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    Old 10-17-2011, 07:16 AM
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    I'm wondering if anyone has a feed dog plate (embroidery or zig zag) for a Singer 319 or 306 that they'd sell or know anyone who does? I've googled and not found one for sale on the net or on ebay. When I purchased my black 319 it came with a straight stitch plate only. Up until now I've been sharing the zig zag plate with my green 319, but would like to get one so it has it's own. Thanks.
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    Old 10-17-2011, 07:30 AM
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    Have to share something with you folks. Saturday I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover. I used a size 18 needle and she didn't balk one bit. Will probably get used a lot for that.
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    Old 10-17-2011, 07:51 AM
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    Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Have to share something with you folks. Saturday I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover. I used a size 18 needle and she didn't balk one bit. Will probably get used a lot for that.
    That's great Grannysewer, I love having a machine that sews with no complaining.
    I have a Singer 15-90 treadle and use it for making my potholders,
    none of my newer machines will sew them without making horrible noises and skipped stitches. :-D
    Sharon W. in Texas
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    Old 10-17-2011, 07:56 AM
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    Originally Posted by Charlee
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Originally Posted by Charlee
    Originally Posted by Janis
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Hey, Charlee & Monica & Nancy...guess what...I won a Davis Vertical Feed machine on auction this weekend, along with some attachments of some kind (haven't seen a good pic of them yet). It's just the machine, no cabinet or base, but I am sooo excited!!
    That sounds exciting. I just looked up on the net to see what they look like. A neat old machine. I know nothing about them. About how old a machine are they? I want to see pictures of your machine too.
    The first patent for a Davis machine was 1860. My machine is from approximately 1887-1888.

    Here's a bit of history about Job Davis:
    http://www.vdta.com/HOF/Davis.html

    These machines were a popular export to Australia...I think because the competition made it difficult to get a start in the US and be successful.
    Thanks for that info, Charlee...

    Here's a pic of my machine -- this is the pic from eBay, so it's not good. http://www.ebay.com/itm/230684835535?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
    With a serial number of 431930 your machine is just 5041 machines after mine...and it looks as if it may have had the same decals... so you're looking at a 1887/1888 machine made in Watertown, NY. :) Nice! You're going to love her!
    OK!! Thanks for that information. I was going to ask you about that after I got the machine home, but last night I was tired, and I didn't even notice that I could see the serial number on the plate in that pic.
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    Old 10-17-2011, 08:02 AM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Hey, Charlee & Monica & Nancy...guess what...I won a Davis Vertical Feed machine on auction this weekend, along with some attachments of some kind (haven't seen a good pic of them yet). It's just the machine, no cabinet or base, but I am sooo excited!!
    Janice, Congratulations! Once you start binding with the Davis you will not go back! I use my Davis all the time and mine is very old 1886. Her decals are gone, we had re-do her cabinet because it was in terrible shape, but all worth it! That is one machine I will not sell, trade, etc.!

    Be careful cleaning that machine, her decals will come right off! Check my Davis first pictured on page 474 - she had some decals. Now look at 1178 - decals gone! I got so into cleaning her that I cleaned the decals right off! Now, I am extremely careful about what and how I clean - no non-pumice Goo or anything like it over the decals!

    Nancy
    Thanks, Nancy. I will be very careful with it when cleaning. Like Charlee recommends, I think I'll only use machine oil to clean it. That rust will have to be worked on, so I'm thinking the Evaporust and chrome polish like Glenn recommended.
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    Old 10-17-2011, 08:03 AM
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    [quote=BoJangles

    Texas Jan and Glenn WOW! What a nice little WW, and Glenn love the throne!

    Nancy[/quote]

    Thanks Nancy, He did a great job. She's happy in her retirement home, rather than a cold barn on the second floor of an antique place. in NY

    Texas Jan
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    Old 10-17-2011, 08:05 AM
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    Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Have to share something with you folks. Saturday I carried my black model 15-clone outside, set up on the tailgate of the pickup and sewed a hold-down strap back onto the boat cover. I used a size 18 needle and she didn't balk one bit. Will probably get used a lot for that.
    YAY!! They are great little workhorses, aren't they?? Love these stories!
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    Old 10-17-2011, 08:27 AM
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    I suppose I should let you all know that my 301 can sew through a rotary mat and not miss a beat.
    I had forgotten I had it under the needle using it to cut a few wings from a block. Since my foot is a 1/4" foot, there was no need to use the needle plate for aligning my next step to sew. I always guide the needle first into the fabric for the first stitch. Didn't even notice it was a little stiff. LOL
    I sewed about two inches and then saw why sewing was so difficult.
    I know the modern plastic machines couldn't do that.

    Hope you all enjoy the laugh like I did when I realized what I had done.

    Blessings,
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    Old 10-17-2011, 08:33 AM
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    Originally Posted by Caroline S
    My Belair 929 (circa late 1950s?). Billy thinks she was made by Morse. She's a "dirty girl" and has seen a lot of use judging from the wear on the front of the bed. The foot controller was cut off and I had an EUREKA moment when I realized that I did have a foot control that came with the Plymouth, a model 15 Japanese clone, that I purchased last July. I plugged her in and she runs. Now to begin the deep cleaning and oiling she needs. BTW, a manual came with her. Whoohooo!

    What is the red plastic thing in the shuttle case?
    I think I will name her Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe.
    Pretty machine. That's my favorite color.
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    Old 10-17-2011, 08:36 AM
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    Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Originally Posted by miriam
    I'm really glad it's her using it and not me - I wouldn't have any hair. My old machines feel so solid and stitch so well..
    Miriam, maybe it's time you taught your DD the value of the vintage machines - or are you not ready to share? :lol:
    She takes after the other side of the family...
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