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

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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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    Oh happy dance indeed! Lucky you, to have a mom who will support your habit! The irons are just beautiful on that machine- can't wait to see it all cleaned up and cherished! Laura

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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
    I saw that one too...that one is nice. My husband would have a fit if I got another treadle, but he'd get over it! Have to draw out the sewing room on graph papaer and see if I could squeeze on more in....no point having a machine that's not in the Mom Cave, I never touch any of the machines that are tucked in other corners of the house. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Oh happy dance indeed! Lucky you, to have a mom who will support your habit! The irons are just beautiful on that machine- can't wait to see it all cleaned up and cherished! Laura
    Nice old machine, we don't see the older ones like this in our area. Have fun sewing on her.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

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    My mom is a much better seamstress than I am. She does a ton of handwork though. She likes to cross stitch, do smocking, shadowwork, etc. She's also designed all the patterns we've released so far. She's had some of her designs published by Martha Pullen's Sew Beautiful Magazine. Our styles are completely different from each other. She did make a comment about maybe keeping it for herself but I know that won't happen because she has absolutely zero room for it. Her house is already packed! I doubt it will come out of the back of her van until it gets here.

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    Anyone looking for a Pink Atlas? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/clt/3582782125.html At least, I think it is pink?

    Nancy

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    Today at a resale shop, I saw a 1949 Singer 201 that is naked. It does have the bobbin, but no foot control and cord, and no cabinet or case. Do the foot control and cords cost very much to replace? It needs a three hole plug. Does anyone have one to spare??? I don't know how much they will be asking for it. I like it because it is supposed to have a larger throat and also had the ability to drop the feed dogs. It is able to be used without a base to sit upon, won't it? What else do I need to know to convince my hubby that it needs to go home to Indiana with me? any additional information on the 201, for or against is welcome!

    They also had a 1952 Singer 128 with a shuttle and the matte brown finish. Since it is 3/4 size and I already have 2 99's, I don't see a need for it.
    They had them both in the back room and won't be priced and put out for sale until Thursday when someone who works there will be there to check them out and price them. Thanks
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    Janis,

    You can get cord sets and foot controllers from Sew-Classic: { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ }
    Singer cord set page: { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Singer-Cords_c34.htm }
    Foot controller page: { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Foot...s-Parts_c9.htm }

    The 201-2 is a great machine for quilting and other large projects. The potted motor doesn't lack anything for power. We're making a list of machines that are "keepers" and our 201-2 is at the top of the list. It's a very good machine.
    Make sure how the one you're looking at is wired. They both use the same 3 prong cord connector block, but the portables are wired differently than the cabinet machines. Look at the rear of the cord block and make sure there isn't two wires cut off. If there is it was a cabinet model and will need to be rewired to prevent electrical problems.
    It's fairly easy to fix, you just need to make sure.

    The only source for decent cases I know of is this: { http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sew...ine-cases.aspx }
    I haven't yet, but I'm going to buy one of the universal cases: Carrying Case, Flat Bed #P60218. It has an adapter in it so it will work with full and 3/4 size cases. It's kind of expensive to my way of thinking, but I can't buy new wooden cases so I don't have a lot of choices.



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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
    I think this Adler is coming home with me on Saturday. In the photo it is missing the slide plate, but the lady says she just took it off and it is in a drawer. The manual is in German, but luckily my son's MIL is from Germany so I will ask her interpret for me! I have wanted this treadle since I saw it advertised last year on Craigslist.

    Now, I am in the process on taking everything out of my Sphinx 127 treadle. I am going to put the 127 on a shelf in my sewing room and give the treadle to a friend who wants to make her 306 a treadle. I don't use the Sphinx much and I really want to be able to use the Adler! It will go in the office along with my Davis Vertical Feed and my Two Spools.

    I am excited to get the Adler home!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA PEACH View Post
    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
    Congratulations on your new FW! You will love using it. I fall in love with my FW's all over again each time I use one! They are great to take out to sewing classes, socials, etc.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I think this Adler is coming home with me on Saturday. Nancy
    I am sitting here drooling over that Adler. Congrats.

    FYI, your friend may have to make some adjustments to fit the 306 into the 127 treadle cabinet. The base of the 306 is thicker than the 127 and won't sit in the opening. The treadle belt holes may need to be routed out (made a little bit oval) for the treadle belt to function freely. I am putting my 306M into a Model 27 1893 treadle cabinet and these are to two issues that I discovered. The treadle top is currently with a friend who is doing the modifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I think this Adler is coming home with me on Saturday.I am excited to get the Adler home!Nancy
    Congrats Nancy! I'd get this if you were not... Well done. I'd love to hear how it sews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I think this Adler is coming home with me on Saturday. Nancy
    Oh, good! I cruise CL all day long. When I saw that one I also wanted it. I had to convince myself that it was too far to drive. I am so glad you are getting it. A German treadle is on my wish list. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I am sitting here drooling over that Adler. Congrats.

