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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Well, now, I haven't tried that yet. I do have the manual for it and will look there to see if it mentions how to sew in reverse.
    Pat H
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeelady View Post
    Well, the parts arrived, and I discovered I'd ordered the wrong belt. I had ordered a motor belt, not a timing belt. Which is okay because now I have a spare in case the old one breaks. The timing belt itself is in pretty good shape considering, however I have a feeling it may have been replaced at one point because that top gear had also been replaced. Part of the older gear was still inside the machine!

    I uploaded the pic to the other topic, however the link to the photo is:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/attachm...9-dsc00595.jpg

    The machine sews really nice, although it has no reverse lever. One has to turn the fabric around to sew backwards.
    The cabinet it's in has a lever you push with your knee to activate the foot pedal which hangs on the inside of the cabinet. It also does not have a thread cutter.
    Pat,
    The stitch length knob IS the reverse button. Push it in to go backwards. Almost every Singer and other machine made in from the 60s up till they started with the plastic clam shell bodies use that design.
    The 413s are pretty light so when you push the reverse button it might scoot away from you. I have to hold the bobbin winder knob with my index finger as I push the reverse button with my thumb to prevent that.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Pat,

    The 413s are pretty light so when you push the reverse button it might scoot away from you.
    Not my 413! It's firmly installed in a cabinet! I did find out about the reverse stitching (looked in the manual before trying it). Now I have to solve the problem about it skipping stitches. Sews single fabrics fine, but when sewing two fabrics together, it skips. I think it's either a tension problem, or possibly my needle needs changing. Will try that next.
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    Pat H
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    I started a thread about machines not sewing a while ago - if you learn new stuff feel free to post on there: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...g-t197579.html
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Thanks for posting your 'why is my sewing machine not stitching???', Miriam. I have bookmarked it..... good information to know.

    Jenn ... so sorry to hear of your loss. All the time spent cleaning out your brother's stuff will be good memories in the days to come. It's so hard to say goodbye to a special brother. Mine left me 10 years ago but I still miss him everyday. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    I've been vacant from QB for awhile..... been so busy trying to get my life back to normal since breaking my arm back in November..... there were so many things I needed to do but couldn't for several months. Now, I'm nearly caught up. I'm glad to say the arm is doing very well.... I'm back to sewing and will soon start working on the machines I brought back from the cabin 2 days before my accident. But....

    It's really good to see all the projects you are all working on.... inspiring, to say the least. The miracles you do with those machines, Steve. WoW!! I haven't used my dremel on the chrome details on my machines but you've got me thinking that I should try it.

    Hopefully, I can stay caught up a little better now that things are getting done..... slowly I just love hearing and seeing posts from my QB friends.

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    jennb, I just read about your brother. I am so sorry for your loss and will include you and your family in my prayers.
    Melinda

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    Jennb,
    My prayers have gone out for you and your family. I'm sorry to hear of your brother's passing.
    Sharon

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    Grant15clone,
    You've done a lovely job with your Pfaff, it looks like a different machine now that its all clean and shiny.
    You'll really enjoy sewing with this one. I really like my Pfaff 60 treadle.
    Sharon

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    Grant you have done an awesome job on that Pfaff 130! I love my 130, but then I learned how to sew on my machine when the 130 was my Mother's. Did you know that there is an attachment to change the 130 into a machine that does decorative stitches? This attachment goes on the back side where the light is attached now. Pretty cool - I have been looking for this gizmo, but so far I have only seen the thing attached in a photo of a 130!

    Nancy

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    Jennb, your family is blessed to have you as their rock of strength right now. In time, you too will need some down time to just dwell on the joy your brother brought into your lives. Cherish those memories and then begin those memory quilts, of which you spoke and they will bring you double joy as you make them and remember the wonderful life he led and the happiness he had spending time doing those things that brought him so much pleasure.

    My prayers include you and your family and all those who were lucky enough to know your brother and are feeling his loss.
    Donna

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    Ok, so my friend Scott gives me a call on Saturday afternoon. He says his mom was cruising the pennysaver newspaper and saw this ad "Old 1800's Singer Treadle, needs work, $45"

    I had just gotten back from a 6 hour drive to go adopt a 2nd Husky (Nala is soo cool), so I said to him "It sounds cool, but since most of these turn out to be 1920-1940's machines that folks just think are old and I am feeling too lazy to drive another hour each way down to the southbay, I'll pass."

