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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    ~laffin~ We must have been posting at the same time!
    What do they say about great minds Charlee........ :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I have to go right outside of Nashville to drop off a pair of cars to the upholstery shop so I will be checking in later on. I called the guy yesterday and he told me he was not even bothered by the water. Which is REAL good because I am on a schedule and I can not miss the deadline. So the truck and 40' enclosed trailer is loaded and ready to go!!

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    Thanks for posting the pic of the Liquid Gold. I have been to six stores in the last few days trying to find the liquid or pourable product. This can looks like the airosole can so I might have seen it and didn't realize it! I was looking for something more like the oil in a container (ie; Old English). I'm off to Lowe's today to try one more place. I even called Wall Mart and Bi Mart and they didn't have it! I appreciate all your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wine Woman
    This can looks like the aerosol can so I might have seen it and didn't realize it!
    I know what you mean, they changed the packaging from the last time I bought it 6 or so years ago.:lol: :lol: :lol: It took me 10 minutes to figure out that I was looking at it. :roll:

    Oh well I am going to put some miles behind me and hopefully I will not have to take any detours because of the flooding damage!!

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    Hello again,
    This is getting to be an obsession...lol. I was running some errands this morning and went past a thrift shop I had never been to before. I found 2 machines that needed a new home. I want to practice on them. One was a Kenmore in a cabinet 158.342 that dates to 1963, not too old but a year older than my son. The other was an Emerson which I can't find anything on. The serial # is A106531. A Singer clone?? The badge says Deluxe, "the machine that satisfies" and made in Japan. On the top of the head it says Emerson Sewing Machine Company. And the foot control is pink which may or may not be original. It runs like a racehorse but is noisy..so definitely needs cleaning and oiling. I got a real deal of only 20 for both of them.
    BYW, would you happen to know anyone in the Pensacola area who is familiar with vintage machines? I've been cleaning my 15-91 but now I don't remember how to put back the motor and light assembly. Also, I would like someone to take a look at the motor itself. Electrical stuff scares me silly! Can you tell you are dealing with a technical newbie lol
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    Thanks Charlee and Billy. I found the manual for my machine on the site you gave to me.
    Charlee, my baby is not new. She has been in my family for years. This was passed down to me from my Mother after she died. I can't wait to get your pics and instructions Billy.
    Are you going to include where to get the veneer and how to apply this? I will be so happy if I can get this up and running. Still would like to know where to get the belt for the machine. Can you still buy needles for this machine. I was excited to see that the machine is 94 years old. My mom did not have the manual or other attachments for this machine. We have named the machine "Granny". I am one happy camper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
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    Do either of you know anything about a 1917 Western Electric vintage machine? It has the rounded wooden case like Billy's new Singer.
    Debo I have never seen one in person but I know they were good machines!! They were a badged machine and more than likely yours was made by Eldridge/National.

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    I will send pictures when I receive it. Thanks for the info.

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    I have been reading about the old and antique sewing machines and got curious about mine. I have had a singer machine in my storage building for a long time. In my mind I feel it was bought new by my grandmother in the early 1950's but the serial number doesn't indicate that.

    It is a Singer SigZag Model 457, electric, and says Stylist on the front. The serial number is R459311 or B459311, we can't tell for sure, but both these numbers indicate they were made in the early 1900's. The R number says July-Dec
    1902 and the B number says July 25, 1904 Montreal.

    Because you all have been talking about old machines I think I will take this to the shop and see if they can get it running.

    The treadle machine is at my daughters. I last used it to hem jeans 4 or 5 years ago and the belt broke. I could not easily locate a belt so I just haven't thought of it since then. Will see about finding a belt for it now.

    If anyone can help me date this I sure would appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I have been reading about the old and antique sewing machines and got curious about mine. I have had a singer machine in my storage building for a long time. In my mind I feel it was bought new by my grandmother in the early 1950's but the serial number doesn't indicate that.

    It is a Singer SigZag Model 457, electric, and says Stylist on the front. The serial number is R459311 or B459311, we can't tell for sure, but both these numbers indicate they were made in the early 1900's. The R number says July-Dec
    1902 and the B number says July 25, 1904 Montreal.

    Because you all have been talking about old machines I think I will take this to the shop and see if they can get it running.

    The treadle machine is at my daughters. I last used it to hem jeans 4 or 5 years ago and the belt broke. I could not easily locate a belt so I just haven't thought of it since then. Will see about finding a belt for it now.

