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    Hi Steve,

    I sent an email yesterday and am waiting for a reply. When I hear something I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Janis,

    Congrats, I knew you could do it.
    The timing mark on the needlebar is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches down from the top of the needlebar. It's not down near the needle clamp.

    Cathy
    The timing mark on this machine is on top of the needlebar. I looked and looked for it to be on the lower portion of the needlebar and didn't find it. I shined a flashlight all along the bottom of the needlebar to see if it was visible, and there were no markings there. Today I looked on the top of the needlebar that goes up above the machine and found it there! Who knew! It's probably easier to see up there where it isn't in shadows from the machine.

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    Hi thimblebug6000, that is surely a 221k,I have just bought one too, in near perfect condition, yours looks the same.I also have a 222k, she has a freearm and you can also drop the feeddogs for quilting.I havent used them much yet but have been busy making quilted covers for them, plus for my Brother and Toyota. The 222k does a lovely stitch though.I have taken 'photos and when I figure out how to post them I will !I just had to buy new feet for the 221, they often perish but are still readily available.I plan to send getting to know these two ladies, Daisy and Dolly,would you believe, over the next few days. Lovely to have somewhere we can enthuse over these old gals. Letty

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    Just heard from Alan at the Needlebar. The Needlebar will be closed indefinitely due to personal reasons not related to health or other tragedy.

    Jon


    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Does Anyone know what happened to Needlebar.org?

    I am trying to help identify an old New/home/ideal/etc machine. Flat plate top tension, long bobbin VS, winder is high up on the pillar and the stitch length adjuster is not on the bed but is up on the pillar as a vertical slide. Rococo decals.

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    She sounds horrible, you have helped her a lot and I also think that you should send her your bill for $100

    Valerie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valeriekat View Post
    She sounds horrible, you have helped her a lot and I also think that you should send her your bill for $100

    Valerie
    Yep, I agree except that she's about my mom's age and I wouldn't do that to her. She reminds me of the people who when they learn you quilt expect you to make them a quilt for Wally World prices.

    She just called me and asked if I wanted a Singer 31-20 that's in pieces for $15. I said no thanks and passed as I'm not into the industrials. She did ask if she had quoted me a price on the other machine and I said she had and asked again if the price was firm. She replied yes and I told her good luck selling it at that price which I believe is too high. She did say she'd call me when she's having her sale. I might go and look but I just don't know. I wonder who, if anyone, she's found to clean up the ones she's wanting to sell. Not my problem any longer.
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    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    [QUOTE=SteveH;5993459]Does Anyone know what happened to Needlebar.org?

    I am trying to help identify an old New/home/ideal/etc machine. Flat plate top tension, long bobbin VS, winder is high up on the pillar and the stitch length adjuster is not on the bed but is up on the pillar as a vertical slide. Rococo decals.

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    This machine looks like my 1890 New Home Ruby machine.

    Texas Jan
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Size:  1.24 MBThat's what I thought when I saw it, too. It looks like the Ruby I gave away.

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    Don't know if anyone has seen this British tv program called The Great British Sewing Bee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Fq_X_xngU
    At the beginning of the video, there are a couple of vintage Singers sitting in the background as decorations to the studio. It would be cool to see them make something with one of the vintage machines, but that most likely will not happen. Anyhow, cool show. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Just heard from Alan at the Needlebar. The Needlebar will be closed indefinitely due to personal reasons not related to health or other tragedy.

    Jon
    I never even tried to sign up for being a member of Needlebar after hearing how difficult it was just to be a member back numerous years ago.

    Back when I started collecting in 2010, I just googled names and looked for images under those names. Sometimes other machines would show up too. Example, I would google Singer and a Davis would show. That is how I discovered Needlebar and many other sites and blogs through google images. It was here that I also discovered that Alan was having difficulty dealing with the internet and sharing.

    Yes, I said difficulty sharing.

    First and top most, we are just the STEWARDS of these machines. They will out live us. These are sewing machines made of metal that happen to be a very fine piece of art that are meant to be used for sewing. It is our job to teach the next stewards. Luckily, it can be easily done just through the internet these days by blogging the information and posting photos.

    Secondly, from what I have read through google searches and on this board years ago, Alan compiled pictures and information from other collectors. Many pictures and information were not his to begin with. Those folks proudly shared their treasures and what they knew. It was a TRUST of SHARING.

    It would have been proper for him to have thanked those folks for their sharing and then announced that the site would be shutting down. But he didn't.