    Scott decides he needs an excuse to visit so he says "OK, If you would like the machine, I'll buy it, pick it up, drive up to your place, and you can pay me when I get there". I said fine.

    I just posted a set of pictures in an album on my profile
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums18122.html

    It turns out that it was an 89 year old Lady who was selling her old machine that she got from her mom. It is a Fiddlebase 1879 New Family (Model 12) A transverse shuttle machine. The drawers were rebuild about 20 years ago by a good friend who "used the wrong wood for the faces, but did such a pretty job.." She used this machine until about 20 years ago, when she stopped sewing. She is now downsizing to a smaller place and needed a new home for her machine.

    The "needs work" is that the screw that holds the bobbin winder and front portion of the belt guard was snapped off in the the base. It'll take some careful work, but this will be fixed soon.

    I had to read up on how to thread the shuttle (A series of holes in a row that you feed the thread back and forth through as many as you need to for the correct tension) but it sews just fine.

    We are now starting to finalize the clothing patterns for our Victorian demo and we can begin sewing them on this machine. The goal is to demonstrate that "these Victorian clothes were made on these Victorian machines".

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    Hey Steve- I just got one of these, hand crank. As soon as it is presentable I will post some pix. I don't see a bobbin winder on yours----
    Cil



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    the picture with the drawer open shows the bobbin winder on the table. with the screw busted it cannot be mounted now.

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    Steve, here is a picture of Hubby's machine. He thought you might like to see it incase you didn't quite know how the bobbin winder is mounted. Also he says we have a winter tire and need a summer tire if you know a source of getting one. BTW your machine is really nice and we are looking for a cabinet to put ours in. It is a hand crank.
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    SteveH,
    I don't think I've ever seen a belt wheel as small as the one that your Model 12 has.
    Sharon

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    Steve,

    Remember the belt guard on my workbench???????????? Want it????????????? It's yours!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    The "needs work" is that the screw that holds the bobbin winder and front portion of the belt guard was snapped off in the the base. It'll take some careful work, but this will be fixed soon.
    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 have a 12 in similar shape, it sews beautifully and I plan to restore it with minimal hand painted decor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Steve, Remember the belt guard on my workbench???????????? Want it????????????? It's yours!!!!!!!!!!!! Cathy
    Woo Hoo!! Thank you thank you! Any chance you have the long screw too? That is what I need most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I have a 12 in similar shape, it sews beautifully and I plan to restore it with minimal hand painted decor.

    Nice, mine shows the "tracks" of where the decals were, the belt guard has a lot more left. I don't think i wil be painting this one. not sure. It would be a great candidate for the dye and shellac process since the black is gone all around the edge.

    She sews and is an original cabinet, that's enough for me for now.

    Actually the cabinet is the real issue with this singer, BLACK rings all over it (was a plant stand for 20 years...grrr)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Woo Hoo!! Thank you thank you! Any chance you have the long screw too? That is what I need most.
    Nope. No comment on that one.
    ~Grant~

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    sigh... sorry. Too early to filter myself... ok, awake now... hehe

    here is a pic I call the "Wall of Howe"
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    from left to right ( Model A parts machine, Model B, Model A Repainted, Model A awaiting it's table)

    Note on the rightmost Model A there is NO above bed stitch length adjustment!
    I looked all over it and found that it is located under the bed right next to the feed dog cams. It seems that they evolved "to" the design that broke on the other two...

    the rest of the pics are in the album:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums18131.html
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    Steve,
    I'll check for it when I get home on Friday.

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Woo Hoo!! Thank you thank you! Any chance you have the long screw too? That is what I need most.
    Cathy

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

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    Once again I saw a picture of an old coffin top sewing machine cabinet and there is a "peg" on the sewing table right behind the machine's pillar. These pegs appear to be about the size of an old fashioned (no metal spring) wooden clothes pin.

    What is this for? I've looked in old sewing machine manuals but have not yet seen this peg in any of the manual's pictures. Could it be for resting the coffin top itself on the peg after tipping the top back on its hinges?

    I've also seen many pictures where these pegs are broken off of the tables.

    As always, thanks so much everyone for your generous sharing of knowledge! I am so glad to have you all to share my love of this hobby.

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    Good guess- The peg is indeed for resting the coffin top on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    Good guess- The peg is indeed for resting the coffin top on.
    Thank you so much for the answer!

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