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

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Hi Steve.Beautiful job on the lathe. I have a craftsman / Atlas 101 6x18 lathe ... Which lathe are you looking to buy? Jon
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    I keep searching for a vintage hand crank with no luck I also have a lovely model 27/127 that could be easily converted.... But still want a vintage hand crank for that. They sure seem hard to find. Do y'all know if the crank handles are specific to models, or are they interchangeable? Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito View Post
    I keep searching for a vintage hand crank with no luck I also have a lovely model 27/127 that could be easily converted.... But still want a vintage hand crank for that. They sure seem hard to find. Do y'all know if the crank handles are specific to models, or are they interchangeable? Thanks for your help.
    I just converted an electric to a hand crank. There are ones made in China that are pretty cheap on line for sale. They are relatively universal but the quality is iffy and they have "Made In China" on them in English and in Chinese. I spray painted over that though and it it was much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito View Post
    I keep searching for a vintage hand crank with no luck I also have a lovely model 27/127 that could be easily converted.... But still want a vintage hand crank for that. They sure seem hard to find. Do y'all know if the crank handles are specific to models, or are they interchangeable? Thanks for your help.
    The machine has to have a raised motor mount that lines up perpendicular to the balance wheel. Some machines have them and some don't. If it is slightly off it won't work. And it is easier if you have a spoked hand wheel. I think that has been discussed on here somewhere... It would take a year to read all the old posts. Grant is right it is easy to find a hand crank copy. The ones I've had work just fine.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Cogito, Re-reading this, I realized that you had said Vintage. I guess that I should have asked first if you were looking for an authentic vintage part. Or a part that would go on a vintage machine.
    The Chinese made ones work fine. A serious Hand Crank sewer would probably disagree though. Vintage pieces are hard to find by themselves. On line auction and classified sites would be the best place to start your search. Estate sales and garage sales as well as resale shops have turned up gems too.
    ~Grant~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Cogito, Re-reading this, I realized that you had said Vintage. I guess that I should have asked first if you were looking for an authentic vintage part. Or a part that would go on a vintage machine.
    The Chinese made ones work fine. A serious Hand Crank sewer would probably disagree though. Vintage pieces are hard to find by themselves. On line auction and classified sites would be the best place to start your search. Estate sales and garage sales as well as resale shops have turned up gems too.
    ~Grant~
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You just need deep pockets...
    Yep, I have no doubt of that. My machines are "hand crank ready" as they are old enough that they were converted-to-motor machines. I definitely want vintage. No China products for me thanks. What I really want to know is will all hand cranks work on all machines, ie. a 99 vs a 27 for example....the full size vs 3/4. Thanks, Mary

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    The Chinese HCs work on anything with the 'motor boss' and that lines up with the wheel. Not all vintage machines have a motor boss - I have several old machines with motors but no boss. Someone put a motor on one that had been in a treadle. The HC will not mount to those machines. Not all vintage machines that have a motor boss have balance wheels that line up - if it is off center it won't work.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Texas Trip

    Just got back from spending a wonderful two weeks in my home state of Texas. Went to see my wife's brother and family and attend a civil war reinactment. Best of all got to spend a few days with TX Jan and playing with her machines. I would like you members to know she is doing just fine. What a great time we had. After playing with all her nice machine she surprised me with a wonderful gift. A Frister and Rossmann HC. What a great Texas lady she is.
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    Texas trip

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    Glenn, How wonderful! Thanks for sharing the photos. Those costumes are just great. I LOVE those flower decals on that machine. I am so glad you had a safe and nice trip and got to spend that time with family and friends.
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    I've heard about Texas hospitality, but this is just lovely. Did you both make your clothing?

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    Glenn, Glad to hear that TX Jan is doing well, and you came back from your visit with a lovely Frister & Rossmann. Your clothes for the Civil War reenactment are so cool. Did you make them yourselves? Lovely photos of the two of you.

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    Glenn

    What wonderful pictures.

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    Texas is the best. I made everything but the coat. The coat was worn by an actor in the movie Gods and Generals. I make all our civil war clothes. My wife does not sew at all. I got to show off the fishy quilt to TX Jan. Thanks, I just thought you might like to see what we are up to here.
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    PS You know I use my vintage machines to make them. W and G chain stitch.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Fq_X_xngU
    maybe Glenn should enter the contest next time they have one!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Glenn, What a beautiful machine you have there. TX Jan was very generous!! Can I tell you that I'm envious of you?!! Lovely re-enactment clothing too!

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    Glenn I'm so bummed we couldn't figure out a time to meet up so I could get Jan her Davis treadle. I was hoping to meet you. Next time maybe I didn't know you were a re-enactor too. My husband's family grew up doing reenactments here. My FIL was a provost marshall with the Texas 19th I believe. He also consulted on the movie Gettysburg for historical accuracy on the Confederate side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, If you want a Necchi, save for a Supernova. When the Necchi Supernovas came out they were considered the Ferrari of the sewing machines. I'm sure that I'm one of the few that treadle a Supernova Ultra; and one day after the novelty wears off, I'll put the motor back on so that the machine runs at the speed it is designed for.

    The Supernovas are fun machines to play with the decorative stitching, and excellent machines to sew clothes with!
    This is great to know - thanks VintagMotif! I'm looking at purchasing a Necchi Supernova Ultra - it looks really cool - so it takes cams for the decorative stitches? I'd better make sure it comes with some!

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    What a beautiful Lady.

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    Well folks, we did the "Victorian Sweatshop" this weekend at the local Steampunk Convention.

    Had 4 Victorian machines up and running, plus a couple of "Edwardian" hand-cranks (Frister and Rossmans)

    Had a great time, was invited to participate in two more events this year.

    We let folks sit and try them which was the second best part of the day.

    The best was having dozens and dozens and dozens of people come by and say things to the effect of "oh my, I remember sitting at my grandmothers treadle "like that", I should see what ever happened to it..."

    I made friends with 4 local folks who have old machines which are currently out of order and they would like my help getting them running. My only condition was that they are being serviced to use not to store or sell right away.

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    Steve, your post made me smile. A hope of mine is that future generations appreciate and use the machines that we enthusiasts are currently maintaining and using and enjoying. It sounds like there are going to be a few more folks enjoying and preserving these wonderful old ladies and gents. It is great that your display inspired so many people. :-)

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    Steve, I am glad you had a great time and I agree with Judy that your display inspired people to get interested in the vintage and antique machines. And yes I agree they must use them and not to be a display or stored. I am cleaning on my F and R as we speak.
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    I have both an original Singer hand crank and a Chinese HC. I much prefer the Singer HC, its smoother and just feels better to me when I'm using it.
    This hand crank is from my 1936 Singer 201k-4, my granddaughters were sewing with this machine(1931 Singer 99K). I'd had the Chinese HC on it earlier and we all decided the original was better. The 2nd picture is the 1936 Singer 201K-4, in the treadle cabinet where it lives; both kids wanted to sew and one used the 99K the other used the 201.
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    I agree with you Sharon on the HC. Where did you get the green seam guide?
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