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    So glad you're feeling better. I lost my best friend in February from pneumonia and sepsis. It happened so fast.

    Cathy, you mentioned being at ISMACS and going to Faye's. I'm sure I must have talked to you there at one time or another; there weren't THAT many people there!! I am absolutely terrible with names; but I do remember faces!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    Thanks for the concern. Yea, heck of a way to spend vacation, overnight at Kaiser's Hilton for pneumonia and sepsis. But they treated me like royalty. I'm WAY better now.

    Cathy
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    Wow, things have really changed in Indy since I lived there...all 4 homes in which I lived had basements and of course, those many eons ago, there was no garbage rationing. No wonder you can find so much good stuff to play with. What a great learning opportunity. Here it is hard to find anything in the way of machines that are affordable. I think folks get rid of them before they move down here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have absolutely no problem finding tons of machines. Indianapolis has no basements. We have garbage rationing here. We get one can a week - granted it is big enough to be a homeless shelter - kind of comforting if the need arises... So people donate or have garage sales... My biggest problem is to get rid of fixed up machines. I sell them dirt cheap on CL... I quit doing garage sales... We live in a crappy neighborhood... I am running out of room at the shop. I am finding that there were a LOT of cool machines other than Singer and other than the ones made in Europe... A whole lot more than I ever dreamed. No wonder everybody collects... I am LEARNING a lot working on these derelict machines. I just hope that Singer 223 doesn't end up a parts machine. It may be one of the best other than those gears.... an ounce of prevention would have gone a long ways. I wonder what grease should go back in there? Maybe there is a way to stick a cork in that hole to keep the lint out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    Wow, things have really changed in Indy since I lived there...all 4 homes in which I lived had basements and of course, those many eons ago, there was no garbage rationing. No wonder you can find so much good stuff to play with. What a great learning opportunity. Here it is hard to find anything in the way of machines that are affordable. I think folks get rid of them before they move down here.
    Donna
    HHHMMMM I can bring down a truck load and have a garage sale at YOUR house...
    garbage rationing has been in the last 4 or 5 years
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Well, we could have a lot of fun and you could have a Florida vacation but the gas money probably wouldn't get covered by the proceeds of the sale. I think we could do better at the local flea market since my house if 40 feet down a dirt driveway from the main street. Let's do it in January when it is still fairly nice here and COLD up there. My guest room will be ready for you and your DH.

    What is the world do you do if there is a storm that tears down a bunch of tree branches and you have more than a garbage can full?

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    HHHMMMM I can bring down a truck load and have a garage sale at YOUR house...
    garbage rationing has been in the last 4 or 5 years

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    I'll be in FL in January but I'll be at a wedding on the other coast. Flea market might work if there is a way to plug them in or if I had room for treadles...

    we cook out a lot in the back yard... LOL
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    I know I'm wayyyy behind ya'll, but this is a truly stiff price for this Boye case. I have several (and just sold an empty case on wooden base for 5% of that), and believe me, I would NEVER have paid that high a price!! I know they have gone way up in price on Ebay, but this is pretty much ridiculous.
    I just paid $60 for a iffy case with needles,shuttles, and bobbins.

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    Will you be driving or flying? If you are serious about bringing a load down to try to sell, there is a HUGE flea market over toward the west coast. I have never been there (I already have enough fleas, LOL) but people from all over the state, especially visitors, go there by the bus load. A lot of the retirement homes arrange bus trips to the flea market. If you want info, PM me and I will get what I can for you.

    Love those backyard cookouts but not the storms that furnish the fuel.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'll be in FL in January but I'll be at a wedding on the other coast. Flea market might work if there is a way to plug them in or if I had room for treadles...

    we cook out a lot in the back yard... LOL

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    Johnny,

    I sat in front of you on the bus to and from Gary's. Pat Spurr and shared a room. We discussed the
    mechanics all the way. Peeled Pam offered to adopt me. Remember?

    Cathy




    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    So glad you're feeling better. I lost my best friend in February from pneumonia and sepsis. It happened so fast.

    Cathy, you mentioned being at ISMACS and going to Faye's. I'm sure I must have talked to you there at one time or another; there weren't THAT many people there!! I am absolutely terrible with names; but I do remember faces!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    Will you be driving or flying? If you are serious about bringing a load down to try to sell, there is a HUGE flea market over toward the west coast. I have never been there (I already have enough fleas, LOL) but people from all over the state, especially visitors, go there by the bus load. A lot of the retirement homes arrange bus trips to the flea market. If you want info, PM me and I will get what I can for you.

    Love those backyard cookouts but not the storms that furnish the fuel.
    I doubt if we will be taking very many machines down. Our son is getting married down there in January.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Congratulations to the Mother of the Groom. It will be a wonderful celebration, I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    Congratulations to the Mother of the Groom. It will be a wonderful celebration, I'm sure.
    I'm just glad I don't have to do much. They have been friends for 9 years over the internet. Go figure.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    That sounds more like it!! I've paid more for mine, but I bought for the needles and shuttles, so only bought the ones with lots of both!! Not finding much in the way of cases these days.
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I just paid $60 for a iffy case with needles,shuttles, and bobbins.
    Miz Johnny

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    I'm still going to have to see your face, LOL! I'm going to see Pam in a few days, so she'll help me out. Her memory (unlike mine) is excellent. To tell you the truth, I don't even remember the bus ride!! (I sound like a lush, but I don't drink--I just suffer from CRS. I do, however, remember Gary's collection--absolutely stunning. He and his wife were great hosts, too. Did you come away with any of his machines? Pam and I each bought a Wilson. Hers is still in my storage unit, and mine is still in pieces in the basement non-sewing room. HOWEVER, I did spend the day working down there, so there's a wider path, and I can at least get to that machine if I feel the urge to put it back together!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Johnny,

    I sat in front of you on the bus to and from Gary's. Pat Spurr and shared a room. We discussed the
    mechanics all the way. Peeled Pam offered to adopt me. Remember?