    FYI, your friend may have to make some adjustments to fit the 306 into the 127 treadle cabinet. The base of the 306 is thicker than the 127 and won't sit in the opening. The treadle belt holes may need to be routed out (made a little bit oval) for the treadle belt to function freely. I am putting my 306M into a Model 27 1893 treadle cabinet and these are to two issues that I discovered. The treadle top is currently with a friend who is doing the modifications.
    Caroline, I find this information interesting. I took a 66 out and put in my 319w without any adjustments. The 319w just slid onto the hinge pins and sits in the cabinets perfectly. The only problem with the 319w in the 66 cabinet is that I can't fold in down. The head of the 319 is thicker than the 66 - so my machine is always out ready to go. The cabinet I am giving a friend to put her 306 in is actually from a Redeye - another 66. I switched the Redeye out and put in the 127. Is the 306 bigger than the 319? I thought those two machines used exactly the same body, it is just that the 319 has some built in cams, where you have to put a cam on the 306 to do decorative. Now I am curious. I just measured everything on the 127 and 319w. They measure exactly the same - including the distance between the hinge pins.

    Again, does anyone know - is the 306 a different size machine than the 319? The 66 cabinet - the one that now has a 127 - is from 1914. Maybe, your 1893 cabinet is different?

    Does anyone have both a 306 and a 319 to measure them for me? I'd hate to give this cabinet away to find it won't work. My friend is not good at modifying things!

    Nancy
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    I am thinking that the 1893 cabinet is different. I currently have the 306M mounted in the Purple Passion #40 Singer cabinet. I have not tested it to see if it drops down in the cabinet as I currently have the wood screws in my purse awaiting the next trip to the hardware store to see if they have the right size.
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    "The 201-2 is a great machine for quilting and other large projects. The potted motor doesn't lack anything for power. We're making a list of machines that are "keepers" and our 201-2 is at the top of the list. It's a very good machine.
    Make sure how the one you're looking at is wired. They both use the same 3 prong cord connector block, but the portables are wired differently than the cabinet machines. Look at the rear of the cord block and make sure there isn't two wires cut off. If there is it was a cabinet model and will need to be rewired to prevent electrical problems.
    It's fairly easy to fix, you just need to make sure.
    Joe "
    Thanks, Joe for the information. It will work without the base to put it in, won't it? If I need a base for it, I'll have to try and find someone to make one for me. I don't think I could make one myself. I'm handier at cutting fabric than I am of wood. And the hubby isn't that handy at all with the wood.
    I'm thinking that it would cost between $23 and 30 something to get the control and cord from sew-classic. I'll have to see what they say today as to what they want for the machine, and if they can tell if the motor works.
    Janis

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    I'm celebrating today because I finally completed my Willcox and Gibbs Restoration...sews really well now (see my thread on pedal restoration for those interested).
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    Very nice! I would love to see a thread with the details of that process. it looks awesome!

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    Really a nice restoration Dan.
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    Janis,

    I honestly don't know if the4 201 will work without a case or a cabinet. I'd check mine but it's burried under stuff and I can't get to it.
    Somewhere in the vintage machine thread I posted a link to a place that sells sewing machine cases. A bit expensive, but they'll work. That thread is on the first page still ... I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Janis,

    I honestly don't know if the4 201 will work without a case or a cabinet. I'd check mine but it's burried under stuff and I can't get to it.
    Somewhere in the vintage machine thread I posted a link to a place that sells sewing machine cases. A bit expensive, but they'll work. That thread is on the first page still ... I think.

    Joe
    The 201 will work without a case. I have one that doesn't currently have a case or a cabinet, and it's fine. HTH Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I'm celebrating today because I finally completed my Willcox and Gibbs Restoration...sews really well now (see my thread on pedal restoration for those interested).
    Wow! That is a great looking machine Dan! Those decals are wonderful. You did a very nice job.

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    I am totally in love with my little 99 with the knee controller. I hadn't sewed on it in a while and had forgotten how smooth it is. Here it is ruffling a scarf:Name:  99 ruffled.jpg
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    I found this spring in it's box of attachments. what do people think? is is a darning spring? It seems to be a bit tall to get over the needle into position:Name:  darning spring.jpg
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    Laura, the spring may be for a thread spool pin. I have several Featherweights that have a spring like this and they keep a spool from spinning on the pin.

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    Laura,

    Does the rubber looking thing at the bottom of the spring have a needle sized hole in it. I had one similar to this years ago and you could replace the needle with any size you needed. The needle was best placed in the spring before placing in the machine. And the rubber end was on the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    I found this spring in it's box of attachments. what do people think? is is a darning spring? It seems to be a bit tall to get over the needle into position: Laura
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    Those 'darn' spring things work great - I have one similar.
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