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    Ok one of these days I need to get my collection out and look at them - specially the odd ducks.
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    anyone live near lake city fl. I saw a lady today that has 6 (six) 401.A. some need parts some dont. none have power cords. Hubby bought them off ebay and thrift shops, he passed away sunday. and she wants to sell them, let me know.. cmaras1234
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The SLANT button holer says SLANT on the top of the shank - some of the others say STRAIGHT but not all of them say STRAIGHT. I have used plastic cams or metal - they seem to work either way
    You will know as soon as you try to install it if it doesn't fit the machine. I have one that looks real odd - don't know what it goes to - shank has a little pin inside it
    Thanks Miriam, but the burgundy one doesn't say 'slant' anywhere - on the shank, on the attachment, or on the box! The one that came in the green box doesn't say 'straight' anywhere on the attachment, nor box. So does that mean I got the odd balls? There are always exceptions to the rules it seems! At least now I know what to look for if I find a buttonhole attachment that is not in a colored case!

    Thank you Joe, I will remember about the maroon, (burgundy), red, or pinkish boxes being for a slant! That is very good to know. I figured that had to be the case after I examined my two different buttonholers. You would think the box/case would be marked slant!

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    Never say never....Can't help myself. Runs like a dream after major internal cleaning. So now it's three. 830, 820, 930...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Never say never....Can't help myself. Runs like a dream after major internal cleaning. So now it's three. 830, 820, 930...
    Very cute little machine Dan! That looks like a great machine to take out to sewing socials, etc.! How heavy is that little Bernina?

    That is one problem I have with all my vintage Pfaff - they are making my right arm longer than my left arm!

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    It's a 3/4 machine and about ... 25lbs. definitely not a featherweight but the handle makes it manageable.

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    I'm buying a F.W. from Oregon, my sister plans on mailing it to me in Southern California.
    What is the best way to package it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr View Post
    I'm buying a F.W. from Oregon, my sister plans on mailing it to me in Southern California.
    What is the best way to package it?
    Pack the case and machine separate! Miriam, you need to answer this! Miriam is the best at packing machines to ship!

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    *doing the happy dance*

    I just bought one of the machines on my wish list. It was on Craigslist yesterday in Colorado Springs. Paid him and my mom is headed over to go pick it up. She'll deliver it to me in 2 weeks when she's here for a visit. Its a Pfaff treadle. I know it is missing a drawer and it doesn't have any attachments but it DOES have the shuttle and bobbin. We have a collection of about 75 drawers from that estate so I'll start there to see if one fits, if not I'll be on the lookout. I know a couple of you have this machine here so advice is certainly welcome!

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    On a totally unrelated note, my mom came across 2 cams for a 401, 403 machine and passed them along to me. I have no need for them. They are fashion discs 19 and 20. Not able to take photos at the moment but here are some links (not mine) to what I have. Free to a good home.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IN-BOX-Singe...item43b7fa4d5d

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IN-BOX-Singe...item43b7fa47fc

    Let me know if someone can put them to use.

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    Jennb,

    I love your new machine! Great score. It would be a long two weeks for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    On a totally unrelated note, my mom came across 2 cams for a 401, 403 machine and passed them along to me. I have no need for them. They are fashion discs 19 and 20. Not able to take photos at the moment but here are some links (not mine) to what I have. Free to a good home.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IN-BOX-Singe...item43b7fa4d5d

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IN-BOX-Singe...item43b7fa47fc

    Let me know if someone can put them to use.
    The cams have found a home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Jennb,

    I love your new machine! Great score. It would be a long two weeks for me.
    Thanks! I've been wanting a Pfaff ever since I saw the photos of the ones other members here have. I found one on a liveauction site about 3 weeks ago, and placed a bid, but they ignored my bid and it sold for half my bid. I was TICKED. They came back after the fact and said I didn't provide them a credit card with my bid, but there is no way to do that when you bid...plus I was watching it live and it wouldn't accept my live bid either. They were so rude to me on the phone when I called them. It was the particular auction house, not liveauction.

