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    Oh my....thank you Billy for starting this "Shop"! I know where my first stop will be every morning and night...LOL! I need to take a picture of my Mom's Singer 206 that she left to me. I have posted pictures of my other machines here and there on this board. The 206 has been and still is a workhorse. I learned to sew on her when I was a teenager. I'll do that when I go back up to see my Dad next month! My Redeye seems to have an issue that for the life of me I don't know why I didn't notice when I was checking her out before buying her but hopefully it is something simple to fix. I can't lower the presser foot. The lever in the back moves up and down but the bar isn't moving......I guess I was so enthralled with finding her that I just had to have her anyway and discovered it later at home. Any suggestions. I still have to clean her up and have to find a NADA auto parts store to get that GOJO without PUMICE. With the "shop" open maybe I'll get the nerve up to get her going. I sure do want to sew with her!

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    That presser foot problem sounds like it may just be a missing pin that connects the shaft to the lever...easy fix if it's that! :)

    This is my "Friday", and William is going bass fishing tomorrow, so I'll be at home tearing into Hazel and trying to take her apart so she can be sandblasted clean of the old Japaned finish. I'll also be checking with body shops to see what they'll charge me to paint her, and maybe even check with a detailer to see what it would cost to have decorative stuff painted on! :)

    I also need to go to Lowes and get the stuff to strip the cabinet, smooth it, stain, and shellac it. Methinks this is going to be a long term project!!

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    The presserfoot problem might be the bar itself. It could be gummed up.

    Take the faceplate off and see what it looks like inside, it could very well be the pin or it could be seized up. If thats the case then good ole WD-40 can fix you right up. It might take a while but do not force anything. Then you can give the mechanics a good Kerosene bath trying not to get too much on the finish. Afterwards the Go Jo cleaning with cotton balls and Q-Tips, then hit it with the Scotts Liquid Gold in the pour bottle and its a new machine!

    And if you want to clean the plated parts use SemiChrome or Mothers Mag Wheel Polish.

    Billy

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    What is GoJO?

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    Go Jo is a waterless hand cleaner that you can find at Walmart, and any auto parts store. Just make sure it is the NON PUMICE kind.

    Billy

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    Billy, Thank you for starting the shop. I will be dropping by often. I don't have a picture of my FW but will get her out this week and post. I guess I will have to give her a name also.

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    Decided to come in for a cup of coffee and sit a spell. Really injoy seeing all the old Singer sewing machines. Brings back all the memories of sewing on my Mother's treddle machine that she had from her Mother. My sister has the machine and hopefully will pass it on to the next generation. I have been on a hunt for a Singer for myself and this weekend I went shopping at the thrift stores and I got my machine! This Singer I got isn't a treddle but has a motor on the back of the machine. Wondering if anyone knows how old it is. This machine was ment to be in a cabnet and going to make a cabnet for it. My husband knows that I am excited to use the machine so he is going to make a tempory stand for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah Rae
    Decided to come in for a cup of coffee and sit a spell. I have been on a hunt for a Singer for myself and this week and I went shopping at the thrift stores and I got my machine.
    Welcome and glad you stopped by!!! :D :D :D

    Sounds like you have a nice one and if it has the external motor you can take it off and put it into a treadle if you want. I have done several like that around here.

    If you post the serial number and possibly a photo or two we can date it for you and tell you what model it is!

    Keep an eye out for the treadle bases and you can have you a treadle machine in no time!!!! Also before plugging it in and running it,look real close at the wiring and make sure there are no cracks or naked places.

    No need to make yourself a victim if you do not need to be!

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    A person on Craigslist is selling a machine S/N AA 949619. He said it is a 99-13 but according to the Singer web site it is a 128.

    At this time I don't plan on getting any more machines until I finish refurbing the ones I have.

    My question is he says there are attachments. Would they fit my Model 66-2 treadle and what would be a good price to offer for them? I don't know what attachments they are just presser feet.

