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

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    Very good to see!
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    It looks really heavy.

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    Miriam,
    That's wonderful news about Ashlea!
    Sharon in Texas

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    She has age and determination in her favor.
    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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    Miriam, I am glad Ashlea is doing so well.

    Hi, I'm quiltmouse. Last heard from on this thread somewhere around March 2011. I started reading page again at 4350, and am current from there. Meanwhile, on the back nine, I've attained p 1584. whew. or as I nearly typo'd, whee.

    Take a look at this.

    This guy is a hoot. Scroll down to "Important message for vintage sewing machine owners"

    I think we dost resemble...

    http://sewingdude.wordpress.com/category/machines/

    Oh, and I found him when I googled 403 service manual. He has free manuals & service manuals. (but prefers we not turn around & sell them...)

    And ANOTHER thing!!!

    A year or so ago, a friend wanted a new & better machine. She sent me links to two s/m at QVC. I read the articles & reviews. Half the reviews panned the machines, half raved. Well, that was pretty easy to figure out. Non sewers loved them cuz they didn't know any better & real sewers hated them cuz they were Junque. I told my friend no go. I was leaving big city for small city life, so I took my serger and main sewing machine (403) in for periodic maint. Well, of course, the OSMG had oodles of nice (real) sewing machines. I called my friend, and she was all no dice.

    Totally didn't get that the OSMG's refurbished OLD machines were

    BETTER

    than the new shiny crappy plastic stuff.
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    Know when your machines are in heat, and keep them separated (in a well-lit room) to prevent unintended growth in the herd.

    Avoid the temptation to wander through strange yard sales, new thrift stores, or Craigslist ads for your (or adjoining) cities.


    Look straight ahead, with both hands firmly on the steering wheel, when driving through residential neighborhoods on “trash day”.

    Do not let anyone know you collect, repair, (or even use) old sewing machines lest you become the local foster home for wayward and orphan units.

    Have a “sponsor”, who you can call for an intervention, when you start to think eBay is a good place to find affordable, high-quality, “industrial-strength” vintage sewing machines (that will arrive at your home completely undamaged.)

    Learn to say “no, I’m stronger than this” if you suddenly find yourself climbing up on a dumpster behind the local Goodwill (in your Sunday clothes) because you thought you saw the LBOW colors of a vintage Singer peeking out.
    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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    Some of these feet are slanted (I have a 403) and that throat plate in back looks like my 403. Some of the other feet look like those on my Babylock Grace, so I'm not sure. The price plus shipping (to my area) is around $23

    So, if you need feet...

    also, there's a walking foot in front. IF it fits the slant shank singers, I paid about $25 for mine a couple of years ago.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=18156407

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse View Post
    ...This guy is a hoot.
    My favorite quote... from his "about me" section

    "I plot for the downfall of the consumer economy, where my chosen band of elite Thread Warriors will stand up and remake the world, with me as their glorious leader. I will rule with a gentle, yet firm hand, where [attractive] women will finally be freed from the enslavement of mandatory clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse View Post
    Some of these feet are slanted (I have a 403) and that throat plate in back looks like my 403. Some of the other feet look like those on my Babylock Grace, so I'm not sure. The price plus shipping (to my area) is around $23

    So, if you need feet...

    also, there's a walking foot in front. IF it fits the slant shank singers, I paid about $25 for mine a couple of years ago.

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=18156407
    I see a plastic hopping foot in the back too. (better than no hopping foot)
    A very good deal overall.
    Rodney
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    I see a plastic hopping foot in the back too. (better than no hopping foot)
    A very good deal overall.
    Rodney
    What a hodge-podge of slant and snap on stuff. Actually those older plastic ones are supposed to be pretty good I've heard. I have one but haven't got to try it. I dug it out of a box of cr*p, er, I mean stuff, and by the time I got things picked up it walked away on it's own and hasn't come back.

