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

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    These are the mocha color with white spots - they don't show up on pictures... It looks to be in the paint
    One of mine has the same issue. The paint itself is spotty, like it has chicken pox or something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    One of mine has the same issue. The paint itself is spotty, like it has chicken pox or something!
    Mine looks like it had the chicken pox a month ago - sort of like the healing up stage of it or something. The machine works fine - just looks a little sickly.

    The grand daughters came over today. I had a little Singer Spartan 327 I was going to let them use. I guess I cleaned on it but noted it needed to have the tension tested. Well, it needed the shaft/post thing removed and replaced. So my DGD says, "I'll never work on a sewing machine, Grandma." I told her she better be prepared to pay $50 - $75 an hour to have someone else do it because sewing machines need work a lot of the time. So she helped me replace the post. I let her use the screw driver - she wasn't up for more just yet and I wasn't either at that point. We got the part off a T&S and had to figure out where the set screw was. It was the first one I'd seen from the top. Got it all adjusted and it sews like a dream. Good little machine. I also gave her the option of using a different machine. She freaked out - "I only know how to sew on my Singer Spartan." (I tried to graduate her to a ZZ) Anyway I told her once you tried a few you learn about any of them after a while. She freaked again when I told her I could work all of the ones I have.

    DGD has been working on a quilt. She doesn't like things too mixed up/scrappy - she made 9 patches with 2 colors each - 4 & 5 then she wanted a sash around each so they don't touch something else. I think the poor kid needs to see some Amish type quilts. sheesh. She has 3 more pieces to assemble and she will have the top pieced! Maybe someone has some ideas how she can quilt it easily. I will be sure to post pics of her and her quilt once she gets it done. IMHO it is ugly and too small but she likes it.

    The other little gal wants to do 4-H so I got her started on a project that involves threading a needle, tying a knot and doing a running stitch. It took her about an hour to gather up a 7 inch piece of lace, sew on a bow and a button and sew it onto a pony tail tie. But she was happy. She has some vision problems so she doesn't use a machine yet. She was counting the times she picked her finger - 12 times. But I told her it only counts if she bleeds.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam, I have two GD and they are about the same age as yours. I have told them to just straight stitch in a diamond pattern. You will have to help with using a ruler and marker. It works for them and me when I quilt the veterans quilts. I space the lines about 2" apart.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    all you industrial fans out there- I got to see a cool machine at my OSMGs yesterday- a Singer 7-44. Look at this pic of it next to a regular singer. He on on FB under sewingmachinesteve, with more pix.
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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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    Holy Moly!!!!! What do they sew with that beast, sheet metal??? I want one

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Holy Moly!!!!! What do they sew with that beast, sheet metal??? I want one

    Joe
    THEY SEW ANYTHING THEY WANT!!! That thing is HUGE! And I can't imagine what it weighs. It looks like it is hand powered without a handcrank too. What a Brute!
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    THEY SEW ANYTHING THEY WANT!!! That thing is HUGE! And I can't imagine what it weighs. It looks like it is hand powered without a handcrank too. What a Brute!
    ~G~
    I wish I would have had it a few years ago.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    My wife saw the pic and said: "Saddle Making"?

    Miriam, what would you have used it for a few years ago?

    Joe

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    some big honkin tents and tarps - two needles
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Steve said he is doing it with a hammered metal finish. I already want to go look at it again. The drive shaft is really cool.
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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 J Miller View Post
    My wife saw the pic and said: "Saddle Making"?

    Miriam, what would you have used it for a few years ago?

    Joe
    My first thought was saddle making too. It has a harp big enough.
    ~G~

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    I want that large machine for giant quilts...should have enough throat space I would suspect.

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    I really want to get my oldest and most abused FW painted a lovely deep purple.I need to find someone reliable to do the deed and not cost a fortune.
    She sews a beautiful stitch, I'd guess she's sewn miles and miles of cloth.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I want that large machine for giant quilts...should have enough throat space I would suspect.
    That would be awesome, Dan! That thing is a beast!
    Sharon

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    there is a similar vintage singer industrial on our local CL right now- it has a treadle operated motor, and ginormous spools of thread. I find the set up fascinating. I am used to seeing industrial machines that are foot controlled like this, but the vintage machine is much cooler.
    http://norfolk.craigslist.org/app/3641246729.html
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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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    Did you ever receive a response? I have a Honeymoon treadle machine and have sewed on it, so I can at least tell you how mine threads. I am a new member and will see if I can send you a photo using this website. I just tried. I do not know how to do it. I need a manual, though, so was wondering if you ever found one. I found one for a model that is similar to mine, but not the same one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    there is a similar vintage singer industrial on our local CL right now-
    http://norfolk.craigslist.org/app/3641246729.html

    here is a CRAZY cheap price on an old industrial
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/hsh/3683668120.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    here is a CRAZY cheap price on an old industrial
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/hsh/3683668120.html

    Yes, excellent price! I would like one of those if I could find one within reasonable driving distance at that price. I will be happy for the person that gets it.

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    If anyone is interested, I just posted another Wiring Tutorial. This one is for foot controller/wall outlet wiring.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...l-t216504.html
    ~G~

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    droll alert for some


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    I love Singer Feaherwight machines. I have fifteen of them. Mary

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    Mary,

    Welcome to the QB forum.

    OK, now we know who's running the prices up so nobody else can afford to buy one. LOL, just kidding.
    You do know we like pictures. Hint, hint.

    Joe

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    Hoping for some help. The neighbor lady came over and she had gotten her mothers machine out to use and wanted me to show her where to put the oil. She has lost the book for it. I did the best I could but would like to find her a book. I know nothing about how to look this one up. It is a Wizzard and has cams that go with it. The bobbin winder is on the side with a tire. Don't know what else I should know about it but I can go back over & get a picture if that would help. Thank You
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    She was still at home so went over and took a few pictures. It really didn't look this dirty, pictures tell all!!!!
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    Whatever I said in anger, Whatever I shouted in spite, I'm sorry I spoke so quickly--I thought of some worse ones tonight.

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