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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    "motorectomy" - ..is now in my lexicon..... love it.
    We who are members of Treadle On, came up with that term. I think its a great description. I've preformed that operation on 2 of my Singers, the 15-90 and 237. Maybe the 306W will get a motorectomy, gotta get cleaned up before that happens. The wiring looks kinda scary, I don't have a electric cabinet to put the 306W into anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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
    You'd need a museum like Cindy has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    The difference between the DBx1 and 16x231 and 16x257 is the scarf or lack of one and possibly the tip length.
    most of the time they are interchangeable. The exception is a zigzag machine that uses this style needle won't work with the non-scarfed versions.

    Yes, I will be there on the 16th. The needles I gave you last month were a gift. No payment will be accepted.

    Cathy
    Thank you Cathy for the needles! Hummmm, that is interesting about the needles and a zig zag machine?

    Well, yesterday I gave a friend of mine the Singer cabinet that my 127 Sphinx came out of. She brought up her 306W so we could do a test run to make sure the 306 fit in the Singer cabinet and everything would line up. Well, it fit perfectly! We didn't even have to adjust the treadle belt length! The hinges lined up perfectly, the machine fit like it was made for that cabinet, just like my 319w fits in the 66 cabinet! None of you should be afraid to get a Singer cabinet to put your 319 or 306 in! The only problem is folding the machine down. They won't fold down because the head is much thicker than either a 27/127 or 66.

    Caroline, this proves that your cabinet was either not a Singer cabinet or someone had modified it before you got it because your 306 should have just sat down in the cabinet and fit like they were made for each other.

    I was so excited for my friend. She has been waiting for a treadle cabinet to put her 306 in so she can treadle decorative stitches!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    You'd need a museum like Cindy has.
    Sharon
    Sharon I have a museum, but it is only an 8' by 20' ocean going cargo unit. I have painted it to match the house - it sits away from the house - so it actually doesn't look bad. I have several treadles/sewing machines in there, but it is full! I gave one treadle cabinet away yesterday. The cabinet was in great shape so I gave it so a friend to make room in my little sewing museum. I am giving away two other treadle cabinets today to a guy who refurbishes them into either an end table or redoes the cabinet if it is in not too bad of shape. They both need new veneer and I am tired of redoing cabinets. I need the room so I can re-finish the Adler cabinet!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 02-07-2013 at 06:05 AM.

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    Oh Sharon, thank you for your answer about your Pfaff 60 actually coming to you as a treadle - and the information about the class 15 bobbin it uses. I find this interesting because the 60 is shaped and looks very similar to my 260 and 230.

    Nancy

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    Hey folks,


    I thought that I would let folks here know that I am going to be heading up to Mizkaki's place in Orangevale on Saturday the 16th for a EARLY Machine trade and play day.


    I am bringing ALL of my pre-1890 machines (2.75 Howes, W&W 8 and W&W 12, White Model A) for us to go over, discuss, plan repairs, compare the different early technology and approaches used to try to make a better machine. I will be trading and buying bits and pieces as well...


    Since I am trying to focus my collecting on 1800's machines, In addition to cash, I will also be bringing a few of my "later" machines like a White FR Portable, the New Ideal "D" I just got, possibly the blue "Sew-Mor" 15 clone, the Sew-Rite (Betsy Ross) electric TSM and my Singer Model 20 Electric TSM, all for TRADE ONLY.

    I prefer 19th century RUSTY machines)


    Basically we will be doing everything with these machines except actually sewing a project.... (Test sewing will be permitted..hehe)


    I am planning to get up there as close to noon as possible so that we can have a shot at being done in time for folks to be able to go to the "Ladies night out" that evening.


    Anybody else interested in joining us?

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    this qualifies as the stupidest CL machine photo ever:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3601165936.html
    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Hey folks,


    I thought that I would let folks here know that I am going to be heading up to Mizkaki's place in Orangevale on Saturday the 16th for a EARLY Machine trade and play day.
    <snip>
    Anybody else interested in joining us?
    I would love to join. I would enjoy seeing your machines Steve. I don't have anything to trade at this point though. I recently picked up the American B-HO Sewing Machine when we were in Minnesota (last patent date in 1873). I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Would anyone like me to bring that over? The below picture is only the machine and stand but I do have the coffin top as well as a few goodies in a bag.

