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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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
    Nancy, Sorry to hear that your local quilt store is closing. Maybe a group of you can rotate homes or meet at library for that Girls Night Out. Is there a guild that is close by for you? I'm glad that you were able to pick up the Alder, another for your private museum. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, Sorry to hear that your local quilt store is closing. Maybe a group of you can rotate homes or meet at library for that Girls Night Out. Is there a guild that is close by for you? I'm glad that you were able to pick up the Alder, another for your private museum. Enjoy!
    Thank you Monica. I will post some of my own photos after I get it cleaned up. This machine is very interesting. It has a grove for the treadle belt to make the machine fast or slow. The book is in German so my son's MIL read some of it last night. The small belt grove is for sewing. The large belt grove is for embroidery so you can go slower with more accuracy! DH says this machine is like a bike, where you have a large sprocket and a small sprocket. I learn more and more all the time. I am pretty sure none of my other treadles have this feature!

    Cathy, I got the bobbin winder to engage, but I will take you up on the tire. The tire on this machine is shot. I haven't tried the needle yet. Still oiling and cleaning.

    Anyone know how to date an Adler? The serial number is 208232. I am already in love with this machine. I love the face - it reminds me of my Wheeler & Wilson's, which are 2 of my favorite treadles.
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    Just started working on my newest find...looks promising after a few hours of clean up. This is my second White Treadle....1890.... I love these treadles and they are the reason I got into the hobby besides from my recent fixation with the Bernina's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Just started working on my newest find...looks promising after a few hours of clean up. This is my second White Treadle....1890.... I love these treadles and they are the reason I got into the hobby besides from my recent fixation with the Bernina's.
    Dan your White is very pretty. It always amazes me when I see a machine as old as your White with decals still in good shape.

    I know what you mean about the treadles. Treadles are still my first love, but it is just so hard to house them! I said I'd never separate my machines from their treadles, but I have started doing just that! I can't keep all the treadles! I now have 3 treadle cabinets in my storage unit, but their machine is on a shelf in my sewing room! One of the treadles I don't have is a White! Nice find! I would like to eventually have a treadle from each manufacturer! Did I say that? Oh geeze, I HAVE to stop!

    Nancy

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    You Japanese 15 fans - anyone want a Marlboro? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3575380187.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    You Japanese 15 fans - anyone want a Marlboro? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3575380187.html

    Nancy
    I have that same machine, but its badge says Ambassador...and its in better condition. I can't say I've ever seen one say Marlboro before though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Just started working on my newest find...looks promising after a few hours of clean up. This is my second White Treadle....1890.... I love these treadles and they are the reason I got into the hobby besides from my recent fixation with the Bernina's.
    I must say, even if some of the White machines don't sew quite as nice, they sure went out of their way to make gorgeous machines and cabinets. I haven't seen this particular one before, and its really pretty! My whites are my prettiest of all the machines I have I think...except for the irons on my National Vindex B. They're my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    You Japanese 15 fans - anyone want a Marlboro? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3575380187.html

    Nancy
    I love some of the names that clones have on them. Marlboro is one of the best so far though. Jokes just write themselves. - Does it come in a cabinet, case, or carton? Does it chain stitch or chain smoke? Nice machine but I can't get it to stop smoking. The only Marlboro that doesn't cause cancer.
    Sorry, I just couldn't help myself Nancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I love some of the names that clones have on them. Marlboro is one of the best so far though. Jokes just write themselves. - Does it come in a cabinet, case, or carton? Does it chain stitch or chain smoke? Nice machine but I can't get it to stop smoking. The only Marlboro that doesn't cause cancer.
    Sorry, I just couldn't help myself Nancy.
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    ROTFLMBO - you are just too funny!!! I haven't seen a 'Marlboro' - maybe it was a premium if you sent in enough seals or something.... The way some people sew and smoke it might not have taken very long to get one of those.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    ROTFLMBO - you are just too funny!!! I haven't seen a 'Marlboro' - maybe it was a premium if you sent in enough seals or something.... The way some people sew and smoke it might not have taken very long to get one of those.
    LOL. Yea, How many "Marlboro Miles" does it take to get a sewing machine? We should ask the seller. The best one was the "Mountain Bike" for something like 10,000 Miles (or pop). No one that smokes that much would be on a bike, let alone on a Mountain riding a bike. I never did understand that one. Butt (pun) did you notice that it has a blue foot controller? Not pink. What would Rodney say?
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    You know I'm not getting any sewing done sitting here reading this thread! But keep the jokes and info coming.

    So far I've only got 2 tops made out of my flannel scraps and theres still one machine waiting attention.

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    Tomorrow I'm going to a quilting/sewing bee that my church has twice a month. Its my first time going. I don't have much to bring them for show and tell right now but some of the ladies asked me if I would bring a machine or two to show, so I decided I would take the Wanzer HC, because its in working condition, if I can figure out how to sew on it. That way they can actually play on it a bit. (see my thread posted asking for help).

    I think I will take one of my clones along as well. If you were not a collector but sew, what machines do you think would be of interest? I don't think I will take my featherweight along. I'm sure being quilters that they've all seen or have one of those.