    Cari

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    Miriam, I just popped in and learned about your DIL! Wow, I am so sorry, but she has age on her side! I will be praying she has a full recovery - it will just take time, patience, and lots of TLC from all her family and friends! From your later posts, it looks like she is already on the mend! Please keep us posted.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, I just popped in and learned about your DIL! Wow, I am so sorry, but she has age on her side! I will be praying she has a full recovery - it will just take time, patience, and lots of TLC from all her family and friends! From your later posts, it looks like she is already on the mend! Please keep us posted.

    Nancy
    Here is a link to all the fun:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...y-t254240.html
    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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    Hello

    Can anyone tell me how long it takes a moderator to approve my previous postings and make them visible? I would really like to find help in getting my EMARNAY running so I can use him. Thanks

    FG
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    Welcome! They should have shown up as soon as you hit the "post" button. Not sure why you're having trouble.
    You might want to start a new thread with your questions.
    Rodney
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    Thank You for your warm welcome Rodney,

    Yes, that's what I thought too, so after the first time I posted in the beginning of the month and got that message I waited...and then I tried another topic thread and tried to post relevant pic's on there with the same response and again twice last night with pic's. Seems fine when there are no pic's.

    I'll do some research on how to start a new thread as I'm really new to this and on a steep learning curve right now. Ahhhh the things I'll do for my Ehemm.....growing..... mechanical family.

    Blissings

    FG
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    Some forums moderate newcomers and don't allow uploads until some number of posts have cleared. Not sure about this one, I looked thru the rules and didn't find anything. They have made some recent tech changes around picture uploads, maybe it will settle out shortly, meantime welcome!!
    Jim

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    Thank You Jim,

    I spent some time this morning uploading some pictures in the album section and that worked so I am happy about that.

    Now down to what brought me here. I have some vintage and older machines that need work, some more than others. The first one I want to address is my EMARNAY which is missing a crucial piece for the bobbin winder. Can anyone tell me what the manufacturing company might be, where to find the part that is missing and any other information about it? All I know is that it was handed down from a generational family of tailors back east who catered to the social elite.

    You can find pics of it posted in my album and the number on the bottom needle plate is there as well.

    Thanks in advance for the help everyone.

    FG
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    I got one picture of your Emarnay uploaded. Pretty machine.


    It might help you get the info you need. How are you trying to post pictures? You can post directly from your computer by clicking the 3rd icon from the right above where you type. It's the square one with a tiny tree in it. After you click it just follow the prompts.
    Hope this helps,
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    Thanks Rodney,

    He is pretty and I can't wait to get him going. The presser bar has a dual height too and I have a picoting foot that I can't wait to try out.

    I did post that way before and each time the same moderator message came up. After I post this I will try again.

    FG
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    This pic shows where the piece is missing



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    Hey!!!!! it worked.

    Doing the happy dance here.

    FG
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    Hi everyone,
    I bought a Singer 327, its in very good condition, the cords and green bobbin winder tire are all supple and no cracks at all. It came with about 12 bobbin and the original owner's manual, also in perfect condition. All for $37 at Salvation Army store. I need the top for the case, I have the plastic bottom part with the hinges. Does anyone have one?
    Thank you,
    Sharon in Texas
    P.S: the bad part was I managed to smash and slice my right
    index finger when I tried to take the mis-matched cover off, had to take a trip to the urgent care clinic.
    Last edited by purplefiend; 09-29-2014 at 06:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My Pieds View Post
    Hey!!!!! it worked.

    Doing the happy dance here.

    FG
    What pretty decals!

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    Sorry about your finger Sharon. Ouch! I hope it heals soon and well.
    Rodney
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    My Pieds. It looks like a Davis made to me. Not the vertical feed model, rather the conventional underfeed model, which was sald through other retailerd like Sears as one of the many variations of Minnesota Model A. Maybe Jon or Steve or Macybaby willl have better info...
    Jim

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