    If anyone can help me date this I sure would appreciate it.
    You can use nearly anything for a belt! I know of one woman that broke her belt, and in a pinch, cut a pair of pantyhose to use! I have a machine that has a leather bootlace joined by a bent wire for a belt (which is pretty much all the treadle belts are!) :)

    Polly, I just looked for a pic of the Stylist 457...that machine is made in the 50's or 60's at best. It looks like a machine my sis has, and she bought hers at the San Diego County Fair in 1962.

    Does your machine look like this one?
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    Yes, it looks exactly like that! This machine belonged to my grandmother and I thought she bought it when I was much younger than 12. Why can't I find it with the serial number that is on it, do you know?

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    Yes, it looks exactly like that! This machine belonged to my grandmother and I thought she bought it when I was much younger than 12. Why can't I find it with the serial number that is on it, do you know?

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    I wish I had an answer for you Miz Polly! I suspect Billy will be here shortly tho, and I'm betting that he does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjaye44
    Hello again,
    This is getting to be an obsession...lol. I was running some errands this morning and went past a thrift shop I had never been to before. I found 2 machines that needed a new home. I want to practice on them. One was a Kenmore in a cabinet 158.342 that dates to 1963, not too old but a year older than my son. The other was an Emerson which I can't find anything on. The serial # is A106531. A Singer clone?? The badge says Deluxe, "the machine that satisfies" and made in Japan. On the top of the head it says Emerson Sewing Machine Company. And the foot control is pink which may or may not be original. It runs like a racehorse but is noisy..so definitely needs cleaning and oiling. I got a real deal of only 20 for both of them.
    BYW, would you happen to know anyone in the Pensacola area who is familiar with vintage machines? I've been cleaning my 15-91 but now I don't remember how to put back the motor and light assembly. Also, I would like someone to take a look at the motor itself. Electrical stuff scares me silly! Can you tell you are dealing with a technical newbie lol
    $20 for both you did REALLY good!!!!!

    The Emerson I think might be made by Koyu (the Deluxe badge is the same as the ones I have seen come out of that factory) And it has a lot of the features that was also offered by that particular factory.

    As far as the electrical I am going to put a tute out about the electrical first this weekend. So I might be covering the issues that you might be experiencing.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I wish I had an answer for you Miz Polly! I suspect Billy will be here shortly tho, and I'm betting that he does!
    I hope I do......According to what little I found on the NB the machine is around circa 1969 and it had the option or being treadle operated of electric. I imagine the 457K was the treadle optioned machine.

    Most of the "K" machines were external motors and you can easily make them into a treadle machine. That is why I am looking for a 201K.

    Billy

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    I have a Golden Touch and Sew Singer which I bought brand new in 1972... gee,is that vintage?? Doesn't seem to me like it could be, but I do have a question about it. The bobbin tension is great but the upper thread is not right at all. I took it to 2 repair shops in hopes that they could fix it. They said they fixed it, but it continues to have an upper thread tension problem. So I gave up and bought an Elna 7200 about 5 years ago. But now, I have hope that perhaps I can fix the darn thing myself! I found a "fix-it" website that says the tension discs located on the front of the machine are creating the problem and just a good cleaning with dental floss should do it. I haven't hauled the Singer out of the back of the closet yet (it's heavy!), but is this a likely fix for loose tension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    I have a Golden Touch and Sew Singer which I bought brand new in 1972... gee,is that vintage?? Doesn't seem to me like it could be, but I do have a question about it. The bobbin tension is great but the upper thread is not right at all. I took it to 2 repair shops in hopes that they could fix it. They said they fixed it, but it continues to have an upper thread tension problem. So I gave up and bought an Elna 7200 about 5 years ago. But now, I have hope that perhaps I can fix the darn thing myself! I found a "fix-it" website that says the tension discs located on the front of the machine are creating the problem and just a good cleaning with dental floss should do it. I haven't hauled the Singer out of the back of the closet yet (it's heavy!), but is this a likely fix for loose tension?
    It might just do it. The idea behind the dental floss is that it will clean any lint or dirt that may be keeping the disc from sandwiching together enough to create the tension.

    Or you can take the tensioner apart and clean it yourself. It is not hard at all just unscrew the dial and slide the disc off of the stud. Remember how they come off so you can put them back the way that they are supposed to be. When you have it apart you can check and clean the disc and what lint may be in the tensioner.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    I have a Golden Touch and Sew Singer which I bought brand new in 1972... gee,is that vintage?? Doesn't seem to me like it could be, but I do have a question about it. The bobbin tension is great but the upper thread is not right at all. I took it to 2 repair shops in hopes that they could fix it. They said they fixed it, but it continues to have an upper thread tension problem. So I gave up and bought an Elna 7200 about 5 years ago. But now, I have hope that perhaps I can fix the darn thing myself! I found a "fix-it" website that says the tension discs located on the front of the machine are creating the problem and just a good cleaning with dental floss should do it. I haven't hauled the Singer out of the back of the closet yet (it's heavy!), but is this a likely fix for loose tension?
    It might just do it. The idea behind the dental floss is that it will clean any lint or dirt that may be keeping the disc from sandwiching together enough to create the tension.