    I'm looking forward to 5 hours of child-free sewing time and getting to know some new ladies. I'm fairly certain I'm going to be the youngest one there, but thats nothing new. Rarely do I ever meet anyone my age who has the same interest in these machines as I do. I've decided I'm going to take a project to work on for myself, not one of my customer orders. I need to do something for me for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    LOL. Yea, How many "Marlboro Miles" does it take to get a sewing machine? We should ask the seller. The best one was the "Mountain Bike" for something like 10,000 Miles (or pop). No one that smokes that much would be on a bike, let alone on a Mountain riding a bike. I never did understand that one. Butt (pun) did you notice that it has a blue foot controller? Not pink. What would Rodney say?
    ~G~
    Ok between you and Miriam, everyone is probably laughing and thinking about those old Marlboro commercials! I bet that Marlboro machine was owned by a tall lanky cowboy! Ya think he mended his chaps with it? Of course, it has to have a blue foot controller! You wouldn't find a Marlboro man putting his foot on a pink controller!

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    I hope you have a great, child-free day! I think you should consider taking something that is colorful and shiny. A 15 clone, perhaps? or a Singer with great decals? I would take either my Atlas(pink), or my Monarch 15 clone(also pink), or my Remington clone(blue). With any of those, I could drop my feed dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok between you and Miriam, everyone is probably laughing and thinking about those old Marlboro commercials! I bet that Marlboro machine was owned by a tall lanky cowboy! Ya think he mended his chaps with it? Of course, it has to have a blue foot controller! You wouldn't find a Marlboro man putting his foot on a pink controller!

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    And after running a great seam, he'd sit back, and say "Ahhhh...", with great contentment in his voice .


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    I am looking for a 3/4 hand crank, does anyone have one they want to part with?

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    Heavens no!!! :d
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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    I hope you have a great, child-free day! I think you should consider taking something that is colorful and shiny. A 15 clone, perhaps? or a Singer with great decals? I would take either my Atlas(pink), or my Monarch 15 clone(also pink), or my Remington clone(blue). With any of those, I could drop my feed dogs.
    I was thinking about taking my baby blue Ambassador clone as well. Most of my really neat machines are in treadle cabinets so those will be for another time, and my other ones are not in cases, just orphan heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    I hope you have a great, child-free day! I think you should consider taking something that is colorful and shiny. A 15 clone, perhaps? or a Singer with great decals? I would take either my Atlas(pink), or my Monarch 15 clone(also pink), or my Remington clone(blue). With any of those, I could drop my feed dogs.

    Cool that you have the pink machines too. My heard also has a pink Monarch in a Monarch case and two pink Atlases, one in an Atlas case. They sew nicely too.

    Have a good time jennb. Sew yourself something fun and show off those vintage machines.
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    I could not go back and edit. My bad on heard; I meant herd of sewing machines, which is out of hand. More like stampede.
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    heard herd hoard... what ever - we are all inflicted with it now aren't we...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    I was thinking about taking my baby blue Ambassador clone as well. Most of my really neat machines are in treadle cabinets so those will be for another time, and my other ones are not in cases, just orphan heads.
    Jenn, if you really want to show something new, you should take a machine that uses cams. One of the Rocketeers, or the 400 series, something that uses a cam. There are lots of people who have never used nor seen a machine that uses cams! Or better yet, take a HC machine and a vintage buttonhole attachment. That would impress them! Those old buttonhole attachments, I just discovered, are jewels!

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    I have been trying to de-gunk the underside of my new Adler for the last two days. I finally have it cleaned up and moving freely - well everything but the feed dog drop. That was frozen solid. With lots and lots of oil and my DH's brute strength we finally got it moving if we push hard on the bar on the underside of the machine at the same time pushing the thumb screw. That part is still pretty frozen.

    Cathy, I tried the 16x231 needles. They are not right, or something else is wrong because the needle won't pick up the bobbin thread. The needle that came with the machine won't pick up the bobbin thread either. The bobbin is a full rotary. I will keep playing with it, but I don't think these needles nor the one someone stuck in the machine are right for the machine. According to ISMACS needle site, this machine could use a 12x1, 16x2, 16x1, 7x3, 134-35. You know more about needles and these old machine than I do. What do you think?

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    I bought a Necchi BU Nova off CL. Got a great deal $20 in a cabinet--just need to replace the veneer on the top. The machine seems to be in great condition. It turns freely, the feed dogs drop and reengage. It's awesome. Have only done minor cleaning so far. I am afraid it will need new wiring. The cabinet has a knee lever.

    The problem is the paint is absolutely falling off the bed of the machine. So, I'm going to have to get it painted.
    Is it possible to get replacement decals for the Necchis? I have done a little googling, and am not seeing them.

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    Nancy,

    I doubt that this machine takes the 12x1. I haven't seen this machine in person so I am using an educated guess about the needle . I believe that it should take a DBx1. The 16X1 needle is the same length as the DBx1, 16x231 and 15x1. BTW did you orient the needle so that the long groove is to the left and thread it left to right? The needles that I gave you are round shank and the orientation must be done with care. If you did orient it correctly and it still doesn't pick up the bobbin thread, try scooting the needle down a tiny bit.
    If all else fails, I will be home on Friday and will be glad to find you the correct needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy, I tried the 16x231 needles. They are not right, or something else is wrong because the needle won't pick up the bobbin thread. The needle that came with the machine won't pick up the bobbin thread either. The bobbin is a full rotary. I will keep playing with it, but I don't think these needles nor the one someone stuck in the machine are right for the machine. According to ISMACS needle site, this machine could use a 12x1, 16x2, 16x1, 7x3, 134-35. You know more about needles and these old machine than I do. What do you think?

    Nancy
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