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    Sorry Boopers, I actually didn't expect to get it, I'd bid on others and they all went for over $300. I put in the bid just cause I knew I would never remember to look on Sunday when it was done. But, I am very HAPPY, I been looking for one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Here is my new baby, I found this jewel at a storage facillity recovery sale. The Bel-Air bantam and this fabric all for $15.00. How did I do?
    Wow, it does look like a clone of the 99K. If it is, you should be able to get a bobbin slide plate to fit that machine with no problem. Of course maybe, the slide plate is there just not on the machine?

    Anyway, a very nice machine it is!

    Nancy
    Thanks! The bobbin slide plate is missing, any info on where to get it and what type needle would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    Amazon, are the flags on fabric? It looks to me like prints of the postage from 1976. There were reproductions of flags sold then, too. It was in honor of the bicentennial. Wasn't the Francis Hopkinson flag, stars set in a circle, the original flag of the USA?
    Yes they are on fabric,I think they would make a nice veterans quilt. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    Sorry Boopers, I actually didn't expect to get it, I'd bid on others and they all went for over $300. I put in the bid just cause I knew I would never remember to look on Sunday when it was done. But, I am very HAPPY, I been looking for one!
    buslady, I really am pleased that you got a FW. I kept bidding on others and finally got one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazon
    Here is my new baby, I found this jewel at a storage facillity recovery sale. The Bel-Air bantam and this fabric all for $15.00. How did I do?
    The cool thing about the Bantam is they are so LIGHTWEIGHT!! You can pick that puppy up with one hand and wave it around. I have had a couple of them, mainly because I wanted a light-weight handcrank. I found out (unfortunately) that the repro HC's do not work on these. (The repro wheels don't either, but they can be ground out so they will fit.) This summer, a GF and I spent a LOT of time trying to get the repro parts to work. I finally wound up giving one of my machines to a fellow collector who's also a machinist, and he is in the process of working out an adapter for the crank. More than you wanted to know, right??

    "The bobbin slide plate is missing, any info on where to get it and what type needle would be greatly appreciated."

    A regular 15 x 1 needle, and I THINK a 99 slide plate will work. (Reproductions of those are available as well.)

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    Thank you, Billy! I have it all cleaned and oiled and the 347 runs very nicely. It does make a great stitch. This one has the zig-zag capability as you slide the stitch lever from 0 - 4. The top is plastic but the machine is metal. I have a problem with the handle on the case. The leather has basically disintegrated and it's breaking into pieces. Any ideas as to how to replace this? Thanks, Jane

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    I know there is always lots of talk about the needles for some of the older machines. Look at this display item. Just neat looking.

    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/atq/2037785421.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    I know there is always lots of talk about the needles for some of the older machines. Look at this display item. Just neat looking.

    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/atq/2037785421.html
    I bought needles for my treadle (which is not yet restored) from a display just like this in a little antique shop in Texas. The display had plenty of needles in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    I know there is always lots of talk about the needles for some of the older machines. Look at this display item. Just neat looking.

    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/atq/2037785421.html
    That is very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    I know there is always lots of talk about the needles for some of the older machines. Look at this display item. Just neat looking.

    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/atq/2037785421.html
    I have several of these, but I guarantee you I didn't pay that much for any of mine!! I also have some different styles, including one mounted on a box and this double one (well, it's sort of mine!) about half way down the page:

    http://needlebar.org/main~nb/boye/index.html

    I have to say it's "sort of mine" because I bought it, but sent it home with Bill Grewe because he's The Boye Guy and I have no hope whatsoever of finding space for it in my house!!

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    I was at quilt show today. A vendor selling Singer FWs had a White that looked like my mother's 1956 model for $60. When I asked him if it worked, he said he thought so, but he hadn't spent much time on it. I detected some distain because it wasn't a Singer, but the Singers were out of my price range. Is it worth $60 if it sews well?

    The only thing I hesitate about is you can't drop the feed for quilting. That's the only complaint I have with my 1974 Elna Supermatic. I can drop the feed on my old Kenmore, but that machine's tension is a nightmare.

    Should I go back and look at the White tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    tp://orangecounty.craigslist.org/atq/2037785421.html

    I have several of these, but I guarantee you I didn't pay that much for any of mine!! I also have some different styles, including one mounted on a box and this double one (well, it's sort of mine!) about half way down the page:

    http://needlebar.org/main~nb/boye/index.html

    I have to say it's "sort of mine" because I bought it, but sent it home with Bill Grewe because he's The Boye Guy and I have no hope whatsoever of finding space for it in my house!!
    Wow, that is a "neat" looking needle display! Miz Johnny you should post pictures of some of the different styles of these needle cases! Geeze, this forum is educational!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I was at quilt show today. A vendor selling Singer FWs had a White that looked like my mother's 1956 model for $60. When I asked him if it worked, he said he thought so, but he hadn't spent much time on it. I detected some distain because it wasn't a Singer, but the Singers were out of my price range. Is it worth $60 if it sews well?