    Cathy
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    Want to see my face? Good luck with that one. There are two things on this earth that cause anaphylaxis in me. First a scale and second a camera aimed at me. VBG BTW I'm built like Pam, but with silver hair.
    I didn't buy any machines from Gary at the Nashville Convention, but I did at the North Carolina convention. I will say I saw many that I would have loved to own.

    Cathy



    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    I'm still going to have to see your face, LOL! I'm going to see Pam in a few days, so she'll help me out. Her memory (unlike mine) is excellent. To tell you the truth, I don't even remember the bus ride!! (I sound like a lush, but I don't drink--I just suffer from CRS. I do, however, remember Gary's collection--absolutely stunning. He and his wife were great hosts, too. Did you come away with any of his machines? Pam and I each bought a Wilson. Hers is still in my storage unit, and mine is still in pieces in the basement non-sewing room. HOWEVER, I did spend the day working down there, so there's a wider path, and I can at least get to that machine if I feel the urge to put it back together!!!!!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Johnny,


    I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. Sepsis is very nasty.

    Thank you and everyone for their concern. I am feeling so much better. I'm still weak, though. I went back to work today and survived. I am really glad that is only a two day work week. Yes, it has been scary.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny View Post
    So glad you're feeling better. I lost my best friend in February from pneumonia and sepsis. It happened so fast.

    Cathy, you mentioned being at ISMACS and going to Faye's. I'm sure I must have talked to you there at one time or another; there weren't THAT many people there!! I am absolutely terrible with names; but I do remember faces!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Kenmore 1754. I have a box of cams and feet and manual but have never seen one of these. Does anyone have one? And would it be worth keeping these in case I run across one?
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    Now I know everything ebay can teach me about them. Shouldn't have gone there, now I want one or more...... Has anyone else started looking for a machine after finding the parts?
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Johnny,


    I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. Sepsis is very nasty.

    Thank you and everyone for their concern. I am feeling so much better. I'm still weak, though. I went back to work today and survived. I am really glad that is only a two day work week. Yes, it has been scary.

    Cathy
    Cathy, I am glad you are feeling better, but be careful, don't overdo. Your body needs a good long rest!

    Miz Johnny, it is always to good to hear from you! We miss you on the board when you are gone long periods of time!

    Miriam, I finished the cheater quilt top and back I am making for my new camper's bed using the new Signature I just bought! The zig zag lock is still frozen and the feed dog drop is still frozen, but now I have time to try to unstick them!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder View Post
    Kenmore 1754. I have a box of cams and feet and manual but have never seen one of these. Does anyone have one? And would it be worth keeping these in case I run across one?
    redmadder, I have two sets extra of top hat Kenmore cams with feed and accessories. I have several machines that use bits and pieces of them. I have no intention of getting rid of them. I do like Kenmore machines. And to answer your other question; yes I have gotten parts and accessories first, then bought a machine to match. Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Cathy, I am glad you are feeling better, but be careful, don't overdo. Your body needs a good long rest!




    Nancy
    Yes Cathy, your body does need a good long rest.. One summer I got it, (P) 3 times because I got up and going too soon. As soon as you start to feel weak or breathless, sit and put your feet up. More QB time

    Karen
    Kasey 1937 221-1 Featherweight, Red Eye Singer Treadle 66-1, 2 301's both long and short bed, 403, Free Number 5 Treadle, Jones hand crank Kenmore 158 19131, Viking Lilly 555

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    Wow. There are a lot of posts in this Shop's discussion. I am new here, so Hello. I'm Alison. I just got a Bradford 414 and cannot find any information about it so that I can track down a manual She only does straight stitch and cost me all of $10. I have dubbed her The Green Fairy because I think I am going to tumble down the rabbit hole of vintage machine addiction.
    Does anyone know who made Bradford machines?
    The model # on the tag in the back says 414.Attachment 422400

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    Hi all,
    I have a specialist-ish question... just curious to know if anyone's tried making/printing their own waterslide decals and what kind of paper/film they've used. There seems to be a lot of different brands and I'd like to minimise trial and error and go straight for the good stuff. Any tips?
    Thanks!
    Amelia

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    Knitwitch -

    I can't open your attachment, but I'm guessing you have a "clone" of a Singer 15. Try resizing your picture and post it again. If you have a clone, any 15 manual should give you the info you need about using your machine. Welcome to the board. One more thing- there is a thread or two about 15's and clones. Try checking those threads. The thing that distinguishes the 15's from other machines is that the tension knob is on the left end of the machine.


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    Thank, Darren. I'm so sorry it doesn't work. I have no idea how to resize. Thanks for the tip though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frudemoo View Post
    Any tips?Thanks!Amelia
    Slip over to EBay and type "waterslide decal printer" in the search, there is some amazing stuff and a reasonable price.

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