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    I posted this on my page today and thought that I would share it here.

    If you need to polish up a needle bar or similar items and they are removed from the machine. Put them in a cordless drill and use wadding polish or another metal polishing product on it. This will save time and effort.
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    Cool Grant - missed you...
    I found something cool I thought I would pass along to anybody who reads here:
    http://www.floridamemory.com then you will need to search sewing machines. There a lots of pics of Seminole people with HC machines - they did a lot of piecing for their clothing - beautiful work - got to see some of it at the museum in Tallahassee a few years ago.
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    What a great idea, Grant! Where can the wadding polish be found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    What a great idea, Grant! Where can the wadding polish be found?
    http://www.nevrdull.com/page5.html

    That is a great idea!
    Singer 66 treadle, Singer 15-91, JC Penney 6923, Kenmore 50, White 2334, Brother 920D serger. RIP Singer 1036

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    You can find it at auto parts stores. A can is about $7 and it goes a long way.
    This idea has worked great for me. Also if you have a bobbin winder that is sticky or frozen, I have taken off the unit and put it in my drill, oiled it and if you hold the bracket you can spin the bobbin winder. This can be a real time saver too.

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    I have been having a problem getting on here with my usual browser and was unable to get on here for a while. I missed you all too.
    ~G~

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    Hey folks, just a quick note.... To all the folks who are waiting on me to ship machines/parts.... Heather and I have both been slammed by the flu since Saturday. I am back to work today for at least a partial day. Updates to follow.

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    Can anyone dientify what model Singer Vintage this is?

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    Can anyone identify this old Singer for me. Serial number indicates that its Circa 1929. I may buy?
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    looks like a 66
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    I have a question. Some time ago I read that on Singer machines the motor boss was put on some machines starting in 1901 and by 1903 all of them had them. I know of a machine from 1910, according to the serial number, that does not have a motor boss. The only thing I can think of is that it was a factory refurbished machine and a later serial number was stamped on it. Any thoughts?
    Thank you.
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    First of all, I assume that you’re talking about the Singer Class 66 machines, not all Singer machines.

    In my experience with the Singer Class 66, the handcrank “boss” began appearing in 1913. I don’t think that they were designed as a “motor boss”, but later on when electrification began, the motor bracket was designed to fit onto the handcrank boss, or “hand attachment boss”.


    I wouldn’t expect a 1910 Singer 66 to have a boss on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I have a question. Some time ago I read that on Singer machines the motor boss was put on some machines starting in 1901 and by 1903 all of them had them. I know of a machine from 1910, according to the serial number, that does not have a motor boss. The only thing I can think of is that it was a factory refurbished machine and a later serial number was stamped on it. Any thoughts?
    Thank you.
    ~G~
    I have a model 28 or VS3 from the early 1890's with a boss. Definitely pre common motor usage and for a hand crank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    I have a model 28 or VS3 from the early 1890's with a boss. Definitely pre common motor usage and for a hand crank.

    Jon
    My 28 and 27 from 1890s doesn't have the boss
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    My 28 and 27 from 1890s doesn't have the boss
    Here's a pic of my VS3 with the boss which you can sort of see the boss bolt. SN 10562945 (1891). Need a repro crank for this one.

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    OFF TOPIC - but related....

    Last night I was teaching my Armoring Apprentice how to roll an edge in metal and I realized that the metal bit i had just made as a demo looked like it had been fed through a hemmer foot on a sewing machine... so here it is

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    and here it is from the other end so you can see the goal.

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    You know it's an addiction when you start using sewing terms to describe work in other mediums.
    Singer 66 treadle, Singer 15-91, JC Penney 6923, Kenmore 50, White 2334, Brother 920D serger. RIP Singer 1036

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    Nancy, I sent you a private message.

    Sorry, for this post. I'm posting this message in case Nancy reads the Boards without signing in.

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    check out THIS amazing machine.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/390739308972

    EARLY
    RARE
    IMMACULATE
    WITH CASE....

    sigh.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    check out THIS amazing machine.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/390739308972

    EARLY
    RARE
    IMMACULATE
    WITH CASE....

    sigh.....
    I love those feet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    check out THIS amazing machine.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/390739308972

    EARLY
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    WITH CASE....

    sigh.....
    that is so nice. a real conversation piece. over $600 and reserve price not met yet. wonder how much the seller wants? is this machine rare than the wilcox ?

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    ...cash...in...IRA...money...buy...no...no...stop. ..STOP!!
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    oh yeah... It is ESPECIALLY in this condition.

    I would guess the final price to be over $1500 but this person has listed this machien more than once and the bidding on one of the trys hit over $1600 (with no sale)

    They mentioned in THAT ad that a similar one sold for $1875 on ebay without the oh so rare box....

    I would guess that the seller wants $2000+

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    Seller needs to take better pic's and better formatting if they want the big bucks. Sometimes it's more about style than substance on ebay.

    Jon

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    Would you by chance have a manuel for Free Westinghouse model J ? I just got mine and can not seem to get it threaded correctly........so I cant sew with it...........any help appreciated..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4dogs View Post
    Would you by chance have a manuel for Free Westinghouse model J ? I just got mine and can not seem to get it threaded correctly........so I cant sew with it...........any help appreciated..........
    If no one comes through with a manual for you perhaps you can post some pics and someone will have something similar and can help out with the threading. I have a New Home (part of Free) NLC Rotary manual which may or may not be similar. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    First of all, I assume that you’re talking about the Singer Class 66 machines, not all Singer machines.

    In my experience with the Singer Class 66, the handcrank “boss” began appearing in 1913. I don’t think that they were designed as a “motor boss”, but later on when electrification began, the motor bracket was designed to fit onto the handcrank boss, or “hand attachment boss”.


    I wouldn’t expect a 1910 Singer 66 to have a boss on it.


    CD in Oklahoma
    Thank you ThayerRags. I knew I read this somewhere and this may be it, but I am not certain. However, here, the author is talking specifically about the 27K. http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.co...wing-machines/ I don't remember everything and that is sometimes dangerous. I suppose I believed that it was for all Singer machines. Also, thanks to all that responded to my question.
    ~G~

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