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Old 10-23-2011, 04:04 PM
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Still working on the tension. I think I should take the tensioner assembly off & clean it. Project for another day though. Plus I'm just using the handwheel. Don't want to plug it in until DH checks the wiring for me.

She did clean up easily & nicely.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
Still working on the tension. I think I should take the tensioner assembly off & clean it. Project for another day though. Plus I'm just using the handwheel. Don't want to plug it in until DH checks the wiring for me.

She did clean up easily & nicely.
Good job on the clean up. Very nice.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:13 PM
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Pretty red eye!
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:13 PM
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looks nice and shiny! Pretty!
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
Still working on the tension. I think I should take the tensioner assembly off & clean it. Project for another day though. Plus I'm just using the handwheel. Don't want to plug it in until DH checks the wiring for me.

She did clean up easily & nicely.
Good job. Looks very pretty, enjoy sewing on her.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by MrsBoats
Anybody know anything about--or have an opinion on--an Elgin Riccar sewing machine? I used to have a Riccar and liked it, but traded up for my Pfaff 130. But I didn't know that Elgin and Riccar were related. This one is a free arm, metal body/unknown innards, with a manual and "some stuff", for $35. I'm sorta interested, but it's an hour from here, and I don't *really* need another machine...
Nelco made a lot of machines - Riccar is a good one.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Celeste
I finally found a treadle at a decent price, (and close by!) but now I need to know what kind of questions to ask. Do they use bobbin cases?

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/atq/2654035563.html

If it works out, then I need to figure out how to get it home... I doubt it will fit in my Geo Metro!

What kind of needles?
I could get that thing in a Metro. Get a screw driver and take it apart.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
Originally Posted by Charlee
Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
I finally scored!!
Woohoo!!! That one's got a side clamp, I'm guessing someone changed out the needlebar... She's PRETTY!!
I have a problem :( Cleaned my 'new' 66 & thought I would give her a spin to see how she stitched. The presser foot needed to be tightened and once I did that...

The presser foot is at a slant to the right and the needle hits it. I tried the regular foot & the zipper foot. Tried to take some pictures. Don't know if they help explain the problem, but worth the try.

Any suggestions? Especially since, as Charlee observed, this might not be the original needlebar.
bent needle bar or out of timing? I got a 411G that did that. I played and played with the timing to no avail. Then I swapped the needle bar with a donor and low and behold the 411G needle bar had a bend in it - couldn't see it until it was out of the machine.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Charlee
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I finally scored!!
Woohoo!!! That one's got a side clamp, I'm guessing someone changed out the needlebar... She's PRETTY!!
I have a problem :( Cleaned my 'new' 66 & thought I would give her a spin to see how she stitched. The presser foot needed to be tightened and once I did that...

The presser foot is at a slant to the right and the needle hits it. I tried the regular foot & the zipper foot. Tried to take some pictures. Don't know if they help explain the problem, but worth the try.

Any suggestions? Especially since, as Charlee observed, this might not be the original needlebar.

I'd pull the faceplate and make sure everything there is tight where it should be, and check for bends or warps in the presser bar...
After that, I'm not sure what to tell you! I do know that from what I've read, it seems fairly simple to switch it out...
It isn't very hard - you just need someone to hold your hand and tell you - you can do it - maybe read the manual to you. A repair manual is real sweet to have around. - Getting the timing right is the hard part - it's $85 or more to take it and have it done. I think I posted something on here about timing - don't know where.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by gypsyquilter
first, let me say this link is such a BAD influence on me. Since I started reading it I bought a '47 featherweight and a '22 hand crank! Then I Started the hunt for a red eye treadle, that was the only one I wanted and the last vintage machine I would buy. I saw one this weekend on CL for $450 - WAAAY out of my price range. Then I saw one on ebay for local pick up only, but it was in Illinois, i'm in Texas - thus you see geographical problem :-) i was lamenting to my wonderful hubby that I may be on the forever-for-nothing search for a read eye treadle, when he said, bid on it, if you win, we'll go get it together (gosh, i LOVE this man!). So, I did, I won, we went! Here she is in all her glory, and her fantastic price of $56, she's a 1910. if that wasn't' great enough, the person who sold her also had a "portable" singer and asked was I interested!. I bought that machine for $20. I need your help, I have no idea what type of machine this tiffany decal machine is, her wooden cabinet is in rough shape but the machine looks great, she's a 1916. there is a hamilton beech motor attached to the back of this machine, I plan to take it off an make it a hand crank. Any ideas what type of machine she is?
What wonderful machines and a great husband!!!

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