    He is the type of person that wants you to give an offer, which I hate. I am not a haggler. :roll:

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    This is a picture of the machine I just purchased this weekend. Near the post there is letters and numbers AF 307167. on the bottom of the sewing machine there is the number 16 and another set of numbers 32685

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    no1jan was looking for a bobbin winder, I found a site that might have one. sewingmachine221sale.@bizland.com I do not know if the prices are fare or out of line. Billy can answer that for you. Iam always looking for parts. You never know when you might need one, my old machines are tough and really have never neede much. Glenn

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    Ok. I hope I am doing this right. I am a lurker, love quilts(have several old ones), but have a FW question. Where do I find the serial number for my machine? I know it is made befor 1954, my mom got it second hand and sewed on it all my life, then gave it to me. This question has probably been answered befor, but couldn't find answere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty in Ks
    Ok. I hope I am doing this right. I am a lurker, love quilts(have several old ones), but have a FW question. Where do I find the serial number for my machine? I know it is made befor 1954, my mom got it second hand and sewed on it all my life, then gave it to me. This question has probably been answered befor, but couldn't find answere.
    Hi Patty! Welcome to the board! You're doing it just right, btw! :)

    The serial number on your FW should be on the bottom of the machine, and should have two letters, followed by a series of numbers. On machines made in the US, the serial numbers all start with "A". On machines made in Kilbowie, Scotland, the serial numbers all start with the letter "E".

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah Rae
    This is a picture of the machine I just purchased this weekend. Near the post there is letters and numbers AF 307167. on the bottom of the sewing machine there is the number 16 and another set of numbers 32685
    Deborah, according to your serial number, this machine is a Model 66, and that number was commisioned on August 27, 1939. :)

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    OK mine says AL207590. Where do I go to find out about my baby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    My question is he says there are attachments. Would they fit my Model 66-2 treadle and what would be a good price to offer for them? I don't know what attachments they are just presser feet.
    They will fit. Most of the low shank Singer attachments will fit all the low shank Singer machines machines. Ask to see a photo of the attachments and email it to me and I can give you a ball park figure as to what to offer.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty in Ks
    OK mine says AL207590. Where do I go to find out about my baby?
    Dec 12 1952 is the date it was allotted and 50,000 of them were in that run.


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    Thank you so much. Now I can tell my girls the date and do more than guess. Thanks again. Patty

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    Hi Billy,

    Wonderful information, I have always enjoyed redoing furniture and cleaning old textiles. Can't wait to find an old machine to play with.

    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    My question is he says there are attachments. Would they fit my Model 66-2 treadle and what would be a good price to offer for them? I don't know what attachments they are just presser feet.
    They will fit. Most of the low shank Singer attachments will fit all the low shank Singer machines machines. Ask to see a photo of the attachments and email it to me and I can give you a ball park figure as to what to offer.

    Billy
    Well I told the guy I would buy the attachments for $30.00. The way the e-mail went I think the machine is also included, not really sure. I want the attachments.

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    Okay just to get this out here.....As far as the Singers are concerned when we give the date of the machine it is for the day that they were allotted to be manufactured. Your machine depending on the serial number will fall after the allotted date.

    For instance lets say that my machine was allotted April 20 1911 and there were 50,000 of them made. Feasibly it could have been manufactured well into August of 1911. It just depends on the serial and were it fell in the allotted run.

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    That 128 looks pretty good if you ask me!! $30 is a real good price if you get the machine also.

    Billy

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    Here is a picture of the accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    That 128 looks pretty good if you ask me!! $30 is a real good price if you get the machine also.

    Billy
    The machine doesn't look as nice up close. It is badly rusted and the paint is completely off in some spots. We'll see tomorrow.

    The attachments look in very good shape though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    My question is he says there are attachments. Would they fit my Model 66-2 treadle and what would be a good price to offer for them? I don't know what attachments they are just presser feet.
    They will fit. Most of the low shank Singer attachments will fit all the low shank Singer machines machines. Ask to see a photo of the attachments and email it to me and I can give you a ball park figure as to what to offer.

    Billy
    Well I told the guy I would buy the attachments for $30.00. The way the e-mail went I think the machine is also included, not really sure. I want the attachments.
    I have one looks like that machine I bought at a yard sale for 20 bucks. I will get it out of the closet today if I don't forget and take pictures of it and get the model number off it. The cover is not in that good ashape I don't think.
    This is so interesting I also have a Feather weight machine to. I love old stuff.
    char from oklahoma

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