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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    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:
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    Laura nice link to the table, but it is not adjustable is it? I found a completely adjustable acrylic table that a friend of mine bought. She can adjust this table for her Rocketeer or FW, or any of her machines. I'd like to get one for my Rocketeer, but I already have 3 that are not adjustable for my FW's! I am running out of room to store the little suckers! Take a look at this link for the completely adjustable table. If I had known about this acrylic table before getting one for my white FW, and black FW's - you have to have two because the bed for the white FW is shorter than the black FW - I'd have just bought the one table instead of 3! http://sewingmates.com/index.php?mai...products_id=12

    Nancy

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    Miriam,

    I saw one somewhere that the seller advertised he'd ship it for $30.00. That's about a dollar a pound .

    On another subject I think there's a Kenmore machine on GW that will fit the one odd ball cabinet we have. I'm wishing I could find one locally to test fit.

    Joe

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    Last night I tried out, by hand, a Sewmor 202 at a flea market, and it made the most wonderful stitches. Today I went back to try plugging it in and trying out the motor. It runs FAST!!!! I mean it doesn't stop!! I tried plugging the foot control plug into the light space, and it still ran fast, not using the foot control at all. The foot control cord is bare just above the foot petal, so I know that it needs to be replaced. Is that where my problem is, or is it more serious and in the motor itself? I was thinking that I might need a new foot control and could get it for about $20.00 or so. The price on the machine was $17.99, but there was one on the top of the case that said $15.00, and that's what I got it for.

    Is there anywhere I can get a free instruction book for it? I'd like to see what it says, although I can already thread it properly. Does anyone else have any information on this clone??
    Thanks for your help.
    Janis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Last night I tried out, by hand, a Sewmor 202 at a flea market, and it made the most wonderful stitches. Today I went back to try plugging it in and trying out the motor. It runs FAST!!!! I mean it doesn't stop!! I tried plugging the foot control plug into the light space, and it still ran fast, not using the foot control at all. The foot control cord is bare just above the foot petal, so I know that it needs to be replaced. Is that where my problem is, or is it more serious and in the motor itself? I was thinking that I might need a new foot control and could get it for about $20.00 or so. The price on the machine was $17.99, but there was one on the top of the case that said $15.00, and that's what I got it for.

    Is there anywhere I can get a free instruction book for it? I'd like to see what it says, although I can already thread it properly. Does anyone else have any information on this clone??
    Thanks for your help.
    Janis
    Janis, Here is a manual.
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf
    I would replace the wires and check the foot controller as well as the motor/light outlet wires too. it sounds like there is a short in there somewhere. The motor sounds like it is fine to me if it runs and can run fast.
    Also check the Clone pages here on QB.
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    Thanks Grant for the site for the manual. I knew that there had to be some free instructions out there somewhere. I'm wanting this machine for learning FM quilting. Did I get a good one for that? Now I want to take the foot petal apart and replace the wiring and see if that's what's wrong with it. I'm thinking that it's something that I can do.

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    Janis I have had two vintage machines that seemed to want to sew by themselves. The kids thought they were ghost machines because the machines would just keep on sewing even when they took their foot off the pedal! Both of them were a very simple fix. DH took the foot pedal apart and said there was something in there stuck - a spring or something. I didn't fix them or I'd tell you exactly what he did, but this was a few years ago when I first got into the vintage machines. I remember, he just unstuck something and I have no problems with them since.

    Nancy

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    An update on my machine. My hubby decided he'd take apart the foot control and try to rewire it.God bless him for trying! After he accidently spilled all of the little circles in the inner part of the foot control on the floor, he said for me to get a new foot control. Did I say he has no patience for things like this? So I'll send an order off to sew-classic if they have them.
    In the meantime, I polished her up with machine oil and oiled her. She wasn't very dirty at all, just a little of the lint around the feed dogs, and that's all. He decals are all intact, and she has no scratches on her at all. Other than the bare and twisted together wires just at the foot control, she is in great shape.
    Janis

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    Well, Janis, you had a better day than I did as far as accomplishing something... I cleaned up an Atlas - nice machine - the foot control wires outer layer totally fell off - I'll probably hang on to the pink controller though - snicker. I messed with another machine - got it clean inside and out but had to put it away before I got the tension adjusted. Wilbur came over and I gave him what I thought was an empty bottle of Tri-Flow - I oiled and then Wilbur oiled - well Wilbur baptized a Kenmore inside and out... I don't know why I couldn't get any oil out of that bottle... He understands where the oil is suppose to go. He watched the machine run with out the cover. WHEW! Such BIG eyes!!! He was thrilled that I let him put the cover screws back in the machine, too. Meanwhile, Walter cruised around a bunch of sewing machine cases. Then we picked up sticks in the yard, made a big fire and cooked hot dogs. Grandma hurts everywhere, smells like a campfire and is so glad GKs go home when it gets dark and cold.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Ahh- but think of the terrific memories you are making! It's a great thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Laura nice link to the table, but it is not adjustable is it? I found a completely adjustable acrylic table that a friend of mine bought. She can adjust this table for her Rocketeer or FW, or any of her machines. I'd like to get one for my Rocketeer, but I already have 3 that are not adjustable for my FW's! I am running out of room to store the little suckers! Take a look at this link for the completely adjustable table. If I had known about this acrylic table before getting one for my white FW, and black FW's - you have to have two because the bed for the white FW is shorter than the black FW - I'd have just bought the one table instead of 3! http://sewingmates.com/index.php?mai...products_id=12

    Nancy
    Nancy- It's height adjustable for all the machines and the L shape just snugs up next to it. The same company makes one that sort of wraps around the machines, and is adjustable, but it takes up too much room for my work space or for a class. I really liked that it was made my a small company in America, too! Laura

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    Here's a picture of the extension table with a 99 Laura
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    My DD just called. Wilbur got out a big jug of olive oil and was trying to figure out how to 'oil' her sewing machine...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    My DD just called. Wilbur got out a big jug of olive oil and was trying to figure out how to 'oil' her sewing machine...
    OMG!