    I wish to thank ALL that have shared their images and gave of their time. Because of you, I have learned. You have helped me, the next steward, recognize the value of vintage sewing machines. I'm now the steward of some very FINE and extraordinary sewing machines that I use in my quilting and sewing. I bow to you with grace and thank you. You have brought me joy.

    Monica
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    I'll miss it. I learned a lot about Davis machines from the photo gallery and years of forum conversation. A tremendous SM resourse (no matter how one feels about NB) is gone.

    Jon

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    I never got on the Needlebar - they wouldn't let me join...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Yes, I do understand what you mean and you have been very patient with her. I hope you do get your machine for a good price, I am of to an auction tomorrow where there are SIX machines for sale. I am sure at least one will come home with me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    I'll miss it. I learned a lot about Davis machines from the photo gallery and years of forum conversation. A tremendous SM resourse (no matter how one feels about NB) is gone.

    Jon

    It is sad that he felt the need to remove it. I only know half of the story through google research, and those long ago conversations didn't paint him kindly. It's been a very long time since I have come across NB in image searches, and I'm not looking for NB in my search.

    Weird things happen on the internet. I can understand his frustrations, regardless of what I have read about him. I have had some very strange private messages sent to me on this site, QB, that has frustrated me and left me questioning what the heck is going on, and what sock is that person wearing today, and why the game. I have no idea if this has happened to him on his site, but I'm sure it has since it happened here on a quilting board site.

    Out of my frustration, I removed my name from all the yahoo groups that I had joined over a year ago when someone kept sending me private weird messages here. I just got tired of the BS, game playing, and reading stupid posts.

    Well, I really don't know the true story and I'm sure I never will. But it is sad that the NB site is gone, even if I only got to experience it for a brief time back in 2010 through google images, a once back way into his site-which I didn't know at that time. I thank Alan for the short brief moment in time; that search help me identify a Two Spools.

    I'm not a member of Treadleon or ISMACS, or any other site like Quilting Board.

    Nowadays, there are so many bloggers with free and helpful information. Some of those bloggers make money from their blogs through daily hits. I'm not one of them that makes any money from my blog. I do thank those bloggers that have spent their time compiling photos for tutorials on cleaning and fixing vintage machines, and just posting photos of their machines. Through their blogs and sharing freely their information, I have learned the importance of blogging about my machines and projects that I have made with them. We are all teachers and learners. So, I too try to share tutorials on my machine projects and post photos of all of my machines, just my small contribution to helping save these vintage beauties.

    My suggestion to vintage machine owners is to start blogging your machine photos, machine information, and tutorials so that others can learn.
    Thank you!

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    Need identification help please

    I have an old Singer machine that has these numbers: AC 043259 Can someone tell me about it or where I can find information on it? I have looked on some vintage websites but couldn't understand how to find the information I need. I also need a manuel to help me learn how to thread it and wind the bobbin. Thank you for any information you can provide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcsavant View Post
    I have an old Singer machine that has these numbers: AC 043259 Can someone tell me about it or where I can find information on it? I have looked on some vintage websites but couldn't understand how to find the information I need. I also need a manuel to help me learn how to thread it and wind the bobbin. Thank you for any information you can provide.
    Hi, You have a Singer 66 made in 1928 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Here is a link to a manual: http://www.a1sewingmachine.com/manuals/66.pdf

    Here is a tutorial showing how to replace the race wick in the bobbin area. I suggest doing that if you do plan to use the machine. Here is that link: http://color-my-world-with-warmth.bl...k-on-66-1.html
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    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Hi, You have a Singer 66 made in 1928 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Here is a link to a manual: http://www.a1sewingmachine.com/manuals/66.pdf

    Here is a tutorial showing how to replace the race wick in the bobbin area. I suggest doing that if you do plan to use the machine. Here is that link: http://color-my-world-with-warmth.bl...k-on-66-1.html

    Thank you so much, Vintagemotif. I appriciate the information. I learn so much here. I bought a FW on e-bay a while back but it does not have a 1/4 inch pressure foot. The one that came with it is 1/8 inch. Do you know where I can order a 1/4" foot for the FW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcsavant View Post
    Thank you so much, Vintagemotif. I appriciate the information. I learn so much here. I bought a FW on e-bay a while back but it does not have a 1/4 inch pressure foot. The one that came with it is 1/8 inch. Do you know where I can order a 1/4" foot for the FW?
    http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Low-Shank-Feet_c5.htm has tons of short shank feet - I'm sure there are other places to buy them, too.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Low-Shank-Feet_c5.htm has tons of short shank feet - I'm sure there are other places to buy them, too.
    Thanks miriam, found just what I wanted!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Just heard from Alan at the Needlebar. The Needlebar will be closed indefinitely due to personal reasons not related to health or other tragedy.

