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

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Steve why are you trading that cute little TSM - especially, given it has electric added! What are you trading it for?Nancy
    Trying to respect the rules. I'll reply to posts about this on the thread for the trade offer,

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    Nancy,

    The wire 'thingy' is bent differently at each end. Place the tip of short bend in the hole on the bottom third of the faceplate. The other end is hooked to the screw on the presser foot. This holds the foot so that it rides just over the fabric. It does not hop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    The other night, Cathy told me about this wire thingy that attachs to the regular sewing foot of a vintage Pfaff to make it act like a hopping foot. I looked through all my vintage Pfaff accessories and found that I have 2 of those strange wire things. My 130 book does not show a photo of that wire or how to use it. The wire appears way too long to attach to the thumb screw and then to the foot. Cathy can you put some photos on here on how to attach and use that wire hooked up? I don't understand how you could hook that wire up to a regular foot and actually make it work like a hopping foot. I swear, I learn something new every day! The whole idea of turning a regular foot into a darning foot sounds weird. I want to know more!

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    Thank you, Nancy.. I did a search and found this model 27 is correct and was ordered into production Sept 30, 1901. It's a one owner, can be converted to electricity with a CAN motor.. but I'll be leaving 'her' just the way I found her. An address book that was handwritten and among the accessories was written by the owner.. from Amsterdam... some german notes and numbers. ?? could be telephone numbers. The owner was 90 years old when she last sewed with this machine.. now past and her son was selling her stuff. Unfortunately the shop owner wouldn't give out any names..

    Busy cleaning off the 112 years of accumulated gunk these days.. TY for your help. Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Judy View Post
    Thank you, Nancy.. I did a search and found this model 27 is correct and was ordered into production Sept 30, 1901. It's a one owner, can be converted to electricity with a CAN motor.. but I'll be leaving 'her' just the way I found her. An address book that was handwritten and among the accessories was written by the owner.. from Amsterdam... some german notes and numbers. ?? could be telephone numbers. The owner was 90 years old when she last sewed with this machine.. now past and her son was selling her stuff. Unfortunately the shop owner wouldn't give out any names..

    Busy cleaning off the 112 years of accumulated gunk these days.. TY for your help. Judy
    Wow, Judy that is so cool owning a machine with a known history. You need to write this stuff down and keep it in the cabinet for the future generations. Those old gals will be around way past our age 90! Please post a second photo once you get her all cleaned up and oiled!

    Nancy

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    Steve, I just saw that little green General Electric machine you posted in the pictures thread.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5810029
    I need to know more about that one. Is that a toy machine? That thing is fascinating to me. I would love to see more pictures of it. Every angle and side of it. The motor setup is pretty funky. Love it!
    ~G~

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    Grant: yeah, me too. I just get through saying how I am shifting my collection to 19th century and this thing comes along http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/art/3565251549.html

    It looks almost like a featherweight... but I agree the motor is what got me. That and with the head being so much "out of proportion" to the body, it looked like a child to me... $40 did not hurt...

    I had to walk myself through NOT buying the Riccar.....

    When Heather gets back I will ask her to take a series of shots, I will shrink them and post them. (Machine, case, and accessories)

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    It looks like it is a cartoon! Too cool! FANTASTIC find!
    ~G~

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    I started a thread for this cool old machine

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    pretty cool machine, Steve
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    So i took a chance and went ahead and bought the table ($15) without knowing for sure if my machine would fit and of course the hinges did not match up but with help from my husband we managed to make it work.

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    Can anyone tell me any info on my moms White Rotary?
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    Here is our newest lady. A Davis she wouldn't treadle or let us turn her hand wheel. But DH got her going after a good oil bath and gentle talking to: I was able to sew with her and she has a great straight stitch. Serial # 602740 the number under the slide plate is 642. It has the wooden pitman arm. Also have a question about one of the attachments. There is a scalloped hemmer you use with the ruffler. On the scalloped attachment there is a piece missing. Was wondering if any one else has this. We could make a copy of the part needed so DH could make another. It looks like a small saw blade. If he had a copy or tracing with the sizes he could make another. Any idea how old she might be?
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    This is the hemmer that needs the part. The saw blade wheel would go on the end that is in the bottom right corner. Where the little hole is.
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    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

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    This is the hemmer that needs the part. The saw blade wheel would go on the end that is in the bottom right corner.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    The wire 'thingy' is bent differently at each end. Place the tip of short bend in the hole on the bottom third of the faceplate. The other end is hooked to the screw on the presser foot. This holds the foot so that it rides just over the fabric. It does not hop.

    Cathy
    Thank you Cathy! I am going to give it a whirl! I will let you all know how well this wire thingy works.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Here is our newest lady. A Davis she wouldn't treadle or let us turn her hand wheel. But DH got her going after a good oil bath and gentle talking to: I was able to sew with her and she has a great straight stitch. Serial # 602740 the number under the slide plate is 642. It has the wooden pitman arm. Also have a question about one of the attachments. There is a scalloped hemmer you use with the ruffler. On the scalloped attachment there is a piece missing. Was wondering if any one else has this. We could make a copy of the part needed so DH could make another. It looks like a small saw blade. If he had a copy or tracing with the sizes he could make another. Any idea how old she might be?
    Trish, WOW I love the Davis! Be very careful with her decals - they are fragile! You are lucky to have the decals in that good a shape! You will love sewing with that machine! My Davis, actually both of them - the Davis Vertical Feed and my Davis New Vertical Feed, are both great machines! The only problem I have with my 2 Davis machines is that the New Vertical Feed will not fit in the original Vertical Feed's cabinet! I wanted to be able to interchange them, but no go! Anyway, you will love love love that machine - it is so much fun to sew with!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modern Home View Post
    Can anyone tell me any info on my moms White Rotary?
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    Modern Home, do you have a serial number? That looks like a White FR or Family Rotary in a crinkle finish. The FR was manufactured from about 1890 until about 1930.

    Nancy

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    Steve was a project you are taking on. The W&W 8 and W&W 12 are very lucky machines to be found by you! I can't wait to see the end results. I also love the little General Electric. I would not hesitate to get one of those if I found one! Now everyone on here is wanting a little General Electric machine!

    Nancy

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    As promised here is the Wilson Rotary popped back into its cabinet after it was refinished by my b/f. He also rewired the machine and added a foot peddle to it. I had him put the knee peddle back into the cabinet. It can be rewired if need be.
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    Nicely done!!! The wood glows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Steve was a project you are taking on. The W&W 8 and W&W 12 are very lucky machines to be found by you! Nancy
    And to CarolineS as well regarding the comments from the Photos section.

    I am sure going to try.

    I have in my queue of Early machines:
    Still need to make a "portable" hand-crank base for the Howe that I just did
    The Wheeler & Wilson #12
    The Wheeler & Wilson #8
    A second Howe that should be arriving today.

    I feel like I should donate money to QB for all of the HDD space my Pics use up.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I feel like I should donate money to QB for all of the HDD space my Pics use up.....
    Nah they have so much advertising and you are a star attraction
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Nah they have so much advertising and you are a star attraction
    awwww garsh....shucks ma'am... thanks.

    I think it is cool that I have folks to share the obsession with that do not think i'm a nutball....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    awwww garsh....shucks ma'am... thanks.

    I think it is cool that I have folks to share the obsession with that do not think i'm a nutball....
    LOL I know what you mean there... I took a blood test - I'm normal - you might consider getting a blood test...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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