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    Judy,

    These pegs are seen frequently with the heavy industrial machines. They are for resting the machine head on when it is tilted back for oiling.

    Cathy


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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.
    Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Judy,

    These pegs are seen frequently with the heavy industrial machines. They are for resting the machine head on when it is tilted back for oiling.

    Cathy
    Cathy,

    Ah Yes! I just checked my coffin top and even though the peg is missing, I can see that my machine would line up perfectly if it were there. Now I know "what". Now I want to know "why"! I'll guess again. Is it to relieve some of the strain placed on the machine's hinges to the base when it is tilted back?

    I decided to post a picture of the hinges on my machine. Although these hinges don't seem as heavy duty as the Singer cabinet hinges, the machine itself is not as heavy as a Singer either.
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    Thanks so much,
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Cathy,

    Ah Yes! I just checked my coffin top and even though the peg is missing, I can see that my machine would line up perfectly if it were there. Now I know "what". Now I want to know "why"! I'll guess again. Is it to relieve some of the strain placed on the machine's hinges to the base when it is tilted back?

    I decided to post a picture of the hinges on my machine. Although these hinges don't seem as heavy duty as the Singer cabinet hinges, the machine itself is not as heavy as a Singer either.
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    Thanks so much,
    Judy
    Yep, used to support machine when you tilt it back for oiling and to get under it. I used to wonder with the New Home I had, thought it had something to do with the coffin lid, until I actually sat down to work on and use the machine. Sure comes in handy to help support the machine when it's tipped back.

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    When you tip back a commercial machine you do need something - those puppies are HEAVY.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Thanks deplaylady and Miriam! I think I'll try to create some kind of peg for my machine.

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    The peg has to be substantial or it will snap off. You still have to drop it on there gently.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Judy,

    I can get these through my supply house. I'll have one for you when you next get down here.

    Cathy



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    Thanks deplaylady and Miriam! I think I'll try to create some kind of peg for my machine.
    Cathy

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    Well I finally made it home on Saturday. Glad I left when I did or the snowstorm that hit Amarillo would have sidelined me for another few days. I left Friday morning and got about 8 hours down the road when I had a belt break on the car. I was about 10 miles outside of the nearest town, and luckily it was the belt for the alternator and I was able to make it into town on the battery power. I got in at 715 and found an OReilly. As the guy came out to help me figure out what I needed we noticed that steel threads on my front tires were showing all the way around the edge. I hadn't thought to check the tires because they were practically new, with only about 2000 miles on them. Apparently when my brother had a seizure when driving and ran up into someone's yard, he bent something and the alignment was all jacked up. All the tire places were closed so I had to get a hotel room for the night so I could get tires and I could get a mechanic to put the belt on. I finally got on the road again and made it home around lunchtime Saturday.

    I got the Pfaff treadle home with me, and now I'm looking for a replacement coffin top for it if I can find it. I have the one for the machine, but its missing a piece on top and the handle. Not a major thing but if I can find an intact one it would be nice. I found an oil can for the stand. The pincushion is there though non functional.

    I'm going to try and pull out one of my machines and work on some of my orders which are backed up. I'm not back into the swing of things yet, and I am not back into the mindset of being happy yet, but I have 6 orders to make and I hate the feeling of being overwhelmed and all I want to do is sew for myself. Mom taught me a new technique using crayons to color/tint fabric, and some new embroidery stitches so we both started a small project that I haven't picked up since coming home. I may sit and do nothing but stitch today. I'm sort of wandering around my house wondering what to do and feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed. I guess its normal but I just cant bring myself to start in on all my brother's paperwork just yet, and I know I can't start working on tshirt quilts from all his shirts. Mom and I are going to make one for each of us, my other 2 brothers, and for his neighbor who was his closest friend and who found Andrew after he had died. He's pretty shaken up. He's talked to me quite a bit the last few days. I'm just thankful I have a husband who isn't concerned if the laundry doesn't get done, or I don't feel like cleaning or cooking right now. He just does whatever needs to be done and lets me do what I need to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Judy,

    I can get these through my supply house. I'll have one for you when you next get down here.

    Cathy
    Excellent! Thank you so much Cathy.

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    so, I just posted a set of pic's into an album on my profile of the Willcox & Gibbs treadle unit I just picked up.

    Got a great deal on it, but unfortunately it is dated about 30 years too late to be able to remain in my collection... sigh.

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    Thank you for thinking of asking this question. I have a Singer from 1889 with the peg and both DH and I wondered about it. Every day I learn something new. I may not comment much but I read every word to learn all I can. Thanks to for the folks with the answer. Yes, Miriam, my peg is quite substantial and I think it would hold the weight of the machine tipped back but am I going to try it??? Not likely since the wood is so old and dry.
    Donna
    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    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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    I have several treadles with the turned Peg and I rest my heads on them all the time to oil them. You will have no problem with them holding the machine in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I have several treadles with the turned Peg and I rest my heads on them all the time to oil them. You will have no problem with them holding the machine in place.
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    Only if you drop it hard...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Only if you drop it hard...
    Why would you want to drop it hard??? ( You mad at it) I just lean the head over the peg and rest it.
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    BTW I am looking for a spyder for my domestic vs. Does anyone know where I can buy one for it? Would love for it to do a chain stitch. Domestic manual calls it a looper
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    weak arms?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    weak arms?
    Sorry, I was not thinking of you shoulder impaired people.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    those industrial machines are generally H*E*A*V*Y - hey shoulder is doing better - mostly... now if I could quit my day job... Why is it they want to pat everybody on the back, tell them they are awesome but not give any raises??? Oh they say you get more money if you just work more hours... Oh could you work SATURDAY???
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    those industrial machines are generally H*E*A*V*Y - hey shoulder is doing better - mostly... now if I could quit my day job... Why is it they want to pat everybody on the back, tell them they are awesome but not give any raises??? Oh they say you get more money if you just work more hours... Oh could you work SATURDAY???
    It is a rich man's world and they get rich by making us work longer hours for less pay. Just look at Congress.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    It is a rich man's world and they get rich by making us work longer hours for less pay. Just look at Congress.
    better close your eyes and not look at Congress - close your eyes and PRAY for Congress...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    better close your eyes and not look at Congress - close your eyes and PRAY for Congress...
    I would rather have them voted out and new blood elected in. They can't be helped now. I will not say anymore about this.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Glen you need to eat a scone make you feel better anyway...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Glen you need to eat a scone make you feel better anyway...
    You are right I need a scone. where is Phil when you need him.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Hi! Does anyone happen to have a Brother 1681 machine? I am looking at one for a reasonable price but I don't have any Brothers (or brothers~~oldest of six girls!).

    Linda

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    I sold one of Featherweights today, the centennial one. Got my asking price and she went home with a very nice lady. I was needing to thin the herd a bit anyhow. She wanted to know if the tan FW was for sale...NOOOO!
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