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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).
    Dan I'd love to see the before photos of your W&G's! You should put your blog in your signature line so we can go there!

    The 'after' shots of the W&B's are just outstanding! Great job. I have 2 of those little machines and I just love the stitch they make.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    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:Attachment 392212
    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:Attachment 392214 Laura
    Laura, isn't it fun to use those old attachments? I love the fact that you are using the ruffler! I just found out how much fun the buttonhole attachments are!

    I have seen those spring things Jan is talking about on my FW's. I would have assumed that your spring was something like the FW spool pin spring too. I learn something new all the time on here! Cathy is very knowledgeable about all the vintage sewing machines/attachments. I am very curious to hear whether that funny looking spring with the rubber foot does have a needle hole? If it is in fact a darning spring, I'd love to hear how well it works!

    Nancy

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    Ok, I "accidentally" just bought an amazing machine....

    I was trolling on Ebay and saw an "Early White SMC" machine for $120 plus 33.27 shipping. with that most glorious of options "Make offer" I have kind of a rule about not paying over $100 for any machine, so I made the silly offer of $66.73 to make an even $100. I figured since it was 1/2 of their asking price, it would go the way these usually do, ignored or a quick NOPE... In this case I got a quick reply, but accepting the offer!!

    Allow me to introduce the latest addition to my "harem" a first model White Model A vs1 (1876-1882)
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    sorry, those should have been in "Photos"

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    Steve you find some of the best "accidents" to come home to live with you. Maybe I should just give you my wish list and see what you can find. I would so love to have one of those Howe machines, if only for display.

    I have to put my sewing machine collection on hold for a while though. We sadly had to put down one of our horses this week, and we were so not prepared for that, as he was only 2. Between what it cost for a vet to come out, put him to sleep, then pay another company to come and get him, I'll be eating little more than ramen noodles at our house for awhile. Several hundred dollars we did not have laying around.

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    ouch.... My Knight is a horseman as well and I am familiar with the stress. My condolences.

    I am hopefully going to be getting the Howe Model B that is on ebay now.

    I currently have "most of" three Howe Model A units. Once things get settled out, if i am able to do the repairs and/or re-manufacturing of a few parts, I will really only want one or two.

    and SURE, go ahead and PM my your hard to find list. Ya never know what i could find.

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    Steve, I was searching for some info on my Pfaff treadle and came across this blog. She has one of your Howe machines too and thought you might like to see her machine. The decals look pretty good. She's got it in a treadle. http://treadlestreasures.blogspot.co...e-treadle.html

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    Thanks! That is beautiful! I posted a comment and shared a link to my rebuild thread. That set of irons is amazing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Ok, I "accidentally" just bought an amazing machine....

    I was trolling on Ebay and saw an "Early White SMC" machine for $120 plus 33.27 shipping. with that most glorious of options "Make offer" I have kind of a rule about not paying over $100 for any machine, so I made the silly offer of $66.73 to make an even $100. I figured since it was 1/2 of their asking price, it would go the way these usually do, ignored or a quick NOPE... In this case I got a quick reply, but accepting the offer!!

    Allow me to introduce the latest addition to my "harem" a first model White Model A vs1 (1876-1882)
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    Geeze what a find!!!!!!! I just love the little rose bud in the center of the bed! Steve how did you get that machine clean without ruining that beautiful rose? What a really cute machine! Lucky you!

    Ok, I got the stars out of my eyes and read your post! The last photo is not your machine! I want to see 'your' machine when you get it clean!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    Steve you find some of the best "accidents" to come home to live with you. Maybe I should just give you my wish list and see what you can find. I would so love to have one of those Howe machines, if only for display.

    I have to put my sewing machine collection on hold for a while though. We sadly had to put down one of our horses this week, and we were so not prepared for that, as he was only 2. Between what it cost for a vet to come out, put him to sleep, then pay another company to come and get him, I'll be eating little more than ramen noodles at our house for awhile. Several hundred dollars we did not have laying around.
    Jenn, so sorry about your little 2-year old! That has to be hard. We expect these guys to live to be 30! My oldest horse is 31 this year. That is the way it is suppose to happen. Again, I am very sorry to hear about the young horse.

    Nancy

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    Red face help Pfaff

    Hope this is the wright place to ask ,,, I need a user manel for a pfaff ,life style ,type (a) ,serial # 302572379, need to now how old this machine is also. can anyone help. Dottiebug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    Hope this is the wright place to ask ,,, I need a user manel for a pfaff ,life style ,type (a) ,serial # 302572379, need to now how old this machine is also. can anyone help. Dottiebug
    Dottie, I have Pfaff serial numbers through 1978. Your serial number indicates the Lifestyle is much newer than that. In fact, I think you can still buy Lifestyle's today. They are a computerized machine, much newer than most of us are looking for. Here is a site to download a Pfaff manual, but you need to have more information than Pfaff Lifestyle - you need a model number. http://s2.vsmgroup.com/VSM/Pfaff/pfaffmanual.nsf

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    Nancy, do you need the serial number to tell me what year the Pfaff is from? I'm guessing early 70s.

    I was in the LQS yesterday and in the second room, surrounded by new Janomes, was a lilac Kenmore with cams. I asked who was sewing on it as it obviously was in use. The owner, whose husband doesn't care for vintage machines, said she was and she loves it. She was so excited, it was cute.

    My daughter went downstairs in the turn of the century restaurant she works in and saw a 'black machine with a big wheel on it'. I told her to venture further into the old basement and find out what it is. A handcrank? Hmm.

