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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've been fighting with a Kenmore 158.90 - not intuitive.The disks work. There are quite a few weird adjustments but I think I have it figured out. It does a good variety of stitches. I was surprised that none of the disks do a hem stitch or any multi-step zig zag stitches. You can make the designs farther apart and longer but not wider by changing either one of the two settings for the disks or by the stitch length. Does anybody have one of these machines? How do you like it? Any tips?
    This machine was the one that replaced Momma's FW. You really do have to have all the dials and knobs in the perfect place for those cams to work correctly. The designs can get longer. I remember long rows of ducks on the seam of a gown made for my niece. They were good sized too. I think there is still more that needs loosening.

    That machine is still available but buried under boxes of estate stuff are the things you need. If I can get to the instruction booklets, I'll scan copies to you. How many boxes of cams did you get?
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    Miriam, reread your post. You mean making the designs taller!! That's limited by the width of the needle travel. Goofy me, not understanding. This flu bug really has my head in the clouds.
    Annette

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    You can not set the stitch width. It has to go at 0 - There is a knob you turn and you get a longer pattern. It doesn't do ducks. I got 30 cams & some feet - I do have a manual - it must be written in Greek. These are orange disks. I haven't seen any ducks.
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    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...-14893095.html

    this is such a unique looking machine. it seems like it was listed before.
    😊 wilburness 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilburness View Post
    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...-14893095.html

    this is such a unique looking machine. it seems like it was listed before.
    I think I have one of those in a cabinet. Buried of course.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You can not set the stitch width. It has to go at 0 - There is a knob you turn and you get a longer pattern. It doesn't do ducks. I got 30 cams & some feet - I do have a manual - it must be written in Greek. These are orange disks. I haven't seen any ducks.
    Miriam
    Mine is just enough different from yours that I guess I'm not much help. The orange cams are identified as "Basic Decorative Designs", (no reversing) Set the special switch selector to CAM, stitch width 1 to4, stitch length=Red Zone, Special Stitch Modifier- Red Dot, satin stitch foot, and zigzag hole on needle plate
    The "Reverse Stitch Design" cams are set at CAM, Stitch Width 1 to 4, Stitch Length at 6, (although they will work at smaller numbers, they just overlap) and the Special Stitch Modifier is at Middle Position between S and L. That part is critical, and if something is gummed up, there is where it showed up on mine. The fish is cam #30,"duck-ish" is cam 32, "pine-tree-ish is cam 34, and "chicken-ish" is cam 44. Cam 45 is a Rorshach test, being either and angel fish, an arrow head, or a jet figher? Probably not helping you much. At least you have a manual, can you imagine how much of a challenge it would be without one!
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    The double orange cams I have DO go in reverse. It is a challenge WITH the manual. It does not have any of the utility cams though.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    i bet its a beauty all cleaned up. a dealer will grab it, clean it and post it for $500. then we'll look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    The double orange cams I have DO go in reverse. It is a challenge WITH the manual. It does not have any of the utility cams though.
    Yes those can reverse, but they backstitch over the fwd stitches. The other cams do actually run the feed dogs backwards in order to make those parts of the pattern that can't be made any other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Totally off-topic, but..... (Proud Papa alert!)

    My oldest DD just found out on last Friday that she PASSED THE BAR!!! On her first try no less!

    This has been such a long road, it feels surreal to think that she is done with schooling and testing (in general) She actually told me when I met her (she was 4 1/2, she is my adopted DD) that she wanted to be a lawyer when she grew up. I asked her why, she said, "because they make the most money".... hehe
    I may be late here as I am a new member but a big congrats to your daughter more so to you as you raised a good kid. My only daughter and only 1 is a senior now at UC Berkeley and wanted to take up Law after graduation but lately is having a change of heart. I felt disheartened but what can we do. All we can do is support them. I just hope her path leads her to Law school later on. Again Congrats, Steve. That is such an awesome feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaniqui View Post
    I may be late here as I am a new member but a big congrats to your daughter more so to you as you raised a good kid. My only daughter and only 1 is a senior now at UC Berkeley and wanted to take up Law after graduation but lately is having a change of heart. I felt disheartened but what can we do. All we can do is support them. I just hope her path leads her to Law school later on. Again Congrats, Steve. That is such an awesome feeling.
    Thank you for that. All we can do as parents is advise, guide and knock as much garbage out of their way as possible, let them lead their own way.