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    Since I need to cross those mountains, my attendance will be dependent on the weather.

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    this qualifies as the stupidest CL machine photo ever:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3601165936.html
    Laura
    Laura, that is crazy!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    I would love to join. I would enjoy seeing your machines Steve. I don't have anything to trade at this point though. I recently picked up the American B-HO Sewing Machine when we were in Minnesota (last patent date in 1873). I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Would anyone like me to bring that over? The below picture is only the machine and stand but I do have the coffin top as well as a few goodies in a bag.

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    Since I need to cross those mountains, my attendance will be dependent on the weather.

    Judy
    Judy what fun that machine is going to be to sew with! Are you going to re-finish the cabinet?

    Well, I gave two of my treadle cabinets away yesterday (kept the machines) to a guy who makes it his job to re-finish or remove and re-do the treadles into little tables. The two I gave away needed new veneer. Since I have done several cabinets, I just didn't want to tackle those. I needed the extra space!

    I also found a home for my White Rotary Electric Crinkle Embossed Black machine. That one had a friction pulley motor added, which I am not fond of! It will be loved more it its new home!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Hey folks,


    I thought that I would let folks here know that I am going to be heading up to Mizkaki's place in Orangevale on Saturday the 16th for a EARLY Machine trade and play day.


    I am bringing ALL of my pre-1890 machines (2.75 Howes, W&W 8 and W&W 12, White Model A) for us to go over, discuss, plan repairs, compare the different early technology and approaches used to try to make a better machine. I will be trading and buying bits and pieces as well...


    Since I am trying to focus my collecting on 1800's machines, In addition to cash, I will also be bringing a few of my "later" machines like a White FR Portable, the New Ideal "D" I just got, possibly the blue "Sew-Mor" 15 clone, the Sew-Rite (Betsy Ross) electric TSM and my Singer Model 20 Electric TSM, all for TRADE ONLY.

    I prefer 19th century RUSTY machines)


    Basically we will be doing everything with these machines except actually sewing a project.... (Test sewing will be permitted..hehe)


    I am planning to get up there as close to noon as possible so that we can have a shot at being done in time for folks to be able to go to the "Ladies night out" that evening.


    Anybody else interested in joining us?
    Steve, I would love to see your machines, especially the TSM's! I am also going to Girls Night Out on the 16th so trying to get down to Cathy's after lunch, then coming home to feed all my horses, and make it to Girls Night Out, probably won't happen for me. Although, I may try to run down for a very quick short look see!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    this qualifies as the stupidest CL machine photo ever:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3601165936.html
    Laura
    You gave me a smile this morning, and I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    this qualifies as the stupidest CL machine photo ever:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3601165936.html
    Laura
    I'm surprised they didn't say "Works well!"

    Seriously, I've seen similar photos around here, not tipped back for the photo but photos taken from the underside & pointed 'up'.

    I even called a seller one time and talked them through how to 'open' the machine. They were so intrigued they plugged it in, it ran, and they decided to keep it - all while I was on the phone with them. They had previously thought it was broken because they couldn't figure out how to get the machine set up. Duh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    this qualifies as the stupidest CL machine photo ever:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/3601165936.html
    Laura
    They probably don't know how to get the machine up. I got a free one because the poor machine was crooked on the hinges and couldn't move up.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Mea Culpa My Apology

    Hey folks,

    I have had nothing but kindness and warmth from the folks on this board, and I have tried to repay that in kind.

    Recently I FAILED. I screwed up.

    A member of this board was kind enough to sell me a machine (and ship it to me) with the understanding that I would not be able to pay for it until I got paid (last week).

    Because of personal financial issues I was not able to honor that commitment in a timely fashion (still have not) nor did I do my due diligence of communicating the situation. The timing of the arrival of the latest batch of old machines really was bad, and the member has (Justifiably frustrated) asked me to return the machine.

    I am doing that today ASAP, and as much as it pains me to do so, I felt the need to "come clean" about my poor choices. This is not how things should be done, and I am sorry for besmirching the good reputation that I was seeking on here. This should in no way reflect badly on the other member.

    I will not be making other posts here regarding my other machines until this member has their machine safely back.

