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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Love the Julia...is it whisper quiet? They love to eat oil because the tolerances are so precise.
    If it is anything like the Nora you are right - there are plastic parts here and there in the Nora careful with liquid wrench ask me how I know...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam, I got an adjustable dremel for the holidays. My DH hunted for some time to find one that is variable speed, and ended up getting it at wally world. However, I am disappointed because I can't find an adjustable chuck for it that will take 1/16 size attachments.
    I have been going back to my prior, cheap dremel that I got a hand attachment/foot speed pedal for, since it adjusts to everything.
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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 makitmama View Post
    Miriam, I got an adjustable dremel for the holidays. My DH hunted for some time to find one that is variable speed, and ended up getting it at wally world. However, I am disappointed because I can't find an adjustable chuck for it that will take 1/16 size attachments.
    I have been going back to my prior, cheap dremel that I got a hand attachment/foot speed pedal for, since it adjusts to everything.
    Cil
    foot control? I like that idea
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    My aunt just purchased for me a machine that she thought was a FW. It isn't! It's a 99K serial # EL981277, can you tell me something/anything about this machine? I don't have it yet as she is in another state. She is having issues with threading as there was no manual with the purchase. She bought it for 75. at an estate auction with the case. She says they had it plugged in and it worked! Thanks for any help you can offer on the machine. .
    Sandy

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    I love those little machines - you can search on QB - upper right and find tons of info - singerco has a free manual
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    SUZE, it is only 12 steps from the car to the door... LOL
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucky383 View Post
    I am so lucky to be the owner of the Singer 66 that grant15clone posted the restoration pics on. She is now back in her cabinet, and looks even better in person. And she sews like a dream. This is the machine that I learned to sew on, that my Mom made my first school dresses on, and much later, quilts for Grandbabys. When I saw the machine after Grant worked his magic, I was just blown away. I had wanted to get it in shape to sew on, and got back a machine that looks like new. Now I can understand why my Mom never wanted to trade it in. Thank you Grant!
    Hello Bucky. Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad that you are able to enjoy your machine once again as it was. I am very happy and proud to be a part of your special story. If, in another 63 years it needs sprucing up, I hope you will bring it back to me again.
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    I'm thinking if Bucky keeps that machine busy for 63 years it won't need much if she keeps it cleaned and oiled...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucky383 View Post
    I am so lucky to be the owner of the Singer 66 that grant15clone posted the restoration pics on. She is now back in her cabinet, and looks even better in person. And she sews like a dream. This is the machine that I learned to sew on, that my Mom made my first school dresses on, and much later, quilts for Grandbabys. When I saw the machine after Grant worked his magic, I was just blown away. I had wanted to get it in shape to sew on, and got back a machine that looks like new. Now I can understand why my Mom never wanted to trade it in. Thank you Grant!
    Bucky (is that the squirrel's name?) we are so happy to be part of your story! Yes, women use to get very attached to their machines. I know because my mother's only request before she passed away is that I keep her beloved Pfaff 130. I share your story - I learned to sew on my Mother's Pfaff. I know what that machine means to you now too! Grant did an amazing job!

    Nancy

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    Wow Suze, you have some very nice machines, and you got them for a steal! Thank you for sharing!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl View Post
    My aunt just purchased for me a machine that she thought was a FW. It isn't! It's a 99K serial # EL981277, can you tell me something/anything about this machine? I don't have it yet as she is in another state. She is having issues with threading as there was no manual with the purchase. She bought it for 75. at an estate auction with the case. She says they had it plugged in and it worked! Thanks for any help you can offer on the machine. .
    Sandy
    Sandy you have either a 99k80 or 99k88, which was allotted December 18, 1956. Go to http://www.parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/99K.pdf to print a manual. The 99's are great 3/4 sized machines, but they weigh a ton! You will have fun with that machine - it will last forever if kept clean and oiled. They have a nice stitch, a reverse, use common low shank feet, common 15x1 needles, and class 66 bobbins, which are available still today - and don't take up much room. The 99 is a very reliable machine.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Sandy you have either a 99k80 or 99k88, which was allotted December 18, 1956. Go to http://www.parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/99K.pdf to print a manual. The 99's are great 3/4 sized machines, but they weigh a ton! You will have fun with that machine - it will last forever if kept clean and oiled. They have a nice stitch, a reverse, use common low shank feet, common 15x1 needles, and class 66 bobbins, which are available still today - and don't take up much room. The 99 is a very reliable machine.

    Nancy
    MY DGDs LOVE their little Spartan - same thing with no light... They think it is sew cute...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    MY DGDs LOVE their little Spartan - same thing with no light... They think it is sew cute...
    Miriam, I put a finger guard on my Spartan so Marcus, our 4.5 year old, could use that machine when he is ready. Right now he thinks my TSM's are his. He loves to hand crank the Singer toy sewing machines. My daughter and a friend's daughter sewed their fingers, so I got a finger guard from Sew Classic to keep that from happening to Marcus! I feel much safer with their finger's protected!

    Nancy

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    I highly recommend the finger guards - my DGDs love that little feature
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Greetings Folks, Had a great time up at Cathy's place on Saturday for our 1st "Play and Trade" day! We got to fiddle with lots of old machines.

