thing' applies to all species.
    Cil



    I'm a Queen.... at least my pantyhose say I am!


    (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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    My DH says he breaks stuff so he can fix it, right Joe? Must be bored.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Does anyone have a Windsor B. Sewing Machine? I restored mine a while ago and I was searching for info on it so I can sell it. All of the ones I found are not even close to mine.
    Thanks.
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    Windsor B was made by National for Montgomery Ward. Here's an earlier auction for the same model:

    http://www.singeroriginalvintageprod...REFORSALE.aspx

    Jon

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    Thank you. This helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer View Post
    Joe, does the guy thing apply to male cats as well? My DD's male cat unthreaded her machine and looked very pleased with himself!

    I just have to post and tell everyone how excited I am about my 201! It sews so smoothly and beautiful stitches. Took some time to get every thing right, but it was worth it! My SIL fixed the cabinet so that we can interchange machines and now my DD says she might like it better than the 301. It's so hard to decide which is my favorite.
    It absolutely does apply to boy kitties too. They love to get into anything and everything.

    As for our 201 it's quiet and smooth. My wife loves it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    My DH says he breaks stuff so he can fix it, right Joe? Must be bored.
    I can't say that I've deliberately broken things just so I could fix them. But I've broken things and had to fix them.
    Not bored, just tire.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Treadling:
    I like to treadle when I can do long stretches of stitches in straight lines or gentle curves. I hate piecing on a treadle. What a pain in the keester. Give me my 'lecktrik mocheen PALEEZE!

    Joe
    Joe, what is wrong with piecing with a treadle? I love to piece using my 319w in treadle, or my Two Spools treadle. I find it just as fast as using the "lectrik mocheen." I don't see why it is a problem unless you are new to treadling and have trouble with thread breaking. When I first started treadling I would not have pieced with a treadle - all I did was sew forward then go back - breaking thread constantly. But, after lots of practice, I don't see a different in treadling or using an electric machine, except for speed. If you are racing like I did Sunday in a class, you need electric to keep up!

    Nancy

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    thanks I will be glad to read this !

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    Joe I agree with Nancy. I find it just as easy to piece with a treadle and it is better for me I seem to have better control of the 1/4 seams. I do use the two spools when piecing a large quilt it can hold lots of bobbin thread in the can. The 319 is also great to treadle when piecing. But then again I have been using a treadle for 40 + years and it comes natural for me. Like Nancy said you need to practice. At the moment I am trying to finish three quilts started. So much to do with little time. BTW Nancy how to you like sewing with the Jones HC? I like mine and easy to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Joe I agree with Nancy. I find it just as easy to piece with a treadle and it is better for me I seem to have better control of the 1/4 seams. I do use the two spools when piecing a large quilt it can hold lots of bobbin thread in the can. The 319 is also great to treadle when piecing. But then again I have been using a treadle for 40 + years and it comes natural for me. Like Nancy said you need to practice. At the moment I am trying to finish three quilts started. So much to do with little time. BTW Nancy how to you like sewing with the Jones HC? I like mine and easy to use.

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    Skip, right now my twin Jones' HC's are sitting on a shelf. I just got my long bobbins from the UK a couple days ago. I also received the needles last week, so I haven't had time to try sewing with either of them.

    I was so stressed out last night trying to get the tension right on my HQ 16 long arm that I almost dismantled it! I have no problems with tensions on any of my 50+ vintage machines, but that stupid long arm is a pain in the butt! Every time I try to quilt a quilt with that stupid machine, I have to mess with the tension. Even with that, I never get a really nice stitch like any of my vintage machines! I wish I could just throw out that stupid HQ 16 and do all my quilts FM on the dinning room table, but when I do a king sized quilt (the one on the LA table now is 107"s by 115"s), it takes hours and hundreds of pins to pin the quilt for FM on the living room floor. The LA, when working, is so much faster and easier on your back for very large quilts! Why is it that the HQ has to be adjusted with every quilt - I get the tension ok with one quilt, and the next one has birds nests! Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Sorry folks, I am just so use to vintage machines now - they just do their jobs every time!

    Nancy

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    Nancy, Skip,

    I have this "thing" about back tacking my pieces. None of my treadle machines has a back tack or reverse. They are all oldies.
    I can do it, but it's just a pain to me to do so. With an electric machine with a back tack I can nail them loose ends down good and tight and go on to the next one.

    One of these days I'm gonna put a more modern machine in the treadle cabinet and see how I like it. But I'm a bit busy and distracted now.

    Joe

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    Nancy the vintage machines are so nice to use without tension poblems that I very seldon use my electric New Home. Although the electric is a vintage New Home 1967 and sews very well but I still like the stitch better on the older machines. I have posted a pic of it in the New Home club thread. Just can't go wrong with these old ladies. I hope you try out the Jones soon they are great machines. I love the HC and it is very much like the Singer 28 HC I have. I think you will like them.
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