    The only thing I hesitate about is you can't drop the feed for quilting. That's the only complaint I have with my 1974 Elna Supermatic. I can drop the feed on my old Kenmore, but that machine's tension is a nightmare.

    Should I go back and look at the White tomorrow?
    I have a White Rotary Electric from 1931 that has a beautiful stitich. Other than my machine, I know nothing about the Whites.

    Also, have you checked Hospice, Thrift Stores, estate/yard sales. I just bought a Singer 503A at a barn sale for $10 - had to order the cams on e-bay, another $10 - that I am in love with. I have a machine I paid $7,000 for 6 years ago that I fight with constantly. It is very tempermental about thread, bobbins, and if I have a needle with a tiny shard from hitting a pin -- forget it, it will skip stitches. I got the Rocketeer (503a) out yesterday to finish some machine applique' I was fighting with, with my expensive machine; and I just sat and sewed a beautiful border on all my applique' pieces. No fighting with the machine -- no skipped stitches -- didn't have to adjust tension -- the thing just sewed perfect satin scallop stitches with a cam!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend

    You just got a very perty FW! The case looks really good too for being one of the oldest FW's! They were made between 1933/34 and 1969 I believe!

    Congratulations!

    Nancy

    The oldest FW case has a blueish green lining. I'd love to have the type of case that has the top tray, more storage for things. Very pretty FW!!!
    Yes, I have a 1934 that has the case with the top tray. I didn't know the newer ones didn't have the top tray until I bought my 1953 machine the other day!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I was at quilt show today. A vendor selling Singer FWs had a White that looked like my mother's 1956 model for $60. When I asked him if it worked, he said he thought so, but he hadn't spent much time on it. I detected some distain because it wasn't a Singer, but the Singers were out of my price range. Is it worth $60 if it sews well?

    The only thing I hesitate about is you can't drop the feed for quilting. That's the only complaint I have with my 1974 Elna Supermatic. I can drop the feed on my old Kenmore, but that machine's tension is a nightmare.

    Should I go back and look at the White tomorrow?
    I have a White Rotary Electric from 1931 that has a beautiful stitich. Other than my machine, I know nothing about the Whites.

    Also, have you checked Hospice, Thrift Stores, estate/yard sales. I just bought a Singer 503A at a barn sale for $10 - had to order the cams on e-bay, another $10 - that I am in love with. I have a machine I paid $7,000 for 6 years ago that I fight with constantly. It is very tempermental about thread, bobbins, and if I have a needle with a tiny shard from hitting a pin -- forget it, it will skip stitches. I got the Rocketeer (503a) out yesterday to finish some machine applique' I was fighting with, with my expensive machine; and I just sat and sewed a beautiful border on all my applique' pieces. No fighting with the machine -- no skipped stitches -- didn't have to adjust tension -- the thing just sewed perfect satin scallop stitches with a cam!

    Nancy
    That is the same one I got at the thrift store this week. Wow, does it sew nice. But I have to spend way more than you did, it cost me 12.95, It has the cabinet. and 8.00 + shipping for the cams.. LOL. I had pictures in Vintage machine on Wed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight

    That is the same one I got at the thrift store this week. Wow, does it sew nice. But I have to spend way more than you did, it cost me 12.95, It has the cabinet. and 8.00 + shipping for the cams.. LOL. I had pictures in Vintage machine on Wed.
    Featherweight, I am confused? What machine did you post on Wednesday, November 10? I didn't see a Rocketeer posted here? I would love to see your machine.

    My Rocketeer also had a cabinet when we picked her up at the barn sale. My DH promptly dismantled the cabinet and we burned it with some brush! Mine is a portable now! That cabinet was in very bad shape -- besides I don't have room for another cabinet -- I have too many treadles!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight

    That is the same one I got at the thrift store this week. Wow, does it sew nice. But I have to spend way more than you did, it cost me 12.95, It has the cabinet. and 8.00 + shipping for the cams.. LOL. I had pictures in Vintage machine on Wed.
    Featherweight, I am confused? What machine did you post on Wednesday, November 10? I didn't see a Rocketeer posted here? I would love to see your machine.