    Lots of horsetrading was in order, some machines, some parts, some services (machining), some cash.

    In the end it seemed that everyone was happy.

    I no longer own an Electric Singer Model 20.....
    I have Needles for ALL of my older machines (THANK YOU THANK YOU)

    I now own a Frister and Rossmann TS (so sweet, so smooth)
    I now own most of a Wilcox and Gibbs...

    Pic's to be posted over in "Photos"

    I got a treadle base for my W&W #8 that is in process.

    Unfortunately, I still have a Blue SewMor 202, a portable FR, and the Hamilton Ross TSM.... gotta find a home for them....

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    This weekend I also "rescued" another Frister and Rossmann Handcrank.

    This one is a VS that aside for sitting for the last 10 years on a shelf and drying out, she was in beautiful shape. The serial number dates it to a 1926-27ish Model E.

    I've named her "Marlene" after Ms. Deitrich... (20's German Beauty)

    The previous owner bought it in England and brought it with her when she immigrated to the US. She sold it to me because she is going blind and can no longer use it....

    The clearcoat is going to need some loving, but with about a hour of cleaning with oil and a generous Tri-Flow bath, she now sews like a dream.

    Pic's to be posted in "Photos"

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    Steve,

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the electric Singer 20. I am in love with it.

    You're welcome for the needles. Finding replacement needles is a challenge that I love to tackle.
    I can't find a sub for those old curved needles, only the straight ones.

    Cathy




    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Greetings Folks, Had a great time up at Cathy's place on Saturday for our 1st "Play and Trade" day! We got to fiddle with lots of old machines.

    Lots of horsetrading was in order, some machines, some parts, some services (machining), some cash.

    In the end it seemed that everyone was happy.

    I no longer own an Electric Singer Model 20.....
    I have Needles for ALL of my older machines (THANK YOU THANK YOU)

    I now own a Frister and Rossmann TS (so sweet, so smooth)
    I now own most of a Wilcox and Gibbs...

    Pic's to be posted over in "Photos"

    I got a treadle base for my W&W #8 that is in process.

    Unfortunately, I still have a Blue SewMor 202, a portable FR, and the Hamilton Ross TSM.... gotta find a home for them....
    Cathy

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

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    I need to find or download a free manual for a Davis vertical feed. It is like the one Vinatgemotif has.
    Thanks Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Steve,

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the electric Singer 20. I am in love with it.

    You're welcome for the needles. Finding replacement needles is a challenge that I love to tackle.
    I can't find a sub for those old curved needles, only the straight ones.

    Cathy
    OHHH is that the chain stitch one? Can't wait to see it! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I need to find or download a free manual for a Davis vertical feed. It is like the one Vinatgemotif has.
    Thanks Skip
    Glenn, is this the manual you need. I think Monica has the New High Arm Vertical Feed. I have both the old vertical feed and the new vertical feed. I think this is the only manual I know of out there for free for the Davis?

    http://www.ismacs.net/davis/manuals/davis-vf-manual.pdf

    Here is another tidbit you might like to look at. http://www.kelsew.info/domestic/davisVFshuttles.html

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 02-19-2013 at 04:05 PM.

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    Thanks Nancy, mine is the new High Arm like Monica's. I am downloading it anyway. The other info is great to just what I needed. Thank you again. I think I can figure out the threading but wanted to be sure.
    Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Love the Julia...is it whisper quiet? They love to eat oil because the tolerances are so precise.
    She is oh so quiet. I love her!

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    Yup, it is. It is so adorable.



    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    OHHH is that the chain stitch one? Can't wait to see it! Laura
    Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Glenn, is this the manual you need. I think Monica has the New High Arm Vertical Feed. I have both the old vertical feed and the new vertical feed. I think this is the only manual I know of out there for free for the Davis?

    http://www.ismacs.net/davis/manuals/davis-vf-manual.pdf

    Here is another tidbit you might like to look at. http://www.kelsew.info/domestic/davisVFshuttles.html

    Nancy
    Nancy and Glenn,

    I own a Davis NVF, not the New High Arm. Here is a link to the differences in the models of Davis Vertical Feeds: http://www.kelsew.info/domestic/davisVFmodels.html

    I have a copy of that manual that you refer to from ismacs, and it is the only copy of any Davis VF manual I could find off the internet. Well, it was sufficient enough for my use in figuring out how to use the Davis NVF. These machines are simple.

    Glenn, if you wish to clean the parts behind the faceplate, I suggest looking at the tutorial on the Yahoo Davis Vertical Feed site. Someone spent time putting together an excellent tutorial, which is easy to follow. Having those parts cleaned makes a huge difference, and well worth the time spent cleaning vs just oiling and calling it good to go.

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    Glenn, you are welcome! Have fun with your Davis. I love my Betty, my original Davis that I cleaned so vigorously that I took off all her remaining decals - before I knew better! Those Davis Vertical feeds are so much fun to use!

    Steve, I peeked into the photo shop to see your new machines! Wow, you do have a knack for acquiring the most awesome machines! I can't believe how nice those F&R still look. Now, I want one . . . . . but, I want all of them anyway! Geeeeeeeeze!

    Nancy

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