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    Oh, the Pfaff's model number is 64.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Oh, the Pfaff's model number is 64.
    Yes, Judy I need the serial number. I only have dates for machines from 1978 back.

    I got the Adler treadle listed on Craigslist today! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3577363926.html

    Now my problem is, I don't know what model this treadle is and I have no idea what needle it uses? I pulled up ISMACS needle site, but I still have no idea about needles. It looks like this machine takes something other than a normal 15x1 needle! Darn! I don't have a problem with that, except I need to know what needles to be on the look out for! The pitman on this machine is wood, which tells me this is probably a pre 1900 machine. It is pretty cool looking with back clamping feet and a bobbin like a Wheeler and Wilson's. The machine is complete as far as I can tell - I just need to get some needles! Anyone have an Adler treadle like mine?

    Nancy

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    Nancy, I saw some packs of needles in the CL ad. Did you get those and they are not the right ones?
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Those 'darn' spring things work great - I have one similar.
    Cathy and Miriam- Thanks! The hole in the rubber end is fairly large- but I will turn it over and see if it makes more sense in that direction. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    Steve you find some of the best "accidents" to come home to live with you. Maybe I should just give you my wish list and see what you can find. I would so love to have one of those Howe machines, if only for display.

    I have to put my sewing machine collection on hold for a while though. We sadly had to put down one of our horses this week, and we were so not prepared for that, as he was only 2. Between what it cost for a vet to come out, put him to sleep, then pay another company to come and get him, I'll be eating little more than ramen noodles at our house for awhile. Several hundred dollars we did not have laying around.
    So sorry to hear about your horse! How awful for you. My sympathies. Laura

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    Nancy,

    Try those needles I gave you a few weeks ago. German machines of that era frequently take an equivalent to a round shank DBx1.

    cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Yes, Judy I need the serial number. I only have dates for machines from 1978 back.

    I got the Adler treadle listed on Craigslist today! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/3577363926.html

    Now my problem is, I don't know what model this treadle is and I have no idea what needle it uses? I pulled up ISMACS needle site, but I still have no idea about needles. It looks like this machine takes something other than a normal 15x1 needle! Darn! I don't have a problem with that, except I need to know what needles to be on the look out for! The pitman on this machine is wood, which tells me this is probably a pre 1900 machine. It is pretty cool looking with back clamping feet and a bobbin like a Wheeler and Wilson's. The machine is complete as far as I can tell - I just need to get some needles! Anyone have an Adler treadle like mine?

    Nancy
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    Thanks Nancy ,, the pfaff page didn't work out guess the model # is to new will contact a dealer for help , it is computerised I think the model # is 2022 life style its made in the czech republic. germany.Thank you DottieBug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    Nancy, I saw some packs of needles in the CL ad. Did you get those and they are not the right ones?
    Judy, yes there is a pack of needles and a twin needle that came with the machine. I never put a needle in a vintage machine until I am sure those needles are the right ones for the machine. People will go buy a pack of Schmetz needles thinking all machines use those needles only to mess up the timing or something else when they try to actually sew with the machine. I am always cautious with a very old machine. It is still dark here. I put the cabinet in my sewing machine storage museum cargo unit outside. I just brought the machine in the house so I can clean and oil it, but I am pretty sure the needles in the cabinet are Schmetz and won't work with this machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    Try those needles I gave you a few weeks ago. German machines of that era frequently take an equivalent to a round shank DBx1.

    cathy
    Cathy, I will try the needles you gave me! If those needles work, I want to buy more! I want to use this treadle! I am going to get the cabinet all cleaned up and bring it in the house. This machine drops its feed dogs and has a reverse!

    I looked at the bobbin winder and the problem with it is that before the tire contacts the HW it hits the thumb screw that is part of the stitch regulator. I will try adjusting the bobbin winder - move it out slightly, but if I can't fix it I will bring it to you! It doesn't appear to be bent? The bobbin winder tire is shot, though, I am not even sure it is the correct tire for this machine. I don't have a tire in the size this machine takes - it is a fairly large tire? Getting that part may be a problem?

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    Thanks Nancy ,, the pfaff page didn't work out guess the model # is to new will contact a dealer for help , it is computerised I think the model # is 2022 life style its made in the czech republic. germany.Thank you DottieBug
    Dottie, I thought as much. Your machine is pretty new. I'd say the 90's or even early 2000's. Pfaff didn't join the merge until the mid to late 2000's. At least you have a machine that is still a real Pfaff!

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    I am so bummed out today. I went to my local quilt store for our monthly Girls Night Out last night only to learn that the store would be closed starting today to prepare for their final 'going out of business' sale. None of us knew this was coming - had no idea! It really put a damper on the festivities last night - everyone was really upset! We love this shop! I have taken tons of classes and enjoyed this shop for the last 5 years! It is so sad to see it go! I guess on a positive note, I won't be spending as much money on fabric, etc., in the future!

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    I'm pretty sure I have a BW tire to fit.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy, I will try the needles you gave me! If those needles work, I want to buy more! I want to use this treadle! I am going to get the cabinet all cleaned up and bring it in the house. This machine drops its feed dogs and has a reverse!

    I looked at the bobbin winder and the problem with it is that before the tire contacts the HW it hits the thumb screw that is part of the stitch regulator. I will try adjusting the bobbin winder - move it out slightly, but if I can't fix it I will bring it to you! It doesn't appear to be bent? The bobbin winder tire is shot, though, I am not even sure it is the correct tire for this machine. I don't have a tire in the size this machine takes - it is a fairly large tire? Getting that part may be a problem?

    Nancy
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