    Reminds me when our oldest made us 'green eggs' (aka Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham") in the micro when he was about 5 yrs. old. The "green" was Comet sink cleaner........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    OMG!

    Reminds me when our oldest made us 'green eggs' (aka Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham") in the micro when he was about 5 yrs. old. The "green" was Comet sink cleaner........
    That will be a secret Wilbur won't hear about... green eggs..... When Wilbur's mother was 8 she made oatmeal in the microwave - cooked it for 15 minutes instead of 15 seconds. I never did get the smell of burned oatmeal out of that microwave.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Not too hard to replace and the gear only costs about $8.00 or so. But that's my diagnosis.
    Joe, how does one obtain these gears? I was able to turn a wheel on the bottom and noticed the shaft that goes to the top does turn, as well as the bobbin race. You've probably hit the nail on the head. However, when I opened the top cover, there are to controls that are in the way which would have to be removed before I could attempt to replace the gear. How hard are these to remove?
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    You need a Kenmore cabinet for it to fit properly.
    That's what I was afraid of. I have no space for another cabinet. That's why I carried the one I have in the car for a while until I could get rid of stuff. Was hoping my Kenmore would fit in it, but guess I'll have to see about getting the 413 repaired so I can use it instead.
    Pat H
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    http://cosprings.craigslist.org/hsh/3605788705.html

    its a shame I'm broke because I'd love to own this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    http://cosprings.craigslist.org/hsh/3605788705.html

    its a shame I'm broke because I'd love to own this one.
    I wish they'd have shown a picture of the machine too.

    A funny thing happened at my house today. I was bringing the franken treadle, it has Elgin irons and a Singer flat top ; anyhow I was wheeling it out into the living room so that I could put the Pfaff treadle in sewing room. Well that thing rattled a bit and since the front door was open; all 4 dogs ran out the door like it was going to eat them.
    My house is old and has wood flooring, so you can imagine the noise. Just when they thought it was safe to come back inside, I rolled the Pfaff through.
    Sharon
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    Ok. I need some help and advice. I have a beautiful Pfaff 230 Standard that I am gifting to a friend that wants a walking foot machine to sew leather. I would like to put a walking foot attachment on this beautiful machine that will last. I have gotten a few conflicting reports and reviews on this but don't have anyone I can trust. I need the straight scoop on this. Is a walking foot necessary on this machine, or can leather be sewn on it at a high quality without the walking foot attachment? I don't mind spending money if it is well spent, but at the same time I would like to get something that will last. Maintenance on this is not an issue. It is more of a question of what to buy and if a walking foot attachment is the way to go. All help would be greatly appreciated.
    ~G~

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    I sew leather on my Pfaff 130 without a walking foot. It has been bumped up to a 1.5amp motor, and I go sloooow.
    Cil



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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Ok. I need some help and advice. I have a beautiful Pfaff 230 Standard that I am gifting to a friend that wants a walking foot machine to sew leather. I would like to put a walking foot attachment on this beautiful machine that will last. I have gotten a few conflicting reports and reviews on this but don't have anyone I can trust. I need the straight scoop on this. Is a walking foot necessary on this machine, or can leather be sewn on it at a high quality without the walking foot attachment? I don't mind spending money if it is well spent, but at the same time I would like to get something that will last. Maintenance on this is not an issue. It is more of a question of what to buy and if a walking foot attachment is the way to go. All help would be greatly appreciated.
    ~G~
    How thick is the leather? I use a Consew commercial walking foot machine - it will sew about anything. My 15 clone will sew about anything if it isn't 'too' thick. The Consew is just a heavier version of a 15 or other and bigger motor - the walking foot attachment you can buy will never be tough enough for thick leather. Some of the 15 clones will lift higher than others. I had a Montgomery Ward made by Happy I wish I had hung on to - it had extra lift. Very nice machine.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I have promised this Pfaff 230 to a good friend of mine that I have known for 45 years. He intends on sewing car interiors on it and I need it to be what he wants and needs to do this. Should I just skip the walking foot? I am more of a mechanic than a driver and don't want to give him something that won't work for what he wants it for. I would be fine with getting a walking foot and putting it on it for him or leaving it off if it is unnecessary. Being a mechanic, I am relying on you experienced drivers out there for what you would advise for me.
    Your input is very appreciated. Thank you!
    ~G~

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    Upholstery is too heavy in my opinion for anything but a commercial machine with a bench motor.
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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Let me just say that this is not for an upholstery shop. Home use to sew things up to and including upholstery leather. I hope this helps.
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    Some of the industrial machines have a heavier shaft for the needle and a faster motor. Some have special uses. An industrial machine with a walking foot will not do much more than sew heavy fabric. Unless you are sewing tarps for semi trucks, I am betting that machine will be fine. If you are just sewing upholstery weight material to cover a car seat it should be fine. You can try a walking foot attachment. It may do fine as long as it will raise far enough for the material to go through. Since bobbin cases are relatively inexpensive just buy one to adjust for thicker thread and one for regular thread. Then all that has to be adjusted is the upper tension. If that machine doesn't work industrial walking foot machines are not terribly hard to find or terribly expensive. The prices of them have dropped to about half what they were 10 years ago or less for a used one. Probably $500 or so for sure - less if you are lucky.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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