    Hopefully lesson learned,
    Steve
    Last edited by SteveH; 02-08-2013 at 08:33 AM.

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    Sewing machine addiction is tough. One time I overdid it and left myself no money for tolls. Never did get a ticket in the mail

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    Last year the second weekend of July my wife went to the 3 Rivers Festival in FT Wayne, IN. About that time a forum member told us about another art festival or show in another place in IN that same weekend.
    We've forgotten, the other festival, place and the member who told us about it.
    If that member sees this please PM us the info, we're thinking of doing the other one maybe this year.

    Thanks

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    st bought one of those little clear extension tables. It's called the Feathermate from www.sewingmates.com. So far it has adjusted to fit a 301, a 201, a 99, a 66, a clone 15, a vintage zig zag.....thought I'd mention it in case any other machine addicts were thinking about one. I saw it on Bonnie Hunters blog and I am delighted. (Yes, I thought about making one, but couldn't work out how to make the feet adjustable enough)No affiliation, just really pleased to have it fit all the machines, and not be too big, but just big enough, ya know what I mean? The one I bought is at this link:
    http://tinyurl.com/ajqmcms
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    Today I finally got my grandmother's 1961 Singer Stylist (model 413) unloaded from my car and into the house. I'd been carrying it around in the car until I could find space to put it.

    Machine is in great shape, but the bobbin race won't turn. I don't see any lint in that area. Anyone know why the bobbin wouldn't be turning? Could something have come loose in the bottom from bouncing around in the car?

    I took it out of the cabinet awaiting repair.

    I also have a vintage Kenmore, model 148-13101, which came in a portable case. The salesperson who sold me the machine originally said that it could be installed in a cabinet, since it has mounting holes for the hinge pins. However, the hinge pins in the Singer cabinet don't fit! They're too big! What do I do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeelady View Post
    Today I finally got my grandmother's 1961 Singer Stylist (model 413) unloaded from my car and into the house. I'd been carrying it around in the car until I could find space to put it.

    Machine is in great shape, but the bobbin race won't turn. I don't see any lint in that area. Anyone know why the bobbin wouldn't be turning? Could something have come loose in the bottom from bouncing around in the car?

    I took it out of the cabinet awaiting repair.

    I also have a vintage Kenmore, model 148-13101, which came in a portable case. The salesperson who sold me the machine originally said that it could be installed in a cabinet, since it has mounting holes for the hinge pins. However, the hinge pins in the Singer cabinet don't fit! They're too big! What do I do?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by labeelady View Post
    I also have a vintage Kenmore, model 148-13101, which came in a portable case. The salesperson who sold me the machine originally said that it could be installed in a cabinet, since it has mounting holes for the hinge pins. However, the hinge pins in the Singer cabinet don't fit! They're too big! What do I do?
    You need a Kenmore cabinet for it to fit properly.

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    Kenmore machines have different pattern for hinges and they are shaped different from most machines. I wish you lived near - I have a surplus of Kenmore cabinets I'm trying to figure out what to do with...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I also have several Kenmore cabinets and the legs unscrew from all of them. It wouldn't be too difficult to ship a cabinet, just a bit expensive.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I also have several Kenmore cabinets and the legs unscrew from all of them. It wouldn't be too difficult to ship a cabinet, just a bit expensive.

    Joe
    heavy aren't they? I have some the legs DON'T come off - sturdy though.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labeelady View Post
    Today I finally got my grandmother's 1961 Singer Stylist (model 413) unloaded from my car and into the house. I'd been carrying it around in the car until I could find space to put it.

    Machine is in great shape, but the bobbin race won't turn. I don't see any lint in that area. Anyone know why the bobbin wouldn't be turning? Could something have come loose in the bottom from bouncing around in the car?

    I took it out of the cabinet awaiting repair.

    I also have a vintage Kenmore, model 148-13101, which came in a portable case. The salesperson who sold me the machine originally said that it could be installed in a cabinet, since it has mounting holes for the hinge pins. However, the hinge pins in the Singer cabinet don't fit! They're too big! What do I do?
    99% probability = the vertical shaft top gear is broken. I'd had two 413s and both of them did this. That shaft top gear is the weak link in it's system. Not too hard to replace and the gear only costs about $8.00 or so. But that's my diagnosis.

    Joe

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