    Anyway, I've been on the lookout for a nice German treadle, and aside from the Kayser I found in Colorado whose owner is STILL advertising it for sale and STILL not budging on the price, this one popped up yesterday so I snagged it as soon as I saw it. He sent me photos confirming it has a bobbin and shuttle too, so it has what it needs to work, and I'll get a drawer for it whenever. I have boxes and boxes of attachments so I'm sure one box or another will work on it.

    Oh and I'll be spending the time figuring out where in the world I can put this one...I may have to move my treadmill to give this one a home.

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    Beautiful Pfaff...let us know how it sews!

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    She needs a little work before she'll sew. I'm going to replace the belt and she needs a thorough cleaning because she has been in the same position for more than 25 years. She's quite stiff so I'll give her some TLC and see if she doesn't come back to life. I'm just happy the bobbin and shuttle are there!

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    photo quiz on CL

    What's wrong in the photo and what is the machine?

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/3576998678.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    What's wrong in the photo and what is the machine?

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/3576998678.html
    Its a National machine, the photo is the backside of the treadle cabinet for starters. The slide plate is missing so its a good bet the shuttle may be gone as well. I have a Vindex B National Treadle but it looks nothing like this one. I'd guess this one is from the mid to late 1910s.

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    Jenn The cabinet is worth that if you turn it around, but I'm not going to run down to get it. My little Leader made by National wouldn't fit in there, besides it looks like it's been varnished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    <snip>Oh and I'll be spending the time figuring out where in the world I can put this one...I may have to move my treadmill to give this one a home.
    Yeah, ditch the treadmill. You can make the Pfaff your new exercise machine! (I want to add one or more German treadle machines to my hoard/herd, too. I have none right now but I am keeping my eye out!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    *doing the happy dance*

    I just bought one of the machines on my wish list. It was on Craigslist yesterday in Colorado Springs. Paid him and my mom is headed over to go pick it up. She'll deliver it to me in 2 weeks when she's here for a visit. Its a Pfaff treadle. I know it is missing a drawer and it doesn't have any attachments but it DOES have the shuttle and bobbin. We have a collection of about 75 drawers from that estate so I'll start there to see if one fits, if not I'll be on the lookout. I know a couple of you have this machine here so advice is certainly welcome!

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    Jennb, congratulations on your 1906 Pfaff treadle! She is beautiful! It is really neat to own a piece of history like that when you know that treadle is only here because someone loved it enough to bring it over! Pfaff's were not imported into this country until much later. The drawer is no big deal - they are pretty small. The cabinet looks great. The coffin top is in amazingly great shape. Have fun with her!

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    This is the next treadle I would get if I could find a place to put it! Jennb, I understand your dilemma with the treadmill! My problem is I already got rid of a lot of stuff to make room for the treadles I already have, but boy would I love to have this Adler! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3577363926.html

    Nancy

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    Has anyone ever figured how many calories are burned when sewing with a treadle?

    I think I need a treadle - my legs could use a bit of 'shaping'.

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    Well, the space issue is only temporary until we get the guest house done. I have most of my machines in storage there right now but I have 13 or so machines in the house right now. I use my treadmill because its the only way I can get my walking done since my children are home all day long with me.

    I'm on the lookout for the drawer, an oil can, and the pincushion and the flower shaped felt spool pads that were part of it at one time.

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    My first FW arrived yesterday the little "Raven" beauty, she's in wonderful condition, case need polishing but who cares, will need to get some more bobbins and some lubracant. I am just so excited. Spent the evening wiping and oiling. Forgot my camera will show a picture soon. Now for that treadle. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    This is the next treadle I would get if I could find a place to put it! Jennb, I understand your dilemma with the treadmill! My problem is I already got rid of a lot of stuff to make room for the treadles I already have, but boy would I love to have this Adler! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3577363926.html

    Nancy
    wow that Adler is stunning!! I'd jump on it too...if I wasn't broke.

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