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Old 10-28-2011, 04:28 PM
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Candace, your 301 looks lovely! Now!!!!
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
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Ok for you Rocketeer folks, are any of you having trouble with the cams wearing out? I use my 503a Rocketeer all the time for decorative stitches on my little Patchabilities. I use mostly the #8 cam, which is now slipping and messing up sometimes. I did some research and the only thing people complained about with those machines were the cams. The people who bought them loved the machines because they are all metal, well-made machines, but couldn't understand why Singer made such a nice machine then used plastic to make the cams. The cams wear out! Has anyone tried filing off the rough edges on those cams to see if they will have more life. Now I am a little concerned about getting a 319W -it uses cams too. The top hat cams are easy to find, not sure about the flat cams of the 319w?

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Nancy - yes they do wear out but not to worry & no need to start filing on them yourself. Cathy (who hosted the TOGA) has a whole locker full of the various types of cams!! Seriously - a whole school locker! And they are not expensive at all. I think I paid $2 each for the ones I got from her to finish out my collection of the ones made for my 403.
Good thing to know. What is her username here? I have a 500 on layaway and thinking I might need a new set to have on hand. I don't know what all is included with the machine yet. Suppose to get that info soon.
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She is not a user here. Let me see if I can get her contact info for you. Or maybe vintagemotif (Monica) has it?
Ouch. I haven't worn any out yet and I haven't seen any that were worn out. Makes the 401 and 500 look better doesn't it.
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She is not a user here. Let me see if I can get her contact info for you. Or maybe vintagemotif (Monica) has it?[/quote]


I have Cathy Nelson's phone number. Kathie S.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:31 PM
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White Featherweight for $199.95

Needs work on the bobbin area and case.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WHIT...#ht_500wt_1180
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:10 PM
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I found the paint on my Davis to be rather....I don't know that "fragile" is the word I'm looking for, but for lack of a better word, I'll use it. I didn't lose any decals, but every time I cleaned, more black rubbed off. I finally decided that it was paint instead of dirt and quit trying to clean it ALL off! :lol: When I waxed it, I used a caranuba car wax, and in the places where the wax was a little thicker and didn't dry as fast, the black paint turned GREEN!! OMG! I was beside myself and almost in tears to have those green streaks in my beautiful black machine...but as they dried and "cured" it turned black again...

I think the black is more "sensitive" than are the decals...but if the black UNDER the decals loosens, the decals come off with it...
Charlee, I have a Davis made around 1886 - 1889. I cleaned it with Blue Magic TR 3 Resin Glaze. It has no decals to speak of left, but boy does the black paint shine! I cleaned until all the black stopped coming off - under that stuff was a beautiful shinny black paint job. I like it better the way it looks now then all rough with a few broken decals showing! At first, I was bummed out that I took all the decals off, but I like the slick feeling it has when I touch it now. It looks like a new machine, all shinny with no dull spaces! I'm thinking it is not the 'paint' that you are getting off, just the crude on top of the paint?

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Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
Nancy - yes they do wear out but not to worry & no need to start filing on them yourself. Cathy (who hosted the TOGA) has a whole locker full of the various types of cams!! Seriously - a whole school locker! And they are not expensive at all. I think I paid $2 each for the ones I got from her to finish out my collection of the ones made for my 403.
Sheryl, you just made my day! I didn't see that locker - now I want to get Candace's 319w! I bought another treadle today with a 66 from 1926 in the treadle. I am going to take out the 66 and put the 319w in if Candace sells me her 319w!

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Ouch. I haven't worn any out yet and I haven't seen any that were worn out. Makes the 401 and 500 look better doesn't it.
Yeah, and I just gave one of my best friends my 500a as an early Christmas present! I like my 503a better than the 500a, but maybe I should have re-thought that! Too late now!

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Originally Posted by jan on 446
Good thing to know. What is her username here? I have a 500 on layaway and thinking I might need a new set to have on hand. I don't know what all is included with the machine yet. Suppose to get that info soon.
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Jan the 500 does a lot a stitches without a cam - built in! The 503a has to have a cam to work at all! You'll be ok!

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Good thing to know. What is her username here? I have a 500 on layaway and thinking I might need a new set to have on hand. I don't know what all is included with the machine yet. Suppose to get that info soon.
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Jan the 500 does a lot a stitches without a cam - built in! The 503a has to have a cam to work at all! You'll be ok!

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Thanks Nancy for that information. Actually, I am not sure about the model but the gal at the sew&vac kept calling it a 500. I was so excited to find one that I kind of went into a daze!! I wasn't too informed on which model to get, but heard how well they sew from this site.
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I found the paint on my Davis to be rather....I don't know that "fragile" is the word I'm looking for, but for lack of a better word, I'll use it. I didn't lose any decals, but every time I cleaned, more black rubbed off. I finally decided that it was paint instead of dirt and quit trying to clean it ALL off! :lol: When I waxed it, I used a caranuba car wax, and in the places where the wax was a little thicker and didn't dry as fast, the black paint turned GREEN!! OMG! I was beside myself and almost in tears to have those green streaks in my beautiful black machine...but as they dried and "cured" it turned black again...

I think the black is more "sensitive" than are the decals...but if the black UNDER the decals loosens, the decals come off with it...
Charlee, I have a Davis made around 1886 - 1889. I cleaned it with Blue Magic TR 3 Resin Glaze. It has no decals to speak of left, but boy does the black paint shine! I cleaned until all the black stopped coming off - under that stuff was a beautiful shinny black paint job. I like it better the way it looks now then all rough with a few broken decals showing! At first, I was bummed out that I took all the decals off, but I like the slick feeling it has when I touch it now. It looks like a new machine, all shinny with no dull spaces! I'm thinking it is not the 'paint' that you are getting off, just the crude on top of the paint?

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Possible, but I really think it's oxidized paint...you know how the finish on a car gets dull and icky? That's what I think this is....and I think it's deep into the finish.... I used the caranuba first, finished with the TR3...that helped. :)
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