    My Rocketeer also had a cabinet when we picked her up at the barn sale. My DH promptly dismantled the cabinet and we burned it with some brush! Mine is a portable now! That cabinet was in very bad shape -- besides I don't have room for another cabinet -- I have too many treadles!

    Nancy
    Here is Rockys Picture:

    I didn't have much polishing at all.
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    I have covered all scratches in cabinet
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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight

    Here is Rockys Picture:
    Wow! That could be my picture! My little "Rockette" looks exactly like your "Rocky." We even paid almost the same, but my cabinet was in very bad shape and smaller. It is so funny, these machines were only made from 1960 to 1962 yet they reflect that era so well. The cabinet feet -- mine had the same 1960's look with the little brass type feet. I got the same set of cams and feet. I just won 3 more cams and an original instruction manual on e-bay for $8.50 + shipping. These machines are so great because they are NOT computers! I love my fancy computer sewing machine, but it is so sensitive because of the computer that runs it -- ! These old machines couldn't tell if the upper thread and bobbin thread were different weights, if the needle had a tiny nick, if the bobbin was a little off -- they just sewed and sewed through anything!

    Nancy

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    Billy, are you sure you're reducing your stock? I was just on Craigs List. A seller in Ludington has a pair of dirty black Singers in a garage. One has a cabinet, one is very ornate and one has a medallion, I think. No price listed. I'd hardly know what to offer him.

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    Billy, are you sure you're reducing your stock? I was just on Craigslist. A seller in Ludington has a pair of dirty black Singers in a garage. One has a cabinet, one is very ornate and one has a medallion, I think. No price listed. I'd hardly know what to offer him.
    Traverse City has a Singer 6233 for $75. Does the feed drop on that one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight

    Here is Rockys Picture:
    Wow! That could be my picture! My little "Rockette" looks exactly like your "Rocky." We even paid almost the same, but my cabinet was in very bad shape and smaller. It is so funny, these machines were only made from 1960 to 1962 yet they reflect that era so well. The cabinet feet -- mine had the same 1960's look with the little brass type feet. I got the same set of cams and feet. I just won 3 more cams and an original instruction manual on e-bay for $8.50 + shipping. These machines are so great because they are NOT computers! I love my fancy computer sewing machine, but it is so sensitive because of the computer that runs it -- ! These old machines couldn't tell if the upper thread and bobbin thread were different weights, if the needle had a tiny nick, if the bobbin was a little off -- they just sewed and sewed through anything!

    Nancy
    I haven't had a chance to really sew on him yet. I am going to Ca for a week so I have had to much to do. I sure will try him out when I get home. Enjoy!!! Beth

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    Hello. I need the help of the many talented folks on this site! First off, I finished cleaning my 1909 Singer 66 treadle, according to Billy's tutorials and my husband refinished the cabinet. It was originally a whitewashed/painted horror, when we got it. I'll put up some pictures and ask for help in the next post. ( I'm not sure how to attach more than 3 files:)
    Jane
    P.S. The face plate and rear cover plate are still being polished by a friend who's a jeweler, not missing, just on vacation! Also, we did get it back together correctly. I was able to sew on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneK
    Hello. I need the help of the many talented folks on this site! First off, I finished cleaning my 1909 Singer 66 treadle, according to Billy's tutorials and my husband refinished the cabinet. It was originally a whitewashed/painted horror, when we got it. I'll put up some pictures and ask for help in the next post. ( I'm not sure how to attach more than 3 files:)
    Jane
    P.S. The face plate and rear cover plate are still being polished by a friend who's a jeweler, not missing, just on vacation! Also, we did get it back together correctly. I was able to sew on it!
    It looks awesome!!!!!

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    Now for the help part. Does anyone have, or know where I can get a couple parts for my 1909 Singer 66? I need the thread take up spring, and I'm not sure if that's part of the tension spring or a separate piece. Either way I need it. Also I need the piece that feeds the thread up to the bobbin winder and the screw that goes with it.. We discovered these missing when we put the machine back together, and looked at the manual. I have included photos/illustrations of the parts I need. The photo of the bobbin thread feeder is on my 99K, it seems to be very similar. Any help is very much appreciated!!! Thanks, Jane

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneK
    Now for the help part. Does anyone have, or know where I can get a couple parts for my 1909 Singer 66? I need the thread take up spring, and I'm not sure if that's part of the tension spring or a separate piece. Either way I need it. Also I need the piece that feeds the thread up to the bobbin winder. We discovered these missing when we put the machine back together, and looked at the manual. I have included photos/illustrations of the parts I need. The photo of the bobbin thread feeder is on my 99K, it seems to be very similar. Any help is very much appreciated!!! Thanks, Jane
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