    My Daughter graduated from UC Berkeley also and then went to Hastings Law School in SF. I went to her swearing in ceremony last night in Oakland. A Lady US Federal Judge created 5 new Lawyers.

    I've never seen this process before, kinda cool to hear the differences between the oath that lawyers swear in comparison to the oath I swore in the USAF. They say "Support the Constitution" we said "Support and defend the Constitution"

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    I need to find a manual for an old famous singer button holer. I would like to use use it but have no idea how it works. Anyone know a source. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I need to find a manual for an old famous singer button holer. I would like to use use it but have no idea how it works. Anyone know a source. Thank you.
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    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...e-manuals.html
    link to manual for old buttonholer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I need to find a manual for an old famous singer button holer. I would like to use use it but have no idea how it works. Anyone know a source. Thank you.
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    here is a blog that shows the adjustments pretty well... http://silkmothsewing.blogspot.com/2...le-worker.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    here is a blog that shows the adjustments pretty well... http://silkmothsewing.blogspot.com/2...le-worker.html
    thanks Steve I knew that I think I had a brain fart. Sometimes I don't think it thru LOL As long as I have been working with machines you think I know all the sources and I do just forget sometimes. It is nice to let someone find the link for you LOL
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    Oh yes..... Been there, done that

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Thank you for that. All we can do as parents is advise, guide and knock as much garbage out of their way as possible, let them lead their own way.

    My Daughter graduated from UC Berkeley also and then went to Hastings Law School in SF. I went to her swearing in ceremony last night in Oakland. A Lady US Federal Judge created 5 new Lawyers.

    I've never seen this process before, kinda cool to hear the differences between the oath that lawyers swear in comparison to the oath I swore in the USAF. They say "Support the Constitution" we said "Support and defend the Constitution"
    that's cool. we're both CAL Dads (literally and figuratively). i guess yours is more noble as you're supporting and defending the constitution. i could see the tears in your eyes (tears of happiness) during her swearing in. you did good SteveH. you're a good Dad.
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    I wish other attorneys would uphold and defend the constitution... congrats
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    I have bought one of these and repurposed it into wine cabinet nice to see another one. what have you done with yours.

    Duane

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    Quote Originally Posted by specalties View Post
    I have bought one of these and repurposed it into wine cabinet nice to see another one. what have you done with yours.

    Duane
    which is that? attorney or buttonholer... ^

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    Glenn, I have a few for Singer's. If you tell me the model of machine, I might be able to help you.
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    Steve, Congrats on your DD getting her coveted law degree. She will make a fantastic lawyer I am sure, since you had a hand in raising her. Our kids are all we have to shape the world we live in and we have to help them as best we can to do that. She is also into old machines so she will be all right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan on 446 View Post
    Glenn, I have a few for Singer's. If you tell me the model of machine, I might be able to help you.
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    The model is Singer Famous Model C, Buttonhole worker. Thank you
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    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    May I come in? I've just found this friendly little shop, but it's going to take a while to read all of the 4303 pages!
    This Singer 28K born 1924 (serial nr Y-1923923) was my great aunt's. It's been kept in an attic many years, do you thing I can make it run? The wheel rotates smoothly, and so do the pressing foot and needle bar move, but it is full of dirt, spiderwebs and rust. The decals seem beyond repair, and a few parts (metal plate, bobbin wider) are missing.
    Are they difficult to find? I must start by cleaning inside and outside with sewing machine oil, right?
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    Oil cleaning is a great start - I posted some on your other thread.
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