    Or you can take the tensioner apart and clean it yourself. It is not hard at all just unscrew the dial and slide the disc off of the stud. Remember how they come off so you can put them back the way that they are supposed to be. When you have it apart you can check and clean the disc and what lint may be in the tensioner.

    Billy
    Thank you so much!! I have always loved that old gear driven machine. It was a hard worker. :mrgreen:

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    Hi all, just wanted to share my FW 221-1 (Feb. 1956) with you. I decided to call her Judy. I purchased her from a LAQ from our guild that was downsizing her collection. She runs like a dream. I take her to class and to friend's house to piece. I have no idea how to use the attachments but have the book for the zig zagger and there is some in the manual for the ruffler. Does anyone know what the item is Griest turqous box? It sort of looks like a walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Hi all, just wanted to share my FW 221-1 (Feb. 1956) with you. I decided to call her Judy. I purchased her from a LAQ from our guild that was downsizing her collection. She runs like a dream. I take her to class and to friend's house to piece. I have no idea how to use the attachments but have the book for the zig zagger and there is some in the manual for the ruffler. Does anyone know what the item is Griest turqous box? It sort of looks like a walking foot.
    It is a walking foot I believe.

    But I am seeing some "Blackside" attachments!!!!!

    I am going to have a full set of them one of these days. I do love your machine and it is so well cared for.

    Thank you for sharing with us!!!

    Billy

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    It is a walking foot I believe.

    But I am seeing some "Blackside" attachments!!!!!

    I am going to have a full set of them one of these days. I do love your machine and it is so well cared for.

    Thank you for sharing with us!!!

    Billy[/quote]

    Billy what are blackside attachements? I can take closer pictures if that will help identify them. I am going to use Judy and my new Singer that I picked up last night from Criag's list to go through your tutorial. I really look forward to learning more about them. Maybe I have to change my name to machine addict.

    Also, thanks for opening the shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Billy what are blackside attachements? I can take closer pictures if that will help identify them. I am going to use Judy and my new Singer that I picked up last night from Criag's list to go through your tutorial. I really look forward to learning more about them. Maybe I have to change my name to machine addict.

    Also, thanks for opening the shop!
    You are so welcome I love that we have a "Shop" to go to and hang out and shoot the breeze and show off out machines!!!

    Now the Blackside is the type of finish that singer used during the Korean war era and after. It took the place of plating the parts so that the nickel could be used for the war effort. It was a bluing type of finish like the fire arms had on them and eventually they use a paint towards the end.

    They are sought after by collectors and often bring premium prices depending on the item. I am just now getting into the attachments and have a few of them I use but no Blackside finish ones yet!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Billy what are blackside attachements? I can take closer pictures if that will help identify them. I am going to use Judy and my new Singer that I picked up last night from Criag's list to go through your tutorial. I really look forward to learning more about them. Maybe I have to change my name to machine addict.

    Also, thanks for opening the shop!
    You are so welcome I love that we have a "Shop" to go to and hang out and shoot the breeze and show off out machines!!!

    Now the Blackside is the type of finish that singer used during the Korean war era and after. It took the place of plating the parts so that the nickel could be used for the war effort. It was a bluing type of finish like the fire arms had on them and eventually they use a paint towards the end.

    They are sought after by collectors and often bring premium prices depending on the item. I am just now getting into the attachments and have a few of them I use but no Blackside finish ones yet!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
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    I blew this post!!!!! Sorry, I will try to do it again before I time out.
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    you posted a photo of your beauty on page 6. I wanted to tell you how beautiful I think it is.
    Thanks, Dorothy! Right now that's all I'm doing with her - looking at her, and admiring. I'm still undecided if I will try and get her going.

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    Hi Melody, I bought a Singer Touch n' Sew in 1970 or maybe 1971 when I had my first daughter. In 1975 I was given a Bernina 830 (not to be confused with the current Bernina 830 :shock: ). Don't remember whatever happened to my Touch n' Sew though. Never thought it would be vintage someday... a little short sighted I guess. :roll: :roll:

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    I think we have all gotten rid of items that later we wish we had kept.

    Does any one know how to adjust the bobbin winder on my machine? I changed the tire and belt but the tire is not hitting the wheel even if I tighten the screw as tight as I can get it.

    Thanks,

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    Also, does anyone us a singer model 66 and do you like it. Which singer model has the largest throat space?

    Night all,


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