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

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    If you can't find a good answer, "Just oil any place metal to metal contact is made while running." is a good rule of thumb. Plastic pieces should have grease instead of oil. As should all gears, metal or plastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    At first I thought this overpriced for a 301 but with the cabinet, table and that many attachments, it isn't so bad. It is not spotless, IMO, but it appears to be in good working order.

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    unique treadle at a good price


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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    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

    You can see the Wizard I have on page 2121, no cams though. My machine is from 1966. It runs right smoothly too, and I oil in all the holes on top and on the bobbin winder, and open the face door and oil anything that moves, and when you raise it up, anything that moves. My mom made most of our clothes with it, and I made my kids' clothes with it, and "took in sewing" as they say here, for many years. I have the manual somewhere in a box from a move about 20 years ago, but remembered what I needed for mine.
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    Today was my lucky day. I just scored a 201 for $20.00. It is clean and has been rewired and sews really great and very quite. The SN is Ak678341 made in 1951. I think it is a centennial. This is my first 201 and I will have fun playing with it. It will end up in a treadle or HC but will keep the motor because it is in very good shape.

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    Very Nice Glenn. I am looking for a good 201 as well. Nice find and a great price!
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    Our 201-2 is Heather's "go to" machine for any project too tough for the industrial

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    Glenn, You will love it! I use a 201 for a daily sewer. It is the best machine. I got it at a auction several years ago for $14. People really like their featherweights & 301's. I have both of them and like them fine, but after working on the 201 it is hard to go back to the 301 and featherweights.
    Mary

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    Glenn, Nice! That looks like it is in great condition and you sure can't beat that price. Enjoy.

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    Glenn, that is a beauty. I keep thinking I 'need' a 201, but I've haven't seen one in years. My grandmother's machine that I made her dresses on when I was 12 was a twin to your machine, except it was in cabinet. Grandma was a serious hand quilter - she supported herself with her quilts. One year we went to Sioux City and bought her fabric for dresses. Returned the next Summer and there was the fabric and pattern still in the brown paper bag. So I stayed home from the reunion (the other side of the family) and made the dresses.

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    Thank you, I have played with it today and I am impressed how quite it is. Makes a wonderful stitch. I don't seem to mind that this is an E machine. Of course I will have to try it out in the treadle and with a HC. It appears to be a work horse.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Glenn I yelled at Pat to get it for you... did it help?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Glenn I yelled at Pat to get it for you... did it help?
    Yes it did. She said you better go get it before it is gone so went early when the store opened and got it. She said Miriam said the 201 is a very good machine and that I would like it and I do.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Glenn,

    My 201-2 "IS" a workhorse and will remain an e-machine. I have other treadles and a HC to use so I don't want to fix it cos it ain't broke.

    For straight line quilting the 201 is the best machine we have. For piecing, most any will do.

    Joe

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    Joe, I just may leave it as an E-machine. It is so good the way it is, as you said if it ain't broke don't fix it

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    Glenn,
    I love my 201k hand crank/treadle, its so quiet when its oiled correctly.
    Just don't forget all the oil points on the bottom of the machine, I missed a few when I first started using it. I eventually found a manual for it and it showed all the oil points, lots quieter now.
    Sharon

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    I actually sewed the exterior leather for a hauberk (body armor) using our 201-2. I was able to do flat-felled seams through it all. the leather was 3oz Bison. Amazing machine.

    (of course Heather angst about the machine getting "ruined" inspired the purchase of my 29-4 patcher...)

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    My children are such enablers. My youngest daughter showed up today with a set of White irons - no machine. Not sure what she expects me to do with them and I don't know enough about such things to know if they are complete. I need to put them beside a 'good' set for comparison. I do have a White Family Rotary portable on which I don't like the looks of the wiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Serial # 11 938 834, issued in 1894. ... I will practice restoring another one before tackling this one - I don't want to harm it.
    Hi Dunster
    Did you get this machine working? I'd love to know how it sews. I'm bidding on an 1895 version - nervously!!!
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    Amelia

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    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.
    Cil, wow I want one too, but I doubt that machine was used to make saddles. Maybe tack for horses, but saddles would need a free arm wouldn't they guys? Geeze, what a monster machine!

    Congratulations Glenn on your 201!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231 View Post
    Great price--you should buy it!! BTW, this is a Victor and not a Victory, and worth more than the asking price. (That's my non-expert opinion.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    Great price--you should buy it!! BTW, this is a Victor and not a Victory, and worth more than the asking price. (That's my non-expert opinion.)
    I'd bet that machine is sold! Anyway, if I were any where near there - I'd already own it!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I'd bet that machine is sold! Anyway, if I were any where near there - I'd already own it!

    Nancy
    I would, too; even though I have sworn off machines for a while.
    Miz Johnny

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    My children are such enablers. My youngest daughter showed up today with a set of White irons - no machine. Not sure what she expects me to do with them and I don't know enough about such things to know if they are complete. I need to put them beside a 'good' set for comparison. I do have a White Family Rotary portable on which I don't like the looks of the wiring.
    Post up a photo of them. I have several White Treadles all different irons. I'll be happy to take a look and see if I notice anything out of place or missing.

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    HELP! I'm wondering if any of you have a great idea for finding a feed dog for a Universal Model 5510. I'm guessing it's from the '60's or '70's and was made in Japan for Standard Sewing Equipment Corp. I posted separately under the machine name (pics are there), but thought I should post here too. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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