    Jon
    Jon, that is sad - what a resource NeedleBar was. I was really sad to see the White site go too, although, I think it is still available under a different name if you join? Anyway, the old White site was a lot of fun and very informative. Now, with Needle Bar gone too, it is just getting harder and harder to get information! All of us who started this affliction a few years ago had so much more free information available - In my opinion - than people have now. Now, the information out there is all scattered not concentrated - harder to find.

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Miriam, I think I may have had the same machine badged as a Morse. The one I had also had the reverse lever on it. It was the same as your machine as far as I can tell. Is yours a 3/4 size machine? Mine was. I had no idea who made mine, but it was a Japanese made machine (Deluxe Badge on it) I suspected that it was about 1955-1960. It had a UL sticker on it and a Good Housekeeping sticker too (I think that is what they were).
    ~G~

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    Grant, there were lots and lots of 99 clones made after the war. From what I understand, we gave the Japanese the plans for Singer 15's and the 99. I have a 99 clone that says "Made in Occupied Japan." We seem to find a lot more 15 clones than 99 clones, but they are out there and really cute too, although, I have not seen a 99 clone any color other than black!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jon, that is sad - what a resource NeedleBar was. I was really sad to see the White site go too, although, I think it is still available under a different name if you join? Anyway, the old White site was a lot of fun and very informative. Now, with Needle Bar gone too, it is just getting harder and harder to get information! All of us who started this affliction a few years ago had so much more free information available - In my opinion - than people have now. Now, the information out there is all scattered not concentrated - harder to find.

    Nancy
    Quite scattered at times for me. I like the oddball machines and finding information on some is just impossible. I enjoy sharing and passing along what knowledge I have to others. I do this for free. Too bad about NeedleBar. They were a great resource.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Grant, there were lots and lots of 99 clones made after the war. From what I understand, we gave the Japanese the plans for Singer 15's and the 99. I have a 99 clone that says "Made in Occupied Japan." We seem to find a lot more 15 clones than 99 clones, but they are out there and really cute too, although, I have not seen a 99 clone any color other than black!

    Nancy
    Too bad they didn't paint them with colors like the 15 Clones. That would have been cool to see. Mine was definitely a clone that was built much later. It had a Good Housekeeping seal and a UL sticker too. I'm thinking late 50's.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Jon, that is sad - what a resource NeedleBar was. I was really sad to see the White site go too, although, I think it is still available under a different name if you join? Anyway, the old White site was a lot of fun and very informative. Now, with Needle Bar gone too, it is just getting harder and harder to get information! All of us who started this affliction a few years ago had so much more free information available - In my opinion - than people have now. Now, the information out there is all scattered not concentrated - harder to find.

    Nancy

    Nancy, The White site, I'm assuming you are referring to Katie Farmer's, was a very nice site that was easy to find in google search. I believe it was on Photobucket. Photobucket had made changes recently. It was most likely those changes that cause the White site to no longer be easy to find. And I'm sure it would take many hours of work for Katie to create a new site or blog since she has such a wonder and extensive collection of photos and information.

    It would be nice to find information compiled in one area that is for free and easily found by a google search, but that will never happen. I believe ISMACS is the only site now that has that type of information and setup. Although they have membership, a membership is not required to read some of their information that they have compiled. They share freely, and hopefully continue to do so. And there are some other very fine folks that have shared their information by posting photos and information through their site or blog. I don't know if they have to pay for their sites, but I'm sure some do. Bless them for sharing so freely.

    IF one were to use Blogger, which is free, or another free blogging site, one could compile a list with photos of their machines. Labels can be made to find x machine, like a list of Nationals, Whites, and Singers. And one could even label them more specific. That does take hours of work. Also, one can set up that free Blogger site to have folks leave comments or set it to no comments. If it were I compiling that (my collection is small), I would have it set so that no comments could be made. It would strictly be a site of reference. I do know that there are folks that make money off of the daily hits to their Blogger sites. I don't know if one would make a fortune from a vintage machine blog; I doubt it since it would require thousands of hits daily just for a couple of dollars. But money is not the point.

    Yes, it is sad that Needlebar is gone. And one day other sites will be gone too, like Treadleon.
    The machines out live us. We are just the steward.

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    I have posted photos for Janis of her Gritzner Durlach Hand Crank on the Vintage Photos thread.
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